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Coupeville High School freshman Gabriella Gebhard and a canine companion pose with some of her many awards. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

On point, always.

She’s at the front of the pack.

A talented group of freshmen athletes will enter the hallways of Coupeville High School this fall, with one already flying high on a national level.

Gabriella Gebhard, who also ran cross country at the middle school level, has been blazing a bright path at dog shows, and is just a step or two away from hitting the really big stage.

Coupeville’s ace is currently the second-ranked juniors English Setter handler in the entire nation, trailing just Jessica Braatz of Fort Myers, Florida.

Having defeated 300+ opponents (and their dogs), Gebhard is just one win away from qualifying for the Westminster Kennel Dog Club Show — the top destination in the sport.

“She needs to win Best Junior, so has to beat all other junior handlers, including seniors in high school, and kids who have won 10 best juniors (masters class),” said mom Stephanie.

As she makes a move at claiming the top spot, Gabrielle Gebhard and her talented pooch, Walker “Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making,” have been busy piling up awards.

The duo claimed every honor in sight at the Island County Fair, including three rally grand championships, and a grand championship for team obedience and judging.

That follows on the heels of claiming Best Junior and Best of Breed while competing at the Puyallup Kennel Club.

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Gabriella Gebhard and her English Setter are coming for all your dog show awards. (Photos courtesy Stephanie Gebhard)

Gabriella Gebhard is taking the world of dog showing by storm.

The Coupeville Middle School 8th grader, who is also a Wolf cross country runner, is just two wins away from qualifying for the world-famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

The duo showcase their skills at an event.

First, Gebhard and her English setter, Walker “Set’r Ridge’s Legend in the Making,” head to Florida for the prestigious American Kennel Club National Championships presented by Royal Canin.

That event is December 18-19 in Orlando, Florida.

Gebhard, who has been working towards her Westminster dreams since age nine, brings out the best in her canine companion, and vice versa.

The duo have been claiming awards everywhere they go, winning Best Puppy in Sweeps, Best Junior, and Reserve Winner’s Dog at the recent Monterey Bay English Setter specialty in California.

All of the awards, I said. All of them.

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