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The Classic Running Hound Association was founded in November 2014 by Harrell Sharkey Jr. As a pen owner and family oriented man, Harrell recognized the need for one day hunters to gain recognition for their commitment to the sport. By instituting a system containing rules and point values for hounds and kennels one day hunters can now receive more than just a pat on the back for the success of their hounds. One day hunters and their families can participate in bench shows and hunts which will be recorded and posted for HOY and KOY and can see their hounds become Champions. With the CRHA registration program hounds can receive all the notoriety they deserve while hunters can trace bloodlines with ease.




Scoring Hounds

          1:  Hounds will be judged on speed and drive only.

2:  Will only score the top 7 hounds (in either an open or dual hunt) in a crossing on full cry- 35pts, 30pts, 25pts, 20pts, 15pts, 10pts, 5pts

3:  A hound running game alone- 35pts

4:  In the case of a two class hunt, the hounds will be ran together and scored together.  No consideration of class when scoring the crossing.  Score only top 7 hounds.  

5:  No times will be thrown out and all scores will be kept.

6:  The use of weed eater cords will be allowed.

7:  Blankets will be allowed for all hunts. 

8:  Tie breakers in placing of the top 10 can be broke by highest last time scored, or the most 1st place crossings, at the direction of the MFH in what scoring program is being used at the hunt. 

9: Should a hound be disqualified, the order of placement shall be filled with the following hounds moving up in placement till the top 10 are filled, and awarded points for such placement.



Hunts will recognize these classes at each hunt:

          1:  Best Mouth

          2:  Classiest Hound

          3:  Best in Show

4:  Champion-3rd win in a 5hr hunt with 50 or more dogs will be recognized as a Champion in the CRHA.

a)    Bench Champion-3rd win in a 5hr hunt with a  bench show with 50 or more hounds will be recognized as a  Bench Champion in the CRHA.

5:  Dual and Combination:-3rd win in a 5hr hunt with 50 or more dogs will be recognized as a Dual Champion in CRHA. 

6:  All Grade 1 and All-Age Finals will be 5hr hunts.

7:  All Puppy Finals will be 4hr hunts.  The Puppy Finals will be held 3 times in a year.  Jan-April will be in May, May-Aug will be in Sept. and Sept-Dec. will be in Jan. They will be 2-class finals.

8:  All Puppy, Derby, and All-Age hunts will use the same points scale, but no Champions in field, bench, BM, CH or travel points will be recognized unless it’s a 5hr hunt and has at-least 50 entries.

9:   All-Age Finals will use the point scale as a grade 1 with no multiplier unless over 100 entries, then the multiplier will be used.  The Puppy Finals will use the 5hr point scale with no multiplier unless over 100 entered also.  For every hound qualified for finals, you may bring one unqualified hound for an additional 25 dollar entry fee (Up to three unqualified).       


10:  Grade 1 hunts must guarantee $500 for first place in cash or prizes.  All Grade 1 hunts must be approved by the Board of Directors.  Grade 1 hunts may ask for BOD approval of having a hunt the second day, and limiting the entries to those hounds that were entered and cast the prior day.  This hunt would have its own entries, CRHA fees, and points. 

All CRHA Hunts will be required to advertise their hunt on www.crhafoxhunt.org a minimum of 14 days prior to the hunt, and submit the number of hounds cast, top 10 pictures, hound and kennel info, and pay $20 for the hunt, and $2 dog entered for the Leader Board to count for the Hound of the Year and Kennel of the Year awards.  Payments are to be mailed to:



Michelle DuBose

103 W. Ida Ave.

Opp, Alabama  36467


The top ten hounds in each hunt would be qualified for Championship hunt and to be included in the HOY, and KOY.

Points system and multipliers:


3 Hr

4 Hr

5 Hr

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Scratching of Hounds:

1:  A hound that shows no inclination to hunt will be scratched for LOAFING after being seen by 2 judges.

2:  A hound that quits and lays down will be scratched for QUITTING after being seen by 2 judges. 

3:  A hound will be scratched for BABBLING after being seen by 2 judges.

4:  The home plate judge can scratch a hound and crate, for FAILURE TO HARK, or RETURN TO CAST, if a hound comes in and shows no inclination to Hark to running, or continue to hunt before the hunt is called, after he/she has made a fair attempt to get hound to re-cast.

5:  All hounds must be present for roll call or they shall be eliminated.  The daily score sheet will show FAIL TO ANSWER.

6:  A hound may be withdrawn by its owner or handler without the permission of the MFH.  The daily score sheet will show WITHDRAWN.  The hound forfeits his/her score in the field and his/her winnings on the bench.

7:  A hound may be withdrawn by its owner or handler with the permission of the MFH.  The daily score sheet will show WITHDRAWN-MFH.  The hound forfeits his/her score in the field but shall retain his/her winnings on the bench. 

8:  Any member of a kennel caught with electronic tracking equipment being used during a hunt, should be reported to the MOH and/or Pres. of the hunt, and may have all of that kennel entries scratched. 


Protest or Objections:

1:  Any protest or objections to any hound entered in a CRHA hunt must be made to the CRHA board of directors in writing care of-

                   Michelle DuBose

                   103 W Ida Ave.

                   Opp, Ala. 36467

2:  The hound or kennel may be allowed to run under protest until the objection has been decided.

3:  Should the objection be sustained and the hound or kennel disqualified, the order of placement shall be filled with each hound or kennel moving up to fill the spot that was deemed sustained. 








Proper Conduct:

1:  CRHA may refuse any entry they deem proper to exclude.

2:  Should any member misconduct themselves in any manner in connection with the CRHA, said member shall not be allowed to compete in any trials that may be held under the auspices of the CRHA, nor shall they become a member in good standing, unless a written apology in made to the Board of Directors who has the discretionary power to reinstate the member. 

3:  Any member of the CRHA who approaches a judge or judges and recommends certain hounds should be scored or eliminated, shall be considered in breach of conduct and said member shall be fined or suspended at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  Fines are not to be less than $25 or more than $100. 

4:  Any member allowing a hound to get loose and join in a chase in which said hound has not been entered, or from which said hound has been eliminated, may be fined at the discretion of the Board of Directors, not less than $25 or more than $100 for each offense.

5:  Should any owner or his handler harm or purposely interfere with an opponent’s hound, he will be expelled from the Association and all his entries barred. 

6:  Lunch wagons, luncheons, or picnics of any description are forbidden on the hunting grounds during the actual hours that hounds are running.

Bench Show:

1:  Only hounds entered in the field trial may be eligible to be shown in the bench show.

2:  Bench Show Judge and Ringmaster shall be selected by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.

3:  Order to show shall be as follows:

A:  Derby Males

B:  Derby Females

C:  All-Age Males

D:  All-Age Females

E:  Best Derby Male and Best All-Age Male

F:  Best Derby Female and Best All-Age Female

G:  Best Male and Best Female

4:  Any hound which has won the CRHA Bench Championship will be allowed to be shown again at any bench show of the CRHA or the bench show of any affiliated association.

5:  In order to receive any bench show awards earned by a hound, the hound must compete in the field trials unless permitted to be withdrawn by the Master of Hounds and marked on the Daily Score Sheet as WITHDRAWN- MFH.

6:  The MFH may permit a hound competing in the Bench show to be withdrawn only on evidence of accidental injury or sickness which would be detrimental to the hound if it continued in competition in the field.  Disability due to a hound not being in proper running condition before being cast in the field does not constitute satisfactory reason for permission for withdrawing a hound.  Any hound that fails to answer roll call the first day or fails to answer or give satisfactory report to MFH at cast shall forfeit all bench awards.  Hounds marked FAILED TO ANSWER, CRATED, or WITHDRAWN without permission of the MFH, shall forfeit their bench awards.  Hounds eliminated for field faults shall retain their bench wins. 













Bench Standards for American Foxhounds:

          The American Foxhound has unique physical characteristics singular to its own breed.  Hounds in hard running condition should be given preference over those that are out of shape, too thin or too heavy. 


Ideal:  The skull should be fairly long with the cranium broad and full, slightly domed at occipital area adjoining the neck. 

Faults:  A very flat skull; narrow across the top; excess of dome.


Ideal:  Ears set on moderately low, long, reaching when drawn out nearly to the tip of the nose; fine in texture; fairly broad; with almost entire absence of erectile power; setting close to the head with the forward edge turning in slightly toward the cheek; round at tip. 

Faults:  Ears short; set on high, or with tendency to rise above the point of origin. 


Ideal:  Eyes large, set well apart; soft and hound-like; expression gentle and pleading; any color.

Faults:  Eyes sharp and terrier-like or prominent and protruding.



Ideal:  Muzzle of fair length; straight and square cut; the stop moderately defined. 

Faults: Muzzle long and snippy; cut away decidedly below the eyes, or very short; parrot mouth or undershot mouth; Roman nosed, or upturned giving a dish face expression.


Ideal:  Neck of medium length rising free and light from the shoulders, strong in substance yet not loaded.  The throat clean and free from folds of skin. 

Faults:  A thick, short, cloddy neck carried on a line with the top of the shoulder.  Throat showing dewlap and folds of skin to a degree termed “throatiness.”


Ideal:  Shoulders sloping; clean, muscular, not heavy or loaded, conveying the image of freedom of action with activity and strength.  Chest should be deep for lung space, narrower in proportion to depth, 28 inches in a 23 inch hound being good.  Well sprung ribs; back ribs should extend well back; a three-inch flank allowing springiness.

Faults:  Straight, upright shoulders; chest disproportionately wide or with lack of depth.  Flat ribs. 


