The members of the LaGrange County Dog Club recently had their graduation, marking the end of the year of practice.
The overall winner of the obedience classes was Hannah Klein with Emma, a golden retriever. Klein just finished the third grade.
The overall reserve winner was Chanden Lawson with Bo, a golden Lab. Lawson has finished his junior year at Sturgis High School.
The overall winner of showmanship classes was Shanna Green, a freshman at Westview High School, and her dog Rocky, a Pomeranian, and the overall reserve was Chandra Slone with Max, a boxer. Slone was a freshman at Prairie Heights High School.
In the agility classes, overall winner was Samantha Scigowski and Kipper, a schnoodle (a mix of poodle and schnauzer). Scigowski is a 5th grader at Lima-Brighton Elementary School.
Jacob Miller, a freshman at Westview High School, and Samson, a pitbull, was the overall reserve winner.
The group is now readying for their fair show. The obedience show will start at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 7, with the showmanship classes following. They will take a break and participate in the fair parade and then head back to the pavilion with agility classes starting at 6 p.m.
The public is invited and encouraged to watch the shows.
The Hoosier Barkers have two leaders, Sharrita Carpenter and Sharon Heare. The club meets every week starting no later than February and then starting the first of April they meet every Sunday to practice agility. This is really a family project as most of the 4-Hers are young and parents need to transport them every week.
There are 34 youngsters showing 39 dogs this year and two members who do not have dogs making posters to complete the project.