My sisters each brought home a RATN Title (Rat Novice) in Barn Hunt this weekend. I thought they were going to give up the “naked sport” of rat hunting, but it appears they are getting good at it, and plan on continuing! Madison, especially, being just 19 months old really understands when it is time to work, and she is good!
Bailie has been working on her Novice Title since June of 2016, Madison since June of 2017. Mom gave up on the sport for a time, but then thought Madison should get to try it. Bailie and Madison set out to hunt rats again. I refuse to hunt rats. It is not a sport for me at all! It was decided that my sisters would take three practice classes prior to the trial. Mom said they needed to “get the concept” in order to make trialing worthwhile. Starting in mid-February, the three of them drove off to a dirty, smelly, horse arena on Sundays to practice rat hunting. Evidently, it paid off as they sure brought home plenty of ribbons, plus their RATN Titles.
In order to earn a leg towards a Novice Title, the dog must go through the tunnel, climb on a bale, and find the rat, all in two minutes or less. To earn the Novice Title, you need three legs. Going into the weekend, Bailie had two legs, and Madison one leg. There were two trials each day, so they each had four chances to get the legs they needed. If they titled, they are then allowed to move up to try for legs in the next level which is called Open.
Bailie was first up in the morning on Saturday. She did a super job, not only getting her Novice Title, but she got first in her class, and high in the trial! The short video shows how well she worked.
Little Madison needed two legs, and with Bailie off to a hot start, the pressure was on! Madison actually passed both of her runs in the two trials on Saturday, also earning her Novice Title! The video is of her first run of the day, she was having so much fun sniffing, and playing around!
Thank you to Twin Eyes Photography for the super cute photo of Madison finding the rat, and then turning around with all the straw on her face! This was the find where she actually earned her title. Madison placed third in class in her first trial, and first in class in her second trial. Not bad for a little one year old hound!
Bailie and Madison can be proud they seem to finally have figured out the secret to Barn Hunt. Hopefully, there will be more titles for them down the road! Stop by on Friday when we talk about their new trial level called Open.