MARK OLIVER-REHM, 16 YEARS OLd
DISTRICT/COUNTY WHERE YOU LIVE: Neuss / Germany
HOW DID YOU START OFF JUNIOR HANDLING?
I began my show career in May 2005 on a Terrier Specialty near my home town. I deputed there with 3rd Place out of 5.
DO YOU TAKE PART IN ANY OTHER DOGGY ACTIVITIES (OBEDIENCE,AGILITY,FLYBALL,ETC)?
No, I don’t.
HOW MANY DOGS DO YOU LIVE WITH,OWN AND/OR SHOW?
I live together with two West Highland White Terrier females. My mother breeds this race and she has got five more Westies, so we are showing three of them actually.
WHICH ONES DO YOU USE FOR JUNIOR HANDLING AND WHY?
I’m using the most of the time our female “Ch. O’Glendence Lovely Nayeli”, called Nayeli. She has a wonderful movement and no problems on going with our people if she needs to be a swap dog. She stands free and she looks very nice.
WHAT BREEDS HAVE YOU SHOWN BEFORE IN COMPETITION?
I showed West Highland White Terrier, Cairn-, Norfolk-, Kerry Blue-, Airedale-, Scottish-, Yorkshire-,Black Russian-, Border-, Bedlington- and Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Rhodesian Ridgeback, Afghan Hound, Dobermann, Miniature Schnauzer and Tibetan Terrier.
TELL US ABOUT HOW TO HANDLE (SHOWING STYLE) YOUR BREED IN JUNIOR HANDLING CLASSES?
The best is if the Westie presents himself free so you have just to have a look on the position of the stand. The tail should be high and if the dogs not show the tail by himself you can hold it.
WHAT DO YOU NORMALLY WEAR IN COMPETITION?
On Terrierspecialtys I wear a brown or beige jacket. On International Dog Shows I wear a brown or grey suit with ties in all varieties of colour. Black or brown shoes.
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST ACHIEVEMENTS?
Since 2005 I won 33 times the “BIS Junior-Handler” title. My biggest success is winning the BIS Junior-Handler title on International Show Giessen (GER) under 40 competitors. I’m “Best Junior-Handler of the Terrier Association 2008” and I qualified myself for the German Junior-Handling Finals 2007 and 2008.
Another big success is winning HC/6th Place on Crufts in Open Class out of 24 entries with a Border Terrier.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE OCCASION SO FAR?
A few month ago breeder from England, the country of the West Highland White Terriers, told me the sentences “You are becoming well known around the Westie rings in England”. And that was the moment for me where I thought, I’m going the right way
IF YOU ONLY HAD ONE 'TOP TIP' TO SHARE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
You should enjoy the Junior-Handling as long as you can do it. If you have fun in this competition your dog will, too.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT JUNIOR HANDLING?
You learn so much because of the Junior-Handling. So you learn to handle different breeds of all groups. Its amazing to meet other handlers from all over the world.
WHAT DISAPPOINTS YOU IN THE WORLD OF JUNIOR HANDLING?
Judges who don’t know what the do by judging or these who judge Junior-Handlers on a good position because of their “well known title”. And of course some other handlers aren’t fair. In the whole dog scene there is this enviousness and determination so these features make some situation and persons insufferable.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO BRING UP?
At last I just want to say “Thank you” to all the people who have supported me so far, especially Heike Mark. Without these wonderful people the dog shows would be so nice like they are actually.
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