Barn Hunt2018-08-15T14:36:24+00:00

Permission has been granted by the Barn Hunt Association, LLC for the holding of these Barn Hunt trials under BHA
Rules and Regulations. This trial is hosted by RATCH it Up!, with approval from BHA, in conjunction with the ACDCA
AKC national Specialty. BHA rules are in effect within the marked areas of the BHA show grounds.
Event dates: Sept 22 & 23, 2018
Event opens to Australian Cattle Dogs ONLY on August 10. Event opens to all other breeds on August
24. Pre-Entries close to all on September 12, 2018 (or when 8 hours of judging has been reached)
Trial site:
Indoor Exposition Arena
Bell County Expo Center
301 West Loop 121 Belton TX 76513
The Ring & Blind will be in a climate controlled building on dirt.
Judge: Pam Opanowitz, Texas
Dogs may enter both the Instinct Test and Novice class in the same trial.
This is a two-ring, one-judge trial. Entry fees are listed on the entry form.

Trial Committee
Event Chair: Wendy Hodges 512-940-0533
Event Secretary : Ann Bridges
Chief Rat Wrangler: JoAnn Wolf Chief Ring Steward: Robin Rosenstock
Volunteer Coordinator: Diane Smith
Make checks to : RATCH It Up! Mail entries to: Ann Bridges / ACDCA Specialty PO Box 598 Tenaha, Tx 75974 A returned
check does not constitute a valid entry. There will be a $50 fee for any returned checks. No electronic entries will be accepted.

For those new to Barn Hunt, the website has FANTASTIC feature. It will create your entry form for you! You print, sign and mail it in! Simple!! We encourage you to make use of this feature. (no errors because of hard to read entry forms!) It isn’t an online entry. It just creates your form and calculates your entry. You just print, sign and mail it!

1.) Go to

2.) Go to the Upcoming events, select the trial you wish to enter. (If the trial isn’t open yet it will tell you the date it opens, if it is open, there will be a link that says create entry. )

3.) Click “Create mail in entry”

4.) Select your dog , then select the classes and trials you wish to enter. At the bottom on the page, there is a check box saying you understand you have to print and mail the forms… CHECK that to make the print button functional.

5.)Click the print and it will create an entry form for each dog. Sign EACH one and mail…. there you go! (you MUST PRINT the actual entry form!)

If trial hasn’t filled by closing, (9/12/18) late entries (at DOS prices) will be accepted. If trial
hasn’t filled by Day of Show, entries accepted if judging limits have not been reached. Entries
are limited to 8 hours per day with Crazy 8s limit of 20 dogs per day.
Tentative Start Times & Running Order
There are two trials per day. First trial each day will have Instinct and Crazy 8’s in addition
to Novice through Masters, second trial will be only be Novice through Masters. Running order
will be determined before the trial based on entries.
Day of show entries (if available) will be from 7:30am to 8:00AM. Check-in 8:30am, General
briefing at 8:45am, Judges briefing 8:55am, first dog in the ring 9:00am. The judge may take a 30
minute lunch break.
Move Ups: if you finish a title in trial 1 and wish to move up for trial 2, come to the
secretary table and fill out the move up form.

Hotel information: There are about 12 electrical hookupson the side of the building for $20/night on a first come/first serve basis. You need to pay the Expo Center for these, and they will remove the locks. Full-service hookups are available at the adjacent Belton RV Park. (254-939-1961) Please note there is an agility trial this weekend and they have the same information for RV. Competitors are expected to read and understand the current BHA rules prior to participating in this event. Bitches in season (BIS) MAY compete at Barn Hunt trials. Trial Chair and/or Secretary must be notified as soon as possible so that run orders can be adjusted. They will run at the end of each class and are required to wear pants/britches in the ring. Owners of BIS must crate/confine their dogs in a specified BIS crating area and potty their dogs away from other dogs. BIS are required to wear panties at all times when out of their crates except when they are being pottied. Awards Qualifying ribbons will be awarded for each qualifying run in all classes. Ribbons will be awarded for First through Fourth places in Novice through Master classes and in each height division. Rosettes will be awarded for New Titles as well as for High in Class Novice, Open, Senior, and Master for each trial. Please contact the Trial Secretary if you might be earning a RATCH or higher at this trial! As this trial is part of the ACDCA specialty, there will be special placement ribbons for Cattle Dogs, High in Class Cattle Dog awards, and Judges Choice. NOTICE TO EXHIBITORS YOU MUST be registered with BHA to enter this event, registration number and Barn Hunt Regulations may be obtained on the website, Competitors are expected to read and understand the current BHA rules prior to participating in this event. Refunds: Entry Fees will not be refunded after closing date or in the event that a dog is absent, disqualified, excused, or barred from competition by the action of the Event Committee. No entry fees will be refunded if the trials cannot open or be completed by reason of riots, civil disturbances, fire, and act of  for discount God, public emergency, act of a public enemy, or any other causes beyond the control of the Event Committee.

  •  Bring chairs and crates.
  •  Possessing or training with personal, live quarry is not permitted on the show grounds at any time.
  • All dogs must be on leash at all times except when in the ring.
  • Exhibitors are responsible to clean up after their dogs. Potty areas designated by the club will be clearly marked.
  •  Exhibitors are responsible for being ready to go to the Blind, in the Blind, and waiting for the call to the gate when it is their turn to run. The judge need not wait for any dog holding up a class.
  •  RATCH It Up!, ACDCA and the Bell County Expo Center assume no responsibility for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by exhibitors, handlers, spectators, or to any of their dogs, property, or children.

Height Divisions: Small, Dogs 13” & under; Medium, Dogs 13.1” to 18”; Large, Dogs over 18”. Dogs are measured at the option of the judge. Instinct – Senior & C8s blinds will hold 5 teams. Master blinds will hold 3 teams. Collars and Leashes - Per BHA rules, electronic collars/devices are not allowed anywhere on the site – this includes electronic bark collars, citronella collars, and head halters. Flexi style leashes ARE NOT to be used inside any building. Prong collars may not be used. Approved collars include flat snap or buckle collars of solid construction and leather or nylon leads. Limited slip martingale and single piece slip leads and harnesses are allowed. Dogs will run without a collar or harness but will enter and exit the ring on a collar or harness. (Remember this trial is held in conjunction with an AKC event, BHA show grounds will be marked. Outside of the BHA show grounds the AKC rules apply.) Veterinarian on call: Animal Emergency Center of Temple-Belton, 3809 S. General Bruce Drive, Suite 108, Temple, TX 76504. (254)231-3774 Belton Veterinary Clinic, 1507 S IH-35, Belton, TX 76513. (254) 939-1884

The Australian Cattle Dog Club of America, Inc.

The Australian Cattle Dog Club of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization functioning as the parent club for AKC registered Australian Cattle Dogs. To encourage and to do all possible to bring the natural qualities of Australian Cattle Dogs to perfection according to the current American Kennel Club (AKC) breed standard.e.