UKC Hunting Beagle World Champion Is a Hound Named 'Chief'
A consistent, fast-tracking hound named “Chief” aced four 90-minute competition rounds over three days to become the 2018 UKC (United Kennel Club) Hunting Beagle World Champion. Breeder-owner-handler Trever McQuain, along with co-owners, his wife, Traci McQuain, and brothers Cory McQuain and Josh McQuain, all of Kimbolton, Ohio, who have been competing in the sport only four years after growing up with gundog Beagles, made history by becoming the first consecutive winners since the World Championship began in 2000. World HBCH GRCH GRHBCH TNT’s 3MC Chief outperformed 222 dogs to win the World Championship in September 2018 at Bunner Ridge Park in Fairmont, West Virginia. “Chief is a dog who likes to get out front, and his speed helps,” McQuain says. “He has an honest mouth. When he barks in his big, high-pitched ball voice, he is on the rabbit.” Chief was sired by TNT Cooperstown, the first field trial-bred Beagle owned by Trever McQuain. Although McQuain was seeking a gundog hunting companion, the sire “was faster than our other dogs, or they were that much slower,” he says. “Turns out, it was a combination of both.” This led to his getting involved in field trials. Their 2017 Hunting Beagle World Champion is World HBCH GRHBCH TNT’s 3MC Raisin’ Cain. Chief and “Cain” were fueled to their championship wins by Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula.