Coonhounds howl at chance for ‘coon pelt

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

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LEDBETTER — It smelled of wet dog, but that circumstance was hardly avoidable on Saturday at the Richmond County Cooners Club hosted the 10th annual North Carolina State Water Race and Bench Show.

After all, the necessary ingredients for success include coonhounds and water. That’s about it. Add to that an accurate forecast of steady rain and, well, there was simply no getting around it.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Ruth, managed by Meredith Standridge, reaches the finish line first in her heat of the 50-yard water race

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Ruth, managed by Meredith Standridge, reaches the finish line first in her heat of the 50-yard water race

Dozens of dog handlers and family members and friends gathered for the annual event at the club, located on Ledbetter Road near American Legion Road. The main feature includes a 50-yard watered race course and a well-scented lure — in this case, a raccoon pelt — affixed to a steel cable. The pelt is put in front of the noses of up to six coonhounds, which are temporarily quartered in a stall much like horse racing. The dogs get the scent. When the gate rises, the dogs burst out and into the water to chase the only thing they care about.

First to the finish line wins that part of the competition, but there’s more to it. The first to tree the ‘coon also gets points.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com A heat of the 50-yard water race Saturday at Richmond County Coon Club.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
A heat of the 50-yard water race Saturday at Richmond County Coon Club.

 

 

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Meredith Standridge and Ruth.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Meredith Standridge and Ruth.

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  • Tom MacCallum

    Happy dogs, happy dogs, happy dogs!

  • http://waterrace mike cudd

    Really nice job on this article. I will get them to send results. Thanks for coming. Will pass on to everyone I know.

    Mike Cudd Richmond Coon Hunter Association

  • Randy McDonald, President of Richmond Co. Cooners Club

    Great job with the pictures and article. There’s a lot of information about the club I’d like to share with you.
    I have all of the winners’ dog’s name(s),breed, owner’s name and where they are from. How do you want it sent to you?

  • Emily Perry

    Thanks, it is Great to heard something positive about Ledbetter’s and I sure everybody had a Great time. The Richmond Co. Cooners are a find group of men. Thanks again, for the Great newspaper report and pictures too. Emily

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