The official newsletter of the AKC Junior Organization | July 2015

A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill

New Masters Class Criteria
The AKC Board approved a revision to the criteria for eligibility to the Masters Class at the July Meeting. Effective October 7, 2015, the eligibility criteria for the Masters Class will be 10 Best Junior Wins with competition. Any questions regarding the revision may be sent to

Additionally, the AKC Board approved a revision to the eligibility to Judge Junior Showmanship to allow an individual with Limited Status approval for Junior Showmanship for all breeds in a group, to be eligible to judge Junior Showmanship at a Group Show of those breeds. This provides the club additional options to when assigning a Junior Showmanship judge.

Junior Handler Certification Forms
We commend all Juniors competing in Companion and Performance Events. When completing the Junior Handler Certification Form, on the line Event Name, please write out the name of the Club holding the event, Raleigh Dog Training Club, not the location or an abbreviation.

AKC Eukanuba Junior Showmanship
If you have met the eligibility criteria with five wins, please get your transcript and permission slips in so your name will be added to the list of Juniors eligible to enter.

I hope everyone is having a safe and healthy summer! Please be aware of the alerts about Canine Influenza, you should check with your Veterinarian to make certain your dog is up to date on all inoculations.


By Patricia Proctor
I think that most of you know by now, that the AKC has a Weekly Wins Page on the website. For the most part, depending on the show facility, the Weekly Wins are put on the website live, day of show by the attending Executive Field Representative. If not day of show, soon thereafter. And if you have browsed the Weekly Wins page, you will see that the information for the Best Junior Showman is listed directly under Best In Show and Reserve Best In Show, in a very prominent location.

By Lauren Hull

I could not believe it when I heard the words….I had won Best Junior Handler at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. We all work hard to get there…we all hope to win…and then when it happens, it is just unbelievable. And, if you had known me years ago, it might have been even harder to believe.

My name is Rose Rubing and I am a 16-year-old junior handler. I live in Florida and I compete in dog agility with my dog Slick Trick, who is an All-American. He and I have been a team for five years now. I have been training in agility since I was about nine years old. My first agility dog was originally just going to be our family pet. His name is Kowabunga or "Bunga" for short. He is also an All-American rescue, who is very big. When we first adopted Bunga, my mom wanted me to learn how to train a dog responsibly and have good control over him, but she also wanted it to be fun. She searched for different ways to train dogs enjoyably. The most interesting and fun form of training we found was dog agility.

Hi, my name is Brianna Fryer and this is my Rat Terrier Jazzy. We have competed in American Kennel Club shows since January 4th, 2013. We train in Obedience, Agility, and Rally. We train two-three times a week. Right now we compete in Obedience and Agility. Jazzy and I first started dog training and showing with the local 4-H club. Since that day, we didn’t want to stop. Training Jazzy is always the highlight of my day. Since we live in Florida it gets very hot, even on the most miserable days it makes it not as bad when you spend quality training time with your best friend.

Junior Spotlight: Avery Adams
Junior Clinics

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Beaver County KC
Canfield, OH
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Olympic KC
Enumclaw, WA
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Durham KC
Raleigh, NC

Judging Junior Seminars

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Canfield, OH
Beaver County KC
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Kenner, LA
Metairie KC
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Penn Ridge KC
Harrisburg, PA
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Reno KC
Reno, NV
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Santa Barbara KC
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Newtown KC
West Springfield, MA
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Gold CountryKC
Grass Valley, CA

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