A program specifically designed for the next generation of Havana Silk Dog breeders and handlers!!
We are excited to have a place where HSDAA youth can practice their skills with their dogs, learn new things and make friends. Rising Stars classes are offered at every show, allowing these aspiring young handlers a chance to show off their dogs. These classes are aimed at helping them develop handling skills and confidence in the ring. Learning in a fun and friendly way, the Rising Stars are scored similar to the breed classes, except it is the youth (rather than the dog) who is being scored. Each one is scored looking at Handler Presentation, Gaiting Circle, Set Up/Stack, Gaiting Patern, Handler Etiquette, and Final Posing and given a score card. Rosettes are given for Best Rising Star, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. Because of an emphasis on learning, rather than simply competition, educational seminars are available at National’s and at various other shows that allow each one to learn more about their dog. Topics such as handling, grooming, understanding the Standard, canine anatomy, and basic training are discussed. Championships can be earned in three age categories. A Championship requires earning points, seminar attendance, and passing an age appropriate test to display basic knowledge of their dog.
Below is information to help parents and participants have an understanding of how the program works, the requirements for championships, and to give a clear understanding of the score card and what is being considered in each category.