New for 2020: National Specialty Junior Stipend

In late 2019 the CWCCA board approved a new benefit for our juniors.  Beginning with the 2020 National Specialty, juniors may apply for a “National Specialty Stipend” to help with the expense of traveling to the National.  Requirements are as follows:

  1. The Junior must be a regular junior member (not in the application stage) of the CWCCA. Remember, junior members are free, however they can take 60-90 days for approval, so get those membership applications in! Click here to visit our “How to Join” page for an application.  Remember: Junior Memberships are FREE!
  2. An application for the stipend can be found below as well as on the Junior Section of the National Specialty website.  The closing date for applications is the same as the closing date for other events.
  3. e: 14pt;”>This is available to all juniors who participate in Junior Showmanship or a Companion or Performance event at the National Specialty. A junior is only eligible for a single stipend per National.
  4. The stipend offered in 2020 will be $100.
  5. In order to receive the stipend the Junior must submit a paragraph telling us of his/her experience at the National, and any other information he/she would like to include (i.e. tell us about your Cardigan, is this your first National, how you traveled to get there, etc). The paragraph must be submitted within 60 days from the end date of the National Specialty. It is to be mailed or emailed to Kathi Myers (contact information below).  Once the paragraph is received, the check will be mailed.  Paragraphs will be published in either the Bulletin or the Newsletter as well as appearing on the website.

Download Application


Junior Participation (“Goody”) Bags

Donations can be anything for the kids or the dogs. It can be something useful in traveling, grooming, training or just plain having fun.  And if you had a particular something in mind but can not do 12….please tell me and I will try to find someone to go in on the donation with you.  If you want ideas or suggestions let me know. And as always monetary donations are welcome also! 🙂 

If you wish to make a monetary donation, please use our NS Cardishop. You can pay by credit card via Stripe, by check or through PayPal . Using the Cardishop will allow us to track the amount so that I can plan accordingly. If you send a check without using the Cardishop, please drop me a note.

We need to receive all donated physical items before 07/27/2020 unless you can (or plan to) deliver them to me at Roberts Centre.  This year all non-monetary donations should be sent to me as follows:

Mandy Bossi – CWCCA Juniors
529 Foxwood Lane
Wilmington, NC  28409

The CWCCA has a great group of juniors and I am thankful for your continued support of them.  See you in Ohio!
Mandy Bossi
CWCCA Junior Showmanship Committee

Juniors’ Party

Friday night, all juniors are invited to gather and see old friends, meet new friends and get to know each other better!

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and share information with each other. It will also be a time to relax and laugh as we play games and grab a bite together.

We look forward to another fun party like last year! For more information contact Mandy Bossi 

Please sign up here so that we can get a head count.



Junior Showmanship

The first dog handling competition for youth at a formal dog show was held in 1932 at the Westbury Kennel Club Show in Long Island, New York, in the United States.

In 1933 the Westminster Kennel Club in New York offered a children’s handling class, and prizes were established in the names of early promoters of children’s events, Leonard Brumby, Sr, and George F. Foley.

The American Kennel Club recognized Junior Showmanship as a dog show class in 1971.

Junior Showmanship offers youth between the ages of 9 and 18 years of age an opportunity to develop their handling skills, learn about good sportsmanship and learn about dogs and dog shows.

Juniors are judged on their ability to present, or handle, their dogs as they would in the breed ring.

Eligibility of Dog – Each dog must be owned or co-owned by the Junior Handler or by the Junior Handler’s father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or grandmother, including the corresponding step and half relations, or by a member of the Junior Handler’s household.

AKC Junior Showmanship Classes/Age Grouping:

Novice: For youth who at the time entries close have not won three (3) first place awards, with competition present, in a Novice Class at a licensed or member show.

Open: For youth who have won three first place awards in a Novice Class in a licensed or member show, with competition present in the Novice class. Juniors which according to their records have completed the requirements to compete in the Open class but whose status is unconfirmed by the American Kennel Club are limited to competing in the Open Class for a period of 90 days from the date of the show where the Junior completed the requirements according to their records.

Master: For youth who are at least nine (9) years old and under eighteen (18) years on the day of the show, and who have won the ten (10) first place wins in an Open Class with Competition to be eligible to enter the Limited Class Competition. The calendar for this class will be November 1 thru October 31 of the following year. 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.

Each of the regular classes are divided by age into Junior, Intermediate and Senior Classes.

Junior: For youth at least 9 years old and under 12 years old on the day of the show.
Intermediate: For youth at least 12 years old and under 15 years old on the day of the show.
Senior: For youth at least 15 years old and under 18 years old on the day of the show.

In the catalog, you will see the above classes & age groups combined, such as Novice Junior, Open Senior, etc.

For more information visit the AKC Junior Website at www.akc.org/events/junior-showmanship/


PeeWee Juniors

We will once again be offering a fun class for the little kids. This year it will be judged by Leah James. Watch for more information!


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