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The American Kennel Club is pleased to announce the 2017 AKC European Open Junior USA team. These 23 junior agility handlers were selected from around the country and will represent the USA in Luxemborg July 14-16th.

Led by head Coach Susan Cochran and Assistant Coach Kaitlyn Dreese, the team is comprised of members spanning over 14 states and will feature eight different dog breeds. Juniors were selected after submitting video and competition information.

“We are very proud of this group of junior handlers,” says Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility. “They represent the future of our sport and we are excited to see them representing the USA in Luxemborg this summer.”

Small Dog Team:
Anna Gigstad: Cali (Poodle)
Emma Hughes: Milly (Shetland Sheepdog)
Meg Loesch: Daisy (Cocker Spaniel)
Rebecca Skahan: Leo (Poodle)
Sasha Zitter: Hedy (Poodle)

Medium Dog Team:
Natalie Spinsby: Fire (Shetland Sheepdog)
Claire O’Neil: Ama (Keeshond)
Claire O’Neil : Skye (Keeshond)
Elsje McDonald: Ruby (Nederlandse Kooikerhondje)
Haley Kvarnberg: Rider (Shetland Sheepdog)
Morgan Vance: Shadow (Shetland Sheepdog)
Piper Novick: Dasher (Shetland Sheepdog)
Sasha Zitter: Jinx (Poodle)

Large Dog Team:
Destiny Julian: Lazer (Border Collie)
Destiny Lytle: Ven (German Shepherd Dog)
Ethan Sellon: Taz (Border Collie)
Gabi Loesch: Ven (Border Collie)
Gabriella Kabakchieva: Scotty(Mix)
Heather Braun: Nike (Border Collie)
Kai Macauley: Stitch (Border Collie)
Kylie Doherty: Rosie (Mixed Breed)
McKenzie Minto: Safari(Border Collie)
Mark Quicksall: Loki (Border Collie)
Rachel Rivkin: Branson (Poodle)
Radence Tsow: Ammo (Border Collie)
McKenzie M.:Breeze(Border Collie)

If you would like to support the team via fundraising, please go to

A HUGE Thank you to Agility EOJ Sponsors:

AKC, Tailwaggers Learning Center & President Maite  Dezendorf, Konnie McCaffree, Nancy Gyes & Jim Basic – Northern CA Agility Club, Steve & Paula Herwig 

Sharon Freilich & Lee Elgie, Freilance Dog Sports, Leap Agility Club, Susan & Glen Bintliff, South Jersey Agility Club, Pinelands  Dog Training, LLC, Jenn Crank, Incredipaws

M.A.D. Agility, BrilliantK9, Megan Foster-Synergy Dog Sports, Wendy Pendleton-Peak Performance & Dog Sports, Daisy Peel- Clear Mind Agility, American K-9 Country, Rieker Industries, MSgt.(Ret) George Trainer, Francis Trainer, Ret USAF, Noreen Bennett, Kory Kaye, Judy Katzwinkle, Paw Print Trials, POODLE CLUB OF AMERICA (PCA), POODLE CLUB OF AMERICA (PCA) JR EDUCATION FUND, KEESHOND Club of DELAWARE VALLEY, CLEVELAND ALL-BREED TRAINING CLUB, WESTERN RESERVE POODLE CLUB