Dog show contestants have success in Henry County

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Sam Reddick of Osco received the grand championship in junior showmanship at the 4-H dog show, which the Henry County fairgrounds in Cambridge hosted on Saturday, July 18.

?Adam Wells of Atkinson, Sam Reddick of Osco and Freya Block of Neponset all won grand championships in the 4-H dog show on Saturday, July 18, at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Cambridge.Wells won the grand champion in beginning showmanship. He is a member of the Annawan All-Stars.

Kyle Edmondson of Sherrard was the reserve grand champion. He belongs to the Rural Go-Getters.

In junior showmanship, Reddick was named grand champion and Genna Wethington of Geneseo the reserve grand champion.

Reddick is on the Henry County Rough Riders roster, while Wethington is on the Geneseo Maple Leafs list.

Block received the grand champion rosette in senior showmanship. She is in the Rough Riders club.

No grand champion was named in obedience. It is awarded to the highest scoring exhibitor in novice, open, advanced novice and utility classes, but no one entered those classes on Saturday.

The dogs competing for the reserve grand championship in obedience belonged to Wells and Block. 

Each received a score of 156. Wells achieved his total in Beginner I for new handlers and inexperienced dogs, and Block hers in Graduated Beginner for dogs that have passed beginner but are not ready for the novice class.

Wells and Block competed against each other through three runoffs before judge Matt Schroeder of Osco was able to determine Wells had won the reserve grand championship.

To qualify for the state fair in obedience, handlers and dogs needed a score of 150 or higher in the beginner classes.

State fair qualifiers were Block, Abbie Kelly of Moline Wells, Tyler Dwyer of Andover and Reddick. Dwyer belongs to Western Jr. Farmers, and Kelly is a member of a special-interest dog club.

Although Wells qualified for the state fair, he is too young to compete there. He also won the grand championship in obedience at the fun show on Friday, July 17.

The Bobbie Memorial Traveling Trophy for the best team went to Mackenzie Kelly and her Sheltie, Snickers.

Additional results are below.



1st place, Wells. 2nd place, Edmondson.


1st place, Reddick. 2nd place, Dwyer.

Open Junior

1st place, Wethington. 2nd place, Briana Minnaert, Geneseo, Rough Riders. 3rd place, Mackenzie Kelly, Moline, special-interest dog club. 4th place, Abbie Kelly.


1st place, Block.


Graduated Beginner

1st place, Block. 2nd place, Abbie Kelly. 3rd place, Minnaert.

Beginner I

1st place, Wells. 2nd place, Dwyer. 3rd place; Edmondson.

Beginner II

1st place, Reddick. 2nd place, Minnaert. 3rd place, Wethington. 4th place, Mackenzie Kelly.

Freya Block of Neponset won the grand championship in senior showmanship at the 4-H dog show on Saturday, July 18, at the Henry County fairgrounds in Cambridge.