Unfortunately, participation in many activities involves monetary investment for entry fees, travel cost, etc. To assist the junior and their families, the STCA is providing grants to defrey the cost of participation.
Grants are earned by junior participation in AKC Junior Showmanship and STCA events and by meeting the point criteria for outstanding performance in any combination of conformation, agility, and obedience, as well as performance events throughout the previous calendar year from September 1 to September 1.
One grant is awarded per qualifying STCA Junior Member per year with a maximum amount of $500, and a minimum of $100.00. The number of grants will be determined by the number and quality of applications received and the funds available through the STCA Junior Incentive Fund.
In addition, the STCA is providing scholarships to assist active juniors in their higher education goals.
Annual $1,000 college scholarship(s) will be applied to undergraduate studies for junior members of STCA in good standing. The number of scholarships will be determined by the number and quality of applications received and the funds available through the STCA Junior Incentive Fund.
Any high school junior or senior (ages 16-18) that are involved with Scottish Terrier showmanship in AKC/STCA activities. To be eligible, the applicant and parent must be a member of STCA in good standing. Applicants need to be a junior or senior in high school in good academic standing (according to AKC criteria 3.0 or above) or have documentation substantiating the meeting of quality home school standards or special needs requirements
Below are applications for the grant and scholarship programs. Please download or print the applications and follow the instruction for submission to the STCA.
Dear STCA Members, Take action now. Help by becoming a SPONSOR for Juniors and/or a MENTOR for Juniors
Sponsors for Juniors
Help juniors join STCA, pay their initiation fees, and communicate with our new juniors in order to help them remain active in the sport. Sponsors may also purchase and sponsor junior trophies for STCA or regional JS competition.
Mentors for Juniors
Assist juniors by lending/co-owning a dog they can exhibit, assist with grooming and handling instruction. Possibly help finance individual juniors (on occasion) so that they can attend events they aspire to attend or qualify to attend.
Simply call or email me and volunteer. I can be reached by phone at (503) 812-4970 or by email.
For more infomation and to read about two outstanding Junior Members please see The Bagpiper 2012, #2, pages 48, 49, and 50.
Barbara Casey, STCA Junior Showmanship Chairman
The American Kennel club (AKC) offers classes to evaluate the abilities of the young handler. Unlike the typical conformation classes, the presenter is being directly evaluated to determine how well he/she is showing the dog. Junior Showmanship is open to children between the age of 9 and 18. It presents a great way for a young person to learn about dog shows and how to handle dogs.
There are two classes: Novice and Open. The novice class is for the junior who has yet to win 3 events. The novice class provides an opportunity to build confidence and skill. The Open class is for the more experienced and skilled competitors.
The classes may further be divided into:
Junior: At least 9 years old but under 12 years old on the day of the show.
Intermediate: At least 12 years old but under 15 years old on the day of the show.
Senior: At least 15 years old but under 18 years old on the day of the show.
Juniors are judged on their ability to present, or handle, their dogs within the same formats and guidelines as those who compete in the breed ring. The quality of their presentation, not the dog, is judged. Juniors are encouraged to develop their handling abilities, dress appropriately, conduct themselves in a proper manner, and present their dog in a well-groomed condition.
What about the dog?
Any dog entered must be eligible to compete in dog shows or obedience trials. The dog must be owned by the child, a member of the child's family or member of his household. Many times junior showmanship classes are free (if the dog is entered in regular classes) or are offered at the reduced rate.
What can I do to Help the Junior Showmanship?
Encourage your children to participate:
Lend a dog: Often juniors do not have a dog or cannot keep the dog at the their house. Therefore they are looking for someone with a dog to share. An finished champion is an excellent dog for a junior to use. They have ring experience and are used to being judged. Many champions enjoy the travel, preparation time and experience in the ring. A champion is often an older dog, so is less active. Since the Scottie requires more grooming, the idea of the dog living with you and traveling only on show days has some benefits. All you need to do is to extend the dogs registration to include the junior or a member of his/her family.
Bring them along Again an issue with juniors is getting to the ring. Not all parents have the time or facilities to go to lots of dogs shows. As with any competition, time in the ring and time practicing are important to making progress. Since exhibitors are going to shows anyway, offer your time to bring the junior along.
Take on a Junior Again, not all would-be Junior have the financial backing or logistic support. You can work with the parents to be that person, providing funding for entries; meals and lodging for show weekends.