At the Dog Show, the Dog Care Class was judged by
Lorena Leinweber of Best Friends Animal Hospital in Lincoln. The
obedience classes were judged by Barbara Light, a professional dog
handler and trainer.
In the Dog Care Class, there were four participants, Audrey
Gerberding, Cheyenne Stout, Charlotte Toohill and Jayden Wheat. All
four participants took blue ribbons and Jayden Wheat was awarded
Best of Show.
Audrey Gerberding with 2018 Miss Logan County Fair Queen Molly
Schempp, Junior Miss Julia Collins, and Little Miss Kylee Fulk.
Cheyenne Stout with 2018 Fair Queen, Junior Miss and
Charlotte Toohill with 2018 Fair Queen, Junior Miss
and Little Miss.
L to R: Judge Lorena Leinweber, Queen Molly Schempp,
Jayden Wheat – Best of Show, Junior Miss Julia Collins and Little
Miss Kylee Fulk.
In the obedience classes there were three participants, Gerberding,
Stout and Wheat. The three participated in a number of classes
including a new class for this year, the Novice Rally.
Judge Light explained that the Novice Rally is somewhat similar to
the other shows with a few rule exceptions, plus the marked course
that the exhibitor must follow is a bit more complicated. At award
time she said that the three entrants did well and she applauded
their courage for taking on the class. She noted that it is always
difficult to be the first ever to compete in a new class, and if the
exhibitor is also a first year showman, that makes it all the more
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She said the class was scored by points with a
perfect score being 100 points. The top winner in the class was
Stout with a total score of 90.
Audrey Gerberding showed, but did not qualify for an award. Light
noted that even though this first year competitor did not qualify,
she had done a good job in the ring, and that she was working with a
very young animal. Audrey’s dog was the youngest in the show, only
eight months old. Light said at that age, it is very difficult to
train the dog to do this type of discipline, and she felt under
those circumstances, Gerberding had done an excellent job.
In the Novice one and two classes, Wheat and Gerberding both showed.
The top score when to Wheat who earned 189 out of a possible 200
In the Rally course, Wheat had used a young dog named Willow. For
the Novice classes she chose to use Bella, an eight-year-old, who is
very calm and laid back. The girl and dog worked perfectly together
and Judge light gave them much praise for their performance and
announced that Wheat and Bella would be selected as the District 16
delegate to the Illinois State Fair.
L to R: Logan County Fair Queen Molly Schempp, Jayden
Wheat, Audrey Gerberding, Junior Miss Logan County Julia Collins,
Little Miss Kylee Fulk with Bella in the foreground.
There was an unusual class in the dog show this year, the Preferred
Novice. Again an obedience course where the dog and trainer
performed a number of tasks according to the layout of the course as
well as the direction given by the judge.
This class, as well as Novice one and two, include doing figure
eight leads around to standing posts, and the sit stay where that
the trainer commands the dog to sit and stay and then walks away.
The goal is for the dog to stay in place and then on command go to
the trainer. Another particularly difficult portion of the three
classes is when the dog is to sit and stay while the trainer makes a
full circle around the ring.
At award time, Light explained that the Preferred Novice class had
been set up for Stout because she no longer qualified for Novice one
or two. The reason she didn’t qualify is because last year Stout won
the state competition in the regular Novice classes. For the
Preferred Novice, the course and commands were much the same, but
the trainer and dog performed with tasks without the dog being on
Stout took a blue ribbon in the Preferred Novice and
also in the Senior Showmanship class.