Cooper, an Australian Shepherd, dashed out of a tunnel to meet his handler Adalyn Amos, 13, of Smithton, Saturday during the University of Missouri Extension Pettis County 4-H Dog Show hosted on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Cooper and Amos were participating in the agility portion of the competition that also featured showmanship, rally, obedience and costume categories.
Before the competition began, 4-H member Michael Nilson, 13, of Green Ridge, practices obedience with Max, an Australian Shepherd, telling him to lie down while his sister Macie Nilson, 4, watches. Nilson went on to win a first place ribbon in the rally category and fourth in showmanship. University of Missouri Extension Youth Specialist Kay Sparks said the dog show was an open competition with six counties participating: Pettis, Benton, Cedar, Livingston, Johnson and Henry.
Taylor McCumber, 16, of Livingston County, competes with her dog Gunner, a Lab/St. Bernard mix, in the 4-H Dog Show obedience category Saturday. McCumber went on to receive a second place ribbon for Gunner, first place for her Boarder Collie, Jypsy, and she took overall high point in the obedience category.
Maddie Giesman, 14, of St. Louis, takes her horse, Diversified Options, through an obstacle course Saturday afternoon during the Missouri Paint Horse Labor of Love Show hosted at the Youth Livestock Arena on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Giesman participated in the novice youth and youth categories. Missouri Paint Horse President Kim Garrett, of Ashland, said there were about 100 entrants in the three-day show with ages spanning 7 to 80-years-old.
During the American Trail category, Blair Bergeson, of Mora, moves her horse, Five Star Fancy aka “Boomer,” in a circular pattern Saturday. The Missouri Paint Horse Show was an open competition that drew entrants not only from Missouri but from Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Iowa.
Before competing in the Missouri Paint Horse Show on Saturday, Blair Bergeson, left, and Lana Wirsig, of Clinton, strike up a conversation. The women were showing their paint horses Five Star Fancy and R. Kid Rock. During the three-day event, participants could compete in different classes: halter, English, trail or obstacle, and western or pattern.