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  April 2011
Welcome Spring! I hope this finds everyone well and preparing for the Spring and Summer Shows.

The Companion Events Department is pleased to announce the FIRST Juniors Obedience Competition in conjunction with the AKC National Obedience Invitational to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Competition will be held Saturday, December 17, 2011. See eligibility and entry requirements.

The recipients of this year AKC Junior Scholarship are listed here. Once again, an outstanding group of individuals applied for the AKC Junior Scholarship. These applicants have diverse academic interests but all had strong backgrounds in AKC events. The academic achievements of the applicants is overwhelming and all are to be commended for there vast levels of success.

The Onofrio JAC has taken on a new look and date this year. A special event for Juniors will be held in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Cluster, read more about this exciting event.

The AKC Board of Directors has approved a Master Class for Juniors, Effective January 1, 2012. The criteria will be consistent with the eligibility criteria for the Limited Class at the Event requiring the most wins. This is currently Westminster with 10 wins in the Open Class with Competition. Once a Junior has met the criteria for this event, you are required to move into the Master Class. The winner of the Master Class will compete for Best Junior.

We are interested in your involvement in clubs and in your community. Please provide information about your involvement and any special events in which you have participated.

National Agility Championship

Two Handlers made it to the National Agility Championship Challengers round. If you win this round you get to move on to the Final round. Teams are invited to compete in this round if they have 2 out of 3 clean rounds and they had placed in one of the classes, but were not part of the final cut for the Final Round. These teams were Kathleen Oswald and her Shetland Sheepdog "Jenna" and Abigail Beasley and her Shetland Sheepdog "Lucky".

Three Handlers competed in the very competitive finals round where a maximum of 7% of the entry for that height was allowed to compete. Amanda Emery and her Border Collie "Wildfire" placed 4th in Finals the 16" Preferred class. Shelby Fitch and her Border Collie "Swift" finished 18th overall out of 201 dogs entered in the 16" class. Kaitlyn Dreese and her Border Collie "Seacrett" finished 12th overall out of 281 entries in the 20" Class.

Lindsey Grinels
Lindsey GrinelsEver since Mrs. Gloria Lewis gave me first place in a Junior match in West Palm Beach, Florida when I was 9 years old, I was hooked on showing dogs. These last 9 years in Junior Showmanship Competition have been a blast. I had great experiences competing in Juniors and learned many lessons, such as good sportsmanship, having confidence, and to NEVER give up. Read more.

Alyssa Kowalski

Alyssa KowalskiMy name is Alyssa Kowalski, I live in the Twin Cities and I’m currently a student at the University of St. Thomas. Not only am I involved in Dog Show and other AKC programs, I also sing, play guitar, lead worship and counsel youth programs and camps. I participated in Junior Showmanship for 6 years, and had an adventurous career. Read more.

Ashley Neil

Ashley NeilMy name is Ashley Neil, and when I was five, I wanted to show dogs, so my mom and I went to a dog show to look at the different dogs. I decided I wanted a long-haired Chihuahua. When I got my dog, I named him Snoopy. I met Don and Roberta Chowning, and they were willing to show me how to train Snoopy to do AKC obedience events. Read more.

2011 Junior Jamboree in Orlando, Florida

My name is Jaclyn Stephenson, I am 11 years old, and a junior that loves to show dogs. What I am writing to tell you today is about a Junior Handling Seminar (Junior Jamboree) that is going to be held July 2,2011 in Orlando, FL.

This seminar is free for Florida and South Georgia Juniors!

These seminars are a great place for you to learn to show your dog. I have been to a seminar that was about junior handling before, and it was really fun! I met a lot of people that loved dogs and loved to show dogs as much as I do.

Read more about the event.
Photo Gallery
Photos from the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship & Portland Kennel Club. Go to the gallery.

Upcoming Junior Clinics
• Timonium, MD
Baltimore County KC
Sunday, April 24, 2011

• Watkinsville, GA
Oconee River KC
Saturday, May 07, 2011

• Valley Center, CA
Mt. Palomar KC
Saturday, May 21, 2011

• Freehold, NJ
Plainfield KC
Sunday, May 29, 2011

• New Castle, PA
New Castle KC
Saturday, May 28, 2011

• Springfield, MA
Kenilworth KC
Friday, July 08, 2011

• San Antonio, TX
Comal Cty KC
Friday, July 15, 2011

• Canfield, OH
Beaver County KC
Saturday, August 06, 2011

Upcoming Junior Seminars
• Judging Jr Showmanship
Valley Center, CA
Mt. Palomar KC
May 21, 2011

• Judging Jr Showmanship
Ridgefield, WA
Vancouver KC
October 29, 2011

• Judging Jr Showmanship
Fitchburg, MA
Framingham District KC
November 12, 2011

Contact Kathy Caruana at kac1@akc.org or (919) 816-3862 for more information.

Junior Achievement Challenge – New for 2011!
$10,000 offered for scholarships – Competition will be Friday evening July 1st, 2011 in conjunction with the OKC Summer Classic in Oklahoma City OK. Full details will be posted at onofrio.com in a few weeks.

Special Events at Colorado Springs Kennel Club

Breed Seminar: The Cane Corso –Friday, June 10, 2011 at 1 pm. Shauna DeMoss, presenter. Offered by the CSKC & Front Range Judges Group. FREE for Juniors. Contact Lisa at lisamariepeterson@comcast.net.

Canine Good Citizen Test
– Friday, June 10, 2011, after regular judging is complete. Offered by CSKC. FREE for Juniors. Contact Sara at karl3106@comcast.net.

Junior Handling Seminar – Saturday, June 11, 2011, during the lunch break. Colton & Heather Johnson AND Clint & Karen Livingston, presenters. Lunch provided by the CSKC for all juniors attending seminar. Evanger's will provide a bag of dog treats to each attendee. Offered by the CSKC – FREE. Contact Gwen at CSKC2011@gmail.com.

Junior Show Clothing Exchange – Saturday, June 11, 2011, immediately after Junior Handling Seminar. See Superintendents table at show for location. Bring your clean, gently worn show clothing, and exchange it for something in your size and style. No clothing will be sold. Offered by the CSKC – FREE. Contact Gwen at CSKC2011@gmail.com.


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