Junior Handlers

Danielle Wagner and Greta

Danielle Wagner and Greta at the MAC USDAA trial in May 2007

MAC’s USDAA trial in June 1993 was the first in the country to offer USDAA Junior Handler Program (JJHP) classes. Since then MAC has offered UJHP classes at every spring and fall USDAA trial. MAC also welcomes junior handlers as competitors and volunteers at all of our shows.

Ruth VanKeuren Memorial Fund for MAC Junior Handlers

Ruth VanKeuren

Ruth VanKeuren

Ruth VanKeuren, a founding member of MAC, was instrumental in supporting junior handlers showing in agility and helped design the USDAA Junior Handler program.

MAC is proud to sponsor the Ruth VanKeuren Memorial Fund for MAC Junior Handlers which promotes junior handler attendance and competition at national championships or training seminars by helping to reduce the financial burden to families.

Qualifications for Juniors seeking scholarship funds

  • Compete at a MAC trial (USDAA, AKC, NADAC, UKI or CPE)
  • Volunteer at a MAC trial and another trial (in a non-Junior Handler class)
  • Be 18 years or younger at the time of the competition or seminar for which the funds are sought
  • Be a current MAC Member
  • Live in Minnesota or Western Wisconsin

Contact MAC if you are interested in submitting an application to be considered for scholarship funds.

Supporting the Ruth VanKeuren Memorial Fund

You can support this fund by:

  • Making a contribution to MAC (Please note “Youth Fund” on check memo line. Contact MAC for a mailing address.)
  • Encouraging junior handlers in their involvement in agility
  • Supporting local fundraisers

Contact MAC

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