Maddox wins Best Junior Handler, Best of Breed at recent shows

Published 1:00 pm Monday, January 22, 2024

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Red Level School student Raley Beth Maddox and her junior dogs had a busy weekend with dog show competitions in Quincy, Florida, despite rainy and cold weather on Dec. 2 and 3.

Raley and Tuna receive instructions from judge Dianna Williams.

Raley and her junior dog Pixie competed in the Junior Showmanship Ring and the Altered Ring. There were two shows on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Raley and Pixie took Best Junior Handler in all three shows. Pixie and Raley took Best of Breed in all three shows. Raley also showed and finished a championship for a friend’s dog, Drake, at this show as well.

“She has improved her handling skills to the point that adults now hand her dogs to show. The Best of Breed wins come in the show ring with adult professional handlers. Thank you to the wonderful judges, Florida Panhandlers Club ASC, INC, and David and Laura Clayton for allowing the show to be held at their farm,” Raley’s grandmother Dawn Kelley said.

Raley competed in Baker, Florida, on Jan. 20 and 21, where temperatures were in the 20s and 30s. Raley and her junior dog Tuna competed at the Baker Area Arena in the Junior Showmanship Ring and the Intact Ring. They competed in two shows on Saturday and another on Sunday. Raley and Tuna took Best Junior Handler in all three shows.

Tuna and Raley took Reserve Winners Dog in the intact ring in the p.m. show on Saturday and show on Sunday.

“Thank you to the wonderful judges and Florida Panhandlers Club ASC, INC for putting on such a well-organized show. Raley has grown and matured over the years in the show ring. She has been mentored by some awesome breeders and handlers. The judges are always ready and willing to educate the junior handlers in a professional and encouraging manner,” Kelley added.

Raley hopes to continue showing the Junior Showmanship Ring. She has also competed in barn hunt with Goose and earned one qualifying time. She plans to begin training scent work with her retired show dog Navy, and 18-month-old Goose. Raley will also be competing in a public speaking competition in April with Red Level School’s FFA.

Raley has shown dogs since she was 2 years old. She is the daughter of Darshana Maddox and the granddaughter of Dawn Kelley with a younger brother, Dawson Maddox.