For the third time, Summer Hurles was named the “Overall Dog Showman” following Monday’s Fayette County Junior Fair Dog Show.
The 16-year-old Fayette Christian student also won the show’s top prize in 2013 and 2011. The one constant in Summer’s remarkable achievement has been her poodle mix, Molly.
“She’s just so calm and she loves to show,” said Hurles. “We put in a lot of work in getting ready for the dog show….hours of training every day or every other day. We go through the ring work and all of the different patterns. A lot of studying also goes into this because they ask you a lot of questions about dogs.”
Hurles, a member of the Perfect Paws 4-H club, was presented with the Overall Dog Showman banner, as well as an honorary chair.
It was announced that the chair – annually given out to the overall winner – will henceforth be named in memory of “Buster,” a Brittany dog, that had been an integral part of the Fayette County Junior Fair Dog Show for many years. Brianna Mitchell had showed Buster since she was 8-years-old. Buster passed away at the age of 15 on Aug. 7, 2015.
Hurles was named the overall showman after winning the “High In Trial, Off Lead” prize. Hannah Bageant with her dog, Jersey, won the “High In Trial, On Lead” award.
In the overall showman contest, Katrina Koski won second place, third place went to Hayleigh Bageant, and fourth place went to Hannah Bageant.
The class winners in the obedience show were Aubry Leonard, Tori Evans, Summer Hurles (three classes), Hayleigh Bageant, Hailey Honicker, and Hannah Bageant.
The class winners in the showmanship show were Hannah Bageant, Hayleigh Bageant, Katrina Koski, and Summer Hurles.
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