During the many years that each Tuesday I’d start preparing for the next weekend’s shows, all of my vehicles at one time or another visited a mechanic in whom I had great trust. From station wagons and SUVs to a motorhome or two, they had one thing in common: all usually contained paraphernalia nec- essary to our sport. The workers thought it fun. They’d tease about who’s in the crates (mother-in-law?), gaze in consternation at grooming tables and make remarks about cleanup devices I will not repeat here. Well, one thing led to another, and the entire staff at this place took to calling me a nickname I really didn’t mind: DOG SHOWJOE JOSEPHNEILM C GINNIS III AKC’S NEWREGULATIONS FOR FIRST-TIME JUDGING APPLICANTS
PHOTO: JOE DEPETRO Well, the mechanic and his staff have moved on, and the repair shop’s been supplanted by a high- rise hotel, but Dog Show Joe is just as passionate about the sport as he was then. And so it is that I am vitally interested in issues pressing to the fancy.
At the top of the agenda today is the discussion of the latest AKC regulations by which people will be approved for new and/or additional breeds. This month we look at first-time applicants. I thank AKC for the details that follow.
AKC Board of Directors Judging Approval Process Revised Effective: January 1, 2018
This newly stated judging approval process (the Policy) replaces any and all prior policies, practices and require- ments that are inconsistent with any of its terms and conditions. This Policy emphasizes education as being para- mount in one’s preparation for application of breeds and is continuous through the process for approval, permit judging assignments, and beyond. The prospective judge must complete sufficient mandatory and/or optional edu- cational experiences to request Permit status. Intended to simplify and quantify the process while giving significant objective guidance to all who desire to be approved to judge at AKC conformation events, the meeting of minimum requirements does not ensure approval. It is recognized that education in each breed is an ongoing process but differs for the newly approved judge and the long time experienced judge. The progression process is designed to consider the experience of the judge and to provide flexibility in which optional requirements (Qualifying Components) may be chosen to achieve Permit status. It is intended to balance the need to provide a clear, education based path for approval for those aspiring to judge, and instill faith in AKC ’s breeders and exhibitors that those approved to judge their breed are sufficiently prepared, while preserving the mission statement of the AKC in being for the betterment of purebred dogs. The progressi n process is d signed to consid r the xperi nce of the judge and to provide flex bility in which optional requirements (Qualifying Components) may be chos n to achieve Permi status. It is intended to ba ance the need to provide a cle r, educati n ba d path for approval for those spir- ing to judge, and ins ill faith in AKC’s bree ers and exhibito s that those a prov to judge th i breed ar sufficiently prepar d, while pres rving the mission statement of the AKC in being for the betterment of purebred dogs. SECTION 1 JUDGE EDUCATION COMPONENT REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH BREED APPLICATION REQUIRED OF ALL INITIAL BREED APPLICANTS • Meet either the 12-5-4 or New Breed Alternate Method as specified in the Judging Approval Process • Complete 6 stewarding assignments within 3 years of application • Complete 6 judging assignments at AKC sanctioned non-point events Meet AKC occupational eligibility requirements • Pass Anatomy and Procedural open book test • Attend AKC Basic Judging Institute This newly stated judging approval process (the Policy) replaces any and all prior policies, practices and requirements th t a e inconsistent with any of its terms and conditions. This Policy emphasizes educ tion as being paramount in one’s preparation for application of breeds an is c tinuous through the rocess for ap rov l, permit ju ging as ignme ts, and beyond. The pro pective judge mu t co plete sufficient mandato y and/or optional educational experi ces to request Permit s a- tus. Intended t simplify and quan ify the process while givi g signif cant objective guidance to all who desire to be approv d to judge at AKC c nformation events, the meeting of minimum require- e ts does not ensure ap roval. It is recognized that education i each breed is an o g ing process but differs for the newly approve judge and th long t me xperienced judge.
SECTION 2 REQUIRED OF ALL INITIAL AND ADDITIONAL BREED APPLICANTS
• Breed Standard Test for Each Breed on the application • Breed Interview wi th Executive Field Representative for each breed on the application • Pass use of Wicket and/or Scale as applicable
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