Posts with tag Best Junior Handler

Thank You for the Wonderful Warm Welcome!

Hi, my name is Karissa Groves, I am a junior handler and an avid dog show enthusiast.  I began dog showing at 9 years old, with a miniature wire-haired dachshund named Sherman, who I showed in both breed and juniors and was fortunate enough to secure many breed wins, as well as group and junior… read more


Junior Handlers Deserve Recognition at Every Show

This is not the first or last time that I will be blogging about “the future of our sport.” Yes, I’m talking about our up-and-coming junior handlers, not only in conformation, but in performance sports as well. At a recent event where I thought a lack of support for our younger fanciers was pretty obvious, I… read more


An Interview with WKC 2012 Best Junior Handler Ania Kelly

If you haven’t heard, the winner of Best Junior Handler at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club dog show is Ania Kelly. The 16-year-old (yes, so young and inspiring) from Maryland and her English Cocker, ‘Wizard’ or ‘Wiz,’ not only took the great honor of Best Junior Handler this year, but also made history by becoming… read more


2012 Westminster Junior Showmanship Results

Photos by Kayla Bertagnolli The 2012 Westminster Best Junior Handler, Ania Gabrielle Kelly, smiled cheek to cheek from the winner’s podium on February 14, 2012 in Madison Square Garden. She earned the top award with Ch. Winfree’s Do You Believe In Magic. To read an exclusive DFR Q&A with Ania, click here. BEST JUNIOR HANDLER… read more