Youth Showmanship

We believe that youth showmanship is our future for our industry. The purpose of youth showmanship is to increase knowledge of herding breeds, develop handling skills. Secondary to developing good sportsmanship with also learning the spirit of competition. We want to encourage handlers to take responsibility for their dog including training, care, and grooming.

The handler must declare one dog at the first show of the year. Shade Tree K9 Events show committee will take into consideration hardships such as injuries or other medical issues. The declared dog must be registered with one of our approved registries.

Youth Bracket
 
Age
Mini Mite
 
5 and under
Intermediate
 
6 to 11
Senior
 
12 to 16
Top 10 youth handlers in Intermediate and Senior division qualify for the end of the year show 2019.
 
Judging:
Mini Mites
Should be able to list where eyes, ears, nose are placed on their dog.
Everyone in Mighty Mites will place with a participation trophy.
 Mini Mites do not declare a dog, this bracket is for participation only
 
Intermediate
Will be evaluated on proper ring procedure,  following directions, knowledge of the dog, grooming of the dog, training and,  handling of the dog.
Correct placement of the lead on the dog and in hand.
The handler must have the dog stacked, under control,  and work as a team.
The handler should be prepared, courteous, confident and attentive.
The handler should not crowd the dog in front of them.
Handlers that use heavy-handedness or aggressiveness will be excused from the ring.
Placing for this group will be 1st -5th place
 
Senior Showmanship
Handlers will be evaluated on proper ring procedure, following directions, knowledge of herding breeds (outside of the breed being handled), grooming of the dog, training and handling of the dog.
The handler must have the dog stacked, under control and work as a team.
The handler must be alert to the judge's location. The dog must be between the judge and the handler at all times.
Correct placement of the lead on the dog and in hand.
The handler must be prepared for changes by the judge on ring presentation and progression of the class.
The handler should be prepared, courteous, confident and attentive.
The handler should not crowd the dog in front of them.
Handlers that use heavy-handedness or aggressiveness will be excused from the ring.
Placing for this group will be 1st -5th place