Juniors who have garnered their third Novice win and moved up to their respective Open Class, (within the last 9 months) may publish a photo (junior and their dog) and a brief paragraph (200 words) describing themselves, show experiences and their goals for the future.
I am in open juniors. I started out in Novice when i was 10 with my Ch LaurJosh Tuscan Sun he is a mini i moved to open jr's in 4 shows my first time in the ring i got first place than it took me the next 2 shows 1 day each show and i made it to Open Juniors. I showed all last year but my Nana has custody of me and Money is tight. We bought a Standard Dachshund and i starting winning again i have 2 first place ribbons. This is my Junior dog he is not a CH and he is 1 year old but he and i work well together. And i Love him. I also show in Conformation and i have won BOV and OS Thank You Benjamin Gold
Hi, my name is Danielle Huey. I am 10 years old and live in Clarksville, Tn. I started showing in March 2007. I started with my grandpa's Labrador Retriever. My third win was in Harriman, Tn in May 2007. My grandpa bought me a Toy Fox Terrier in April 2007 and in July I began showing her in the conformation and junior ring. I still show my grandpa's Lab in the conformation ring sometimes too. When I grow up I hope to be either a Professional Handler or a veterinarian.
Katherine, 1st win in Novice
My name is Katherine Menches and i am from MA.I started showing Nov. 13 2006.I started showing in Asca and my first year i got 3 reserved juniors!I show 2 australian shepherds.Buff Cap Cought Red Handed "Pete"(pete is the red tri) and Copper Hill City Limits "Austin".I already shown 13 or 14 dogs so far.After The ASCA Nationals im going to be more active in UKC and AKC.My biggest dream is to get to Westminster,and if i win i would be so happy of what i done and what i achieved!
My name is Bess Cleveland and I am from Gastonia, NC. I am a freshman at Gaston Day School. I just got my 3rd win on August 9th and am looking forward to competing in Open. I got my 3 within three different shows. I got 2 firsts in Greenville and my third in Greensboro.
I show an absolutely FABULOUS Chinese Crested dog whose name is Ch. Gingery's Hydra, but I call him Hydra. No offense to anybody else, but he is the best dog in the world. He got best of breed my second time in the ring, and two best of opposites around my sixth show (the same show I got my two junior firsts!)
I would really like to thank Brenna Potash and her mom for getting me started in showing and always supporting me. I would also like to thank Paula Tyler and her mom for supporting me as well. I am super excited about being in open and wish everyone the best of luck!!!!!!!
My name is Jazmine Virrueta and I am turning 10 years old this week. I live in Tracy, California and I show a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Ch. Torlundy Allegria Billabong. Billy is two years old and I started showing him last June when I helped my neighbor Mary show him in the Breed Classes. I took Reserve Winners Dog my first time in the ring and I became addicted to showing! Mary added me as a co ? owner so that I could show him in Juniors. My first time in Juniors was in October at our Bay Area Cavalier Specialty. I was the only one in my class was happy to get to come back in the ring and be considered for Best Junior. I showed 4 more times in Novice, getting a 1st and then a 2nd and then two more 1st and quickly moved into Open after an amazing weekend at Golden Gate Kennel Club show.
I am enjoying meeting other kids at the shows and so far everyone has been very friendly and supportive. Here are a few pictures of me showing.
Jazmine Virrueta, 3rd Novice Win, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Hi, my name is Justin Cummings. I'm 9 years old and I live in Portland, Oregon. I entered my first dog show as a Novice Junior handler on my 9th birthday. Six months prior to this day, I started taking conformation handling classes. Recently, I completed my third win in Novice Jrs at the Colorado Kennel Club on February 18, 2007 in a class of 15. I would like to thank Judge Mr Jerry E Rush for making this a special day.
This is a photo of me with my Pug, Alize Walkin' In The Sunshine. Thanks Judge Ms. Gretchen K. Schultz for the 1st place award. My dog is 16 months old now and has completed both of his majors. He has lots of spunk which makes handling him fun and challenging. Thank you Frankie and Tree Jones of Alize Pugs for offering him to us; he's a wonderful dog!
Last year (2006), I ranked #5 Junior Pug handler in the nation. My goal is to qualify for Westminster 2008 and to be the very first junior to win Junior Westminster with a toy dog. If you happen to see me at a dog show, I'll be competing in Open Juniors. Thanks again to all that have welcomed me and my family to the sport.
My name is Mary McAuley. I am nine years old, in fourth grade, and live on Long Island, New York.
I wanted to show dogs after seeing our own dogs in the show ring. We have english mastiffs, but they were a bit big for me to show. We were at a show and saw the french bulldogs. I fell in love with them. We met Elena Siegman of Rockydell French Bulldogs. We purchased an adorable cream male I named Navy. We would practice for a few minutes everyday, and go to handling classes.
