In our fervor to assist a needy Junior Handler we went off half cocked and mislead all of you. We did not research the issue sufficiently. While we did review the premium list for the AKC/Eukanuba we did not go beyond the cash prizes. We just received the following e-mail from AKC.
Hello Bill:We apologize to all the hard working people at AKC and Eukanuba who have worked so hard to make the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship into the marquee event it is. We did not mean to imply that they do not care about Junior Handlers. We want to support Demry’s to go to Crufts. We have made a donation in her behalf and we encourage to do so as well. Now, we are off to a lunch of crow.
I read with great despair your news and reporting on the AKC/Eukanuba national championship awards to Junior showmanship winners. As you can see from the information provided (from the official premium list) that is far from accurate. Your report makes it seem that our event does nothing for the Juniors when in fact in addition to the prizes offered they are provided a free luncheon, meeting opportunities, and free admission for themselves and a chaperone for all events. Are we to infer that a free trip or social incentive should outweigh the huge offer of scholastic advancement and support…I think not! While your intentions to generate a drive to send the winner to Crufts are well founded…it should not be at the expense of our events reputation. I would think an immediate retraction would be in order. Thank you for your rapid response to this request.
BEST JUNIOR HANDLER
The American Kennel Club offers a walnut plaque listing the Best Junior Handler for Each year, along with the breed and name of the dog shown, to be on permanent display in the AKC Library.
Best Junior Handler will receive a solid 14K yellow gold custom designed lapel pin enhanced with pink synthetic Corundum and genuine green Peridot stones. It will read: “Best Junior 08”. This pin is designed and donated by 14K9.com
Best Junior Handler will receive an 11-inch engraved silverplated tray offered by the AKC.
The 12 finalists will receive an Eukanuba Tack Box offered by Eukanuba Dog Foods.
Rosettes for each of the finalists.
Rosettes for First, Second, Third and Fourth in the Finals class.
Each Junior exhibiting will receive a T-Shirt offered by Take the Lea
SCHOLARSHIPS FROM EUKANUBA DOG FOODS WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS:
First - $2,000 Second - $1,500 Third - $1,200 Fourth - $1,000
Michael L. Canalizo
Director AKC Event Management
The American Kennel Club