November/December 2004

A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
The response for this years AKC/Eukanuba Invitational, is over whelming! 105 Juniors have met both the wins and the grade point average criteria. This year's event will be two days. The preliminary classes will be judged on Saturday and the finals will be on Sunday. The annual luncheon sponsored by the AKC Gazette will be held on Saturday; additional information will be mailed to those participating.

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Junior Versatility
by Marinda Dillon
My name is Marinda Dillon. I am 13 years old and I show in Conformation, Junior Handling and Agility. I began showing dogs in conformation when I was six. I have two Afghan Hounds, a Powder Puff Chinese Crested and a Border Collie. Last year I began training my Powder Puff Crested, Howser, for agility. We ran our first trial in May of this year. I loved it!
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Agility for Life
by Meredith Garrett
All of my life I've loved learning about dogs and their relationships with people. Reading every book I could find about breeds and basic training was a priority. One day when I came across the sport of Agility on television, I became intrigued and convinced that this was the sport for me.
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Fancy and Treasure
by Jessica Hanson
Hi, my name is Jessica Hanson, and I am 14 years old. My four Siberian Huskies, Kodi, Fancy, Daria, and Jasmine, and one Golden Retriever, Treasure, are the center of my life. I show them in agility, obedience, conformation, junior showmanship, and I have also done some therapy dog work.
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Is There Life After Junior Showmanship?
by Adam King
Your eighteenth birthday is approaching, a day that most people look forward to with anticipation. It's when you become an "adult," you receive more responsibilities, and a time where most people strike out on their own, either to college or into the work force. However, for Junior handlers, another feeling is mixed in. Once they turn the magical eighteen, they are no longer allowed to show in Junior Showmanship.
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The Jack Onofrio Junior Achievement Challenge
by Lauren McIlwraith
My name is Lauren McIlwraith. I am thirteen years old and I have been participating in the Jack Onofrio Junior Achievement Challenge (JAC) for the past three years. This experience has taught me that you can always learn something new!
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A Love for Vizslas
by Emily Meyer
My experience with purebred dogs began when I was 14 years old. On October 3, 1999, a bouncy Vizsla puppy named Ruger came to live with my family and me. Finally, I was no longer a spectator in the world of dogs, but reaching this point was the result of a long journey: from deciding on the perfect breed to finding a caring, committed breeder to puppy kindergarten and beyond.
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The Irish Setter Nationals
by Susan Schafer
This past June I attended our Irish Setter Club of America National Specialty held in Olympia, Washington, which is near Seattle. The site was gorgeous and I had a wonderful time with everybody there. The day before the junior classes were held there was a seminar.
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An AKC Education
by Kristy Siefkin
My involvement in the world of pure-bred dogs began at age 9 when I joined a local 4-H dog care and training club in an attempt to "tame" my 105 pound German Shepherd Dog, Bruin. At my first 4-H obedience class, I hoped that Bruin would not knock me to the ground and run out of the ring. One year later, Bruin and I walked away from our first 4-H Dog Show having won first prize and High in Trial.
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Editor's Note
Junior Versatility
Agility for Life
Fancy and Treasure
Is There Life After Junior Showmanship?
Junior Handler Photo Gallery
The Jack Onofrio Junior Achievement Challenge
A Love for Vizslas
The Irish Setter Nationals
An AKC Education
Junior Scholarship Program
We are now accepting applications for 2005 Junior Scholarships. Click here for more information.

Junior Seminars
The AKC Registered Handlers Program offered a seminar for Juniors in conjunction with the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore, October 17, 2004. AKC staff and members of the RHP worked with Juniors on their handling skills following a brief introduction by AKC Field Representative, Walter Bebout. See photos.

The following AKC RHP Junior Seminars will be held in 2005:

January 8, Kennel Club of Palm Springs, Palm Springs, California.

January 22, Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon, Portland, Oregon.

February 19, Hendersonville Kennel Club, Greenville, South Carolina.


AKC Summer Intern Program
Are you interested in becoming a summer intern? You must apply by January 30 for the 2005 program. Find more information here.

Change of Address
Have you moved? If so, please let us know to update your address in the system. We have had several letters of congratulations that have been returned because of out-of-date information. Contact us at 919-816-3776 or email us to update your contact information.



Call for Photos
We would appreciate receiving photos of Juniors competing in different events for our Photo Gallery. Pictures may be submitted electronically. Please identify the event, date and names of Juniors in the photos. Email to Juniors@akc.org.

Rule Changes
The following changes to the Junior Showmanship Regulations will be effective January 1, 2005:

-Minimum age of participation will be 9;
-Classes will be divided into three age group: Junior 9-11; Intermediate 12-14, and Senior 15-18;
-Competition will be required for the Best Junior Handler award.

These changes will allow Juniors closer in age to compete against each other, as well as for more opportunities for success.


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