Congrats to Cooper and Lupe for earning their Novice Mad Hatter titles!!
Saturday Aug 10:
Bet The Farm:
First place: Cooper with 15 points
Second place: Reeta with 11 points
Third place: Fiona with 8 points
Lupe got 4 points
Macintosh got 1 point
Everyone qualified! But there were only enough entries to award 1st and 2nd place. Ties are broken by time in this game.
1st: Cooper with 18 points
2nd: Fiona with 9 points
Macintosh 9 points
Reeta 6 points
Lupe 3 points
Gretta 3 points
Rumor 3 points
Sunday Aug 11:
Mad Hatter:
1st: Axel and Desi tied with 11 points
2nd: Reeta and Lupe tied with 9 points
Rumor 8 points
Winnie 7 points
Zeus 5 points
Riva 4 points
Gretta 2 points
The biggest issue with Distance is there are only 4 possible scores. So we had a 5 way tie for 1st place!
All earning 1st with 6 points:
Rumor earned 3 points
Everyone on Saturday got their placement ribbons. I will be ordering new center streamers to put on the ribbons I currently have extra of for the dogs the earned 1st place today and have a 2nd place ribbon waiting for Reeta.
Thank you all so much for coming out to play here! It has been SO much fun!

Rat Games trial success!

Thank you to everyone that came out to the rat games trial today!! The Q rate was really high and I hope you all had fun! Thank-you to our Judge, Erin McDaniel, who did a great job!  And to our all day helpers Jody and Gretchen! They all worked very hard!
Results are below.
Bet The Farm:
1st place- Lupe with a score of 29 points! Only team to correctly bet the farm and call clear!
2nd place- Jinks with a score of 12 (let me know if you want me to mail your ribbons)
3rd place- Macintosh with a score of 10
3rd place- Alanis with a score of 10
3rd place- Pink with a score of 10
3rd place- Dazzle with a score of 10
Also qualifying, in run order:
River 8 points
Riva 4 points
Gretta 6 points
Rumor 1 point
Piper 7 points
Owen 2 points
Luke 8 points
Hannah 4 points
Mad Hatter:
1st place- Luke with a score of 19 points
1st place- Hannah with a score of 19 points
2nd place- Pink with a score of 17
3rd place- Lupe with a score of 13
3rd place- Jinks with a score of 13
3rd place- Voodoo with a score of 13
3rd place- Dazzle with a score of 13
Also qualifying, in run order:
Macintosh 7 points
River 1 point
Riva 7 points
Reeta 11 points
Alanis 3 points
Gretta 11 points
Rumor 7 points
Earl 11 points
Piper 5 points
Owen 11 points
Note: the Novice title is 50 points, not 500.  And each game accumulates it’s own points toward titles in that game.
Also note: July will be limited to 3 dogs per blind and I already have some entries. So if you want to enter, you may want to send it in (or deliver it) soon to be sure you get the time slot you prefer. We will be doing the same 2 games in July (both Saturday and Sunday) but will be adding a couple different games in Aug., Sept, Oct. to make the tube placements go a bit quicker. If anyone would like to get a free entry ($15 cash at the end of the day), we could use an extra person or two to help pull and set tubes between dogs to help move things along. The trial was just about right on time with 2 people setting tubes, so more hands can help move it along a bit faster.

Week 3 results (Speed)

The Speed game was hard on everyone! 21 dogs attempted the game and only 6 dogs found more than 1 rat!! And unfortunately, several weren’t able to find a rat in the first 30 sec. It was MUCH more challenging than I thought it would be! Also, I screwed up the timing on the first 6 dogs (on Tuesday), so can’t do ‘official’ placements because the times are used to break ties. Unintended mistakes like this is exactly why I did this round as unofficial! 🙂 We’re all learning as we go right now.
No one found all 5 rats!!
Luke McCabe won the game finding 4 rats and will get a free 30 min. training session.
Owen McCabe found 3 rats
The following dogs found 2 rats:
Betty Jean R
Cooper H
Fiona H
Angus H
The following dogs found 0 or 1 rat (listed in the order they ran):
Elliot R
Earl G
Piper M
Eli M
Joey M
Nikki A
Patti M
Winnie O
Reva O
Macintosh S
Perry M
Cosmo B
Caine H
Pink M
Rumor F
Trying these games helps us see where we might need to do more work, or lets us know this particular game is not for your dog. Doesn’t mean they can’t do well in several of the other games!
This week is distance: Handler can’t go into most of the course until they call rat. Once rat is called, handler can cross the line to get it, but then has to go back to their section of the ring. This was played in week one and the dogs did well. So if you want to brave the brutal temps after Monday, come on out and have some fun!

1st quarter rat games results!

Week 1:

Heads or Tails Results:
Congrats to Piper and Summer McCabe for completing all the course elements in the fastest time! (1:09.10) They have earned one free 30 min. training session!

