Basset Hound Club Trophies

Pam and I are very active with showing our basset hounds in AKC dog shows. Because of that I have been involved over the years in making some trophies for the basset hound shows that the clubs we belong to hold each year. It’s a fun activity and the trophies help me hone some of the skills I need for other projects. Examples of the trophies I’ve made are shown below.

BHCSC Best in Sweepstakes

“Woebgon Challenge Cup”

I made this trophy for the Basset Hound Club of Southern California for their shows for Best in Sweepstakes award.

This was my first venture back into woodworking after I bought the SawStop and a Craftsman tabletop router table. The base of this trophy was made from cherry offcuts and was my first time working with cherry. I had never used a router mounted in a table for decorative edges before either. The corners are mitered and doweled with walnut Miller dowels as an accent and for strength. The loving cup is silver plate and the basset hound figurine was recycled from a trophy from the 1970s.  

Challenge trophies like this get passed around until the same person wins it three times and retires it. Pam and I were fortunate enough to retire this trophy in 2014 when our boy, Tradewinds Caicos, was Best in Sweepstakes. It now resides in our dining room.

BHCSC High in Trial for Obedience

Dedicated to Ralph Scarrow

This trophy was made for the Basset Hound Club of Southern California. It was donated to the club to honor one of our members, Ralph Scarrow, who was very instrumental in keeping obedience competition going at our shows. Our club has been known for many years for it's obedience competitions.

The base was made from Zebrawood and Black Walnut. The basset hound figurine is from Danbury Mint and was donated for the trophy by our friend, Maria Bivens. The pictures above were taken in my shop before the finish was applied to the trophy and the plaques were added.

While the trophy was dedicated to Ralph Scarrow before his death for his work in keeping obedience events as part of BHCSC Specialty Shows it was retired by Marianne Lovejoy and re-donated by her as a memorial trophy to honor Ralph. We’d like to express our special thanks to her for this generous gesture. It keeps the trophy in circulation which allows others to enjoy it.

Note: The basset hound figurine can be protected for travel and storage by turning the top upside down so that the it disappears into the base (right photo above).

Photos of the finished trophy.

GSDBHC Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed

“The Cup of Joy”

Dedicated to “Joy” because she was the first to win BOS at the Sunday GSDBHC Specialty Show

When the Greater San Diego Basset Hound Cub expanded to two Specialty Shows our Joy had the honor of being awarded the first Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed for the new show. As a result of this honor we donated a trophy, "The Cup of Joy", to their club.

The trophy is a silver plate loving cup on a hand crafted cherry wood base. It is still being used by the club.

BHCSC Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed

After retiring the previous trophy in 2013 we donated this one in 2014

This trophy was donated to the Basset Hound Club of Southern California after we retired the previous trophy. The base this trophy is made from Curly Maple and Black Walnut dowels for accent. The basset hound bitch is a cold cast bronze figurine made by Dannyquest. Pam and I donated this trophy in honor of our three girls who retired the previous trophy.

2005 - GCh.  Ch. Woebgon’s Kickapoo Joy Juice, ROM

2007 - Ch. Woebgon’s Snow White from the Bred by Exhibitor Class

2013 - GCh. Ch. Woebgon’s Dodge City Sarsaparilla

Note: The basset hound figurine can be protected for travel and storage by turning the top upside down so that it disappears into the base (center photo). The handle is made from walnut.

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BHCSC Winners Dog

After our co-breeders retired the previous trophy in 2019 we offered to work with them to create a new trophy.


The trophy will incorporate a silver bowl that our co-breeder, Mary Lukins, retired many years ago. In 2020 when we have the first show where we will be offering the new trophy the bowl will be 50 years old. We have not yet decided on the wood or design for the trophy. The bowl is currently being polished and engraved by an expert on such things.