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Dog lovers, handlers delight in Sunday show

Monday, July 16, 2007

Eleven-year-old Whitney Halfhill grooms her dog Gunner prior to the Clay County 4-H Fair Dog Show Sunday. Whitney is the daughter of Dennis and Marlene Halfhill. Whitney won Junior Showmanship and Grand Champion Showmanship at the show Sunday.
Though the Clay County 4-H Fair doesn't officially begin for another four days, the opportunity to watch good old-fashioned competition was available to Clay County residents this weekend.

The 2007 Clay County Princess and Queen pageants took place Saturday evening and those thirsting for competition had a chance to check out the 4-H Dog Show Sunday.

The event took place in the show arena. Although 22 competitors had signed up, nearly a dozen competed in the event.

The dog show was moved this year. In past years, the event took place on a Wednesday. However, the hospitality tent will be set up on Wednesday this year so Clay County Extension Office representative Melanie Brown moved the event so the dogs wouldn't have to deal with all of the noise.

"It's not fair to the dogs," Brown said, referring to having to deal with competing against other dogs while the hospitality tent was being set up.

During competition, dogs are judged by using six different sets of criteria, including four individual and two group competitions.

In addition, handlers were judged on how well they presented their dog in the showmanship portion of the event.

"It's a very, very time consuming project," project coordinator and Clay County 4-H Dog Club leader Cheryl Vencel said. "But it's very rewarding."

Brown added that the kids that competed in the event have been training their dogs twice a week since April. The club works with their dogs in the rabbit and chicken barn at the fairgrounds in addition to training at home.

Regarding winners, Kascha Smith won the Class 1A Obedience trophy while Sarah Vencel captured first in Class 1B. The Class 2A winner was Shawna Vencel and the Class 2B Obedience winner was Lindsay Vencel.

Caitlyn LeLoup won the Novice Showmanship trophy while Whitney Halfhill won the Junior Showmanship trophy. Shawna Vencel also won the Senior Showmanship trophy.

Smith was named Grand Champion in Obedience while Halfhill was named overall Grand Champion in Showmanship.

The first official day of the Clay County 4-H Fair is set for Friday and festivities will continue through July 28.

The Brazil Times will produce a fair section from July 24-27 displaying winners in events and pictures.

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