Dogs and owners strut their stuff at Berkeley County Youth Fair

August 05, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE |
  • Rheagan Bean, 10, poses with Sandy, her 11-year-old golden retriever, who won a red ribbon Sunday at the Berkeley County Youth Fair.
Photo by Richard Belisle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — If blue ribbons were handed out for sitting, Harry would be first in line to get one at Sunday’s dog show at the 65th annual Berkeley County Youth Fair.

“He sits well, but he doesn’t walk very well,” said Harry’s owner, Morgan Bartley, 13, a Hedgesville (W.Va.) Middle School student and member of the Tuscarora Indians 4-H Club.

Walking on leash is one of the tests in the fair’s Wiggles-N-Wags competition and that’s not one of Harry’s show-ring strengths. Harry, 7, a white Shih Tzu, was in his first competition.

Aaron Cooley, a Blue Ridge 4-H Club member, and his border collie, Bandit, took a blue ribbon in the Canine Connections Year 3 competition at Sunday’s event at the fairgrounds’ indoor arena.

Cooley, 14, of Blue Ridge 4-H Club, and Bandit, his border collie, won the trophy for best trick, for Bandit’s skill at jumping through a hula hoop. They also won the costume competition for master and dog dressed as chefs, Manor said.

Sandy, an 11-year-old golden retriever, did well enough around the ring under the direction of Rheagan Bean, 10, of Hedgesville, to earn a red ribbon in the Year 1 competition.

Unlike most county fairs, only members of Berkeley County 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and the Family Career and Community Leaders of America can exhibit projects and animals at the fair, officials said.

Sunday’s competition tested the youngsters’ ability to train their dogs, said Michelle Rademacher of Greensburg Bed & Biscuit, a training and boarding facility off Greensburg Road. Rademacher, a master trainer, is a graduate of the National Canine School of Dog Training in Columbus, Ohio.

The best in show trophy, which covers all six categories, was won by Brianna Sine, a member of Scrabble Scramblers 4-H Club, and Muffin, her Shiba Inu/Akita mix, said Sharon Manor, longtime chairwoman of the fair’s annual dog show.

Chewy, 2, a Chihuahua owned by Aniken Clem, 9, of Martinsburg, got through the routine in his first try in dog show competition. The dog’s name stems from his habit of “chewing everything,” Clem said. “He’s hard to train because he’s afraid of everything,” he said.

Sunday’s activities at the fair included the sheep show later in the day, followed in the evening by the truck and tractor pull.

Monday’s activities begin simultaneously at 8 a.m. with the rabbit judging in the rabbit barn and the swine judging in the indoor arena.

There will be more truck/tractor pulling at 7 p.m. in the track area and, at the same time, the 4-H style show in the indoor arena.

If you go
What: Berkeley County Youth Fair
Where: Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds, 2419 Golf Course Road, Martinsburg, W.Va.
Monday: 8 a.m. — Rabbit judging in the rabbit barn; 8 a.m. — Swine judging in the indoor arena. 7 p.m. — Truck/tractor pull at 7 p.m. in the track area; 7 p.m. — 4-H style show in the indoor arena


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