Second Place- Reeta and Serena S. (1:17.01) 24 points
Third Place- Nikki and Lisa A (1:31.16) 24 points
Fourth Place- Betty Jean and Jennifer R (1:52.08) 24 points

The following teams earned passing scores using the full 2 min.
20 points- Fiona and Gretchen H
20 points- Alanis and Carla F
16 points- Owen and Summer M
16 points- Luke and Summer M
16 points- Cooper and Gretchen H
16 points- Reva and Wanda O
12 points- Daisy Mae and Jody F
12 points- Elliot and Jennifer R
12 points- Pink and Alicia M
12 points- Addie and Judy A
8 points- Angus and Gretchen H
4 points- Zeus and Jolene L
Attempting the course:
Patty and Candy M
Winnie and Wanda O
Eli and Edith M



Results of the 1st quarter have been submitted to rat games! I shared the scores from last week, so here are this week’s scores. Remember that each rat found is worth 2 points. But not doing the tunnel within the 2 minutes is minus 3. And calling an incorrect tube is minus 3.

I’m going to list the placements, then do the rest of the scores in the order they were run so I don’t miss anyone.

1st place- Voodoo Puls with a score of 17 under Judge Erin McDaniel

2nd place- Jif Fields with a score of 16

and we have a 4 way tie for 3rd place with a score of 15!
Tony Lester
Owen McCabe
Cooper Hernandez
Dazzle Puls

The rest of the scores in the order run are:
Addie A 7
Austin C 5
Alanis F 0
Rumor F 6
Betty Jean R 9
Elliot R 11
Pattie M 3
Luke M 11
Piper M 9
Angus H 7
Fiona H 13
Macintosh S 9
Nikki A 9
Winnie O 0
Reva O 7
Zeus L 1
Cosmo B 9
Perry M 11
Pink M 13
Caine H 11

Congrats to everyone! I hope you all had fun and will join us for the trial on March 9th.



Premium for 1st trial!

The premium for the March 9th Mad Hatter trial can be found on this page:

This includes the entry form. It opens on Sunday, so be sure your entries don’t arrive before that date. I don’t THINK it will fill, but getting your entries in early gives you the best shot at an early run time. And if multiple people want the same time slot, the folks that entered first get priority. If you can be flexible about when you run, you can note that on your entry form. I’ll do my best to accommodate everyone’s schedule, but can’t make any promises.

Club Name Change

Due to a notice I got from the founder of barn hunt saying a barn hunt club and barn hunt Judge can’t promote another rat hunting org (Rat Games), the S.E. Indiana Barn Hunt Club will now be known as S.E. Indiana Rats and Dogs.  I’ll be updating everything over the next few days.  Training for both sports will still be offered here, as well as Rat Games trials.

I will be stepping down as a Barn Hunt Judge as well.  But will still Judge Cleremont next month (if Robin, the owner of barn hunt, doesn’t remove my Judge status before then).

RAT GAMES LEAGUE for Jan 6-Mar 2!!

RAT GAMES LEAGUE for Jan 6-Mar 2!!
I found out about the new organization called Rat Games (not affiliated with Barn Hunt in any way, but still about finding rats). I have been in contact with them to see if it would be possible for all of you to join in their winter league fun and it IS possible!!
You can choose to join in whatever games you want, but you would have to let me know at the start of the league (or by Jan 19) if you want to join the weekly play. Any week you skip would have a score of zero recorded, but scores aren’t official this round since I’m not official yet (this will help me get approved).
Even if you don’t plan to participate in the league, you can still come play/train on the courses. And if you want to join the league, after your dog’s first run on the course which would be scored, the rest of your session time would be like a regular training session. Note- I’m assuming that if you have multiple dogs, only 1 dog can join an official league because the courses and hides are the same for all the clubs/dogs all over the U.S. that are participating in the league. So once you run one dog, you would know where the hides are located. But I’m checking to see if you’ll be able to play with multiple dogs this league since it will be like a fun test to help me become a Judge and approved Rat Games club.
  • Who: Anyone at any level can play this league, it’s just for fun and to help me become a Judge/club for the org.
  • What: A set order of games based on finding rats in straw.
  • When: Starts Jan 6th with a new game/course each week
  • Where: Same place I offer training! (In my basement)
  • Why: Because it looks like it will be a lot of fun!
  • How much: Entry fee is $5 per game x 8 games ($40). $2 per entry goes to Rat Games and the remainder of this fee will help pay for ribbons for when I’m able to offer official trials or league entries.
If you plan to stay and do a regular training session after your scored league run, regular training rates would apply. So essentially $15 per 30 min. session instead of $10 if you want to look at it that way. But you can also just come to do a scored run if that’s all you have time for. Just let me know that’s what you plan to do when you schedule your session that week.
The winter games league is a set order of games and I’ve been approved to offer them during regular training sessions. Your scores would be tallied and submitted every quarter, but unofficial since I’m not yet an approved Judge/club for this org. Which also means, I think, that your dog doesn’t have to be registered with Rat Games to participate (I’m checking on that).
Here is the schedule (description of the games is below)
Jan 6-12: Heads or Tails
Jan 13-19: Mad Hatter
Jan 20-26: Speed
Jan 27-Feb 2: Distance
Feb 3-9: Mad Hatter
Feb 10-16: Bet the Farm
Feb 17-23: Tunnels!
Feb 24-Mar 2: Bet the Farm
Keep in mind, the course for each game will be set for the entire week and may not have a tunnel (or only 1 tunnel), except for the week in Feb where the course will be ALL tunnels 🙂
— Almost all the games have a 2:00 time limit. Bet the farm is a 3:00 limit
— All the courses in the league are a maximum of 2 bales high
— NO CLIMB REQUIRED in any game! And two of the games don’t require a tunnel!
In official games trials/leagues, points are accumulated for titles in each game.
Novice = 50 points
Intermediate = 100 points
Advanced = 250
Championship = 500 points
Additional championships at each 500 points (x2, x3, etc.)


