In the summer of 2010 we found ourselves without a handler. A friend introduced us to a young Jr Handler named Emmylea Herring and the rest is now history. We cannot say enough about her abilities to properly do her justice, so we will let the photos speak for themselves. They are just a snapshot of her accomplishments both in and out of the show ring. You see, what makes her so special is that she is not only great with the dogs but she is an honor student, a hurdler on her track team, an active member in several other dogs sports, and Lord knows what else. Out of all the handlers we have met over the past few years, both Professional and Juniors, none have been more dedicated to our dogs than this young lady. Additionally, she has the complete support of her family, whom we adore as well.
Not surprisingly, Emmy is a multi-breed handler. On a regular basis she handles an Afghan Hound, Bouviers, Papillions, a Pug, and Shetland Sheepdogs. She attended both the Pug and Bouvier Nationals in 2010 and the Eukanuba Invitational in 2011. She has qualified for the 2012 Eukanuba Invitational in Juniors and will be competing in both Breed and Juniors with Sully this December. When she ages out of the Junior Handling class and becomes a Professional Handler we could not give a higher recommendation. Enjoy some of Emmy’s wonderful accomplishments in the following photos. These are but a sample of her achievements and the shows she has attended with Sully.
Emmy has qualified to compete in Junior Handling at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York this coming February. The requirements for qualifying are 7 Best Junior Handler’s in Show which is a very difficult feat in Alaska because of our brief show season and the quality of the other Jr. Handlers. She is the only Junior in Alaska to qualify for Westminster this year and she is currently, and has been all year, the Number 1 Junior Handler in the state. Additionally, she is the only Alaskan Junior that has ever qualified for the Masters Class. This is achieved by acquiring 10 First Place wins in an Open Junior Handling class. And, as of rankings posted by the American Bouvier Des Flandres Club on 09/17/2012, Emmy is the Number 1 Bouvier Junior Handler in the nation.
Update!! Emmy took Best Junior Handler at the Bouvier des Flanders Regional Specialty in Sandusky, Ohio today 10/20/12! This makes her 8th Best Junior of the qualifying period!
Emmy’s 7th Best Junior Handler in Show of the qualifying period!
Thank you, Judge Scott Kellogg.
Emmy moving Sully in Kenai, Alaska
Group 4 at the Herding Group Specialty.
Like many, this judge loved his correct, coarse coat texture.
Emmy taking her 2nd Best Junior out of a 3 day show with Sully. Off to a great year!!
Emmy and her mom, Kelley, with Sully before leaving for the Mt. Baker KC Show in Lynden, WA.
Sully returned with a Group 1 and a Group 4! The shows were a blast.
Sully’s Group 1 in Lynden, Washington
Emmy and Sully in a highly competitive Best in Show ring
Mt. Baker Kennel Club Show 2012
Emmy and another Junior battling out Best Junior Handler in Show in Vallejo, CA.
Bea’s Canadian Group 4.
Taking a walk in the Yukon Territory
2011 Eukanuba Invitational in Orlando, Florida
Sully’s 4th out of 6 Group 1s
Emmy and Sully in the group ring. CIKC August, 2011.
Thank you Tina Oswald for the photograph!
Emmy and Sully watching Deadliest Catch after a long day at the Fairbanks Shows in 2010.
Bea’s 1st show in Alaska. Best of Breed over several Champions and a Group 4!
Sully and Emmy at Bouvier Nationals in 2010.
Bea and Emmy at the Bouvier Nationals 2012
Sully and Emmy’s 1st show together. Canadian Group 4