My mom thought ten was the age for juniors, so I started showing in the breed ring. We thought it would be a good idea to get him used to the shows. My first show was in Mid July. I was shocked whe we won the Breed. It was my first show with the pup. The next day we won Best of Winners. Our next show we won breed again, over specials. We decided to go to a few more shows at the end of August. Navy and I got Best of Winners all three days, winning three majors and finishing his championship. I was very excited finishing my first dog out of the puppy class.
We soon found out that the age for juniors was actually nine. My next step was to try juniors. I not so flashy, and we did not have a lot of experience. We got our first novice win. A few weeks later we went away for some more shows, and got my other two wins in Massachussets. I now show in open juniors. I am currently ranked #7 in juniors for french bulldogs. Our next goal is Westminster. Thank you, Mary McAuley
Hello, my name is Kaiti Sheaves. I am 9 years old and I am in 4th grade in Virginia. My first time in the ring was in April 2006. I got my third novice win at the Shawnee Kennel Club on July 16, 2006. I show Labradors along with my sister Jessi. I have a 9 month old black lab that I show for juniors and I have a 3 yr old yellow Labrador that I like to show at matches and sometimes in the breed ring. My sister has been showing for a couple of years and I couldn't wait to get my number so that I could start showing. I am currently ranked #9 in Labradors right now. My sister qualified for Eukanuba and Westminster this year so my goal for next year is to qualify for both so I can go with her. I also want to be ranked in the top 5 next year in Labradors and also in Open Junior. I love going to dog shows with my family and we have 5 labs right now that we show. I can't wait until next year.
My name is Kyle Thun. I am 11 years old and in the 6th grade. My first time in the ring was in May 2006.I received three wins my first three times in the ring, so I moved up to Open Juniors very quickly! I’ve only shown in 5 weekends of AKC shows and am currently ranked #8 in 13” Beagles. I really like dog showing, it’s one of my favorite things to do.I show a 13” beagle, Ch Echo Run Calamity Jane, ‘Abby’. I want to say thank you to Carrie Davis, of Talbot Hill Beagles, for allowing me to co-own and show Abby.Abby is really fun to show and live with.Her favorite thing is getting belly rubs!I joined 4-H this year and we qualified to go to the State Fair. My 9 year old brother also shows and is in Novice Junior with his 15” beagle and has 1 win so far. I paln to continue showing in Juniors as much as I can. Here is a photo of my first win with Abby. Kyle Thun
Kyle & 'Abby'
My name is Jocie Johnson and I am 11 years old. I had always dreamed of being in a dog show, and watched them on televison, but no one in my family showed dogs. My grandmother got a Long Coated Chihuahua puppy from Bobby Harper, Midnite Marsh Magic, and we began taking handling classes together--can't wait to see him with CH in front of his name! Now I am a junior handler--it is so much fun! I love to show. When I went to a show in Harriman, TN, a lady saw me working with my dog, and asked me to show her Toy Fox Terrier because her handler couldn't make it. It was fun showing her dog, also. My ring side assistant is my sister, Alex, who is 7. She has really helped me and my dog in and out of the ring. My goals are to work hard and to make it to the top in the dog show world. I can't wait to go to the invitationals! Through the junior handler pages, I have made contact with Mrs. Milne, who is placing her champion 13 inch beagle, Ch. Milne's Something To Talk About (Toby) with me soon. I am looking forward to continuing my junior handling with this fantastic dog. Thank you, Mrs. Milne.
Baybee & Marissa
I just recently received my third Novice Senior win this last November at the Philadelphia circuit. I am the first person in my family to be involved in dogs and dog shows so I have been semi-limited in the number of shows I have been able to compete in. I started showing in Jrs when I was 14 in 2003 with my pet quality Shih-Tzu who had two problems: 1. She did not like other dogs and 2. Her coat was always shaved since she was a puppy (we adopted her when she was 2) so it would not grow out as normal hair. I was able to show Baybee in 4 shows in Novice Senior, receiving two of my first wins.
Once the AKC split the classes further in 2005 I was already 16 and most of my competition had already moved up into Open or they were 14 and moved into Novice Intermediate, so I spent almost all of 2005 starting to show my new Toy Fox Terrier puppy in JRs and in Breed, but there was not any competition.
Showing in the Toy Group
My 3rd Novice Win
Summer of 2005 I became co-owner of a lovely Parti-Cocker Spaniel who helped me attain, at his first show, my last win to enter Open Senior. I am aging out this September and I hope to apply for the Jrs Judging license. I am currently studying to be a Veterinarian Technician and hope to graduate in 2007. ~Marissa Hancock~