Posts with tag DFR

An Interview with Anna Pearson

Today I bring you a very special young woman, who proves that when you set your mind to achieve what you want, it can be done. Miss Anna Pearson of Snohomish, (say that five times fast) Wash., has been involved in the sport of dogs in both American Kennel Club and Australian Shepherd Club of… read more

A Little Food for Thought

Today I have a few things that have been weighing heavily on my brain, and what better outlet than here to share them? By the way, you could do the same by blogging out what makes you think. It’s all sorts of fun! First off, it doesn’t seem like too long ago I was excited… read more

Performance Juniors in the Spotlight

This past week I essentially dedicated DFR to acknowledging the future of our sport – the junior handler – here and here. Today I’d like to take the time to recognize those juniors involved in the performance side of things. It seems as though so many young handlers in the dog fancy today take a liking… read more

The Current Top Three Junior Handlers

Today I want to take the time to recognize the current top junior handlers in our sport. Three young ladies from three different areas of the country have been working hard with their dogs to make it to where they are thus far this year, and I’d like to share with you a little bit… read more

Junior Handlers Have Months to Qualify

Summer is a beautiful season for most junior handlers. It’s when you get to spend more time in the ring with your four-legged friends and less time behind desks listening to lectures. With all of this extra time spent at shows, it seems as though many current junior handlers are making leaps and bounds in… read more

An Interview with Jordan Confer

Showing in Junior Showmanship can be difficult enough as it is, but today’s interviewee from Hereford, Ariz., knows all too well about the difficulties – and then some. Jordan Confer seemed to emerge on the scene this year as quite the handler in the juniors ring, catching more than just my eye with his effortless… read more

Is Anybody Happy Here?

We’ve all been there. I can be the first to admit, “Guilty as charged!” You know that moment when we find ourselves in a dumpy mood at a dog show? Well, lately I’ve been on the search to find out why, and to see if there are any truly happy people around. I’m not talking… read more

Juniors in Houston

It was a regular routine for some, but a first time for many, including me. I’m talking about the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows held last weekend in Houston, Texas! The limited-breed and all-breed shows were the reason for my first visit to Texas and, for me, it meant having a chance to… read more

PHA Award Recipients Inspire

Going into these two interviews, I wasn’t anticipating just how inspirational these two young handlers would be when answering five simple questions about a special award they both received from the Professional Handlers Association to help pay for a trip to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show to compete in Junior Showmanship. I know you may… read more

An Interview with Kelly VanNatter

It can be hard transitioning from the life of a junior handler to that of a professional handler, but an 18-year-old from Sparta, N.J., Kelly VanNatter, doesn’t seem to show it. Kelly enjoys going to shows with her new clients just about every weekend, and she aspires to be involved in the dog show world… read more

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