Junior Showmanship


For kids 9 and up to 18 years old.  AKC Junior Showmanship is judged on the handling skills of the junior handler, not the conformation of the dog.  The class emphasis will be on teaching and improving junior handling skills and important keys to success in the juniors ring. Throughout the course, they will also learn the basics of conformation events such as proper attire, ring procedures and showmanship etiquette. Prerequisites: Dogs should be leash trained and comfortable and polite around other dogs and people.  If you have any questions about this class, please contact Ashley Richardson, Training Director, at mbrahr@comcast.net   


About the instructor:



Taylor began showing in AKC events at age 12 with her first dog, a Golden Retriever named “Makayla”, competing in Rally and Agility achieving multiple titles as well as AKC Therapy Dog work together. She ventured into handling classes and discovered a love for conformation events and the junior showmanship ring and was encouraged by several ORKC members. Missy Neal graciously mentored and offered Taylor the opportunity to co-own German Shorthaired Pointer GCH Slipstream Full Moon Flyer “Cosmo”. Taylor and Cosmo competed in junior showmanship events all over the U.S. and earned the 2011 German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America Top Junior Award, 2011 U.S. Top 5 Sporting Group and Top 10 All Breed Junior Handler, the 2nd place finalist in Junior Showmanship at the 2011 AKC Eukanuba National Championship and showed at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 2011 & 2012. Taylor was honored to also show ORKC member Marilyn Spahr’s CH My Buddy’s Shut Da Duck Up “Nemo” to earn 4th place Junior at the 2011 Golden Retriever Club of America’s National Specialty, and Dr. Leeah Schwanger’s Golden Retriever GCH My Buddy’s Blue Moon “Blue” to earn 4th place finalist in Junior Showmanship at the 2012 AKC Eukanuba National Championship and show at the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club show. Taylor believes that junior showmanship taught her so much, not only in the world of dogs, but many life lessons as well such as hard work, responsibility, and dedication. Utilizing the AKC scholarships she was awarded, Taylor obtained her B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee in 2016 and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Animal Science concentrating in animal reproduction. Taylor appreciates her junior showmanship experience and all the support from her mentors. She believes that “Juniors are the future of the AKC and it is important to educate and mentor them so they may carry on our wonderful sport of dogs!”