Ideal:  Back moderately long, muscular and strong.  Loins broad and slightly arched. 

Faults:  Very long or swayed or roached back.  Flat, narrow loins. 


Ideal:  Straight, with fair amount of bone.  Pasterns short and straight.

Faults:  Out at elbow.  Knees knuckled over forward, or bent backward.  Forelegs crooked. 


Ideal:  Fox-like, pad full and hard.  Well arched toes; strong nails.

Faults:  Feet long, open and spreading


Ideal:  Strong and muscled, giving abundance of propelling power.  Stifles strong and well let down.  Hocks firm, symmetrical and moderately bent.  Feet close and firm. 

Faults:  Cow hocks or straight hocks.  Lack of muscle and propelling power.  Open feet.  Any male with less than two testicles must be automatically eliminated. 


Ideal:  Set moderately high; well developed, strong, carried well, with slight upward curve and with good brush. 

Faults:  A long tail.  Tea pot curve or inclined forward from the root.  Rat tail, entire absence of brush. Any hound with a docked tail shall be automatically eliminated. 


Ideal:  A hard hound coat of medium length.

Faults:  A short thin coat or a coat of soft quality.


Ideal:  It is preferred that dogs not be under 22 or over 26 inches and that bitches be under 21 or over 25 inches.  If a hound is measured, the measurement should be made across the back at the point of the withers, while the hound is standing in a natural position with his feet well under him.  A foxhound within the height standard shall be given preference over a hound outside the height standard, if the two are equal in confirmation. 


Any color is considered acceptable.


Head:  possible 20pts

Skull 5 pts

Ears 5 pts

Eyes 5 pts

Muzzle 5 pts

Body:  possible 35pts

Neck 5 pts

Chest and Shoulders 15 pts

Back, Loins and Ribs 15 pts

Running Gear:  35pts

Forelegs 10 pts

Hips, Thighs and Hind legs 10 pts

Feet 15 pts

Coat and Tail:  10pts

Coat 5 pts

Tail 5 pts


Total of 100 pts.


HOY and KOY:

1:  For a kennel to be eligible for KOY awards, that kennel must have registered its kennel on www.crhafoxhunt.org at the beginning of the season on the message board prior to the cut-off of Feb 1 each year.

2:  For a hound to be eligible for HOY awards, the hound must have placed in the top 10 of an CRHA hunt.  And the hunt have paid all fees, and submitted and posted all required results and pictures. 

3:  If a hound is sold during the season, the points will transfer with the hound for the HOY points, but the KOY points will not. 

4:  All hunts will pay $20 and the $2 dog to the HOY and KOY for awards after expenses. 

5: In the All-Age, the pot will run for the season with 50% of the pot going to the top 3 in HOY, and 50% of the pot going to 3 places in the KOY. 

6:  In the Puppy Class, will run for the first half paying 50% of the pot to the HOY for 3 places, and the same for the second half.  The Puppy KOY will pay at year end paying 50% to the top 3 kennels for the year.  

7:  A Kennel should consist of a group of participates that are running a joint kennel of hounds, and competing with such.  It should not have more than 4 members that reside under different households.   The intent for KOY is the most competitive kennel not the most competitive joint kennels, and must be registered as a single kennel name.

8:  Should a member of a kennel decide to leave the kennel during the season, the KOY points are not transferrable or voidable.



1:  The judges shall meet daily as soon as possible upon the completion of the days running.  No persons other than the Master of Hounds, the field judges and the person or persons in charge of the computer shall be present at this meeting unless specifically authorized by the President of the CRHA.

2:  The Master of Hounds shall preside as secretary at the meeting of the judges.

3:  All scores and all scratches may only be accepted if the majority of the judges so rule.  Each judge’s score is not necessarily added to each other.  Each judge having observed the hound recommends the highest score he/she thinks said hound should have, and the highest score agreed on by the majority of the judges will be that hound’s score for that day.

4:  All scores, all scratches and the time of each scratch shall be recorded in the computer or on daily score sheets provided by the Secretary.  Each day when the daily score sheets are finished; the Master of Hounds shall post these sheets are finished; the Master of Hounds shall post these sheets on the bulletin board at headquarters.  These sheets must state the score of each hound up to that time.  Upon the completion of the trial, the daily score sheet and the HGA sheet shall be presented to the President and Secretary for the announcement of the results and presentation of the awards.  


ALL-AGE GRADE 1 HUNTS SCHEDULE: (subject to change)

Jan: Open

Feb:  Mississippi

Mar:  Alabama

April: South Carolina

May: Louisiana



Aug:  Florida




Dec: Finals


2019 Board of Directors:

JW DuBose (334)685-9124

Tic StCyr (985)507-7403

Dewayne Lawler (601)270-5167

Ty Dupre (501)293-2538

Sonny Lovett (858)596-8477