Despite Hurricane Irene’s aftermath closing some of the NY Thruway due to flooding, dog 4-Hers from all over the state, including the Oneida County 4-Hers, will converge on the State Fair in Syracuse tomorrow.
The ever popular areas of competition will include obedience and agility on Wednesday. This competition is held in the comfort of the Coliseum, so you will be comfortable and dry no matter what the weather. The forecast for tomorrow is hot and sunny. Dogs, exhibitors and spectators will all enjoy the cool shade of the Coliseum. This is also free entertainment!
Obedience is scheduled to start right at 8 am and will continue throughout the day. Agility is set to start at 8:30 am. All levels of both types of competition will be offered.
For many spectators, the highpoint of the dog 4-H show is the drill team competition. This is scheduled to start at 3:15 pm – also in the Coliseum. Drill teams consist of eight or more dogs and 4-H handlers. Handlers and dogs may be dressed to represent their “theme”. Music is chosen by the individual teams for their performances. The drill performance must be at least five minutes in length but not more than eight minutes.
Each county vies for a clever, intricate and fun performance. Of course, with the excitement, some dogs forget their parts but everyone enjoys the drill teams no matter what.
This year, Oneida County will have a drill team competing – perhaps the first ever! Dogs on the team range from a large St. Bernard to a small, but quite round, Pembroke Welsh Corgi. The team has practiced very hard under the guidance of leader Bonnie Barrett. The drill team has 10 members competing with dogs plus two members helping with the banner and props.
Nine Oneida County 4-Hers will be competing in some obedience class and three members in agility. Competing for Oneida County will be:
Katie Box – Drill Team, Pre-Novice Agility
Marlene Pilbeam – Drill Team, Graduate Beginner A Obedience, Grooming and Handling, Rally
Ryan Thomas, Drill Team
Kaitlyn Thomas, Drill Team, 4 Person Team, Novice A Obedience, Rally
Tyler Smith, Drill Team
Hannah Mazor, Drill Team
Esther Mazor, Drill Team, 4 Person Team, Graduate Beginner B Obedience, Novice Agility
Sarah Papa, Novice B Obedience, 4 Person Team, Drill Team, Novice Agility, Grooming and Handling, Rally
Brittany Papa, Novice A Obedience, 4 Person Team, Drill Team, Grooming and Handling, Rally
Teddy Scheiderich, Beg B Obedience, Drill Team
Amanda Siegel, Beg B Obedience
Rachel Siegel, Beg B Obedience
The Chow Hounds 4-H club has long been a highly competitive and successful force at the State Fair competitions. Good luck to all tomorrow!
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