Oak Hill Harriers

Harriers are a very old English breed dating back several hundred years.  They are bred to hunt fox, rabbit and hare either on foot or on horseback.  As a breed they are not common in the United States.  There are only about 10 breeders.  Oak Hill Harriers began March of 2009 with the acquisition of my first Harrier, Kingsbury Cardinal (Ledger).  I have been looking for a second breed to show and raise and I have always liked the English Foxhound.  Years ago I rode show hunters and have always had a fond spot for the English Foxhound but I didn’t want that large of a dog.  I would occasionally see a Harrier at a show and they caught my eye.  In December of 2008 I was at the shows in Belleville, IL and over lunch my Vizsla handlers and I were talking and I shared with them my interest in Harriers.  They introduced me to Sharon Manning from Kansas City, Mo at that show.  She had her 2 Harrier bitches entered.  Sharon and I talked over the balance of the afternoon and she referred me to Donna Smiley-Auborn and her husband John Auborn.

Ledger at 12 weeks

Ledger at 12 weeks

Donna called me about a show puppy that was available.  She and John have a wealth of knowledge about Harriers and they have the only registered pack of hunting Harriers in the United States.  John takes the pack out on a regular basis.  In March of 2009 I flew to California to meet them and  the puppy, Ledger.  John and I took the pack out for 1 1/2 hours and we jumped 2 different jack rabbits.  It was a wonderful time and so beneficial to see the hounds doing what they are bred to do!  As they say, “Form follows function” and the Harrier is bred for his nose, tenacity and endurance.

Amateur Owner/Handler Hound Group Chicago IKC

  A/O Handler Hound Group Chicago IKC

  A/O Handler Group 1 Chicago IKC

  A/O Handler BIS Chicago IKC Judging

In December of 2012 I got my second Harrier, Icon Oak Hill’s Harmony In The Hills ” Alto,” from Sharon Manning.  With limited showing she has done very well including being awarded Winners Bitch, Best Puppy in Sweepstakes and Best in Sweepstakes at the 2013 Harrier Club of America National Specialty Show in Kennewick, Washington.  She is a very stylish bitch and shows great form and type.   I look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming shows!

Group 3 Columbus Kennel Club, 11 months of age

 

Icon Oak Hill’s Harmony In The Hills Winners Bitch, Best Bred By Exhibitor
2013 Harrier Club of America National Specialty Show

 

Winners Bitch, Best Bred By Exhibitor, Best Puppy in Sweepstakes, Best in Sweepstakes Harrier Club of America 2013 Regional Specialty Show

 

With her brother at 6 weeks of age

 

Following the pack in California desert

   Following the pack in California desert

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For more information about Harriers,

visit www.harrierclubofamerica.com/