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Belton, SC - Important South Carolina legislative session highlights concerning dogs and dog owners
July 20, 2022
The 2021-2022 South Carolina legislative session and special sessions concluded with victories for dogs and dog owners. The American Kennel Club Government Relations team (AKC GR) thanks club members, sportsmen, dog owners, allied organizations, and every individual who contacted their state lawmakers about legislation that affects dogs.
Highlights from the two-year legislative session:
House Bill 4094 contained problematic findings about “pit bull” dogs and sought to restrict ownership of and require registration with an animal control agency of “fertile” pit bulls. These requirements would have applied to “American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers,” dogs displaying the physical traits of one or more of the breeds, or a dog exhibiting the distinguishing characteristics that conform to the standards established by the AKC for any of the breeds. AKC GR strongly opposed this legislation, issued an alert, and sent a letter of concern to subcommittee members. The bill did not advance during the two-year session.
House Bill 3067 sought to require that any second violation of the state law’s Chapter on Cruelty to Animals would have required forfeiture of ownership of all animals and a prohibition from owning an animal for five years. AKC GR opposed this bill because it contained excessive penalties and mandatory restrictions for certain offenses that do not involve the care and keeping of animals, and for violations of certain provisions that do not involve harm to an animal. The bill failed sine die.
Senate Bill 186 sought to create new language regarding dog training techniques and devices, and to delete certain exemptions under current law for hunting dogs. AKC requested a clarifying amendment to protect the training and use of dogs for herding; flock guarding; vermin control; tracking, trailing, or treeing; field work; and hunting. The bill did not advance during the two-year session.
Senate Bill 556 sought to make changes to laws that govern trapping. As introduced, this bill could have increased hazards for dogs whose owners participate in field trials, Coonhound events, hunting, and training for these sports, as well as hiking, wilderness camping, and other outdoor activities with dogs. Read AKC GR’s alert on S 556 as it was originally introduced. AKC GR recommended amendments to safeguard dogs, and the bill was favorably amended in committee. It passed in the Senate, but died in House committee.
Legislation to support going forward:
AKC GR continues to support enactment of legislation similar to Senate Bill 378. This bill would have increased penalties for teasing or injuring police dogs and horses, and provided that a person convicted shall pay restitution for costs of restoring or replacing a police animal and complete 500 hours of community service. SB 378 passed in the Senate, but did not advance in House committee. AKC encourages bill sponsors to reintroduce this legislation.
Get prepared for 2023!
Problematic bills could be refiled for the 2023 session. Take time now to meet with your state senator and representative in their home districts. Let them know that you, your AKC club, and the AKC Government Relations Department are reliable and knowledgeable resources on dog issues.
2022 is an election year. Encourage fellow dog owners to register to vote. Get to know candidates for office, learn about their positions on animal issues, and support dog-friendly candidates for seats in the state legislature.
If you are not directly receiving AKC’s legislative alerts by email, click here to sign up. Learn about key issues affecting dogs and become familiar with AKC GR’s materials you can download and use.
By working together, we can support good legislation like SB 378 and oppose problematic bills, thereby protecting our rights to own, exhibit, breed, and enjoy the dogs we love.
For additional information, please contact AKC Government Relations at email@example.com.
Derby Trial Results April 1-2, 2022
UBGF Derby Saturday 4/2/2022
1st- Griswold’s Dixie / Robert Griswold
2nd- Griswold’s Sparkle / Robert Griswold
3rd- Choptalk Sycamore Simone / Mike Ramsey
4th- True Grit Lil Twisted Lemon / Elin Cooper
NBQ- WW’s Jewel / Wayne Wardlaw
UBGF Derby Saturday 4/2/2022
1st- River Forks Hot Dog / Brock Holiday
2nd- Sand W’s Snoop Dog / Jason Snipes
3rd- Five Forks Riptide/ Scott Wilson
4th- Sand W’s Rambling Rambo / Jason Snipes
NBQ- Smity’s Burn it up Bobo / Keith Smith
UBGF Derby Saturday 4/2/2022
1st- Ellis’ Duke Kaboom / Nick Greene
2nd- Ramsey’s Little Ulysses / Jimmy Ramsey
3rd- Ramsey’s Little Chunk of Gold / Jimmy Ramsey
4th- Bullocks Creek Brice’s Patcher / Mike Ramsey
NBQ- Bullocks Creek Davis Highball / Mike Ramsey
MAB Derby Friday 4/1/2022
1st- Beast Mode Hailey / John Lastinger
2nd- Griswold’s Piper / Robert Griswold
3rd- Griswold’s Sparkle / Robert Griswold
4th- Beast Mode Stella / John Lastinger
NBQ- Beast Mode Lethal Luna / John Lastinger
MAB Derby Friday 4/1/2022
1st- Ellis’ Duke Kaboom / Nick Greene
2nd- Beast Mode Yes Sir / John Lastinger
3rd- Beast Mode Slick / John Lastinger
4th- Kelly’s High Cotten Dooby / Mike Kelly
NBQ- Maveric’s Don’t Tango with Rango / Eric Stepp
Mike Ramsey Inducted into the SPO Hall of Fame
Belton, SC - Congratulations to our own Mike Ramsey. It's such a special honor for him and so well deserved. Mike has been involved with beagles since his early years. Its best that he tells you how it began 'In his own words'.
