Some Of The Winners Of The 2013 ACHA World Championship
2013 ACHA WORLD CHAMPION TRICK MAGIC
ACHA World Championship Past To Present History In Pictures
"The Water Runs Deep"
A.C.H.A. World Championship
If you are new to the sport
of coonhunting and competition hunts you are aware that there are
numerous World Hunts. In the beginning it wasn't that way. The ACHA
World Hunt was the only True world hunt in the beginning. Even after
others started forming world hunts in other organizations the ACHA World
Hunt was the one everyone wanted to win. The true World Champion was
the ACHA World Champion. It was the Gold Standard for Titles. It was
the one title everyone that was into competition wanted if they had a
choice. Many of the greats in the Treeing Walker Hall Of Fame were ACHA
World Champions. The ACHA is the "orginal
world hunt." The "grandfather of all world hunts" is rich in history
and tradition. Every legend in coon hunting has competed and dreamed of
winning this "World Hunt".
History of ACHA
In the mid 1940's a small group of coon hunters formed an organization
that would give coon hunters and their hounds an opportunity to display
their skills in events called Wild Coon Hunts. They called themselves
the American Coon Hunters Association ... ACHA.
the late 1980"s ACHA and AKC merged to form ACHA/AKC. The merger was a
disappointment to both parties and was dissolved shortly after it was
formed. Since that time ACHA and AKC have gone their seperate ways and
to this day remain two completely seperate and independent registries.
The Directors of the American Coon Hunters Association have pledged to
do everything we can to maintain, improve and pass on the traditions and
intergrity of this proud association.
• "ACHA" .... owned and governed by it's membership.
• "ACHA" .... the "original coon hunting association".
• "ACHA" .... the "granddaddy" of all the "World Hunts".
• "ACHA" .... committed to providing the fairest, most affordable and most enjoyable hunt we can.
• "ACHA" .... where our goal is to promote the "coonhound".
• "ACHA" .... "where it all started" and we live by our creed.... "fair to all and partial to none!".
I have enjoyed history most of my life. Especially American
History. A few years ago I discovered a wonderful place for anyone who
loves American History especially the early years of the forming of our
great nation. Colonial Williamsburg is a great place to visit and learn
and experience the way life was back them.
On my first visit I learned a little about Patrick Henry. The Give
Me Liberty or Give Me Death guy. Most everyone may know that but in my
first visit to Colonial Willamsburg I found out there was more about him
for me to start asking questions. Why didn't we know more about him
then the one speech? Why didn't he play a more important role in the
founding of the country?
After much research and reading on him I discovered just how
important he was to the founding of this country. But without doing
this digging into what part he played into history he might well just be
thought of as the man who gave the speech.
As I get ready to prepare a column for Legends Of ACHA
it is near the 4th of July. I thought maybe it would be a good idea to
mention some of the people who were responsible either directly or
indirectly for the success of ACHA. People
whose names may have long been forgotten but whose contribution was
important to a very important part of the history of our sport. The ACHA. American Coon Hunters Association.
It would be very different today trying to start a new
organization to try and compare people's hounds in ability and looks.
There are many registries that register hounds and license hunts and
shows. Back in the 40's that wasn't the case. Field Trails and Water
Races were the big things people used to compete. There was some
showing going on at some of the larger Trails such as Leafy Oak but for
the most part if you wanted to compete or compare it was Field Trails
and Water Races.
In the mid 1940's a group of dedicated hunters who loved the
sport of coon hunting but wanted to find a way to compare the hounds and
their ability in the woods met in Tupelo, Mississippi and formed the
American Coon Hunters Association. Many know of the impact that
Association had on our sport with its World Championship but even that
had to start somewhere. Imagine if you knew nothing about the hunt
system of today but you wanted to create a system. You had nothing to
go by and what you created would have to come from ideas that hadn't
been tried yet. How hard would that have been?
Robert Graves, Gene Kemp, Brroks Magill, R.W. Nichols and Bus
No communication as we have today. No pagers, computers,
emails, cell phone or anything to help make communicating as easy as it
it today. Back in that time there were phones but no every one had a
phone and some people lived in areas where there was no phone service.
Remember a few years ago when you would get into an area where you
couldn't get cell service? That has become less of a problem but still
today there is areas where maybe another cell tower would help.
So how did people communicate? They wrote letters. Maybe the
ones that had phones would talk some and they might meet at some of the
field trials. For sure communicating back then wasn't anything like it
is today. The roads weren't as good as today are as plentiful. The
vehicles weren't as fast as todays models and guess what, if it was hot
you rolled your window down.
If we love this sport we owe a big thank you to the people
who worked long and hard to come up with a game we could play with our
hounds. What they did wasn't an easy job but their hard work gave us
something we have shared with a lot of good and not so good friends
made. The ACHA had a big part of this and it is just another part of its rich history.
For many years on the front of American Coner was "Official
Publication of the American Coonhunter's Association" or "Official Organ
of The American Coon Hunters' Association". The American Cooner also
played an important part in the creation of the sport many of us love
and sometimes hate so much. Kidding aside both the Cooner and ACHA has played such a big part in our sport.
One of the original members of the group who met to form ACHA
was Brooks Magill who lived in Blue Springs, Mississippi. He was also
one of the first presidents of the American Coon Hunters Association.
He wrote a Redbone column in American Cooner for many years. He was one
of the guys in our sport who had the respect of most anyone who knew
him or of him. You Redbone people if you go back far enough in your
hounds pedigree there is a good chance you will see one of Magill's dogs
name. Magill's Jungle Jim. He was one of the famous dogs of his day
and whether you liked Redbones or not you knew the name Jungle Jim.
Brooks Magill and Jungle Jim
I am putting one picture in this article that was taken at the 1954 ACHA
World Hunt. These were familiar faces around the American Coon Hunters
Association Annual World Championship Hunt. They are from left to
right. Robert Graves, Gene Kemp, Brroks Magill, R.W. Nichols and Bus
If you will look at the winner of the 2nd Grand American you will see a picture of Red Rover a Redbone owned by Robert Graves.
Robert Graves and Red Rover 2nd Grand American Champion
Gene Kemp liked Black and Tans and we are enclosing a picture of him and his hound Mighty Mo.
Gene Kemp and Kemp's Mighty Mo
Of course Brooks Magill was a Redbone man and we are putting two pictures of him with Jungle Jim.
Magill's Jungle Jim and his owner
R.W. Nichols was a Plott man who had a couple of Plotts you
may have heard about if you like the Plott hounds. There is a picture
of R.W. Nichols and Stormy and a picture of Cherokee Joe.
R.W. Nichols and Stormy
Thompson was a Bluetick man. I haven't been able to find a good picture
of Bus and one of his hounds yet but will try before the column is
These were all men who worked hard for our sport and if you
will notice they didn't all hunt the same breed of hounds. Their names
deserve to be mentioned and thanked for what they helped give us.
Another man who was involved with ACHA was
Manford Craver. He was another Redbone man and if you took the Cooner
in the 60's you will remember him writing Rules Corner in the Cooner.
He also served as one of ACHA's early
Presidents. I could go on more and more about these guys and others
like them but hopefully I have in some small way said Thank You for
their efforts that we still enjoy today.
Oh by the way Patrick Henry was a member of the First Continential
Congress. He was Governor of Virginia. He was appointed Secretary Of
State by President Washington but declined it. His fight against the
Constitution and for the Bill of Rights, brought that issue to public
notice throughout the colonies, contributing to the early adoption of
the Bill Of Rights amendments.
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