I really wanted a dog so the only way my parents would let me have one is if i trained it so i went to the local 4-H and thats where i met other jr handlers who got me into it.
i started in 4th grade
My parents had never showed but they have been very supportive which is probably the only way i have gotten so far
I love the jrs forum because there are other jrs with the same problems or people to answer questions. i think we need a website with just the jr results from the weekends before
always smile, when jrs should always be fun, don't be afriad to introduce yourself to people and don't get discourage
Name: Tracey Hargis
Dog breed: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, American Staffordshire Terrier, Golden Retriever, and 13" Beagle
Location: Bay Area, Califronia
URL: www.somersetkennel.comHow did you get started: my bestfriends parents got me involved
If your parents didnt get you started, who helped you and how did you find out about Junior Showmanship? My bestfriends parents, and my bestfriend participated in Juniors, and when I was old enough I did too.
Age you started: in breed classes I was 7 or 8
Your stand out quality: Soft hands and the bond that I have with my dogs.
What would you like to see on the web for juniors?: Pictures and show results.
Things you'd like to pass onto a BRAND NEW Junior: Always have fun, win or loose have fun. If you have any questions, people are mostlikely welcome to answer your questions at shows, dont be scared to ask.
Name: Emily Horton
Dog breed: Mainly Golden Retrievers, but Ive shown Cockers, Dachshunds,
Corgis and Springers as well in jrs.
Location: Brunswick, ME
How did you get started: When I got my first puppy I wanted to do OB but the club wouldnt allow people under 15 to train with them, so a friend of the family suggested handling class instead.
If your parents didnt get you started, who helped you and how did you find out about Junior Showmanship? Once I had started handling class, the teacher suggested that I enter a show, which at the time I had no idea existed, lol. Even though my mom wasnt really a dog person she was
very supportive of the whole thing and would often take me to shows. I also think the pro handlers I worked for were a big help, they taught me so much about different breeds and such, plus it was wonderful to get to travel with them.
Age you started: 12
Your stand out quality: Ive been told I have a unique connection with animals. Also, I have a very carefree personality, It never matterd if I won or lost, I just loved being there with my friends and my dogs. Also I work pretty hard, I train all my dogs, groom all my dogs, even the owns that I co owned for jrs.
What would you like to see on the web for juniors?: I think just more coverage from shows, candid pictures and stuff. Maybe some more info sites that could help people just starting out.
Things you'd like to pass onto a BRAND NEW Junior: Have fun with it! Never take it too seriously, I mean, It's nice to go to the classic and westminster, but trust me, when you age out you really just want to look back on the good times you had, not just the wins. Be kind to your animals and the people you compete agaisnt. Being friendly will get you way farther then having everyone think your a snob. Try new breeds. Jrs is all about gaining practis and knowledge for the 'real world' of handling. If you are really into it and are considering being a pro handler, WORK for a handler. That way you can really see what its all about and just how much work goes into everything. But most important be a good sport, and never be afraid to ask questions, youd be surprised how many people are willing to help. :)