SYRACUSE - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County 4-H Dog Advisory Committee and leaders are proud of the excellent representation of its 22 members and 24 dogs at the 2012 New York State Fair on Aug. 29 and 30.
Receiving the highest achievement of Grand Champion was Catherine Oag with Tye, her Sheltie, in Obedience Beginners B. Impressive Reserve Grand Champion titles went to Elise Schack with Tucker, her West Highland Terrier, in Obedience Novice B and to Taylor Young with Lilly, her Sheltie, in Agility Pre Novice.
An exciting moment came when the Chautauqua County Drill Team performed a lively six-minute choreographed routine to the "Grease" movie theme, complete with a variety of obedience elements. Ten participants and two coaches spent months planning and practicing for this event.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County 4-H members took part in dog competitions at the 2012 New York State Fair on Aug. 29 and 30.
Members competed with the best in the state; some classes had over 40 competitors. Handlers were awarded one of the following: a white ribbon for being worthy of fair; a red ribbon for good; a blue ribbon for excellent; or the most coveted purple ribbons for Reserve and Grand Champion. On Wednesday, Aug. 29, the State Fair Dog Program began with the Obedience Classes. Chautauqua County results were are as follows: Joseph Cerrie received a blue ribbon in Beginners Novice A Obedience with Sanderson, a cocker spaniel; Anna Valone received a blue ribbon in Beginners Novice A Obedience with Buddy, a Black Lab; Logan Holthouse was awarded a blue ribbon in Beginners Novice B Obedience with Tip, a Lab Mix; Maggie Jones received a red ribbon in Beginners Novice B Obedience with Honey, a Cockapoo; Dalton Holthouse received a white ribbon in Beginners Novice B Obedience with Smeagles, a Beagle Mix; Taylor Young received a red ribbon in Graduate Beginners A Class with Lilly, a Sheltie; Catherine Oag took the only Grand Champion title in Graduate Beginner B Obedience Class with her Sheltie, Tye; Hannah DeFries, a received a blue ribbon in Graduate Beginner B Obedience Class with her Jack Russell; Louie and Emma Wiggers received a red ribbon in Graduate Beginner B Obedience Class with Pokey, also a Jack Russell Terrier; Cristen Lookenhouse and Kayla Nefedov placed third and fourth in Novice A Obedience with their dogs, Buddy, a Yellow Lab and Lily, a Golden Retriever, respectively; Elise Schack received Reserve Grand Champion in Novice B Obedience Class with Tucker, a West Highland Terrier; and Alexandria Anderson received a white ribbon in Novice B Obedience Class with her Cocker Spaniel, Toby.
Chautauqua County was represented by one four-person Obedience Team of Hewitt Meeder, Cristen Lookenhouse, Bryan Tenpas and Kayla Nefedov which received a red ribbon. Elise Schack received a fourth place blue ribbon for her Obedience Brace Team of West Highland Terriers Tucker and Bella and Cristen Lookenhouse received a red ribbon for her team of Yellow Labs Buddy and Bruno.
All State Fair Agility Classes are off lead. In Pre-Novice Agility, Taylor Young received her Reserve Grand Champion award with Lilly, a Sheltie. Cristen Lookenhouse received a red ribbon with Buddy, a Yellow Lab and Nicole Schack was awarded a white ribbon with her West Highland Terrier, Bella. In Novice Agility, Megan Clark received a fifth place blue ribbon with Molly, a Lab Mix and Hannah DeFries received a white ribbon with Louie, a Jack Russell Terrier. In Open Agility, Hewitt Meeder and Elise Schack both received white ribbons with their dogs, Boe, a Border Collie Mix, and Tucker, a West Highland Terrier. While earning a perfect score with her Australian Shepherd, Josh, Mandy Swanson received a white ribbon in the Excellent Agility Class due to a timing malfunction resulting in a heartbreaking zero score.
On Thursday, Aug. 30, many Chautauqua County members returned to compete in Rally and Grooming and Handling competition. In Grooming/Handling Open A, Catherine Oag took a fifth place blue ribbon with Tye, her Sheltie. Logan Holthouse also received a blue ribbon with his Lab Mix, Tip, and Emma Wiggers received a red ribbon with her Chihuahua, Susie. In Grooming/Handling B Junior, Kayla Nefedov received a blue ribbon with Lily, her Golden Retriever, and in Grooming/Handling B Senior, Cristen Lookenhouse and Danielle Yotpolis received blue ribbons with their dogs, both named Buddy, one a Yellow Lab and one a Golden Retriever, respectively. In Open C, Chance Meeder won a blue ribbon with Bailey, his Australian Shepherd, Nicole Schack received a red ribbon with her West Highland Terrier, Bella, and Bryan Tenpas was awarded a white ribbon with his Golden Retriever, Snowball.
In Rally Obedience Novice A, on lead, Hannah Hornyak received a red ribbon with WinnDixie, a Jack Russell Terrier, Maggie Jones was awarded a white ribbon for her Cockapoo, Honey, and Anna Valone also received a white ribbon for her Black Lab, Buddy. In Rally-O Novice B, on lead, the third place blue ribbon went to Taylor Young with her Sheltie, Lilly, and Dalton and Logan Holthouse were both awarded white ribbons for their dogs, Smeagles and Tip. In the Advanced Class, off lead, Hannah DeFries took a red ribbon with her Jack Russell, Louie, and so did Cristen Lookenhouse with her Yellow Lab, Buddy. Rebekah Anderson received a white ribbon with her Cocker Spaniel, Katie. The most difficult class is the Excellent Rally-O Class, off lead, where Hewitt Meeder, Alexandria Anderson and Megan Clark received red ribbons with Boe, the Border Collie Mix, Toby, the Cocker Spaniel, and Molly, a Lab Mix, respectively.