4-H dog rally, agility contest returns


By Nathan Hoskins - [email protected]



EATON — The Preble County Tailwaggers 4H Club returned to the Preble County Fair with a junior dog rally and agility competition, Monday, Aug. 1, in the rabbit show arena. Club members and their canine companions ran obstacle courses and participated in a high jump challenge.

“This is the second year for the agility competition,” explained Taylor Leedy, 4-H advisor for the club. “We were able to purchase equipment through sponsorships, donations, and fundraising; about $7,000 total to purchase everything, and we’ve been working on it three years.”

According to Leedy, the club now has 30 members who range from nine to 17 years old, and around 25 dogs who participate. The club is free to join, and the group has a Facebook page by the same name.

“It’s been really exciting. When we were showing, we only had five to 10 kids at a time, but for the last couple of years with the rally and agility, with the expansion, we have a lot more kids. It’s really exciting,” added Tristen Evans.

4-H advisors Leedy and Evans have 18 years of experience between them in the club.

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By Nathan Hoskins

[email protected]

Reach Nathan Hoskins at 937-683-4057 and follow on Twitter @NathanHoskins13

Reach Nathan Hoskins at 937-683-4057 and follow on Twitter @NathanHoskins13