Sunday, July 27, 2014


Posted in the Great Lakes Barn Hunt Facebook group Sunday July 27, 2014:

BIG NEWS FLASH. Jake von der Alte Baum "Jake", a German Shepherd Dog from Larsen, WI, owned and handled by Laurel Stone earned the first RATCHX in the history of the Barn Hunt, pending confirmation by BHA, today at Waukesha, WI.

Rat Champion Excellent requires that a dog earn 25 Master legs total, including the 5 earned in the RATM and the 10 earned in the RATCH. Very exciting for all of us!!!!

Taken at Waukesha County Expo Center

2014.7.27 Waukesha (3)

Moments after final leg required for RATCHX was earned in Trial 1 on Sunday morning, in a run judged by Susan Chapman. — with Laurel Stone and Susan Chapman at Waukesha County Expo Center.

Jake's personalized RATCHX bar and ribbon. — at Waukesha County Expo Center.


By the end of the weekend, Jake was a very decorated fellow! — at Waukesha County Expo Center.

Andrea Dugger - May 25 congRATulations Laurel Stone and RATCH Jake for becoming the 3rd? Barn Hunt Champions in the world! I can't wait to see the pics / videos!

You, Kelly Mientke Butkiewicz, Brenda Coffield, Karen Alvarez and 48 others like this.

  • Brenda Coffield Sorry I didn't get back to see it, Laurel. But huge congRATS!
  • Kitty Check Huge congRATS!. Great job!
  • Kitty Check who is the 2nd RATCH?
  • Ellen Bloomfield CongRats!!!!!
  • Andrea Dugger 2nd? Carol Cagel and Gracie
  • Nancy Yeoman Awesome!!! Woo Hoo!!!
  • Darla Lacey Congratulations Laurel.
  • Jean Richardson Whoopee!
  • Sandra Hoesel Congrats Laurel & Jake!!
  • Kathy Kimmeth Congrats what a great accomplishment.
  • Sandra Hoesel Who are the three? Andrea, Carol and Laurel?
  • Andrea Dugger As far as I know- unless there have been others that we just haven't about yet.
  • Karen Alvarez Big Congrats to you and Jake!
  • Paula King I'm so happy for you and glad I was able to film your winning run!
  • Sandra Hoesel What I find interesting is in a true testament to Barn Hunt being a sport for all dogs, the 3 are a Weimaraner, a GSD and a GWP. Way to go ladies!!
  • Andrea Dugger I disagree- apparently the Germans have a leg up in the sport. Bwahhaaaa
  • Sandra Hoesel Well considering Weims and GWP's are two of my breeds and I competed in 4-H and AKC with a GSD, I think you are correct Andrea. German breeds have a leg up! (said somebody of German descent... )
  • Nancy Yeoman We're going to get Dachshunds in there some day! Go short-legged Germans! hahaha
  • Jean Richardson Beware, the Brits are coming. Terriers of the world, unite and get to hunting those rats.