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Barnett wins second straight Grand Champion trophy at 4-H Cat Show

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Eleven-year-old Emma Barnett shows off her Grand Champion cat, Raven.
Last year, it was Roxy.

This year, it was Raven.

And the common link between the two cats was Emma Barnett as the 11-year-old captured Grand Champion again this year at the Clay County 4-H Fair Cat Show.

Barnett won Grand Champion last year with Roxy, a long-haired cat. This year, she showed Raven, a black tabby, which enabled her to win again.

Barnett said she felt "pretty good" about winning again, but admitted she was surprised.

"I thought they would give someone else a chance," Barnett, the daughter of Tony and Donnice Barnett, said.

Although she only has two cats, her back-to-back wins proves she has a magic touch with felines.

"I work well with cats," Barnett said.

Barnett isn't done competing in the fair just yet, however. She will also show a guinea pig this year.

She has five years experience in the fair and has shown cats for three years now.

Clay County 4-H Youth Extension Educator Melanie Brown said the cat show had eight total competitors, roughly the same amount it has had in recent years.

"We had some exceptional animals here," Brown said.

Cat handlers can show felines in either the long-hair or short-hair category. Cat Show coordinator Sherry Wiora -- who also judged the competition Wednesday -- said that the handlers train with her three times.

"We'd like to increase the numbers," Wiora said.

Wiora added it's difficult to judge the show, since she is such a lover of cats.

"I've never seen an ugly cat," Wiora said.

Although the fair doesn't officially begin until Friday, Brown said the cat show has always taken place prior to the actual start of the fair "for the calmness."

"I think it works out well," she said.

"The noise tremendously upsets cats," Wiora added.

The Reserve Grand Champion at the show this year was Gabi Ritter, who showed Skybert.

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