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Preparing Dogs to Compete in the National Championship ~ Interview with Larry Huffman

While visiting the 2013 National Championship for a few days, I took the opportunity to interview several trainers on the topic of preparing dogs for the grueling 3-hour endurance stake. Thanks to Larry Huffman, Rich Robertson, Randy Anderson and Robin Gates for generously giving me a few minutes of their time. I would also like to thank Dr. Dorwin Hawthorne who I interviewed the previous year. Dr. Hawthorne judged the National Championship for many years (see National Championship Timeline) thus offering a wonderful perspective on this unique event.

We will try to get all the interviews done and published here on Strideaway during this, the 115th running of the National Championship!

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Larry competing in the 9th brace of the 2013 National Championship with Whippoorwill Wild Speck.

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Whippoorwill Wild Again competing in the 2006 National Championship.

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Whippoorwill Wild Agin during a training session at Whippoorwill Farm prior to his bid for the 2007 National Championship. He won it the following year.

A previous interview was done with Larry Huffman’s father, Dr. Jack Huffman on his breeding program which has produced many National Champions. It can be found in Podcasts



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