Posts with tag Junior Showmanship

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

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

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

Junior Handlers Assist for a Summer to Remember

As far back as I can remember – and even further in the sport of dogs – young handlers have been spending their summers doing what we doggie people like to do best! No, not spending all day in bed, or going to the movies, but working our butts off and learning as much as… read more

A Recap of Terrier Junior Handlers at Great Western

As we all know, the Great Western Terrier Association show is one of the “it” spots for junior handlers who show Terriers to compete. This year I was able to attend and watch the competition unfold for the second year in a row, and I have to say it had high and low points. Each… read more

The Language of the Juniors Ring

Getting together outside of the ring while watching other classes being judged can be a big advantage for junior handlers who are paying attention. Juniors can utilize what they’ve seen and heard in order to feel more relaxed when it’s their turn inside of the ring. Some handlers have their friends to chat with and… read more

Qualifying to compete at the big shows are moments that many juniors will never forget.

Juniors Make Memories that Last Forever

As Junior Handlers, we all have what seems like a very short time frame to make lasting memories. For some of us, we have only eight or nine years in the juniors ring; others have even fewer. I know, I know, eight or nine years sounds like a long time. But as the saying goes,… read more


A Final Farewell with Morgan Mattioli, Part II

We first read about Morgan Mattioli’s journey competing for the last time in Junior Showmanship here, but what you didn’t see, hear or know are all of the details about what happened in between and after the fact. I had a chance to catch up with Morgan in person after her final time in the… read more

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