Showsight Express - July 1, 2021

JUNIOR HANDLER Q&A

introduced me to her Beagle, Journey, and we quickly became a team. I started showing when I was eight years old. What do I remember about the first time I showed as a Junior? The first time I showed in Juniors, I was very nervous. I placed second in my class, and felt more comfortable each time I went in the ring. How do I prepare my dog and myself for the ring? I make sure that my dogs are groomed to perfection. And, to get them warmed up, I always practice with my dogs right before I go in the ring. How do I assess my competition? Is everyone usually a good sport? Everyone is usually a good sport; most of the Juniors get along well. What about the judges? Do they seem to enjoy the Juniors ring? Most of the judges will engage with the Juniors, and make them feel comfortable. Do I have a mentor in the sport? My mentor is Debra Metcalf- Morris. She got me into Beagles, and has taught me everything I know. I love her lots! Are there any wins for which I am particularly proud? My most memorable wins are: All of the Best Veterans with Journey, my Beagle; Neil’s Best of Breed from the 6-9 Puppy Class, and getting Best Junior Handler at the Beagle National. How do I accentuate my dog’s breed type in the ring? Every time I go in the ring, I make sure that my dogs look clean; I spend about a half hour grooming them. Are some breeds better suited for Junior Showmanship than oth- ers? It really depends on the person. Anyone can show any breed they want to, if they feel confident in themselves and in their dog. Is there something that judges should know about judging Juniors? Are all judges the same? I think some judges look for kids who really have to work harder with their dogs, which is good. It shows that they reward those who put in the effort. Have you bred or co-bred a litter? I have not bred a litter yet, but I would like to. Is breeding something that I’d like to pursue? I may breed dogs in the future; I would love to learn! What are my goals for the future? Do I see myself continuing in the sport once I’ve aged-out? I would love to keep showing in the future. One of my goals is to get a Westminster Group placement with my Beagle. I also plan to become a doctor in the future; I love learning about medicine. Can I share a word or two about my relationship with my cur- rent dog? My current dog, Neil, is my first Beagle who is all mine. He means so much to me because he is the first dog I fully trained myself. He is my best friend, and I am so grateful to Mary Cum- mings for trusting me with him! Is there a funny story that I can share about my experiences as a Junior Handler? My first time in the Juniors ring, my dog, Journey, stuck his head through the ring gate—I didn’t think I would be able to get it out! EMMA GALLAWAY I fell in love with animals at a young age, and I’ve had them my whole life. I started with mostly Sporting dogs. However, a Maltese caught my eye and I’ve never looked back. I know it’s rare for a Maltese to be shown in Juniors, but I love a challenge. He’s my best friend and my teammate in the ring. I am from Moses Lake, Wash- ington, where I attended high school, and I now live in Plano, Texas, where I am employed.

Do I have any hobbies or interests apart from purebred dogs? I love dance, spending time with friends, and seeing new things when we travel. Do I have a job? Yes, I am a Professional Handler’s Assistant. Have I grown up in a doggy family? What is my breed(s)? Yes and no... My family participated in Field Trial events, but I am the first to compete in Conformation. How was I introduced to Junior Showmanship? When did I start competing? I was introduced to Junior Showmanship through Performance Events. Do I have a mentor in the sport? My mentor is Tara Martin Rowell, since I show a Maltese in Juniors. I felt that she would be able to help me the best! Have I assisted any Professional Handlers? Yes, and I am currently working for Tara and JD Rowell in Texas. Are there any wins for which I am particularly proud? A more recent win that I am proud of was making finals at Royal Canin this past year. How do I accentuate my dog’s breed type in the ring? Things that are important to point out on a Maltese is their head and beau- tiful white coat. I accentuate these through my hand movements in the ring and by the care of my dogs hair. Are some breeds better suited for Junior Showmanship than oth- ers? I believe any breed is a good breed for Juniors, and it is up to each individual to show their breed to its best. Is there something that judges should know about judging Juniors? Patience is a virtue! Are all judges the same? No, thank goodness, because if they were it wouldn’t be a competition. Have I bred or co-bred a litter? Not yet. Is breeding something that I’d like to pursue? Yes. Is breed pres- ervation important to me? It is very important, and I am excited to be a part of the next generation. What are my goals for the future? Do I see myself continuing in the sport once I’ve aged-out? I do see myself continuing in the sport. I would like to be a breeder and handler myself. Can I share a word or two about my relationship with my current dog? He is my first ever show dog and will always be my heart dog. CASSIDY HAYES Hi! My name is Cassidy Hayes,

and I’m currently in my seventh year of showing in Juniors, but my family entered the show world way before I began my Juniors career. I show my dogs all over the country and in many different states, but I show primarily in the Midwest. My main Juniors dog is my Pug, Ozzie, but I also show and breed Basset Hounds. My goal is to encourage

new Juniors to enter the sport and love purebred dogs the way I do! I live in Greenwood, Indiana, which is a suburb of Indianapolis, and I’m a Junior at Whiteland High School. Do I have any hobbies or interests apart from purebred dogs? Do I have a job? I don’t really have any big hobbies outside of the dog world; I do have a part-time job, and it’s actually at a dog kennel/ doggy daycare called PetSuites. It’s hard to balance school, shows, and work, but I enjoy the challenge! Have I grown up in a doggy family? What is my breed(s)? My family started showing dogs when I was a toddler, so I’ve definitely grown up in the sport. Our original breed was the Basset Hound, but we now breed and show Pugs as well. How was I introduced to Junior Showmanship? When did I start competing? Like I said, my family started showing when I was super young, so it was always kind of assumed that I would start

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