Junior Handlers: The Future Of Our Sport
My passion for dog shows all began when I was 4 years old at my first fun match. After winning “Best In Match,” it has been hard to pull me out of the ring since. I started in junior showmanship in 2008 and will be aging out in October of 2016. Throughout my juniors career I have had the amazing opportunity to show so many wonderful dogs that have helped me become the handler I am today. A few of my accomplishments over the years include Central Region Top Junior Handler 2013, Vizsla Club of America Best Junior Handler 2016, over 75 Best Junior Handlers, and many other achievements, inside of the ring and out, that would not have been possible without the help of so many wonder people and dogs that worked with me. Thank you to Tiffany for allowing me the opportunity to work beside you and learn from you. I have learned so much from you over the years, and look forward to the adventures and knowledge yet to come.
Juniors are judged on their ability to present, or handle, their dogs within the same formats and guidelines as those who compete in the breed ring. The quality of their presentation, not the dog, is judged. Juniors are encouraged to develop their handling abilities, dress appropriately, conduct themselves in a proper manner, and present their dog in a well-groomed condition.
Juniors are important to the future of the sport of dogs and responsible dog ownership, and the more they learn, the more valuable they become. The values, attitudes and responsibility learned through Junior Showmanship will serve youngsters well throughout their lives. By putting time and effort into learning about their dog and how to present it, juniors are rewarded with a win.
Current Junior Handlers Assisting Tiffany: