4-H Dog Show Features 34 Dogs (and their owners)

4-H Dog show participants wait for their chance to demonstrate their dog’s obedience skills. (photo by Ginger Allsup)

Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Southern Iowa Fair officially started on Monday, but a few contests took place before the fair. One of those was the dog obedience and agility contest and show.

Regina Hoy said that the show is put on by the Mahaska County 4-H. The annual event has been a staple of the fair for many years.

The dogs and their owners have thirteen weeks of classes leading up to the show. Hoy said, “We actually start our season back in April and we practice every week.”

There are five different classes that are broken up by skill level. So as the dog and owner progress through the program over the years, they move up to the different classes.

Puppies as young at 10 weeks old have started in the program and on up to older dogs. “So it just depends on when the kid starts in 4-H,” Hoy said.

Thirty-Four kids and dogs were part of this years competition, which is more than Hoy has ever had. The group is not just county kids and/or city kids, it’s a mix of the two groups.

Hoy says that “the kids work really hard for the 13 weeks,” and work hard at home with their dogs as well. “It’s a really intensive project because they have to work with their dog every day at home, not just when we practice at class.”

Results for the 4-H dog show that was held on Saturday, July 14th at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds is as follows:

Obedience

Pre Novice A (1st Year Exhibitor with 1st Year Dog):
Aaron Blom (Scott-U-Need-Us) with Scout – B-2, R-1
Ki Boender (Garfield Boosters) with Oreo – B-3
Mariah Boender (Garfield Boosters) with Hunter – P-1, B-2, Class Runner-up
Andrew Brouwer (Garfield Boosters) with Andy – B-3
Callen Dewitt (Adams Champs) with Poppy – B-3
Maddison Hughes (West Des Moines Livewires) with Ann – B-2, R-1
Maisie Hughes (West Des Moines Livewires) with Ella – B-2, R-1
Kirsten McGinnis (Garfield Boosters) with Faith – B-3, Class 3rd Place
Lauren McGinnis (Garfield Boosters) with Zupplin – P-1, B-2
Stone Turner (Leighton Strivers) with Shadow – P-1, B-2, Class Winner

Pre Novice B (2nd Year or more Exhibitor with 1st Year Dog):
Kara DeBruin (M&M Peppy Pals) with Sadie – B-3
Grace Manternach (Harrison Zippers) with Lily – B-3, Class 3rd Place
Maria Uitermarkt (Spring Creek Achievers) with Daisy – P-1, B-2, Class Winner
Holley Schakel (M&M Peppy Pals) with Tori – B-2, R-1
Hunter Sheets (Spring Creek Achievers) with Jewels – B-2, R-1
Emily Van Donselaar (Mahaska Masters) with Peanut – P-1, B-2, Class Runner-up
Lydia Denniston (Scott-U-Need-Us) with Pebbles – B-3

Pre Novice C (2nd Year Dog, 2nd year Exhibitor):
Rachel Adams (Mahaska Masters) with Luna – B-3, Class Runner-up
Zach Harris (Harrison Hustlers) with Dolly – P-1, B-2, Class Winner
Lexi Randau (Scott-U-Need-Us) with Mufasa – B-3, Class 3rd Place

Novice (3rd Year Dog):
Sandra Blom (Scott-U-Need-Us) with Oscar –B-2, R-1
Sienna DeJong (Mahaska Masters) with Sami – P-1, B-2, Class Winner
Brittany DeMoney (Spring Creek Achievers) with Angel – P-1, B-2, Class Runner-up
Abby Nunnikhoven (Leighton Strivers) with Stuart – B-3, Class 3rd Place
Bailey Wanders (Adams Champs) with Josey – B-3

Graduate Novice (4th Year Dog):
Megan Adams (Mahaska Masters) with Gracie – P-1, B-2, Class Winner
Lexi DeJong (M&M Peppy Pals) with Daisy – B-3
Mickey Dunkin (Jefferson Go-Getters) with Lexus – B-3, Class 3rd Place
Lexi Randau (Scott-U-Need-Us) with Rascal – B-2, R-1
Emma Van Donselaar (West Des Moines Livewires) with Reba – P-1, B-2, Class Runner-up
Briana Ver Steegh (Harrison Hustlers) with Peanut – B-2, R-1

Agility Placings:

1st Year, Small Dog
1st – Stone Turner
2nd – Andrew Brouwer

2nd Year, Small Dog
1st – Brittany DeMoney
2nd – Briana Ver Steegh

1st Year, Large Dog
1st – Rachel Adams
2nd – Mariah Boender

2nd Year, Large Dog
1st – Megan Adams
2nd – Grace Manternach

Grand Champion Dog Overall
Maria Uitermarkt

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