Summer 2004

Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill

We are very pleased with the electronic version of the AKC Jr. News. We have received many positive comments and look forward to the opportunity to be able to communicate with you more frequently.

This issue contains the list of AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients for the 2004-2005 school year. This year we received over 100 applications from individuals from all over the country having competed in all aspects of AKC events.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Florida will be January 15 & 16th, 2005. The Junior luncheon and preliminary competition will be on Saturday January 15th. The finals will be on Sunday January 16th. If you have already qualified with five wins in the Open Class with competition and your school year has ended, please forward your school transcript to the Judges Education Department.

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AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients
The American Kennel Club received 100 applications this year for the Junior Showmanship Scholarship. Fifty-four scholarships were awarded ranging from $1000-$5000. The recipients were from twenty-five states and participated in all aspects of the fancy. They included Obedience, Agility, Conformation, the Performance Events and qualifying for Westminster. See a list of recipients here.

Also, read profiles from three Scholarship recipients. Jonathan Freeman trains his Labrador Retrievers for Hunt Tests. Theresa Keating reflects on her experiences as a Junior Handler. Karen Potter (shown at right) has developed a "Dog Safety" program for elementary school children.

Being a Junior Handler

by John McConville

Mom started taking me to meetings of the Dallas Shetland Sheepdog Club while I was in second grade. As I got older, I became more involved in the club. My job, while still very young, was to help the ladies with the raffle table, and I wasn't shy about trying to get people to buy tickets. As I got older and stronger, I was assigned to helping set up and tear down the rings for our Specialty/Obedience shows. Read more.

My Start in Agility

by Stefanie Rainer

After school and on weekends, most 10-year old girls are watching TV, chatting online, shopping or playing with dolls. Well, not me. My name is Stefanie Rainer. I am 10 years old and my favorite activity is agility with my wonderful three-year old Papillon, Storm. When Storm was seven months old, I received him as a gift. Since that day I have been training him for the sport of agility. Storm is not just my champion show dog with multiple AKC titles, he is also my best friend. Storm and I formed a special bond. A bond that is so close it could never be broken. Read more.

Agility with Arson and Fannie

by Rachel Halop

Winzerhof Firebug, VCD2 JH NA NAJ OAP OJP, "Arson", is a 5-year old yellow Labrador Retriever. I co-own Arson with Karen Wickstrom who bred and raised him. Karin and Arson earned his Hunting, Tracking and Obedience titles together while Arson and I earned all but two of his Agility titles. In doing so, I was able to help Arson finish his VCD1 and VCD2 titles. Right now we are very close to finishing our Excellent Agility titles and then will be able to begin earning MACH points. Arson is a wonderful dog and has worked hard for me. We train as much as possible and put our hearts into our competitions. Read more.

Central Ohio Kennel Club Youth Award

The Central Ohio Kennel Club is pleased to announce its Youth Award winner for 2003. Ms. Lindsey Kuhn of Perrysburg, Ohio was the ultimate winner chosen from seventeen entrants from across the country. She was chosen for her dedication, enthusiasm and versatility in the sport of canine competition. Additionally, Lindsey won the Pedigree award in 2001 for being the number one Open Junior in the country and competed at the World Dog Show in Amsterdam, Holland. She also qualified for Westminster three of the five years she has been competing. In addition, she teaches conformation classes, judges juniors at puppy matches and plans to be a veterinarian.

The Central Ohio Kennel Club is currently accepting applications for its 2004 Youth Award. Read the details here.

Editor's Note
AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients
Being a Junior Handler
My Start in Agility
Agility with Arson and Fannie
Central Ohio Kennel Club Youth Award
Junior Handler Photo Gallery
Juniors Named to 2004 World Agility Team
Two juniors have been selected for the 2004 World Agility Team, which will represent the AKC at the FCI Agility Championships in Montichiari, Italy, this September.

Katie O'Day, of Avon, Connecticut, will handle her Shetland Sheepdog, Jeep, for the Mini Team (Jumping 14").

Jennifer Crank, of Pataskala, Ohio, will handle her Shetland Sheepdog, Guess, for the Midi Team (Jumping 18").

The teams were selected for the competition based on each dog's consistency from the following events: The AKC Agility National held in Long Beach, CA; the Iams International Sweepstakes Class, Long Beach, CA; and the World Team Invitational held in Minnesota on May 15 & 16, 2004.
An Afternoon with the Professionals

The American Kennel Club Registered Handlers Program, in Conjunction with the Lima Ohio Kennel Club, and sponsored by Bil-Jac Dog Food, presents for all Junior Showmanship participants "An Afternoon with the Professionals" on Saturday, June 26, 2004.

Junior Showmanship participants and future juniors are invited to attend this presentation - this is an opportunity for Juniors to receive individual instruction from AKC Registered Handlers to better present their dogs in the ring.

For more information, please contact Nina Fetter.

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.

Junior Recognition Program
Do you show your dog in Companion or Performance Events? You can earn special recognition for each title your dog earns! Click here for more information.
Did You Know...
According to a 2001 survey conducted by the Travel Industry of America, 29.1 million Americans take their pets along on vacation every year. Where will you be traveling with your dog this summer? Email us and let us know!
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