Bluetick Coonhound ‘Rocky’ Named National Grand Show Champion
NGRCH CCH GR CH ‘PR’ Spanky’s Rockin Blue Popacap outshone 114 coonhounds to become the National Grand Show Champion at Autumn Oaks on Labor Day weekend in Richmond, Indiana. “Rocky,” a statuesque 5-year-old male Bluetick Coonhound, is familiar with the intense competition at Autumn Oaks, having won the breed there as a 7-month-old in 2012. Other big wins for the solid 80-pound dog include being named the 2017 Coonhunters Kennel Club World Show Champion and the 2015 Purina National Overall Bench Show Champion. “Rocky has a commanding presence. As soon as his show lead goes on, so does his game face,” says owner-handler Lory Galbreath of Cabot, Arkansas, who has been showing coonhounds for more than 20 years. Each competition is emotional for Galbreath, reminding her of her close friend and Rocky’s late co-owner, Kris Tracy of Fincastle, Virginia. Co-owned by Autumn Huffman of Newcastle, Virginia, Rocky is fueled by Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula.