Qualifying dates for Westminster 2008 are from November 1, 2006 to October 31, 2007
For 2008, Juniors who have completed the requirement of placing first in 10 (TEN) or more Open Classes (competition required) in Junior Showmanship at AKC Licensed or Member shows held between November 1, 2006 and October 31, 2007, will be INVITED to enter the Limited Class at the Westminster Kennel Club's 2008 event. Only those Juniors who receive an invitation will be eligible for the Junior Showmanship competition at this show. For dogs attempting to enter both Juniors and the breed competition, acceptance into the Junior Showmanship class at this show does NOT guarantee acceptance into the breed competition.
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP (PLEASE NOTE NEW PROCEDURES): Juniors who have won 10 (Ten) or more Firsts in the Open Classes for Junior Showmanship (Competition Required) at AKC Licensed or Member shows held between November 1, 2006 - October 31, 2007 (inclusive) and who were at least 9 years of age and under 18 years of age at the time of the wins, are invited to enter the Junior Showmanship Limited Class at this show. Each eligible Junior will receive a Certificate of Eligibility, along with a blank entry form and return envelope. Please follow the instructions on the reverse of the pre-printed entry form. Only those Juniors whose names appear on this list are eligible for entry into this show. See Complete Entry Rules and Procedures and Pages 6-8, and pages 12 and 15-19. Do NOT send a separate entry form for a Junior who is showing an Invited dog or a non-invited Best of Breed/Variety dog. If a dog is entered in breed and Juniors and the breed limit is reached the valid Junior portion of the entry is still acceptable.
AKC Junior Handler Numbers are now required for entry in Junior Showmanship Competition. Numbers may be obtained from the American Kennel Club - PHONE: (919) 816-3776. For additional information contact, Junior Showmanship, 5580 Centerview Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. Phone (919) 816-3776 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preliminaries I: Mr. Jay Richardson
Preliminaries II: Mr. Dennis McCoy
Finals: Mr. Edd E Bivin
Since 2002, the name of each Best Junior Handler will be inscribed on a brass plate that will be affixed to the base of a bronze statue created by Damara Bolte and donated by the Professional Handlers Association. The Bronze, created in memory of professional handler Tom Tobin, is a figure of an Irish Setter trotting on lead beside the footprints of his handler. This piece will be on display at The Westminster Kennel Club show each year.
The Westminster Kennel Club offers at its show, the Leonard Brumby, Sr. Memorial Trophy to the winner of the Junior Handler competition.
The Professional Handlers' Association, Inc. offers an 8" x 10" Sterling Silver Picture Frame to the winner of the Junior Handler competition in memory of Tom Tobin.
LIMITED CLASS: Juniors are invited to enter the competition if they have placed first in TEN or more Open Classes in Junior Showmanship at AKC Licensed or Member shows held between November 1, 2006 and October 31, 2007 (inclusive), and who were at least 9 years old and under 18 years old at the time of each qualifying win. NOTE: Competition required in Open Class. A Memento Certificate of Eligibility, along with a blank entry form and return envelope will be sent regular First Class mail, to the address on file with our Superintendent. Address changes for the Qualifying Certificate must be reported to the Superintendent prior to 5:00 P.M. (ET), November 1, 2007.
Only those Juniors who appear on the posted list will be eligible for the Junior Showmanship competition at this show. For dogs attempting to enter both Juniors and the breed competition, acceptance into the Junior Showmanship class at this show does NOT guarantee acceptance into the breed competition.
Entries for dogs entered in breed competition and in Junior Showmanship competition are subject to all the provisions outlined in this premium list and on the entry form as to fee, closing date, eligibility, benching, etc. Due to the large entry, a Junior may be judged on a day different from the day their breed is benched. Junior Showmanship only dogs are not benched. DOGS ENTERED IN Juniors ADDITIONALLY TO Best of Breed/Variety ARE BENCHED.
Entries for dogs entered in Junior Showmanship may not be postmarked any time prior to the list of qualifying Juniors being posted at www.westminsterkennelclub.org and/or www.infodog.com or November 17, 2007, whichever is the earliest date. However, all forms must be completed and received by MB-F, Inc. no later than 3:00 P.M. E.T., Friday, December 7, 2007.
IMPORTANT NOTE:Dogs entered as a Junior Only may NOT add Best of Breed/Variety at a later time, nor can another entry for the same dog be submitted for Best of Breed/Variety competition at a later time. Dogs entered in this manner may not be transferred to Best of Breed/Variety competition. If a Junior is showing an Invited dog or a non-invited Best of Breed/Variety dog DO NOT send separate entry forms. Juniors are not part of the entry limit. They are accepted even if the breed entry limit is reached before the closing date/time. Junior Showmanship ONLY dogs do not have to be champions. No entry fee is required for the entry of the first dog. Additional dogs entered in Junior Showmanship Only with the same Junior Handler are $75.00 per dog. One dog only may be shown. NOTE: Juniors receive a separate admission pass. Misuse of this Junior Pass could result in an Event Committee hearing, removal from the show and/or exclusion from future competition at this show.
Juniors who substitute for the original dog they have entered in the Junior Showmanship Class with dogs that are not entered in one of the offered classes at this show will not incur an additional fee.