Competition

ABKC Mission Statement

The ABKC Junior Showmanship Program was created to educate, teach and encourage our junior handlers in the sport of dog showing (conformation or performance), in basic dog anatomy, in promoting of responsible ownership and good breeding practices. The ABKC Junior Showmanship Program will recognize the achievements of our Junior Handlers and will reward both participation and excellence in various aspects of the sport of dog showing. The ABKC believes that the children that get involved in the sport of dog showing are the future of the ABKC and education and good sportsmanship is the key. Teaching children is an honor and a privilege that carries with it a moral responsibility to contribute to the healthy character development of junior handlers. Members of the ABKC who equate trying your best as the definition of success — and parents who value, expect, and demand good sportsmanship from their child — help shape the moral, ethical, and spiritual character of children.

Divisions:

Half-pint Showmanship Class: Children 2-4 years of age as of January 1st of that current calendar year. Parents are required to accompany their child and dog in to ring to ensure the safety of handlers and their dogs. All junior handlers will receive a participation ribbon.

Limited Showmanship Class: Children 4-8 years of age as of January 1st of that current calendar year. All junior handlers will receive a participation ribbon.

Novice Showmanship 8-13: Children 8-13 years of age as of January 1st of that current calendar year who have not won three 1st place ribbons, with competition. After three 1st places wins continuing into open division.

Open Showmanship 8-13: Children 8 years to 13 years as of January 1st of that current calendar year that have won three or more 1st place ribbons in the Novice division. Junior Handlers 13 years of age (as of January 1st) may move up to Open division , or if child has not earned at least one 1st place in the Open 8-13 division, child may opt to enter Novice 13-18. If child has earned one or more 1st place ribbons in Open 8-13, child must move to Open 13-18.

Novice Showmanship 13-18: Children 13-18 years of age as of January 1st of that current calendar year that have not won three 1st place ribbons in novice or one 1st place ribbon in Open.

Open Showmanship 13-18: Children 13-18 years of age as of January 1st of that current calendar year that have won three or more 1st place ribbons in Novice or one first place ribbon in Open.

Best Junior Handler: First place winners from Novice 8-13, Open 8-13, Novice 13-18 and Open 13-18 compete for best overall Junior Handler. Half-pint and Limited participants are not eligible to show in this class.

 

ELIGIBLE DOGS:

Any dog, whether intact or altered, with or without registration papers may be entered in this class. The handler is the only participant of the team that is being evaluated.

NOTE TO PARENTS: It is extremely critical that you exercise care when choosing a dog for your child to handle. Dogs can be very excited when in the ring, therefore please choose a dog that is experienced, mannerly, and that your child has a rapport with. It is of utmost importance that we avoid any injuries or incidents that may negatively impact our children and/or the dogs. If you have questions about whether a dog is suitable for the age/size/experience of the child, please contact one of the ABKC judges listed at www.theabkcdogs.org

 

JUDGING CRITERIA:

Judging Criteria