(Article below by S.L. Wooldridge from June 1955 The Chase magazine )
CH. Calvin 400 (F)
Wooldridge's CH. CALVIN (F) 400-Winner First All-Age at the National, Bardstown, Kentucky, 1906. Will Richards, breeder. (Walker). Black, white and tan Dog. W'helped July, 1903. By Young Hustler (J. Bennett) ex Nell (Richards). Nell by Tom York ex Lottie; Tom York by Drive ex Phoebe; Lottie by Brown's Calvin ex Dinah. Young Hustler by Cliff ex Bee; Cliff by Hustler ex Nell; Bee by Ed Walker ex Kate.
Pride IV out of Pride III by Running Sam 524, a Calvin bred bound, won the National at Bowling Green and Pride V by Flying Cloud, out of CH. Pride IV, was placed high at the National.
Wade's Phoebe 151 by Joe White out of Nancy, was another hound crossed on CH. Calvin that made hound history. Through this cross the Big Stride blood comes. In this litter were several outstanding hounds. I have mentioned them before, so will not go into detail about them, but Creek of this cross will go down in history as one of the greatest hounds of all time. She won at the Forked Deer Club, won high at the National and was just one of the greatest bounds of her day. Bred to Wade's Alex she produced Sprite who won the Kentucky Derby and Sprite, bred to Cable, produced Big Stride.
Another great field trial hound by Calvin was Wooldridge's and McHenry's Ike 114. Ike did a world of winning. He was out of Topsy; Topsy was by Scott out of CH. Ailsie (F), a mate to Arp. Scott was a mate to Frank. Ike's winnings in 1912 included V.H.C. at Forked Deer Red Foxhound Derby, second at Brunswick Derby. V.H.C. at National (highest award that year), and the combination cup at the National. Won the Kentucky Derby, won the Kentucky All-Age and sired Hot Point that won the Forked Deer Derby.
Another bound of unusual merit by CH. Calvin was Speed sold to W. K. Herrin of Clarksdale, Mississippi Speed was
a beautiful, black, white and tan, arched-back, racy gyp. She ran a wonderful race at the
In the John Branham blood , John Branham was by Lockhart, a son of Hub Dawson and out of Hayden's Ella, she by McKenna who was byCalvin out of Ella- McKenna being a brother to CH. Pride, only a little younger.
Another great hound of this litter that won at the National was Vain. In fact, there were a great many Good ones. Calvina, another sister, was the dam of CH. Audrey Alford (F) that won the National.
Looking over the National list, it certainly is surprising to se how strong this Calvin blood is. After 1906 when CH Calvin won the National at Bardstown, a pup of his, CH. Pete, out of Lady won the National. Two grandpups of his, CH. Audrey Alford and CH. Hustler by Skipper out of Winona, won the National. Then a great grandpup of his CH. Pride III by Alex out of Pride 11, won the National and from that time he has not skipped a generation with some of his family winning the National All-Age Stake.
Here is a list of the winners and you can see that of the 26 years, in 14 of these years the National championships
have been won by CH. Calvin blood. The list of winners are:
All of these are field champions and in lots of cases the winners of second and third carried the CH. Calvin blood. It is my honest opinion that be did more toward giving the Walker hounds, run, dash, class, mouth and speed and improving the breed than any bound up to his day. When be was running with a pack it was a race sure enough. The minute be would be thrown at a loss and it looked like the bottom fell out of it, he had just that way of running a fox.
Remember once at a field trial, Calvin hounds were all winning right along and some one said something about Calvin. Bill Leavell remarked that the way his pups wagged their tails has made CH. Calvin famous. They had a way of wagging their tails that was beautiful when after a fox and whipping themselves around.
Couldn't finish this story without mentioning Ramey by CH. Calvin out of Creamer, an Arp gyp. Ramey won second in
the National Derby, was sold to Col. T. G. James of Mississippi and won second in the National. Placed high again at
the National and won second at the Forked Deer and Red Fox Club. She was later given back to me and was a very
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