AKC National Championship Essay

USASA Juniors Program Reward for AKC National Championship Invitational Qualifiers

Any junior who qualifies for the AKC National Championship Invitational in conformation or performance events has an opportunity to earn an Essay Award to help with his or her expenses to attend the show.

Juniors who qualify must submit an essay (max. 500 words) on an assigned topic to the juniors committee. The committee will read the essays and vote on the winners based on the quality of the written essay. Essay topics will change from year to year.

If a junior qualifies for both conformation and performance, he or she may only write an essay and apply to win for one event. We will award $200 each to one individual for conformation and one individual for performance. Performance events are all-inclusive (agility, flyball, herding, obedience, rally) and cannot be applied for individually. In other words, a junior cannot win more than $200 per year. Additionally, the junior applicant must be a USASA Junior Member (free) in order to qualify for receiving this award.

2017 ESSAY TOPIC: Reflecting on your time as a junior handler in AKC events, what is the most meaningful lesson that you’ve learned from showing and training your Australian Shepherd? Describe how your experience has impacted you both in, and beyond your experience showing dogs.


Essays Due:  NOVEMBER 15th

The essays will be judged on the following criteria:

• focus on the assigned topic
• proper essay format (Introduction, Body, Conclusion)
• proper use of grammar, spelling, punctuation
• clarity and precision
• must include junior’s name, AKC juniors number, and qualifying event (conformation or performance)
• 500 word limit

Please email your Essays to Ben Swanson at wbentons@umich.edu, or mail them to Ben at:

Ben Swanson
USASA Junior Committee Chair and Performance Coordinator
2980 Hunley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Please direct any questions to: wbentons@umich.edu

United States Australian Shepherd Association