Junior Showmanship Rule Updates

The Juniors department is taking this opportunity to notify Juniors of recent changes approved by the Board of Directors that will impact you.

Section 5.
(A) Novice. This shall be for boys and girls who are at least 9 years old and under 18 years old on the day of the show and who at the time entries close have not won three (3) first place awards, with competition present, in a Novice Class.  A first place in Novice without competition leading to a Best Junior award with competition would count as one win towards moving to Open at a licensed or member show. Junior Handlers who win a third Novice Class with competition, if a win in Novice leads to a Best Junior with competition present it will count as one win towards moving to Open, after the closing of entries for a show are required to transfer their entry from the Novice Class to the Open Class by notifying the Superintendent or Show Secretary at least one-half hour prior to the scheduled start of Junior Showmanship judging at the show.

(B) Open. This class shall be for boys and girls who are at least 9 years old and under 18 years old on the day of the show, and who have won three first place awards in a Novice Class or if a win in Novice leads to a Best Junior with competition present it will count as one win towards moving to Open  in a licensed or member show.

(C )Master Class
This class will be for boys and girls who are at least 9 years old and under 18 years on the
day of the show, and who have won 10 Best Junior wins with competition from the Open Class.  The calendar for this class will be consistent with the eligibility dates for the AKC  National Championship.  All Juniors meeting the criteria for this class are required to enter the Master Class and may change their entry the day of the show if entries have already closed.  Once the eligibility time frame for that year has passed all participants return to the Open Class to compete for the following year.

Section 5. Classes and Divisions
(F) Reserve Best Junior Handler. . An  All Breed club offering Junior Showmanship shall offer Reserve Best Junior Handler, a Group Club or Specialty Club has the option to offer Reserve Best Junior.  If a prize is offered, it must be described in the premium list in accordance with Rules Applying to Dog Shows Chapter 5, Section 5. After the judge has awarded the Best Junior Handler, the second place winner from the class that the Junior was awarded Best Junior Handler is to return to the ring to compete for Reserve Best Junior Handler.