Five 4-H youth from Meeker County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Dog show Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22. In total, more than 350 youth and 400 dogs from across the state participated in this annual event at the Minnesota State Fair.
Over the two-day event, 4-H’ers demonstrated their skills and knowledge in agility, obedience, showmanship, and rally, competing against other youth in their age group and experience level.
Youth members of the Minnesota 4-H Dog Project learn to train and build a trusting relationship with their pet. Topics of study include canine behavior, breed characteristics, diseases, ethics, grooming, health, nutrition, responsible breeding, service dogs, therapy dogs, dog-related careers, and the wide array of dog sports. Last year, 2,907 youth from every part of the state participated in the 4-H Dog Project.
“Youth learn so much responsibility from training their dog and competing in the 4-H State Dog Show,” said Kim Lambert, one of the more than 700 caring adults who volunteer with the 4-H Dog Project statewide. “These kids work all year long, building strong partnerships with their dogs. If they don’t work carefully with their dogs, the dogs won’t work for them. The responsibility kids learn here they can use forever.”
The following are the results of the youth who participated from Meeker County in our area:
KK – Kimball Kruisers
VV – Valley Victors ( none listed)
The following information is listed in this order: Exhibitor Name, Event/Class, Ribbon, Awards, Club
Frances Geurts, Agility/Beginner – 4, 8, and 12 inches, Blue, KK
Frances Geurts, Agility/Jumpers 2 – 4, 8, and 12 inches, Blue, KK
Frances Geurts, Showmanship/Open, Red, KK
To learn more about the 4-H Dog Project, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Cassidy Martin, at (320) 693-5275 and visit the website, https://z.umn.edu/4Hdog.