Finley River Chief
Breeding Today For Hounds Of Tomorrow!

1980's












The 80's saw a lot changes in the world of coon hunting and competition hunts and shows.  The ACHA World Championship was growing every year as other World Championships came on to the scene.

Finley River Chief and the Finley River Strain was still creating buzz with a son called Mear's Finley River Dan and a grandson called Spring Creek Rock.  Pups out of Finley River Dan (being grand pups of Finley River Chief) placed 1st and 2nd in the 1980 ACHA World Championship.  Then the next year the dog that placed 2nd in 1980 won the 1981 ACHA World Championship.

PCA (PKC) was starting to make noise.  Some thought it wouldn't last but here 30 years later PKC is still here.

UKC was to make changes in numerous areas that would impact this great sport we call coonhunting.  Some not for the good as we look back with the advantage of history.  With the advantage of history you can see where some decisions were made for the money or to hurt the people in the same business. 

Our main concern is presenting the history, not to pick on a group or organization.  So if presenting history it comes across as that we are sorry, but putting the history out here for people to be able to find and use is one of our missions.

NATIONAL KENNEL CLUB, (NKC), was starting to have some nice World Championships in the 80's.  Also more people were using it and registering dogs because of wanting to have more hunts and shows then what they could get from UKC.

PROFESSIONAL COONHUNTERS ASSOCIATION (PCA) started having World Championships in the 80's and would soon change their name to PROFESSIONAL KENNEL CLUB (PKC).  They started their own registry and their own magazine.

There was other organizations that attempted to start up and copy PCA/PKC but they didn't have the success of PKC nor were they able to survive.

One organization UCHA made it for a while and had a World Championship but like I said it and others didn't survive.

AMERICAN COON HUNTERS ASSOCIATION (ACHA) was at its height in 1985.  It had its largerst World Championship in its history.

Then enters another player AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB (AKC) buys the ACHA Registry.  If anyone was going to challenge UKC as the number one coonhound registry this would have been the perfect chance.  Maybe AKC wasn't ready for the Coon Hunts.  After a couple of years AKC and ACHA parted ways.  It wasn't a good merger for either one.  But it did bring another player in the coon dog sport.  AKC.  The biggest registry in the world was playing in the coon hunting arena.  But as ACHA had the history in World Hunts, UKC had the history in the Coonhound registry business.

ACHA keeps their World Championship and starts another registry.
AKC starts their own World Championship and there is another World Hunt.
UKC makes some decisions that looking back one has to say hurt the sport of nite hunts and bench shows.

When UKC made the decision to allow UKC Hunts and Shows to be closer then the miles then had once allowed that hurt the turnouts at other clubs.  People were wanting to have more hunts then a year could provide with the miles allowed between hunts, but if you will notice after that decision attendance started to decline at the hunts that were losing entries to other closer clubs that were allowed to have hunts on their dates.

UKC also had started up COONHOUND BLOODLINES in the 70's but it never did take off like the management had hoped.  Until that time all UKC events had to be advertised in a recognized publication.  FULL CRY or AMERICAN COONER.  After Coonhound Bloodlines was created that also was a recognized publication.  As Full Cry and American Cooner kept on getting bigger and better, Coonhound Bloodlines didn't see such a growth.

All of these years that UKC depended on Full Cry or American Cooner to promote their hunts were put aside when UKC made a decision that was clearly made to try and benefit UKC.  In the 80's UKC decided to list all of their licensed events in Coonhound Bloodlines.  The management at the time said it was to help the clubs.  But Ray Charles could have seen what it really was about.  Now clubs didn't have to advertise their events.  Taking away a large part of the revenue of Full Cry and American Cooner.  UKC's magazine hadn't taken off as hoped and it was still the 3rd rated coon hunting magazine at the time.  

Some of the bigger hunts like the GRAND AMERICAN at the start was a ACHA hunt on Friday and UKC on Saturday.  It worked out real good.  Good turnouts for both nights and even local clubs were starting to have ACHA hunts on Friday nights and then their UKC hunts on Saturday.  UKC made the decision to not allow a UKC license be granted on the same weekend that another registry was having an event at a club. 

UKC made a lot of decisions that wasn't for the betterment of the sport or the clubs but clearly an attempt to better UKC's position.  Let me say since I have been back in the sport I have had numerous dealings with UKC and I noticed a lot better customer service then what they had in the 80's when they were making all of these decisions.  So this is not a slam on the new management.  My interaction with the present day UKC has been good.  But history is history and it doesn't do any good to try and present history and cover up or not lay out the things that happened in the past that shaped or impacted the future of the sport. 

All players bring some good things to the sport and as we add and expand the pages on this site we will deal with them try to give credit where credit is due, good or bad.






1980 ACHA WORLD CHAMPION EASY GOIN EILEEN

Eileen placed 1st in the 1980 ACHA World Championship even though a World Champion wasn't declared that year.

A granddaughter of FINLEY RIVER CHIEF.






1980 PCA (PKC) WORLD CHAMPION GRAND NITE CH. KENTUCKY RIVER DEAMON





1981 ACHA WORLD CHAMPION DUAL GRAND CH. HERN'S RED EAGLE DICK
a grandson of NITE CHAMPION FINLEY RIVER CHIEF





1981 NKC WORLD CHAMPION GRAND NITE CH. HOOK'S ARKANSAS RAMBLER






1982 UKC WORLD CHAMPION DUAL GRAND CH. ROCK RIVER BANJO




1989 UKC WORLD CHAMPION GRAND NITE CHAMPION CRAWLEY'S LOUISE





1986 PKC WORLD CHAMPION 
1992 PKC WORLD CHAMPION
NITE CH. LUCKETT'S OLE DUKE





1985 PKC WORLD CHAMPION NITE CH. PINEY CREEK BOOGER






1982 ACHA WORLD CHAMPION GRAND NITE CH. BELLAR'S KY RIVER STRICK (STRIKER)




1986 UKC WORLD CHAMPION GRAND NITE CHAMPION BELLAR'S PAC-MAN




1987 UCHA WORLD CHAMPION GRAND NITE CHAMPION TREE TALKING BAMA





1984 UKC WORLD CHAMPION GRAND NITE CH. SMITH'S HILLBILLY MAC
1983 PCA (PKC) WORLD CHAMPION





1988 ACHA WORLD CHAMPION NITE CH. SMITH'S OHIO CLIPPER