The DPCA - Juniors Initiative

About the Program

Mission and Purpose:

The Class of 2013
Rear L-R: Ashlee Clagett, Mallary Ross, Raquel Wright
Front L-R: Marianna Gonzales, Abigail Adams

The 2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Junior Handler finalists included Karlee Howard with Risiko and Ania Kelly & Gunner. Karlee went on the place third in tough competition. Congratulations ladies!

The DPCA Juniors Program was established in 2013, to recognize that our children are the path to the future of the sport of purebred dogs. The primary goal of the program is to encourage, support, and promote Junior handlers to participate in the sport of purebred dogs, to become active in the DPCA and to continue as an integral part of the future of the sport.

Juniors are important to the future of the sport of purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership. The more they learn, the more valuable they become to society.

The values, attitudes and responsibility learned through Junior Showmanship will serve youngsters well throughout their lives. By putting time and effort into learning about their dog and how to train, groom and present it, Juniors are rewarded with many life lessons. One of the charters of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America is "to otherwise preserve and protect the Doberman Pinscher and to do all things possible to bring its natural qualities to perfection,” and the DPCA Juniors program strives to teach that lesson early.

The highlights of the DPCA Juniors Program are:

DPCA National Specialty:

The DPCA offers a variety of training seminars and activities to our Juniors, at no cost, during National week.

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Juniors are offered an opportunity to compete in the Junior Showmanship event at the DPCA National, where a scholarship, framed certificate, DPCA gold-tone medallion, as well as a perpetual Bronze Trophy are offered for Best Junior Handler.

"Class photo" of all Juniors entered in Junior Showmanship at the National for publication on the DPCA Website & "Pipeline".

Junior Jamboree Party and handling seminar for all Juniors, future Juniors and Pee Wees attending the DPCA National.

Showcase/Exhibition at the DPCA National for the year’s Top 20 Juniors, with personally inscribed rosettes given to the AKC Top 20 Doberman Junior handlers of the year.

Best Junior Handler at the National:

  1. Best Junior Handler Scholarship ($500)
  2. The Doberman Pinscher Club of America offers the Official Gold Toned Doberman Pinscher Club of America Medallion 2 ½ inch Featuring A Doberman Head on the Obverse & a Full Doberman on the Reverse
  3. Foxfire Dobermans offers a Perpetual Trophy, a bronze sculpture of a Doberman & Globe on a base~“Take On The World”~ by Danny Quest. Offered through the Doberman Pinscher Club Of America at its National Specialty only. The winner will receive a commemorative certificate. Each winner will have their named inscribed on base which is donated and created by Heartwood Dobermans


Scholarships or Travel Expenses:

  1. The DPCA offers a $500 scholarship to the Junior who wins Best Junior Handler at each DPCA National.
  2. The DPCA offers either a $500 scholarship OR up to $500 for travel expenses to any Junior who attends Westminster or the AKC National Championship Show with a Doberman. Click on the "Scholarship or Travel Expenses" tab for more information


Pee Wee Class:

The Juniors Program will assist the Public Education Committee in hosting a Pee Wee class at the DPCA National Specialty. The event will follow AKC guidelines, and entries can be made on the day of the class.

Junior Liaison:

A DPCA member is available to answer all inquires and offer advice to juniors and parents who are currently involved, or want to participate, in the sport.

Membership Fee:

The DPCA offers a reduced fee to become a Junior member of the DPCA.

Scholarships or Travel Expenses

The DPCA offers a $500.00 scholarship to the Best Junior at the DPCA National specialty show; *upon acceptance to a college of their choice, using the form on (, the Junior shall provide proof of enrollment to the DPCA Treasurer, who shall issue a check in the name of the Junior directly to the college.

The DPCA offers up to $500.00 for travel expenses, or a $500.00 scholarship (*see above for guidelines) to any Junior who qualifies and competes with a Doberman in Junior Showmanship at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The DPCA offers up to $500.00 for travel expenses, or a $500.00 scholarship (*see above for guidelines) to any Junior who qualifies and competes with a Doberman in Junior Showmanship at the AKC National Championship Dog Show. The maximum a junior may request per calendar year for travel expense reimbursement is $1,000.00.

If the Junior chooses travel expense reimbursement, the request must be received within 90 days of the conclusion of the event for which they are requesting reimbursement. The request must be made using the form on the DPCA website (; copies of all receipts (airfare, hotel, etc.) must be included in the request along with proof of competition at the show(s).

The required travel expense documentation shall then be sent to the Junior chair for verification and approval. Upon approval, it will be forwarded to the DPCA treasurer for payment.


