Prior to the Pedigree Junior Showmanship events,
specialty clubs and the Royal Shows were the only
competitive opportunities provided for young people.
Both Natasha and Bianca competed in handler classes
from a very young age, placing in many.
Natasha and Bianca trained their own dogs at
obedience, and successfully ran their own and family
dogs in endurance tests. I think that one of the
most memorable of these for me was Natasha and her
little Miniature Pinscher cross, Mr Min Pin, gaining
Minny's ET at a Setter Club event. Minny was trained
to Grade 5 level at the Gundog Club classes and like
our Border Terrier, was quite the BIG dog in a
the inception of the Pedigree Junior Showmanship
competition, training days and handler classes have
produced many outstanding handlers Australia-wide.
Those that have gone through the ranks are now the
mentors to today's youngsters and what capable hands
they are in! We Aussies can be justly proud of the
success of the Australian Pedigree Dog Handler of
the Year winners' performances at Crufts.
is to our pleasure to support the juniors and to
make our dogs available to them for training days
and competitions. These young adults are the future
of our hobby.