Junior Showmanship 2018

2018 WKC Junior Showmanship Qualifiers

Since 1934, the Westminster Kennel Club has bestowed the title of Best Junior Handler to one deserving youngster. These talented handlers come from all across the country to be judged on their dog handling skills with eight advancing to the finals competition held at Madison Square Garden. These dedicated dog lovers spend countless hours training, grooming, and perfecting their ring techniques throughout the year to qualify for a chance to show at Westminster. Approximately 100 qualified juniors annually make their way to New York City for the most prestigious junior handling competition in the sport. The Westminster Kennel Club congratulates these juniors for their continued involvement and future success in the sport of purebred dogs and beyond.


If you have qualified for the 2018 WKC Junior Showmanship competition and would like to be added to this gallery contact us.

November 17, 2017

Where Are They Now? – Bradley Buttner


Name: Bradley Buttner

Westminster Kennel Club  Best Junior Handler Year: 1984

Occupation: Commercial Representative for DH Pace

Breed shown: Great Dane

How did you become involved in showing dogs?

My family purchased a Great Dane puppy when I was 14, and I probably weighed only about 120 pounds. Very quickly my future teammate was bigger and heavier then me. I was fortunate to have some very kind Great Dane handlers in California, who were willing to help me with this undertaking. (Many of whom I am still friends with today.)  They spent time teaching me… Read More

October 26, 2017

Where Are They Now? – Tracie Laliberte


Name: Tracie Laliberte

Westminster Kennel Club Best Junior Handler Year: 1983

Occupation: College Professor

Breed shown: Lhasa Apso


How did you become involved in showing dogs?

My fifth-grade math teacher, Sandy Bologna (Dunn) bred and showed Golden Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, and Lhasa Apsos under the Tangleloft affix. She and my mom became friendly while my mom was a parent volunteer at my elementary school.  One day, my teacher invited me to attend a dog match on the weekend. I had no idea what I was getting into… Read More


October 26, 2017

Where Are They Now? – David Stout


Name: David Stout

WKC BJH: 1996

Occupation: Professional Dog Handler

Breed shown: Rottweiler

How did you become involved in showing dogs?

I became involved in showing dogs through my mother.  At the time, we raised and showed Rottweilers.  I would go with her to the shows, bored out of mind, begging to leave as soon as she was done.  Back then there were always close to 100 Rottweilers at the local FL shows so it was always an all-day event.  It wasn’t until I was 10, filming the local show for a school project, that it clicked and I wanted to show dogs too… Read More