AKC National Championship Essay

USASA Juniors Program Award 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 compete for a travel award, sponsored by the USASA Juniors Committee. The purpose of this small award is to help cover a portion of travel costs associated with attending, and recognize their achievements for the past year.

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. Performance events are all-inclusive (agility, flyball, herding, obedience, rally) and cannot be applied for individually.

A qualifying junior may win only one travel award per year. Applicants must be a USASA Junior Member during the year which they qualified (free) in order to be eligible. All qualifying wins towards attending must have been made with an Australian Shepherd, and the junior must show an Australian Shepherd in their qualifying event at the Championship.

2019 Essay Contest:
Reflecting on your involvement in Junior Showmanship events with your Australian Shepherd(s),what is the future direction of the sport of pure bred dogs? How does the sport need to adapt to decreased show entries and an aging cohort of fanciers? Drawing on your experiences, please describe your thoughts on:
1) the role of national, breed, and local clubs in preserving the sport of pure bred dogs,
2) ways that juniors can get involved now, and
3) how you for-see yourself being involved in the sport in the future.

Essays Due:  NOVEMBER 15th

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

Please email your Essays to Ben Swanson at wbentons@umich.edu, or mail them to:
Ben Swanson
USASA Junior Committee Chair
2980 Hunley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Please direct any questions to: wbentons@umich.edu

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