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    What are the details on Junior Handler in HT's?

    I have a 16 month old dog who has 5 Master Hunter passes.
    My is to stop running him in MH's andnow get 4 Sr passes and 4 JH passes with him which would kick him up to get his MH title

    I would like to let him run these tests with some Junior Handlers. Some friends of mine in Colorado have a 11 yr old girl that would love to run him in the Sr & Jr while I'm out running the HT in Berthoud in 2 weeks

    I think this young lady and this young pup can probably pass without any assistance.
    I have heard that an adult can stand at the line and assist the Junior Handler.
    Is that so? And if that is the case would the pass still count towards a title if the Junior Handler is assisted?

    Last question; Is there anything you have to do ahead of time to notify the judges, club, AKC or anybody that there will be a JUnior Handler running a dog in their test?

    Thanks for your assistance
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    11 year old.....
    Brian & Jennifer Tucker
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    Junior Handler is 9 and up. The Handler has to get an AKC JH Number, application is on the website takes a day by email.


    This is the application.

    http://images.akc.org/pdf/AEJRS3.pdf


    http://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/REJRSH.pdf

    A Guide To Performance and
    Companion Events Competition for Juniors
    Section 1. Eligibility as a Junior. Any Junior who
    is under 18 years old on the day of the show is eligible
    to compete as a Junior in Performance and Companion
    Events. The Junior must obtain a Junior Number prior
    to the day of the event. The ownership requirement
    is the same as for participating in Conformation Junior
    Showmanship: the dog must be owned or co-owned
    by the Junior Handler or the Junior Handler’s father,
    mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or
    grandmother, including corresponding step and half
    relations, or by a permanent member of the Junior
    Handler’s household.


    Section 2. Classes. The Junior will enter the
    dog in the class in which it would normally compete
    for the event. In each of these events the dogs are
    scored individually on their performance. A Junior will
    not receive credit for any qualifying scores in a class
    in which the dog has already successfully completed
    a title, with the exception of the Retriever Hunting
    Tests, Pointing Breed Hunting Tests and Spaniel
    Hunting Tests.



    Section 3. Records. The dog’s score in these events
    will be linked to the Junior Handler’s number through
    the use of the Junior Certification Form. This form can
    be obtained from the Show Secretary, Superintendent
    or Field Representative, or by contacting the American
    Kennel Club. (See the end of this section for a sample.)
    It is the responsibility of the Junior to have the Junior
    Certification Form filled out and signed by the judge on
    the day of the event for any qualifying score. The judge
    will retain one copy to be mailed in with his/her judge’s
    book to the American Kennel Club while returning the
    other to the Junior.


    Section 4. Awards. The American Kennel Club will
    acknowledge any Junior who successfully completes a
    title. The Junior must have been the handler of record
    for all qualifying scores leading to the title in that
    event. All qualifying scores and titles must have been
    completed after January 1, 1999.
    Last edited by IowaBayDog; 08-12-2014 at 06:41 PM.

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    Read the front of the rule book-
    I believe the minimun age is 9 and the upper age 18 on the jr handler.
    A dog at any level of AKC titles can be handled by a jr handler.

    Life is easier if you contact the AKC and get a jr handler number before entering the first event
    Check out the akc's website about the jr handler scholarship program
    Be sure to get with the event secretary and get the paper filled out while the judges are there to sign

    Several clubs in the SE have multipule jr handers.
    Dk

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    I believe the Junior Handler has to own the dog or be a member of the dog owner's family or household to run the dog. This is clearly spelled out for "showmanship" but not clear if the same rules apply to performance events.

    Anyone know?
    Renee P

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitty View Post
    I believe the Junior Handler has to own the dog or be a member of the dog owner's family or household to run the dog. This is clearly spelled out for "showmanship" but not clear if the same rules apply to performance events.

    Anyone know?
    From Section 1 of what I posted above:

    The ownership requirement
    is the same as for participating in Conformation Junior
    Showmanship: the dog must be owned or co-owned
    by the Junior Handler or the Junior Handler’s father,
    mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or
    grandmother, including corresponding step and half
    relations, or by a permanent member of the Junior
    Handler’s household.

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    No blood relation with me and this young lady.
    Therefore, I guess my question is reduced to; Are there any age restrictions for a handler in AKC Hunt tests?

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    Thanks, Iowa. I had looked everywhere, and there is was, all along, in your post.
    Renee P

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    9 to 18 for the age - jr handler is just that and never heard of the kin issue before - check rule book
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjh345 View Post
    No blood relation with me and this young lady.
    Therefore, I guess my question is reduced to; Are there any age restrictions for a handler in AKC Hunt tests?
    She can still handle the dog, just is not able to get the Junior Handler certificate.
    Last edited by Golddogs; 08-13-2014 at 01:04 PM.
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