WINTERFEST: “Hank” conquers WinterPaws

WINTERFEST: “Hank” conquers WinterPaws
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By David Rogers. January 28, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Leave it to a bloodhound to sniff out the big prize. “Hank” is the new canine pup being trained by High Country resident Brent Presnell. After taking home top honors in the “Cutest” category, Hank was awarded “Best in Show” accolades from the esteemed panel of judges for WinterPaws, the non-Westminster-type dog show that is held annually as part of Winterfest and in benefit of the Watauga Humane Society.

Ronnie Mark, General Manager of Tanger Shoppes on the Parkway, Mayor Charlie Sellers, and Alice Roess, the Humane Society’s president, all served as judges for the 2019 edition of WinterPaws, hosted at Blowing Rock School. More than 300 people attended this year’s show, with more than 50 dogs entered into the five categories:

  • Best Winter Fashion Wear
  • Most Unique Mix of Breed (AKA “Most Adorable Mutt”)
  • Best Dog/Owner Look-a-Like
  • Cutest
  • Best Trick

“Hank” faced stiff competition in winning “Cutest”, as did the other four winners:

  • Winter Fashion Wear — “Penelope”, showed by Rachel O’Ragan (Boone)
  • Unique Mix of Breeds – “Ginger”, showed by Morgan McGee (Lexington, SC)
  • Dog/Owner Look-a-Like – “Shia”, showed by Casey Ecker (Boone)
  • Best Trick — “Roo Roo”, showed by Sarah Tretz

Best one-liner of the day: “I have no idea.” (An unidentified young lady’s answer when asked by the emcee what breeds were represented in her “best friend.”)

SLIDESHOW By David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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