In an attempt to educate individuals as well the judges, the ACKCSC has developed various education offerings.
ACKCSC Approved Breed Seminar
The ACKCSC has an ‘Approved Breed Seminar’ that meets the requirements as one (1) component towards Judge’s Education. This seminar provides information related to history, as well as form and function of the breed, an in-depth consideration of our Breed Standard. Our presentation is 90 minutes in length with additional time allowed for questions and answers. We always try to have at least one example of each of the four colors of Cavaliers present for illustration and examination. We request that the group size be limited to 40 participants per session.
ACKCSC Approved Hands-On Workshop
The ACKCSC is in the process of developing an Approved Hands-On Workshop that will meet AKC requirements as one (1) component towards Judge’s Education. This workshop will be restricted to licensed Judges only. If you are a Cavalier breeder that is actively working on becoming licensed you will be allowed to attend on a ‘space available’ basis. Per the AKC requirements, this Workshop will be a clinical extension of our Approved Breed Seminar. The content will be directed towards developing the knowledge and skills to appropriately evaluate the Cavalier in conformation competition. The Workshop will include:
• A 60 minute presentation that includes instructions on how to properly conduct a breed specific examination and better understand the prioritization of breed characteristics.
• Cavaliers will be present for the participants to examine and rank. The participant will be expected to explain their placements to the Presenter / Mentor.
• Presenter (Mentor) / Participant ratio will NOT exceed 1:10.
Once this Workshop is developed, organizations may request to conduct an Approved Hands-On Workshop in conjunction with an Approved Breed Seminar. Requests for a Hands-On Workshop should be directed to the Breed Education Chair at the same
time that an Approved Breed Seminar is requested.
The AKC defines a mentor as an individual with whom a prospective judge has established a long term, ongoing relationship. The ‘Mentor’ may or may not participate in Ringside Observations. Our ‘Approved Mentors’ have agreed to work with those individuals that are in the process of obtaining their license to judge Cavaliers, please feel free to contact these individuals privately.
There are many fine breeders among our members that are willing to establish a mentoring relationship with individuals who simply wish to learn more about our wonderful breed. Please review our Breeder Referral listings for individuals in your area; contact several and get to know them. As someone who is new to our breed or simply wants to learn more, you want to find a breeder that is willing to work with you and one that you can work with long term.
The Ringside Observation experience is limited to individuals who are currently licensed to judge other breeds and for new breed provisional judges. This experience may involve an applicant’s long term mentor or a designated ringside mentor. The ringside mentor may become a long term mentor or not.
A Ringside Observation experience is always offered at the ACKCSC National Specialty. With the exception of the ACKCSC National Specialty, an individual desiring a Ringside Observation experience is expected to make their own arrangements with a mentor and with the event’s Show Chair. The AKC has developed specific criteria for Ringside Observation experiences; you should refer to these criteria if you have any questions. Please remember that there are different AKC rules governing a mentor’s participation in a Ringside Observation experience for Specialties versus non-specialty events.
To assist you in arranging for a Ringside Observation experience, the ACKCSC has designated specific individuals as ‘Approved Mentors’ for our breed, along with their contact information. The individual desiring this experience is responsible for bringing copies of the AKC mentoring form and for obtaining the appropriate permissions from the event’s sponsoring club. An arrangement for this experience is purely on an individual basis; there is no need to request permission from the ACKCSC’s Breed Education Chair.
Judges Education Committee: Stephanie Abraham, Chair
Kim Baillie, Cindy Huggins, John Gammon, David Kirkland
Bettina Sterling, Lamont Yoder
Mentor /Presenter Application