2015-07-14 / Front Page

Mariah Huge And ‘Casey’ Share The Spotlight At Newfoundland Dog Show

The first part of May, Mariah Huge, a nineyear 4-H member and incoming senior at Cloverdale High School, and her two-year-old Newfoundland, Mainland’s International Harvester (known as Casey), traveled to Warwick, Rhode Island to compete at the Newfoundland National Specialty Dog Show.

Mariah and Casey have been a team since day one. When they came home from the Newfoundland National this year they didn’t come home empty handed. On Tuesday, May 5, Mariah and Casey competed in the Regional Obedience and Rally Trials to kickoff the week. That day they placed second in their rally class starting their week off with a bang. That night Mariah was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the Newfoundland Club of America (NCA), and also was named 2014 NCA Junior Member of the Year for the community service and activities Mariah and Casey participated in last year.

The next day they competed in the National Specialty Obedience and Rally Trials, where they wrapped up the day with a first place in the National Rally Trial with their personal-best score as a team of 196 points out of 200 points.

On Thursday, May 7, they converted from success in the Rally Ring to success in the conformation ring when Mariah and Casey worked as a team and placed second in the Owner Handler Class at the National Specialty Show.

Wrapping the week up on Saturday morning, Mariah finished her last Newfound Nationals as a Junior Handler placing second in Junior Showmanship Open Senior Class. She was also asked to show another dog in Best of Breed Saturday afternoon. It was a great week in Warwick for Mariah and Casey. When they came back home it was back to school for Mariah and more shows on the weekend to try to qualify for Junior Showmanship at Westminster, which is her next goal.

Mariah is the daughter of Duane and Jane Huge of Quincy. (Courtesy Photo)

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