FAIR IN THE MAKING: Teenager trains dogs to compete at fair

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 1:13 p.m. CDT; updated 8:05 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Allison Frappier, 15, will compete with two of her dogs, Kasey and Chip, at the Boone County Fair. The fair will be held July 24–28 at the Central Missouri Event Center.

This is one in a series of photo stories about mid-Missouri residents who have been preparing for this year's Boone County Fair.

Allison Frappier started as a typical 9-year-old begging her parents for a dog. Now 15 years old, Allison, of Columbia, owns three dogs and competes regularly with two of them, Kasey and Chip.

Spending one to two hours six days a week training, Allison works with her dogs on agility, rally, obedience and junior showmanship. She will be a sophomore at Hickman High School.

This is Allison's sixth year as a competitor at the Boone County Fair, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Both Kasey, a 7-year-old beagle and blue heeler mix, and Chip, a 4-year-old long-haired chihuahua, hold high titles in competition with Allison.

Some of Allison's accomplishments with her dogs include Kasey's novice and advanced titles in agility as well as Chip's novice and advanced titles in rally. Both dogs are currently at the highest competitive level, "excellent."

"Titles show you can be successful," Allison said. She pointed out that titles are a way to measure her accomplishments and a way to show that hard work really pays off.

The Boone County Fair will be July 24–28 at the Central Missouri Event Center, 5212 N. Oakland Gravel Road.

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