Imagine the joy of a young boy going rabbit hunting with his father! That is how my love of beagling began. My dad had a pack of grade dogs, and we would kill about twenty rabbits every time we loaded them up and went hunting. Those were fun times and treasured memories.
Yet I found that I liked running dogs, training puppies and watching them develop more so than killing rabbits. Part of this was due to the influence of a good friend, William Pratt Ferguson, a Hall of Fame brace beagler. He got me involved in brace trials and taught me how to breed beagles to get the traits that I wanted. On his advice, I studied thousands of pedigrees to better understand genetics. Later I decided that I wanted more of a hunting type beagle, so I started going to SPO trials. I realized quickly this was the type of dog that I wanted – one that has the versatility to hunt and complete in field trials. I found some males I liked that were Gay bred and crossed them with my brace females. Within a couple of crosses, I had a female named Bullocks Creek Jane Ann. She had Gay, Buzz Bomb, and Little Man bloodlines. I bred her to Double M’s Cocoa Bear, and that was the cross that really got me going as it resulted in FC Bullocks Creek Smoke and FC Bullocks Creek Hoss!
As of today, I have produced over 30 field champions out of my kennel. I have personally finished 14 hounds, and three of my males have produced 13 champions each. The only one I didn’t breed was FC Phil’s Line Drive Jake. He was out of FC Bullocks Creek Smoke. My dear friend Phil Nixon was the breeder of record for Jake.
My goal in beagling has been to help the breed by producing versatile dogs built for hunting and trialing. In 2016 I was the UBGF Breeder of the Year, and in 2010, I had the top performing 13” female in UBGF. I serve on the Board of Directors for Foothills Beagle Club. My desire is to help fellow beaglers by looking at their pedigrees and suggesting crosses that might work best, by sharing information on treatments for different conditions their beagles might have, and by nurturing the love of beagling in young fellows in the sport. Denzel Washington says it best: “at the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back."
Two Couple Pack Trial 02/26/2022
Belton, SC - Thanks to all who came out and supported Foothills this weekend. Special thanks to the judges, Todd Rush and Eddie Evans, and all the club members who worked hard behind the scenes to make this trial possible.
Mike Ramsey Finishes Another One
Belton, SC - New Field Champion FCGD Bullocks Creek Little Amos. Finished in a class of 36 Little males at East Howellsville Beagle Club.
Nathan Ross wins at Foothills
Belton, SC - Nathan Ross sends a special thanks to the judges and everyone who came out and participated. Nice turn out with 17 packs with a lot of good runs. A day I'll never forget. And thank you Foothills Beagle Club
New Member February 2019
Belton, SC - Please join me in welcoming our newest club member Buddy Lee.
New Member October 2018
New Members March 2018
New Members December 2017
Belton, SC - Please join me in welcoming our newest members.
New Members March 2017
Belton, SC - Please join me in welcoming our newest members.
Mike Ramsey 2016 UBGF Breeder of Year
Belton, SC - Congratulations to Mike Ramsey on winning Breeder of the Year at the recent UBGF Annual meeting held in Bowling Green, KY on August 13, 2016. This is a major accomplishment and certainly well deserved.
Daniel Chapman places 3 at Hiwassee Beagle Club
Belton, SC - Mill Hills Saddle Up and Ride Big Boy got third place in the big male class at Hiwassee's AKC SPO trial on Friday, 10/5. Mill Hills Betting on Angie got 4th in the big female class and High Class Macy got 3rd in the little females on Saturday, 10/6.
Daniel Chapman places at Quail Farm and Rabbitts Unlimited
Belton, SC - Rapid Run Long Drive got third place in the big male class at Quail Farm's AKC SPO trial on Friday, 9/14.
Mill Hills Saddle Up and Ride Big Boy got second place in the big male class at Rabbits Unlimited's AKC SPO trial on Friday, 9/21.
Daniel Chapman places several at North Georgia's Derby Trial
Dawsonville, Ga - Hull's Lil Caddy Shagger got first place in the little male class. Mill Hills Saddle Up and Ride Big Boy got first place in the big male class. Mill Hills Betting On Trudy got second in the little female class. Rapid Run Long Drive got third place in the big male class. Congratulations Daniel!!!
