Brookwood's Shirley, an Australian Shepherd owned by Eric Madsen and Renea Dahms and handled by Eric, became the first dog in the country to achieve the RATCHX2 title on October 5 in King, NC. Eric and Shirley then went on to become the first team to achieve a RATCHX3 title a little over a month later on November 9 at the Winnegamie Dog Club trials in Menasha WI under judge Susan Olsen. Congratulations to them both and to all of our new RATCH and RATCHX teams!

Brookwood’s Shirley, an Australian Shepherd owned by Eric Madsen and Renea Dahms and handled by Eric, became the first dog in the country to achieve the RATCHX2 title on October 5 in King, NC. Eric and Shirley then went on to become the first team to achieve a RATCHX3 title a little over a month later on November 9 at the Winnegamie Dog Club trials in Menasha WI under judge Susan Olsen. Congratulations to them both and to all of our new RATCH and RATCHX teams!

What is Barn Hunt?

For years, informal barn hunts were held in conjunction with earthdog events and terrier fun days, using various rules, and as something to enjoy with no pressure on handler or dog. But these informal events were never a sanctioned sport. The Barn Hunt Association, LLC has created a sanctioned sport honoring the traditional role of dogs in ridding barns, homes, and properties of vermin. Barn Hunt opens this fun sport  up to any dog, of any size, type, breed or mix that can fit through an 18″ wide through approximately 22″ high tunnel. In Barn Hunt, you can earn titles and placements at levels from Instinct through Master, and even Championships and beyond.

Barn Hunt is growing rapidly in popularity. Join our facebook page and yahoogroup . Look above at the Events link to find fun tests, trials, training, and judge workshops; and at the club locator map to find clubs in your area. We want to hear from you!

Dogs must be registered with the BHA to enter sanctioned trials. The registration form can be linked to on the right or through the top menu.