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The National Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. (the NLRC) is pleased to announce its new Junior Sponsorship Program.  The purpose of this program is to encourage participation of Juniors in conformation and performance events with Labrador Retrievers.


Juniors are the future of our sport as well as our breed.  Junior participation in conformation shows and performance events helps to develop responsibility, interest, knowledge and skill in the next generation of Labrador enthusiasts.


The NLRC recognizes how important it is to support these young people to help ensure they receive a good foundation on which they can build to become responsible dog owners of tomorrow.


To encourage participation of Juniors in the sport of purebred dogs, the NLRC will sponsor one Junior each year that funds are available.  The maximum amount provided per year will be $500 and will be used to reimburse the sponsored Junior for entry fees in conformation or performance events in which the Junior participates with a Labrador Retriever.

All Junior Handlers who meet the criteria for eligibility and who wish to be considered for sponsorship must submit an application to the NLRC Junior Sponsorship program coordinator.  The application must be submitted and received no later than the fifteenth (15th) day of September in the calendar year preceding the Junior's anticipated participation in the program.


The NLRC Board will make the final determination of which applicant will be sponsored for the coming year by the first (1st) day of December and the Junior Sponsorship Program Chair, Gail Cayce-Adams, will notify the applicant. Results will be posted on the NLRC website no later than the fifteenth (15th) of December.  The sponsored Junior will be eligible to receive reimbursement of entry fees for conformation or performance events in which they participated with a Labrador Retriever from January 1st through December 31st of the year following their selection.

Basic applicant requirements:

  • Applicant must be an eligible Junior (9 - 18 years of age).

  • Applicant must compete with a Labrador Retriever to be eligible for reimbursement.

  • Applicants must be members of the National Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. or children of active members of the National Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. in good standing with the Club.

  • Applications should be submitted to the Junior Sponsorship Program Chair, Gail Cayce-Adams, via the NLRC website electronically  no later than September 15th of each year. 

  • The Junior Sponsorship Program Chair, Gail Cayce-Adams, will review all submitted materials for each applicant.  If the deadline date has not passed and information is missing from an application, the Junior Sponsorship Program Chair will request additional information in order to consider the application(s). The sponsorship will be awarded based on the merits of the application.  The NLRC Board shall make its final decision on awarding the sponsorship no later than December 1st.  After a Junior has been selected for sponsorship, the Program Coordinator shall send a congratulatory letter and a parental consent form to the individual being sponsored.  The letter will request that the individual send a picture, preferably with his/her Labrador Retriever, to the Coordinator so that it may be posted on the NLRC website and in the NLRC Newsletter.  The parental consent form must be completed by the selected junior's parent or guardian before they will allowed to participate in the program.

  • Applicant must be entered in Junior designated classes/events

  • Applicant must submit a photocopy of each entry confirmation to the NLRC Junior Coordinator within 30 days following the event to receive reimbursement

  • If Junior is less than 18 years of age, name and address of parent/guardian must be included as check will be issued in his/her name

  • Selected Junior applicant must have parental consent to participate in this program.

  • Should the Junior be unable to attend the event, the sponsorship monies must be returned by the recipient to the NLRC Junior Coordinator within 30 days of the event.


The National Labrador Retriever Club will offer one $500.00 sponsorship each year in which the Board determines there is a qualified and deserving applicant.  The application process will include the completion of an essay and the completion of our questionnaire.


If there is no qualified applicant in a given year, there will be no sponsorship offered that year.


Children of National Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. Board members are ineligible for this program.




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