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4-H’er: You should join, ‘it’s awesome’

By Staff | Oct 9, 2016

LACI SEYMOUR and her dog, Willy, placed well during the 2016 Clay County Fair dog show in September, including winning champion showmanship in the novice junior handling competition.

SPENCER – 4-H means a lot to Laci Seymour, of Spencer, but it especially means “fun.”

Seymour is a member of the Lincoln Lions 4-H Club, of Greenville. She joined the club after watching all of the good times her older siblings were having.

“My older brother and sister were in the club and it looked fun,” she said. “I love 4-H because it’s fun working with the club as a team and learning new things.”

Aside from all of that fun, Seymour said, belonging to 4-H has also given her the chance to learn to become more responsible and a hard worker.

Last month at the Clay County Fair, in Spencer, Seymour participated in the photography project where she earned three blues and one outstanding junior ribbon; brought six pigs to show; entered a succulent window display, a necklace and a picture frame.

LACI SEYMOUR works with Willy, her Papillon, during the Clay County Fair last month.

One of the highlights of the fair was showing her one-and-half-year-old Papillon dog, Willy.

Preparing Willy for the fair took a lot of time and dedication on Seymour’s part, but she said she really enjoyed all of it.

She worked with Willy all summer and also attended dog obedience classes through 4-H each week.

This is the second year showing Willy at the fair and Seymour’s work paid off in the ring, earning champion showmanship in the novice junior handling class; a blue ribbon for obedience and a purple ribbon in the agility competition.

“I love it, it is really fun,” said Seymour. “I work with him all year around so I am really proud of myself.”

Seymour has learned that you have to be patient while working with animals.

“You have to be patient – you can’t get it right every time,” she said.

While competing in the showmanship class, Seymour said she is required to be interviewed about Willy, knowing everything from information about his breed down to particular body parts in addition to walking and jogging him for the judge.

For the obedience part of showing Willy, Seymour was required to have him halt, sit and lie down on command and keep him under control while the judge looked him over.

For agility, Seymour had to take Willy through an obstacle course, which included a see-saw and a tunnel.

“He really likes that a lot and we had to focus and pay attention when we practiced because that is something we can’t do at home,” said Seymour.

Being at the Clay County Fair is one of Seymour’s favorite parts of being in 4-H.

“My favorite part of 4-H is being involved in the fair and showing everyone my projects and my animals I worked with,” she said.

Seymour highly recommends 4-H to others.

“Anyone can join a 4-H club and should, because 4-H is awesome.”

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