Click on the "Forms, Media, & Links" tab for a Travel Expense Application

Scholarship Recipients

These Junior handlers have earned a $500 Scholarship by winning Best Junior Handler at the DPCA National. 


Faith Rogers


Alexis Truesdail


Alexis Truesdail


Ashlee Claggett


Mallary Ross


2017 Top 20 Juniors

Rank Junior Name Total Defeated
1Salena McCloud444
2Adrienne Ellison391
3Erin Laplante378
4Mariana Gonzales284
5Cole Ferreira211
6Berkeley C. Thompson181
7Gabe Silva140
8Faith Rogers137
9Alexis Truesdail112
10Taylor Schwartz77
11Ashlee J. Claggett74
12Sabrina Goldfein66
13Julianna Medina65
14Kyle Bismore59
15Aurora Loya42
16Shoshana Goldfein41
17Katie Gomes39
18Ashley Landis33
19Renee Gould26
20Maren Laplante23

2016 Top 20 Juniors

Rank Junior Name Total Defeated
1Mariana Gonzales425
2Kasey O'Brien327
3Taylor Schwartz249
4Alexis Truesdail175
5Erin Laplante170
6Cole Ferreira132
7Ashlee J. Claggett118
8Adrienne Ellison92
9Berkeley Thompson73
10Julianna Medina58
11Marit Alsager50
12Sabrina Goldfein49
13Shoshana Goldfein39
14Brooke Moyer18
15Renee Gould16
16Katie Gomes14
17Alanis Stewart11
18Salena McCloud11
19Aleksandra Thomas8
20Alexis Timm7

2015 Top 20 Juniors

Rank Junior Name Best/Top Jr Wins Class Wins Total Defeated
1Kasey O'Brien66153
2Mariana Gonzales22121
3Abigail Adams1198
4Taylor Schwartz3337
5Ashlee Jeanne Claggett0017
6Erin LaPlante1113
7Marit Alsager0112
8Renee Gould0010
9Shoshana Goldfein009
9Raquel Wright009
11Megan Palmer007
12Breanna Imler015
12Jaimie Smith005
14Julianna Medina013
15Daniel Pine002
16Sabrina Goldfein001

2014 Top 20 Juniors

Rank Junior Name Best/Top Jr Wins Class Wins Total Defeated
1Kasey O'Brien2034398
2Taylor Schwartz1423250
3Abigail Adams711207
4Erin LaPlante817197
5Mallary Quin Ross78193
6Alexis Truesdail7897
7Mariana Gonzales4689
7Jaimie Smith3689
9Ricki Lynne King41185
10Karlee Howard6784
11Ashlee Jeanne Claggett81075
12Annabella Hines2973
13Renee Gould0937
14Megan Palmer0329
15Daniel Pine1128
16Raquel Wright0117
17Brooke Moyer0116
18Shoshana Goldfein2115
18Julianna Medina0915
20Sabrina Goldfein0312

2013 Top 10 Juniors

Jan-Nov 2013

Ranking Junior Handler and Dog


Mallary Ross and Avril

Mallary Ross Number One Doberman Junior 2012 AKC Stats and Number One Working Group Jr 2012

Abigail Adams
Karlee Howard and Risiko

Taylor Swartz and Evita

Mariana Gonzalez and Serena

Alexis Truesdail and Boss

Ricki Lynne Smith
Raquel Wright and Throttle

Kacie Foelker and Boomer

Ashlee Claggett and Chazz

Photo Gallery

Our 2013 National Junior Jamboree Pizza Party was a huge success

Guests of Honor are Dylan Kipp who won Westminster Best Junior with a Doberman & All Time Top Winning Junior Handler with well over 100 Best Junior Handler wins; and Trevor Miller who is a Juniors Judge.



This portrait of "Jade" (CH Foxfire's All That Jazz) was commissioned by a group of Junior Handlers as a surprise for Michelle Santana, to show their appreciation for all that she has done for them. One of the Juniors, Ashlee Claggett, wrote: "Michelle Santana...a very special person...has done so much for the juniors; she has initiated many great programs to help us reach the stars. ...Last night, we presented Michelle with the Jade portrait. She absolutely loves it! She cried, laughed, and thought it was just magnificent." Jade was Michelle's "heart dog".

The DPCA Junior Handlers who gave this gift are Ashlee Claggett, Kacie Foelker, Mallary Ross, Karlee Ann Howard, Taylor Rae Schwartz, Lulu Wright and Danielle Schmitt.