Juniors Program: Empowering Future Generations of Pointer Enthusiasts

Pointers:  A Great Choice For a Great Team

The Pointer is an excellent choice for junior handlers of all experience levels. Not only are they dependable competitors, but also devoted companions. If you’re a junior or prospective junior interested in developing a fulfilling and invaluable companion relationship, look no further than the Pointer. The members of the American Pointer Club are more than willing to introduce you to our wonderful breed.

For an insider’s view of the Junior Handling experience, check out the award-winning video, This is Zephyr by former Pointer junior handler Diana Chan.

APC Supports the Future of the Breed

The APC is enthusiastic about encouraging junior handlers in whichever events they want to participate in with their pointers. The APC currently offers a $100 donation to any junior member who qualifies for Westminster or the AKC National Championship while handling a Pointer. Any junior who is a current member in good standing of the APC, qualifying for Crufts while handling a Pointer, will be offered a stipend of $500, if they choose to attend and compete at Crufts.

Take a TOUR of Juniors with their Pointer from the past,  Best Junior Handlers from our National Specialties as well as those who placed and or won Best Junior at Westminster Kennel Club.

APC Supports the Juniors Advancement

 

The club provides special recognition of the winner of Best Junior Handler at the National Specialty each year with a perpetual trophy offered by Solivia Kennels.  This beautiful silver plated, engraved champagne bucket on a walnut base is presented at the annual banquet. Juniors who are club members can take the trophy home for the year.

Karen Blasche Memorial Junior Scholarship

Karen Blasche was a very active lifetime member of the American Pointer Club and her decades of volunteering her time and energy to the history of the Pointer and the American Pointer Club and official record keeper of all aspects of competition and statistics of Pointers was invaluable!

In 2019, Karen lost her battle with cancer and died quietly in her home in the state of Oregon with her husband Ted at her side. Karen leaves behind a tremendous legacy and knowledge of Pointer history, facts and data. In addition, Karen had a real interest in juniors to become involved and active with Pointers. The American Pointer Club, like Karen, understands that education is a never-ending process and supports the growth of Juniors interested in the sport of dogs and the advancement of their own education. There is no greater combination of skills learned by being involved with the sport coupled with academic achievement. The American Pointer Club is pleased to offer juniors the Karen Blasche Memorial Scholarship to be awarded starting in the spring of 2021.   Scholarship application can be found under the tab Applications and Forms

Diana Chan 2021 Recipient
Karen Blasche Memorial
Junior Scholarship

Diana Chan, a first year student attending Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts is the recipient of the first Karen Blasche Memorial Junior Scholarship of $1000.00

Diana is from Old Saybrook, Connecticut and her interests in dogs began at the age of 10 handling a Bernese Mountain Dog from which she quickly met and fell in love with a Pointer!

Soon, Diana was a regular showing her Pointer in the conformation ring and as she told the committee, “It became an outlet and platform for growth and maturation”

Diana soon became a regular familiar face showing her Pointer in both conformation and Jr. Showmanship competition and soon after aging out of Jr. Competition in 2013 she applied for and received regular status as a Jr Showmanship Judge in 2015!

Diana not only was a regular in conformation but she was very active in the American Pointer Club and serves as Chair of the APC Jr. Showmanship Committee since 2015 and also serves on the Health and Research Committee. As she remained active in various Pointer activities her interest in canine medicine began to grow and prompted her to become a veterinarian which eventually led her to Tufts University and begin her education and aspiring career.

Diana Chan is a true testament to the future of Pointers for their care, good health and love as well as her interest in all canines. Much success to you for a bright future.

Congratulations Diana!