3 Foothills Members Score Big at Tuckasegee SPO Trial
Ellenboro, NC - Tony Martin won the 15" female class of 21 with Braeden's Midway Baylee, placed second and NBQ in the 13" female class of 30 with Beaverdam's Midway Zoey and Beaverdam's Midway Squirt respectively on Friday, 3/2/2012 at Tuckasegee Beagle Club's Licensed SPO trial. Congratulations Tony!!
Daniel Chapman got 4th place in the 15" male class of 26 with Rapid Run Long Drive at Tuckasegee on Saturday, 3/3. Congratulations Daniel!!!
Harold Godfrey got third place on the bench with his 15" female VST Hoo Doo Bobbi. Congratulations Harold!!!
Tim Cooper wins at Poplar Branch
Aiken, SC - Tim Cooper won the little female class of 34 at Poplar Branch Beagle Club with Chief's Carolina Queen. This was a Gundog Brace format and there were a lot good hounds competing.. Congratulations Tim!!!
Randy Adcox gets NBQ at Poplar Branch
Aiken, SC - Randy Adcox got NBQ in the big female class of 23 with Paige’s Liza on Saturday, 3/25. I think this dog has many wins and needs just a few points to finish. Congratulations Randy!!!
Harold Godfrey finishes Chief's Miss Bee
Bailey, NC - Chief's Miss Bee, handled by Kevin and Allen Morris, won a class of 51 little females at Down East BC on Saturday 2/11. This is her third win and she has plenty of points. Bee is out of FC COLMAN AND MANLEY's LINE DRIVE and F.C. CHIEFS FIRST LADY. This is Pro 2 for Lady and Pro 6 for Drive. Way to go Harold!!
Tony Martin, Harold Godfrey, and Michael Smith place at Sandhill's SPO Trial
Patrick, SC - Tony Martin got 1st on the bench and 2nd in the field with Braeden's Midway Baylee and 3rd in the field with Beaverdams Midway Zoey. Michael Smith got 2nd in the field with his 13" female Star R Bella. Harold Godfrey got NBQ with his 15" female VST Hoo Doo Bobbi. Congratulations guys!!!
Michael Smith wins at the Southeast UBGF Runoff
Lincolnton, NC - Michael Smith won the little male class at the Second Annual UBGF Southeast Runoff with FC Timberlake Little Black Sambo. This was quite an accomplishment since there were many field Field Champions in the class. Congratulations Michael !!!
Daniel Chapman gets 4th at the SECOND ANNUAL UBGF SOUTHEAST RUNOFF
Lincolnton, NC - Daniel Chapman took 4th place at the UBGF Runoff held a Green River Beagle Club with his FC Stinkin Creek Raspberry. Congratulations Daniel !!!
Club Members Score Big at Our Derby Trial
Belton, SC - Several of our members placed hounds at our
January 28th UBGF Derby Qualifying Trial.
Daniel Chapman - Grand Final Runner-up, 2nd in the field, and 2nd on the bench with Mill Hills Saddle Up and Ride Big Boy. 1st in the field with Rapid Run Long Drive.
Michael Smith - 2nd place in field and 4th on the bench with Smith’s Hilltop Baby Girl. NBQ in the field with Smith’s Hilltop Little Girl.
Mike Ramsey - 4th in the field with Bullocks Creek Little Hoss. 3rd place in the field and NBQ on the bench with Bullocks Creek Big Mama.
Tony Martin - 1st on the bench and NBQ in the field with Beaverdams Midway Bain Bain.
Tony Pearson - 3rd on the bench with Pearson’s Blue Ridge Honey Bird.
Congratulations to all who placed hounds.
Jacob Freeman's Rabbit Hunt
Ninety Six, SC - Jacob Freeman is all smiles as he displays the day's harvest after hunting on Saturday with his father Joe and several of his hunting buddies. Good job Jacob!!!
Tony Martin gets 4th at Poplar Branch and 4th at Pendleton
Tony Martin got a fourth place at Poplar Branch AKC Licensed Trial on Saturday, 1/7/2011 with his 15" female Bailey. He also got 4th at Pendleton's UBGF derby trial with his 15" male Bain Bain. Congratulations Tony!!
Steve Kelly gets another NBQ
Patrick, SC - Steve Kelly got NBQ with Beaverdams Midway Price at Sandhill Beagle Club's AKC Gundog Brace trial on Friday 12/16/2011. This was the second NBQ for Price in as many weeks. Contratulations Steve!!!
Lewis Wilson gets 2nd at Tokeena
Westminster, SC - Lewis Wilson got second place at Tokeen's AKC Licensed Gundog Brace trial with Choptalk Stubby Stump in the little male class of 39. Congratulations Lewis!!
Tony Martin Gets 2nd at Tokeena
Westminster, SC - Tony Martin took second place in the little female class of 31 at Tokenna on Friday, 12/9 with Beaverdams Midway Zoey. This is the female that finished first at Foothill on 12/3. Congratulations Tony!!
