Junior Showmanship Expectations and the New Awards
Becoming a mentor or coach to a young person has never been more important to assuring a bright future for purebred dogs. Today Kayla Bertagnolli reaches beyond her DFR blog, interviewing two well-known judges to find out how Junior Showmanship allows them to do their part to promote the sport. Discover how a lifetime of experience informs the decisions of Mr. Edd Bivin and Ms. Terry Hundt in the ring and what they’d like to see more of from junior handlers.
Beginning this year, exhibitors at AKC conformation shows will have the opportunity to take home a few more awards. Master Blogger Billy Wheeler talks today about the Reserve Best in Show that will be awarded starting in July. Although no points are associated with the honor, its inclusion should raise the level of excitement at all-breed events. From Reserve Bests to extra group placements, many changes are being considered in the dog show world, and Billy’s Back Story keeps you up-to-date every day of the week./p>
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What Junior Showmanship Judges Expect in the Ring
By Kayla Bertagnolli
Part of the mission of the American Kennel Club is to “Take whatever actions necessary to protect and assure the continuation of the sport of purebred dogs.” The AKC’s Junior Showmanship program is just one example of the kennel club’s commitment to fulfilling this portion of its charter statement.
Most fanciers agree that everyone should do their best to help promote the sport as well, which for many people means getting their children involved or being a mentor or coach to a young person. The younger generation will one day lead the sport, so what they learn as participants in Junior Showmanship is important. more
On July 3, 2012 AKC will institute a Reserve Best In Show award. I applaud this. It appeals to my sense of order. In fact I would like to see all the finalists ranked one through seven. One would think that after 14 seasons of Dancing With the Stars and 11 sets of American Idol contestants that this would be a natural evolution of the dog game.
However, this is seriously a big deal. To go to a show and do better than any other dog save one is an important distinction. My question is how do we note the accomplishment. My understanding is that there will be no additional points awarded to the reserve dog beyond those earned by the Group One award. more