Welcome to Today's Best Junior
My name is Julia Johns and this site is dedicated to all juniors, past and present, to honor and recognize the commitment and achievements that each junior deserves.
In 2002, I began showing in Junior Showmanship. I was 10 years old. I had no idea what I was getting into… Immediately, I had a new group of friends and the camaraderie was amazing. Along with showing in juniors, I finished multiple Cavalier Champions, two champions alone from the bred by class. I also campaigned two of my Cavalier Bitches” Annie” and “Charm” ranking #1 and #2 for Bitches in the Nation. In 2009, I brought “Annie” at the age of nine years old, out of retirement for my last year in Junior Showmanship. Together, we finished the year as the #1 AKC Cavalier Junior Handler, #1 AKC Toy Junior Handler, #14 AKC All Breed Junior Handler. And finally completing my goal, Annie and I finished at the top of chart #1 Cavalier Bitch in the nation. Throughout my junior career, I qualified multiple times for Westminster & Eukanuba.
The past 13 years, I have shown Cavaliers in Breed, junior showmanship, Obedience, and Rally. I also have had three registered therapy dogs that I have taken to hospitals, nursing homes, schools and educational events. The support from my family, mentors, professional handlers, and friends gave me the courage and self confidence to go out and show. I learned so many life lessons since I started showing dogs. The most important one was how many times I was humbled in the show ring. When I was showing a puppy in the ring and she decided she didn’t know how to walk on a leash or the time my dog went potty in ring at the exact moment Best junior was being chosen or thinking that I had this win in the bag and then the junior that had the most faults won and I walked out of the ring with not even a ribbon. I learned to keep my head held high and at the end of the day I never lost sight that no matter what happened in the ring whether I won or lost, I know I went home with the best dog…MINE .
I would like to thank everyone who has mentored, supported, and encouraged me throughout the years. Especially to my mom who has supported me from day one, when I first told her I wanted to show dogs and for giving me the strength and tenacity to achieve my goals. To my dad, who has gone to great lengths to get me to the shows on time, he has even driven until 3am just so we could get to the show grounds by morning. And of course to my little sister, Malynn, who has always been there cheering for me no matter what and who has made me so proud by following in my footsteps.
And last, but not least to all the junior handlers out there, don’t give up! It may be hard sometimes, but keep your head up and hold true to yourself. Have fun and always do your BEST… Juniors are the future of this wonderful family sport of showing dogs.
“A Junior is a leader, one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”