Heads or Tails game (2:00 time limit)
The course is divided into two halves (with tape, cones, etc.), one side is marked heads and the other marked tails. There will be 2 rats and a bedding tube on each side. The Judge flips a coin to determine which side you start/stay on. If the coin is heads, you go to the heads side and the other half of the course is a distance challenge. If the coin is tails, you go to the tails side and have to work the other side as a distance challenge. Once you call “Rat!” you can cross the line to get the tube or restrain the dog, but then you have to go back to the side where you started.
8 points for each rat found on the distance side
4 points for each rat found on the starting side.
No points for tunnels (tunnel is optional)
Mad Hatter Game (2:00 time limit)
Similar to Barn Hunt’s Crazy 8, except that there are TEN rats on the course and 6 bedding. But you can call 3 wrong tubes before you NQ! It is a points game and whatever points you have at the end of the 2:00 you keep.
2 points per correct rat call
1 point for tunnel
Minus 3 points for not tunneling (tunnel has 2-5 turns)
Minus 3 points for each incorrect rat call (up to 3)
If you find all 10 rats and tunnel in under 2:00 you double your score!
Speed game (2:00 time limit)
Judge does a random draw (4 to 10) at the start of the game to determine the number of rats on the course for everyone (and announces how many rats there will be). There are a total of 14 tubes on the course when you start and any tube that isn’t a rat, is a bedding. You have 30 seconds to find your first rat. Once you call rat, the timer restarts to 30 seconds and you have 30 sec to find the next rat. This continues until you have found all the rats or don’t find one within 30 seconds. You get 3 points for each correct rat call. For an incorrect call, time keeps going but results in no points for the next rat found within the 30 sec.
Distance Game (2:00 time limit)
Course is set with a visible line across one entire end, 4’ from the fence. The handler has to remain in that space unless retrieving a rat tube. If you cross the line before you call rat, it is an NQ run but you can keep playing for fun. There are 3 rats to find and 3 bedding tubes for your dog to ignore. After you call rat, you can cross the line to restrain your dog for rat tube removal, you can pick up and hand the tube to the rat rustler, or you can choose to redirect your dog and let the tube stay. As soon as you are done with the tube/dog, you have to return to the start line area. Each rat find is an element and doing the tunnel is an element.
The first element completed is worth 3 points
The second element completed is worth 6 points
The third element completed is worth 12 points
Finding all three rats and doing the tunnel in 2:00 is worth 24 points.
Bet the farm game (3:00 time limit)
This game is sort of like a Barn Hunt Master’s run. There will be 14 total tubes on the course. 4 to 10 of the tubes will have a rat, the rest will have bedding only. The Judge will use a random draw to determine the number of rats and the handler won’t know the number when they enter the course. You will have 3:00 to find as many rats as you can and then call finish or clear before time runs out. The run ends when time runs out or the handler calls clear or finish.
If you don’t call finish or clear before time runs out, it is an NQ
If you call 3 wrong tubes, it is an NQ
If you don’t find at least half of the rats, it is an NQ
1 point for every 10 seconds under 3:00 (fractions of 10 sec round up)
1 point for each rat found
20 point bonus for correctly calling clear
2 point deduction for each missed call (up to 4 points)
1 point deduction for each rat left on the course
First place is highest points, ties broken by fastest time
Tunnels game (2:00 time limit)
The course will consist of 2-8 tunnels of varying difficulty. Points are awarded based on the number of turns the tunnel has. And each entrance is considered a separate tunnel effort that is worth the points for that tunnel. Each tunnel can be marked with its point value. Each tunnel entrance used to complete the tunnel only counts for points once. There will be 2-3 rats on the course, but they have no points. No bedding tubes on the course. Handler may call finish and stop the time and keep their current score and time. Maximum points on the course will be 20-30. One of the tunnels must be straight. Scribe calls done when all tunnels are completed.
Straight tunnels are worth 1 point.
All others are worth 1 point, plus 1 point for each turn. So a 5 turn tunnel would be worth 6 points.
I’ll have a sign up list available soon to get an idea of how many people want to try it!