Blythewood beagles tops at NC field trials

Jan Robertson shares the tailgate with Up The Creek Little John, left, who won both the Indian and Lure Beagle Clubs’ 15-inch male classes and Up The Creek Prince Valiant, right, who won the Lure Beagle Club’s 13-inch male class. | Pat Robertson

VALE, N.C. – The opening week of beagle field trial season was triple fun for Pat and Jan Robertson of Blythewood as they won three of the four male classes at a two-club event last week at Indian Beagle Club at Vale, N.C. Up The Creek Little John won both the Indian and Lure Beagle Clubs’ 15-inch male classes, and Up The Creek Prince Valiant won the Lure Beagle Club’s 13-inch male class.

It was the first two wins for Little John, who has placed in previous trials, and the first win and place ever for Prince Valiant. In addition, another of the Robertsons’ dogs, Cotton Hill Benjie, took an NBQ (Next Best Qualified) Award on Wednesday and a second place on Thursday.

Field trial beagles must earn three wins and a total of 120 points to be recognized as an American Kennel Club champion.

“We are looking forward to competing with these dogs and our other beagles at field trials in the Carolinas and Georgia over the coming months,” Jan said.