A local individual and their English Red Tick Coonhound recently took part in the United Kennel Club Coonhound World Championship in Elberton, Georgia. Roy Rodgers and Grand Nite Champion Rodgers Red coonhound “Ruby” placed 12th at the three day event held September 21-23, advancing to the third round..
Competitors in this annual competition start as part of a group of thousands of World Champion hopefuls, representing entries from all over the U.S. and Canada.
The field of hopefuls is narrowed to the best-of-the-best coonhounds and handlers during the more than 150 Regional Qualifying Events that take place across the country throughout the year.
These qualified entries are again required to show their merit by competing in one of seven semifinal events.
Rodgers placed second at regional and zone qualifying events, competing as one of one hundred competitors narrowed down to just under twenty for the final leg of the event.
Rodgers lives in between Nashville and Murfreesboro and says he has been taking part in coonhound hunting contests for the past 30 years. He raised seven year old Ruby from a puppy. Ruby has had a successful career with several state champion wins, the High Scoring Arkansas champion and also advanced to the first round of the finals in 2014.