Scottish Terrier Club of America provides educational opportunities for individuals seeking American Kennel Club approval to judge the Scottish Terrier breed. The purpose of this committee is to present Scottish Terrier Breed Seminars and other educational forms that may fulfill this duty throughout the United States. Breeders, exhibitors, and interested persons are encouraged to attend and participate as well as to those seeking judging approval.
STCA Judges’ Education Coordinators:
Contact the STCA Judges’ Education Coordinators for information regarding presentations on the Scottish Terrier and/or to schedule a ringside observation
Candidates to judge the Scottish Terrier are strongly encouraged to observe the breed during major entries at the National and/or Regional Specialties. Observers should attempt to observe with a variety of mentors and follow the rules for observations on the AKC website. All prospective judges are strongly encouraged to obtain “The Illustrated Guide to the Scottish Terrier” c2010 from the STCA. (click here to order your copy..link to the secretary and information on cost etc for the guide)
STCA Approved Breed Mentors:
All judges’ mentors that meet the STCA Requirements of 15 years experience in Scottish Terriers and have groomed, conditioned and successfully handled 15 dogs to championship status. In addition there dogs have been Winners or better at (2) regional or national specialties. These mentors have been approved by the STCA Board of Directors. These individuals are available in regions of the United States and are generally available for assistance and ringside mentoring. In addition to these judges mentors may observe with other individuals that meet the AKC criteria including approved judges with regular status judging the breed for over 12 years.
Scottish Terrier Club of America Ringside Mentoring Criteria
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.