March 2005

A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
We were thrilled with the Junior entry for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Please click here for information on the 2006 events.

A problem we continue to have is maintaining current contact information for Juniors. If your address changes, please email us to update your contact information. This is not automatically done as a result of an entry.

We wish to thank all who have submitted articles and photos for this issue of the Junior News. If you have a digital camera and would like to submit candids of Juniors or a Junior event please email them. Identify the event and as many of the individuals as possible.

Mari-Beth O'Neill

Competing at the Championship
By Lauren McIlwraith
I was given an opportunity of a life time and this I will never forget. Making it to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championsihp was a long road but exciting. Having this opportunity to show dogs has given me a source of confidence that I would have never achieved any were else. Dog shows are teaching me away to prioritize my life and allow myself to balance school and showing dogs. Read the full article.

Growing Up in Juniors
By Chelsea Brandenburg
My family has been involved in Australian Shepherds since 1980. Before AKC recognized our breed we showed our dogs in Australian Shepherd Club of America shows. Personally, my experience in the ring began in 1989 at an ASCA show as a "Pee-wee" handler. Since then I have learned countless lessons that can be applied to many different parts of my life. Read the full article.

Early Beginnings
By Katrina Davis
I began participating in AKC Junior Showmanship as a bit of a late bloomer. .. at the ripe old age of twelve! Dogs and dog shows had always been a passion of mine, but I waited several years before attempting it. Read the full article.

Go Find, Flash!
By Kate Eldredge
Hello, my name is Kate Eldredge and I am 14 years old. I have two dogs, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and an Australian Shepherd. This year my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Culdi's Hearts On Fire CD TD NA HSAs CGC (a.k.a. Flash), turned 7 years old. We've had a great year, and one of the highpoints was when Flash got her Tracking Dog title this spring at the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America (PWCCA) national specialty tracking test. Read the full article.

Me and My Sheltie
By Sarah J. Kiely
My name is Sarah Kiely and I am 10 years old. My Sheltie's name is "Allie Oop" and she is almost 1½ . Allie is the most wonderful dog a kid could ever ask for. Allie was a tremendous surprise for me! It was a cold fall day, and my mom surprised me by telling me we were going to meet an old friend she used to ride horses with for dinner. As we drove on, I was unsure why we were stopping at McDonald's since we were supposed to be meeting her friend for dinner. Anyway, didn't really think much of it, so I ate too. Read the full article.

Remembering Junior Years
By Shannon Mort
It seems like just yesterday when I was a novice handler in the sport of purebred dogs and felt so nervous every time I went into the show ring. I look back and remember those times and see how my handling skills have vastly improved and have been refined over the years. The sport of purebred dogs has been one of the biggest influences on my life. I have been able to grow so much as a person and meet a lot of new people in the process. Read the full article.

See photos from the AKC Gazette Luncheon, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, and the Kennel Club of Palm Springs.

Editor's Note
Competing at the Championship
Growing Up in Juniors
Early Beginnings
Go Find, Flash!
Me and My Sheltie
Remembering Junior Years
Junior Handler Photo Gallery
Junior Results -- AKC/Eukanuaba National Championship
Ninety-three Junior Handlers from across the country competed at the Championship in Tampa this January. Preliminary judges Cassandra Clark and Carol Rappaport-Fish selected six finalists each to meet in the Finals round, judged by Robert Forsyth. First place was Lauren McIlwraith showing a Siberian Husky; second was Michael Brunner showing a Long Haired Dachshund; third was Graham Swayze handling a Whippet; and fourth was Rick Terella handling a Siberian Husky.

Visit the Junior Photo Gallery for photos of the Junior competition and the AKC Gazette Junior Luncheon.

Juniors Excel in Rally
Rally became an AKC-recognized event on January 1, 2005. Many Juniors throughout the country participated and earned titles in the first Rally events, held on New Year's weekend. Brieaynn Ellis, handler of Canami Blue Blazer CD, received a perfect score in Rally Novice at a trial in Rochester, NY. She was the first junior to accomplish this. Brieaynn also titled another Sheltie during that weekend, who was the youngest sheltie pup to obtain the title.

Tom Eldredge was the first junior to earn a leg at the Rochester trial, with his Australian Shepherd, Baloo. Congratulations to Brieaynn, Tom, and all other Juniors who have earned Rally titles with their dogs!

Find out more about Rally.

Junior Showmanship Practicum
The Baltimore Kennel Club, in conjunction with the AKC Registered Handlers Program, will be offering a Junior Practicum at their event on April 25, 2005. Click here for more information.

2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
The fifth-annual Championship will be held January 14 & 15, 2006, in Tampa, Florida. As in past years, Juniors must have 5 wins in the Open class, with competition present, and a 3.0 (or equivalent) grade point average to qualify for the Championship. See full eligibility information here.

Best Friends

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. --George Graham Vest
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