Cherokee Rose Cluster: Celebrating the Future
Expectation, Inspiration and Motivation. All these goals were met
at the AKC /RHP (Registered Handlers Program) Junior Showmanship Handling
Clinic hosted by the Cherokee Rose Cluster. Cluster Clubs (Lawrenceville
Kennel Club, Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club of Georgia, Conyers Kennel
Club of Georgia) welcomed fifty Juniors and their dogs to their Summer
2005 show on August 27, 2005.
Peter Gaeta, Director of Judging Operations, Tom Glassford, AKC Registered
Professional Handlers Program/Field Coordinator and Mary Dukes, AKC
Executive Field Representative provided an invaluable handling demonstration
for the Juniors. Juniors were taught the fundamentals of competently
stacking their dog. They also worked on the challenge of gaiting in
a straight line, arm position and presentation. Juniors that compete
in Open Junior, Open Intermediate and Open Senior were on hand as
“Junior Buddies” to lend a note of assurance to the beginners.
Often seen amidst the concentration was a Junior smile and laugh for
their special Junior Showmanship dog.
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A parent’s information packet was provided with materials
suggested by Mari-Beth O’Neill, Assistant VP of Special Services. Included
was an AKC Guide to Junior Showmanship Regulations, Guidelines for
Judging and beginner’s guides to dog shows, obedience, rally, and agility.
The AKC, cluster clubs and Purina donated a Junior Showmanship goodie
bag complete with AKC and Purina items, club pens, dog toy and their
The support of Cluster Clubs and Show Chairs Don Watson (Conyers
Kennel Club of Georgia), Kay Allred (Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club of
Georgia) and Mem Houston (Lawrenceville Kennel Club) for the clinic
carries over to the Cluster shows. The clubs promote Junior Showmanship
with wonderful prizes, trophies and free Junior Showmanship entry
fee. Junior Showmanship Coordinator, Maria Caudill, was encouraged
by the enthusiastic attendance and plans are in the works for a follow-up
clinic next year.