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4-H dogs and young handlers take home awards

Douglas County 4-H Dog Show winners, obedience: Back row from left: Morgan Bitzan, Julie Corneliusen, Samantha Kakac and Benjamin Kakac. Front row from left: Rylee Bundermann, Analise Schroeder, Nathan Saulsbury, Allian Noe (Contributed)1 / 6
Douglas County 4-H Dog Show winners, showmanship: Back row from left: Taylor Johnson, Callie Taveirne. Front row from left: Emma Saulsbury, Julia Sprengler (Contributed)2 / 6
Douglas County 4-H Dog Show winners, agility: Back row from left: Samantha Kakac, Emma Saulsbury, Amy Corneliusen. Front row from left: Madison Floden, Analise Schroeder (Contributed)3 / 6
Douglas County 4-H Dog Show winners, jumpers: Back row from left: Morgan Bitzan, Amy Corneliusen. Front row: Analise Schroeder (Contributed)4 / 6
Emma Saulsbury of Working Wonders was named Grand Champion in the beginner agility class with her dog Bubba at the Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show. (Contributed)5 / 6
Douglas County 4-H Dog Show winners, Rally O: Back row from left: Benjamin Kakac, Samantha Kakac, Taylor Johnson, Emma Saulsbury. Front row from left: Nathan Saulsbury, Analise Schroeder, Allison Noe (Contributed)6 / 6

Dogs with names like Bubba, Cuddles, Eddie and Murphy showed off their skills in August during the Douglas County 4-H Dog Show.

Alongside their young handlers, the dogs first performed in an event patterned after equestrian show jumping, combining the elements of a dog's agility, briskness, confidence, and a handler's control over an obstacle course designed for dogs.

Next, the show moved onto obedience classes. The purpose of obedience is to demonstrate the usefulness of dogs as companions, not merely the dog's ability to follow specified routines in the obedience ring.

In the sport of Rally O, the dogs and handlers completed a course designed by the rally judge that tests agility and obedience.

Finally, the showmanship competition gave 4-H members the chance to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in dog show handling.

Agility Results

Beginner Agility

Champion - Samantha Kakac and Evy, Independent - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Emma Saulsbury and Bubba, Working Wonders - Kensington

Elementary Agility

Champion - Analise Schroeder and Lucy, Liberty Livewires - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Madison Floden and Skye, Hoofbeats - Carlos

Intermediate Agility

Champion - Amy Corneliusen and Toby, Hoofbeats - Alexandria

Jumpers Results

Jumpers 1

Champion - Morgan Bitzan and Cedar, Working Wonders - Evansville

Reserve Champion - Amy Corneliusen and Nila, Hoofbeats - Alexandria

Jumpers 2

Champion - Analise Schroeder and Lucy, Liberty Livewires - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Amy Corneliusen and Toby, Hoofbeats - Alexandria

Overall Agility trophy sponsored by Dr. Kai and Myrna Hunt went to Samantha Kakac. Overall Jumpers trophy sponsored by Alexandria Veterinary Clinic went to Morgan Bitzan.

Obedience Results

Foundation

Champion - Rylee Bundermann and Eddie, Lake Mary Troopers - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Allison Boe and Murphy, Lake Mary Troopers - Alexandria

Beginner

Champion - Analise Schroeder and Greta, Liberty Livewires - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Nathan Saulsbury, Working Wonders - Kensington

Graduate Beginner

Champion - Amy Corneliusen and Nila, Hoofbeats - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Morgan Bitzan and Cedar, Working Wonders - Evansville

Pre - Open

Champion - Samantha Kakac and Hunter, Independent - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Benjamin Kakac and Cuddles, Independent, Alexandria

Junior Obedience Trophy sponsored by Dr. Kai and Myrna Hunt was awarded to Rylee Bundermann. Senior Obedience Trophy sponsored by Douglas County Animal Hospital was awarded to Amy Corneliusen

Rally - O Results

Foundation

Champion - Taylor Johnson and Phoebe, Independent - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Allison Boe and Murphy, Lake Mary Troopers - Alexandria

Pre Novice

Champion - Nathan Saulsbury and Bella, Working Wonders - Kensington

Reserve Champion - Analise Schroeder and Greta, Liberty Livewires - Alexandria

Novice

Champion - Analise Schroeder and Lucy, Liberty Livewires - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Samantha Kakac and Evy, Independent - Alexandria

Pre Advanced

Champion - Emma Saulsbury and Bubba, Working Wonders - Kensington

Reserve Champion - Benjamin Kakac and Duke, Independent - Alexandria

Advanced

Champion - Samantha Kakac and Hunter, Independent - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Benjamin Kakac and Cuddles, Independent - Alexandria

Junior Rally O trophy sponsored by Eddie's Pet Supply was awarded to Emma Saulsbury and Bubba. Senior Rally O Trophy sponsored by Affordable Pet Services was awarded to Samantha Kakac and Hunter, Independent - Alexandria

Showmanship Results

Open

Champion - Callie Taveirne and Sammi, Liberty Livewires - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Emma Saulsbury and Bubba, Working Wonders - Lake Mary Troopers

Novice

Champion - Taylor Johnson and Phoebe, Independent - Alexandria

Reserve Champion - Julia Sprengler, Liberty Livewires - Alexandria

Open Showmanship trophy sponsored by Clayton and Laurie Lahman winner went to Callie Taveirne. Novice Showmanship trophy sponsored by Spruce Hill Rangers 4-H Club in memory of Grant Lindberg went to Taylor Johnson.

State Results

On Sept. 23 - 24, the county 4-H dog handlers moved on to the annual Minnesota 4-H State Dog Show, which also held agility, obedience, showmanship and rally events. Several handlers and their pooches took home honors:

Rylee Bundermann and Eddy of Lake Mary Troopers

Obedience Foundation, blue

Taylor Johnson and Phoebe, Independent member

Novice Showmanship, reserve champion

Rally Foundation, Award of Excellence (second)

Emma Saulsbury & Bubba of Working Wonders

Beginner Agility, grand champion

Nathan Saulsbury and Chewie and Bella of Working Wonders

Beginner Agility, reserve champion

Agility Jumpers, reserve champion

Open Showmanship, blue

Pre - Novice Rally, blue

Analise Schroeder and Lucy and Greta of Liberty Livewires

Elementary Agility, reserve champion

Agility Jumpers, red

Beginner Obedience, blue

Pre - Novice Rally, blue

Novice Rally, blue

For more information about the 4-H dog program or 4-H in Douglas County, call 320-762-3890.

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