My name is Caitlin Varhalla, and I will be an incoming freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this Fall. Shetland Sheepdogs have always been a part of my family. I have participated in the AKC Junior Handler program since I was 10 years old. Chime is my nine year old Shetland Sheepdog. She came into my life at the age of four-months-old. We started training in Conformation and earned our Novice Junior Showmanship title. During that time, I also trained in Agility. We entered our first agility show when Chime was one-year-old and finished all six titles in a year. The Dog World has opened up a whole new world for me and has given me numerous opportunities. Over the past ten years, I have met many people, who share my passion and interest that I will remain in contact throughout my life.
I am proud to be a 2010 AKC Junior Scholarship recipient. It shows the dedication and love I have for this sport. My plan in the future is to become an AKC Agility Judge. Being a Judge will allow me to share my knowledge with others and be involved in the Agility program as it continues to develop.