Estate Sale next weekend!

Reminder that the estate sale of the contents of my house will be next weekend-

Sept 13-15th from 10am – 7:30pm each day.

You can see photos and a list of items I’ll have, and more details here:



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).