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Junior Showmanship at Westminster

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.

See the full list of 2020 Junior Handler Winners and the Junior Showmanship Records.



2021 WKC Junior Showmanship

During these uncertain times, the Westminster Kennel Club is working with the AKC to determine changes to the 2021 Junior Showmanship eligibility criteria. We will post the modified requirements on our website and through our newsletter as soon as they have been finalized. Thank you for your patience.


Congratulations to all that qualified for the 144th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show!

Alison Yoho
Alizabeth Lude
Aubrey Wertz
Juliana Palmer
Kami West
Madison Wertz
Rachel Eckler
Erin Turman
Sierra Story
Lily Bennett
Fred Ortiz
Emma Adams
Molly Forsyth
Kylie West
Addison Lude
Camryn Hayes
Logan Yankowski
Kylie Hire
Kathryn Markey
Lila Holberg
Ronnie Whittall
O'Malley McGee
Marilyn Dempsey
Alison Yoho
Emma Gallaway
Ariella Harris
Riley Dean
Riley Dean
Brigid White
Marit Alsager
Mikala Seymour
Cassidy Hayes
 
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