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  December 2006
A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
I continue to be overwhelmed by the outstanding participation of the Juniors throughout the year for eligibility to participate at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.  This year the entry was 166. Families arrived from all over the country in spite of the early winter storms in the mid-west. Results and photos of the luncheon are included in this issue.

The AKC Summer Intern Program is a wonderful opportunity for college students to combine their interest and participation in the sport of purebred dogs with their academic endeavors. Additional information and application maybe found here.

The AKC will be hosting an Open House on Sunday February 11, 2007 at the Offices located at 260 Madison Ave. between the hours of noon and 4:00 PM. If you are in NY for Westminster, please come and tour the Corporate Headquarters and meet AKC Staff.

AKC Junior Scholarship Applications are available here.

Best wishes to everyone for a Happy, Healthy, Holiday Season and New Year!

News & Events
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Congratulations to all the participants (shown below) of the 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Junior Showmanship competition. Lauren House, showing a Saluki, was named Best Junior. See more photos here.
Junior Winners
Best Junior: Lauren House (Saluki); 2nd: Samantha Norris (English Cocker Spaniel); 3rd: Dylan Kipp (Doberman Pinscher); 4th: Hannah Virnig (Australian Shepherd).

2006 Top Ten Junior Handlers by Group
Certificates for the Top Ten Juniors in each group were presented at the Junior Luncheon held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, sponsored by the AKC Gazette. The Special Awards for the Top Ten Juniors were presented by Oster.

The Top Ten Juniors are Sarah Conn (Sporting); Connor Black (Hound); Dylan Kipp (Working); C.T. Giese (Terrier); Leah Puffenberger (Toy); Meagan LaMendola (Non-Sporting); Anna Diaz (Herding). Read more.

Jr. News Q & A
Dear Jr. News:
Can you please clarify/confirm if a Novice, upon their 3rd win with competition, can move up to the open class on the *same* day as their 3rd win with competition? I have seen this done at shows in the past and want to ensure there are no contrary rulings in which would make this a difficult/impossible task (such as regulations that would supersede this one itself). If a judge or steward were to question this action, who would be the best official to clarify? Read the answer here.

An Awesome Experience
Tess Bischopingby Tess Bischoping
My name is Tess Bischoping and I am a junior handler. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed training my two dogs (Torrie and Tiki) for AKC agility events. I spend about seven or eight hours of training each week to succeed in these events and as you can see it has paid off. I have a full agility course set up on our property.  Read more.

Jocelyn BrodyWhat Being in Junior Showmanship
has Taught Me
by Jocelyn Brody
Last year a cannon went off in the stadium next to the show grounds as the juniors were about to enter the ring. Buddy became so frightened that it took three months for him to regain confidence enough to stay on an examining table. Read more.

Juniors Can Do It Too!
Jessica Hansonby Jessica Hanson
Putting a UD on any dog is no easy feat, as I found out when training my golden retriever, Treasure, to her UD this past year. My name is Jessica Hanson, and I am 16 years old. I was introduced into the dog showing world at the age of 8 when I showed my mom’s Siberian Husky, Kodi, in junior showmanship at matches. Read more.

Maci HassHow About Dogs?
by Maci Hass
“Maci you have to find something to do, something that you won’t quit,” Mom said. “Well, how about dogs?” I said. With those words my dog handling journey began. I’m Maci and my dog is Sammy. I am 13 years old and he is almost 3. In the last two and a half years, we have competed in a lot of things. Read more.

A Year I Shall Never Forget
Shannon Hougby Shannon Houg
My first year in the wonderful sport of dogs has come to a close. A year ago I entered my first agility trial, the first of what will be many more to come. I have met some of the best people I will ever meet at these agility trials. There have been so many people to talk to and meet, it has been amazing. Read more.

How I Trained For AKC Events
by Kaitlyn
Before I started agility with my dog Roxie, a Shetland Sheepdog, she was hiding under chairs when people came near her. So, if I was going to start agility this would need some fixing. The first thing that I did was I took her to puppy socialization class. Read more.

Shannon SoaferMy First Champion
by Shannon Soafer
It all began six years ago. Our family decided to buy a puppy as a family pet, not just any puppy, but a Great Dane puppy. We searched breeders for a fawn bitch, but brindle seemed to be abound. After one year of searching, a fawn bitch arrived that we liked. Her name is Legacy’s Forces of Nature, a.k.a. “Savannah.” Read more.

Sarah VenHuizen
Sarah and Chelsea
by Sarah VenHuizen
My name is Sarah VenHuizen and I am ten years old. This is my Sheltie and teammate Chelsea who is four years old. I received Chelsea as a Christmas present when I was six years hold. With the help of a 4-H instructor and my older sister Kayla, we began training for obedience that January and continued to train weekly for one year. Read more.

Rising Star in Pointing Breed Field Trials
Phoebe Whiteby Bonnie Hidalgo
There is a young star on the horizon of Pointing Dog world. Phoebe White of Scappoose, OR has been involved with bird dogs all of her life. The pretty 10 year old began working with dogs at the tender age of 4. She started her aim toward a Junior Handler certificate in the show ring in 2004 on her 8th birthday. Read more.

Photo Gallery
Best Junior Handler photos from shows this fall. Go to the gallery.

Central Ohio Kennel Club Youth Award

The Central Ohio Kennel Club, Inc. is offering a $500.00 youth award for persons age 21 and under.

Qualifications for Eligibility:

1. Competing in AKC sanctioned events e.g. conformation, obedience, agility, tracking or any combination of events.

2. Age 21 or younger.

3. Submission of a 300-400 word essay on your involvement in dog competition.

Include at the top of your essay, your age, name, address and telephone number with the area code. NO PICTURES PLEASE. Winners will be chosen from all eligible entries. The COKC Scholarship Committee will make the final decision. All entries must be received by December 26, 2006. The winner will be announced in January 2007. Essays should be mailed to:

Roberta K. Brady
574 Old Coach Rd.
Westerville, OH. 43081

Call for AKC Summer Interns
The American Kennel Club is seeking interns for their 2007 internship program. Students will be selected for paid eight-week internships running June 4 – July 27, 2006 at either the New York headquarters or the Raleigh operations facility.

The requirements for applicants are:

• High School graduate

• Accepted or enrolled in an accredited four or two year college

• 18 years of age or older

• Competitive grade point average

• Involvement or profound interest in purebred dogs

Our application package requires the following:

• AKC Application for the Summer Internship Program

• Cover Letter - including interest in the sport of purebred dogs and your thoughts on future employment with the AKC

• Resume

• Copy of your academic transcript

The application deadline is February 15, 2007. Applicants should mail the completed package to:

The American Kennel Club
The Intern Program (TIP)
P.O. Box 37905
Raleigh, NC 27627-7905

Please visit the Employment Section of the AKC web site for more information on the Intern Program and instructions on how to apply.

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