Steve Kelly gets NBQ at Tokeena
Westminster, SC - Steve Kelly got NBQ with Beaverdams Midway Price at Tokeena on Friday 12/9/2011. Contratulations Steve!!!
Daniel Chapman Continues
Belton, SC - Daniel Chapman continues his streak with a 3rd at Foothills on 12/3 and a second at Rocky River on 12/10 with Mill Hill's Saddle Up and Ride Big Boy. Big Boy is a 15 month old derby off his field champion Rapid Run Lil Cowboy Casanova. He also got a win on 12/10 at Columbus with Rapid Run Lil Prissy. This is her 3rd win for her championship. Congratulations Daniel!!!!
Doug Grant Gets 2nd Place at Foothills
Belton, SC - Doug Grant placed 2nd in the little male class of 57 at Foothills on Saturday 12/3/2011 with Grants Cocoa Rocky Tan Man.
Tony Martin wins at Foothills
Doug and John Michael Langston
Belton, SC - Beaverdams Midway Zoey, owned by Tony Martin and handled by Doug Langston and his son John Michael, won the litlle female class of 63 at Foothills Beagle Club's AKC Licensed SPO and UBGF qualifying trial on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Great job John Michael and Doug on handling Zoey for her first win and congratulations Tony!!!
Daniel Chapman Wins at Tarheel
Cleveland, NC - Rapid Run Little Prissy, owned by Daniel Chapman, won the little bitch class at Tarheel Beagle Club on Saturday, November 12, 2011. This is Prissy's 2nd win and gives her enough points. Just needs one more win to finish. Contratulations Daniel!!!
David Prince places NBQ at Tarheel
Cleveland, NC - David Prince got NBQ in the field and 1st place on the bench with his Robert E. Lee bitch in the little female class of 48 on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Tarheel Beagle Club's SPO/UBGF trial. He also won 2nd on the bench with his Haymaker female. Congratulations David!!
Harold Godfrey gets 3rd at Tarheel
Cleveland, NC - Chief's Pretty Girl got 3rd in the field and 2nd on the bench in the big female class at Tarheel Beagle Club on Saturday, November 12, 2011. Congratulations Harold!!
Harold Godfrey takes another 1st at Amelia Beagle Club
Jetersville, VA - Chief's Miss Bee, owned by Harold Godfrey and handled by Kevin Morris, won another first place in the little bitch class at Amelia Beagle Club's AKC Licensed SPO and UBGF qualifying trial Saturday, October 29, 2011. Looks like you've got this game down to a science. Congratulations Harold!!
Randy Adcox gets 2nd Place at Cove Creek
Pickens, SC - Randy Adcox placed 2nd in a class of 12 big females at Cove Creek's AKC Licensed SPO trial on Saturday, 10/15/2011 with Paige's Liza. Liza has 3 wins and just needs points to finish. Congratulations Randy!!!
Tony Martin gets 3rd Place at Cove Creek
Pickens, SC - Tony Martin placed 3rd in a class of 36 little females at Cove Creek's AKC Licensed SPO trial on Saturday, 10/15/2011 with Beaverdams Midway Zoey. This is Zoey's first Licensed place but I'm sure there will be many more to come for her. Congratulations Tony!!
Harold Godfrey takes 1st Place at Quail Farm
Mebane, NC - Chief's Miss Bee, owned by Harold Godfrey and handled by Kevin Morris, won first place in the little bitch class at Quail Farm's AKC Licensed SPO and UBGF qualifying trial Saturday, September 17, 2011. Congratulations Harold!!
FC Rapid Run Lil' Cowboy Cassanova Wins HOF Trial of Champions
Collinwood, TN - Daniel Chapman won the 13" combined class at Jacks Creek Beagle Club on Saturday 9/10/2011 with his FC Rapid Run Lil' Cowboy Cassanova. This was the 2nd annual HOF Trial of Champions judged by HOF members and the second year in a row for Cowboy. What an accomplishment!!
Hutto's Gall Creek Red Gal gets NBQ at Turkey Creek
Ellenboro, NC - David Prince placed NBQ with Hutto's Gall Creek Red Gal at Turkey Creek's AKC Licensed SPO trial on Friday 9/9/2011. His female ran in the little female class of 61.
FCGD Hooper's Dollar wins UBGF Triple Challenge Award
Bowling Green, KY - FCGD Hooper's Dollar, owned by David and Jacob Prince, won the UBGF Triple Chalenge award for 2011. This award is presented to hounds that have three wins in the same calendar year.
At left Harold Godfrey, official delegate for Foothills Beagle Club, accepted the award for David and Jacob at the annual UBGF meeting held in early August. Congratulations David and Jacob!!!
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