Understanding that the youths of today will be the future of our sport, Sophie Haglin (from Pine Shadows) introduced a Youth Stake at the Northern Minnesota SSC Field Trial in spring and fall. The idea was developed to help promote the youths to train and handle a dog and to have fun learning the sport.
At our field trial in fall we have also introduced a Youth Stake. Children under the age of 18 can participate in this event. The dog must be at least 6 months of age and steady to wing and shot. The course will be run like the puppy stake with two judges viewing the youth on how they are handling the dog. They are competing with their peers and learning the art of handling a dog in the field. We encourage the youth to participate, even if they currently do not own a dog, one can be provided. It is a fun time for the youths and the people are willing to help them as much as they can. Currently, this is not recognized by the AKC, but we hope that in the future it will be an event at every field trial in the country.
1st place - Rock Rivers Rock N Roll Jimbo handled by Jaelee S.
2nd place - Muddy River Uncle Buck SH handled by Christopher L.
3rd place - Rock River Delight MH handled by Jesse S.
1st place - Milan Lynch's Buccleuchs handled by Breezanne B.
2nd place - AFC Whisky Rivers Itchy Trigger Finger handled by Emily K.