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  April 2007
A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
Juniors continue to be successful in all events for which we congratulate those who are participating in Companion and Performance Events who are handling their dogs to titles. Special Congratulations to Sierra Colleen Schmidt for handling her Bichon to first in the 8" Agility Class at the AKC Eukanuba National Championship.

Please develop the habit of checking the Judge’s Sheets to confirm that your dog’s awards are marked correctly as well as the Junior Showmanship Class markings. If there is an error, it is much easier to correct the day of the show as opposed to after the fact.

Many of the Dog Show Photographers offer a photograph to the winner of Best Junior at an event. AKC greatly appreciates receiving some of these for the Junior Newsletter and I thank the photographers who submit them. I am sure the Juniors who receive these photographs as an award are thanking the photographers as well.

If you are not currently a Junior member of either a breed club, all breed club or training club I encourage you to look into joining. Learn how a club is run and what is required to conduct an event. Volunteer and assist, it is a great learning experience!

News & Events
AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients
This year’s pool of applicants was overwhelming. The talent and the involvement of the young people participating in AKC Events are to be congratulated. In support of AKC Clubs and Responsible Dog Ownership, the applicants were asked to describe their experiences as AKC Club members or how being involved with purebred dogs and AKC Events has made them a responsible dog owner. The responses covered all events and levels of achievements. This year the AKC awarded 34 Scholarship ranging from $5,000-$1,000. See the recipients here.

Land O'Lakes Competition
On January 7, 2007 the Midwest Region Top Junior Handler Competition was held at the Land O’Lakes Kennel Club event. This competition was open to Junior Handlers with 2 Open wins between December 21, 2005 & December 20, 2006 and who live & compete in the Midwest Region (Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, & Wyoming).

Best Junior Handler and 3 Runners-up were awarded:

Best Junior: Katie Kupfer and her English Springer Spaniel Ch. Kadrian Meadowlawn Monopoly
Riley DeVos and her Cairn Terrier Ch. Paragon's Stately Affair
Dylan Kipp and her Doberman Ch Toledobes Turbulance V Enjoys
Amy Beskau and her Boston Terrier Rio's one Hit Wonder

A Passion for Agility
by Cristin Nataro
Cristin NataroIt all started when I walked into WonderDogs wanting to take my puppy to an obedience class. As luck would have it, I came on the night they had agility classes and it was then that I knew I had to try agility. Little did I know it would become a passion, something I could never quit.

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Our Dream on Getting to Nationals
by Nichole Pike
Nichole PikeCharlee – Explosive energy, controlled chaos.

That is how I would describe my dog Charlee. It takes time, patience, and lots of love to train my soon to be 2 year old Border collie. I picked her out of eight other puppies in the litter at eight weeks old. Ever since then I have been training her for the big times, The National Agility Championships.

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Training for Obedience
by Tasha Reams
Tasha ReamsAs a Junior Handler in AKC it has been very fun and a lot of hard work preparing my dog, Mya, and myself for obedience trials. My training started in working with a great trainer in the 4-H Dog Program. I have found several tricks along the way. I learned you need to practice the commands at least 2-3 times a week when starting out, never changing your commands.

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Bush Man
by Tristan Wilson
Tristan WilsonI have been showing dogs since I was ten years old, and I finished my first breed champion at age twelve. When my mom decided to go to a hunt test, I asked if I could run a dog as well. I never had any experience with hunt tests and neither had my dog, Smitten. My mother took pity on me and explained the rules, the do’s and don’ts of hunt tests.

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Photo Gallery
Best Junior Handler photos from shows this winter and spring, including the Westminster Kennel Club. Go to the gallery.

Zach Helmer Paige Day Riley DeVos

Upcoming Junior Clinics conducted by the Registered Handler’s Program:

•New Castle, Pennsylvania – Memorial Cluster, Sunday, May 27, 2007
•Bel Alton, Maryland, Saturday, June 30, 2007
•Soldotna, Alaska, Saturday, July 7, 2007
•Essex Junction, Vermont, Saturday, July 14, 2007
•Canfield, Ohio, Saturday, August 4, 2007
•Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Friday, August 10, 2007
•Springfield, Massachusetts, Friday, November 23, 2007

2007 Florida Junior Jamboree
The Florida Junior Jamboree will kick off on July 21, 2007 at 9:00 AM. It will be a fun filled day of teaching Juniors everything they need to know about competing in Junior Showmanship. This Jamboree is open FREE of charge to all youth ages 8-18 and their dogs. A FREE lunch will be provided to all participants. The Florida Junior Jamboree will be held in the main building at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. The fairground is located at 4603 W Colonial Drive.

Get more information and a registration form (pdf).

Olympic Kennel Club Junior Seminar
Emunclaw, WA, August 18th & 19th. 2007

Meet 5 AKC Judge's and hear their thoughts, how they view Junior's with their placements, followed by questions and answers.

Presenter : Rosemary Petter. AKC Judges Pannel: Albert Holabach, Jeannie Dowell, Dr. Linda Petter, Elaine Young, Rosemary Petter

Contact Rosemary Petter, rosemarypetter1@comcast.net, 253-854-6287 or Elaine Young 206-324-6327.

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