Grand County youths qualify for dog trials at State Fair |

Grand County youths qualify for dog trials at State Fair


Five Grand County children recently participated in a Fun Match in Kremmling to qualify for the State Dog Trials at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo Aug. 23-24.All the kids from our county qualified in various events, said Caroline Smith, Grand County 4-H program assistant.Kremmlings Bethanie OBrien, Shyla Bohall, Caitlin Harward, and Granbys Kelly Little will compete in the fair if they choose to, she said.The five locals are part of a group of seven who also will compete at the Aug. 2. Middle Park Fair and Rodeo 4-H Dog Show. The other participants are Cody Hartman and Kayla DeSanti, both of Kremmling. The 4-H Dog Show will take place at Veterans Memorial Park in front of West Grand High School. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and the show starts at 9 a.m. The classes are obedience and showmanship. Seven people ages 8-15 will participate.Both of OBriens Sheltie dogs qualified in the rally class, and her dog, Mambo, also qualified in the obedience category at the Fun Match. Mambo, 7, is a retired champion.OBrien, 16, has trained Bandet, 3, for two-and-a-half years. He used to be shy, so she was really proud of him when he allowed a judge to pet him at the match.OBrien enjoys everything about Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. At the 4-H Dog Show she likes seeing how the other participants and their dogs progress.She works five to 15 minutes with her dogs in the middle of the day, when its the hottest, two to three times a week.I would like to work (with them) everyday, but sometimes my dogs get burnt out, she said. They need to learn to work through that tiredness so they can still compete (at the competitions).The daughter of Brenda and Kevin OBrien has been showing dogs for seven years, ever since shes been involved in 4-H.Kelly Little also showed her dog, Ritz, at the Fun Match.I definitely enjoyed competing with my dog, just because I was able to show off both of our hard work and our training, she said, adding that she was very satisfied with how they did.Little, 17, is unsure if she will compete in the state fair, but she is looking forward to the Middle Park dog show.I hope that we can do just as well (as we did at the match), said the daughter of Pete and Kris Little. My favorite part is just seeing everyone with their dogs and seeing their improvements They can be trained quite well.Little tries to work with Ritz, an Australian Shepherd and Golden Retriever mix, at least three times a week outdoors so he gets used to distractions. They do the best in obedience, she said. This is her third training him, and the 10th year shes been involved with 4-H. Fun MatchThis was the first countywide 4-H Dog Fun Match held in Kremmling. More people came than I thought would come, Smith added. Fraser-Winter Park Police Department Cmdr. Brett Schroetlin attended the event with the police canine dog, Astra. It was just a great event last Saturday, Smith said, adding that people were impressed with Schroetlin and Astra.The classes were obedience, showmanship and rally. A costume contest and AKC canine good citizen test was open to the public. In order to receive a certificate they have to pass 10 tests, Smith added.The all day event was pretty fast-paced, she said. Three judges from Fort Collins, Eagle and Parker assessed the performances, while Kremmling Police Officer Tom Backer judged the costume contest. Costumes included a cow, daisy and poodle dressed up as a biker.The 17 Fun Match participants also helped raise $200 for the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department Canine Unit through a raffle and silent auction at the Kremmling Town Square July 19.Everyone had a lot of fun, Smith added. Rocky Mountain Bar and Grill, Subway and Kum & Go sponsored the event. Fun Match ResultsOverall Obedience Champion:Junior Colton Hall from Moffat CountyIntermediate Jenna McMullins from Douglas CountySenior-Kelly Little from Grand County Overall Showmanship Champion:Junior Jacey Murphy from Grand CountyIntermediate- Kayla Hall from Moffat CountySenior- Bethanie OBrien from Grand County Overall Rally Champion:Junior Colton Hall from Moffat CountyIntermediate- Kayla Hall from Moffat CountySenior- Bethanie OBrien from Grand County