United States
Australian Shepherd Association

United States
Australian Shepherd Association

End of Year Awards

Junior Handling Year End Awards

Refer to the Junior Program Companion guide for more information. 

All deadlines are March 1, 2024, for the 2023 Award Year 

USASA supports Junior Members competing in Junior Showmanship competition.

TOP TEN: Annual awards to the top 10 Juniors in the 3 age classes (Junior, Intermediate, Senior). The Novice & Open classes are combined.

TOP DIVISION WINNER: Annual award to the top first place Open Junior Handler in the 3 age classes.

TOP JUNIOR HANDLER OF THE YEAR: Annual award to the top overall Junior Handler from all classes based on highest amount of points.

SPECIAL AWARDS: Additional annual awards given should a Junior be recognized as AKC’s Top Herding Junior Handler for the year or for any Junior awarded Best Junior Handler at any AKC invitational show (e.g. AKC National Championship, Westminster, etc.).

Junior Performance Year End Awards

USASA supports Junior Members in all of the AKC performance events:  Agility, Obedience, Herding, Rally, Tracking, and Coursing Ability Test.

TOP TEN: Annual awards to the top 10 Juniors in the 6 separate divisions (Agility, Obedience, Herding, Rally, Tracking and Coursing Ability Test).

TOP DIVISION WINNER: Annual award to the top first place Junior in each of the 6 separate divisions.

TOP PERFORMANCE JUNIOR OF THE YEAR: Annual award to the top overall Performance Junior of all classes based on the highest number of points.

SPECIAL AWARDS: A special Above and Beyond Award may be given to a Junior for special accomplishments. Refer to the Junior Program Companion guide for more details.

Overall Junior of the Year Award

USASA supports Junior Members who compete in both Junior Showmanship and Performance events.

The Overall Junior of the Year award is presented to the Junior who has earned the highest overall points in both Performance and Junior Showmanship. Minimum requirements must be met.

Optimum Club

USASA also recognizes and supports those Junior Members who balance academic achievement with achievements in Junior Handling and Performance events.

Awards are given to Juniors who maintain at least a B/3.000 average or higher for each grading period for the year and receive a minimum of 100 Junior Handling Points and receive a minimum number of points during the year.