Mentoring Guidelines for AKC Judges Additional Breed Component
The STCA strongly suggests that observations be done at Regional and National Specialties where a broad range of dogs and bitches are exhibited.
- STCA encourages receiving ringside mentoring, with entries of Scottish Terriers from various regions across the country.
- Potential observers/mentees should contact a mentor prior to the show if possible.
- The STCA encourages mentees to obtain mentoring with three different individuals.
- Potential judges should observe and learn under a number of different highly qualified individuals with a broad range of experience as specified by AKC ringside mentoring requirements
Other members, breeders, and judges may also be utilized as breed mentors if they meet the AKC and/or STCA criteria. Observations with mentors not meeting this criteria will not be accepted. Official ringside mentoring needs to be accomplished starting with the classes and progressing through best of breed judging. It is preferred that neither the mentor’s dogs nor dogs owned by the mentor be exhibited at these events.
Mentors will be permitted to participate as a mentor on days they are exhibiting up to the class in which they have an entry. They will not be allowed to participate thereafter except at National or Regional Specialties where formal ringside mentoring is organized by the host club.
STCA mentors to be considered should meet and whenever possible exceed the criteria shown below:
- Member of STCA for 15 years and in good standing
- Groomed, conditioned, and successfully handled 15 of their own dogs to championship status
- Have been Winners or better at two (2) Regional and/or National Specialties
- Exhibits breed knowledge in communication of the STCA Breed Standard
- Mentors should be able to show evidence that they understand and apply:
- The history of the breed (required by AKC judges)
- The original function of the breed (required by AKC judges)
- The relationship between the function and important structures of the Scottish Terrier.
- Knowledge of the anatomical structure of the dog (required and tested to be AKC Judges)
- Displays a understanding of Scottish Terrier Breed Specific Judging procedures:
- Is a judge of the breed in good standing OR
- Has judged two (2) Scottish Terrier Specialties; may include Sweepstakes. These Specialties provide potential mentors with unique experiences of comparing and contrasting Scottish Terriers from a variety of breeders in the allotted time (around 2 minutes). That is pertinent to mentoring. Also generally speaking, Specialty invitations to judge are extended to knowledgeable individuals in the breed. These assignments will be listed.
- Knows and applies the “Rules, Policies and Guidelines for Conformation Dog Show Judges” (red book). This is free from AKC.
- It is suggested mentors attend STCA Judge’s Education Seminars and/or workshops. This information will be listed.
- In addition all mentors should sign a Mentoring Agreement that I indicates the following:
- All mentoring requires confidentiality between mentors and mentees.
- Mentors must be objective at all times and adhere to the Official STCA Standard. No mentor should promote his or her own dogs or lines.
- Agree to honestly complete the written section of the AKC Ringside Observation Form specifying if the observer has a good understanding of the breed including details supporting the conclusion.