Criteria for ABC Presenters and Mentors
Approved by the ABC Board Dec. 10, 2013
SEE APPLICATION BELOW CRITERIA
The purpose of the American Bloodhound Club (ABC) Judges Education program is to educate and support individuals pursuing an AKC license to judge Bloodhounds. This is a collaborative effort with the American Kennel Club, and all ABC events must follow AKC guidelines. The ABC offers a variety of Judges Education experiences, including:
Breed seminars and hands-on examinations
Illustrated Standards and other educational material
Individuals who are presenters/mentors are approved based on their experience and expertise in our breed. The ABC supports only those educational events conducted by approved presenters/mentors. Seminars done by anyone other than an approved ABC mentor may not be sanctioned by the ABC. Inquiries regarding all aspects of ABC Judges Education should be directed to the Judges Education Coordinator.
Anyone wishing to become an approved ABC presenter/mentor who meets the requirements should submit an application to the Judges Education Coordinator, who will review the applications and submit the names of suitable candidates to the ABC Board for approval on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be notified promptly whether they were approved or why they were not approved. Those not approved may reapply after one year.
1) Be an ABC member in good standing
2) Have good communication skills
3) Have a pleasing, clean, tidy appearance
4) Have all dogs used in Judges Education clean and in good condition
5) Satisfy criteria of one of the tracks below
Track One Criteria
Note: Only litters that are bred, whelped, raised, and evaluated by the applicant may be included. Litters that are co-owned but not whelped, raised, and evaluated by the applicant are not included.
1) Have at least 12 years active Bloodhound exhibiting experience
2) Have at least 12 years active Bloodhound breeding experience
3) Have whelped at least 5 Bloodhound litters
4) Have bred at least 15 Bloodhound champions
5) Applicants who meet all the above guidelines must attend at least two breed seminars and complete one judging assignment at a National or Regional or personally championed five bred dogs.
6) Applicants who meet the above guidelines must pass an open-book test on the breed standard and, when possible, a hands-on test examining 4 or more exhibits, rank ordering them, and justifying placements. If an actual hands-on test using live hounds is not feasible, a similar test using several groups of photographs of hounds in a stacked position may be substituted. The tests will be administered by the Judges Education Coordinator.
Track Two Criterion: Is an approved AKC judge with regular status and has been in the breed for 12 years (AKC requirement)
Track Three Criteria
1) Has a "minimum of 12 years experience breeding and exhibiting" (AKC requirement)
2) Other criteria to be considered:
- a) Champions bred or personally finished
- b) Judging assignments at ABC sanctioned matches, sweepstakes, futurities
- c) Bloodhound education presentations attended
- d) Participation in Bloodhound education events (brought dogs for hands- on, participated in Meet the Breeds, etc.)
3) Applicants who meet the above guidelines must pass an open-book test on the breed standard and, when possible, a hands-on test examining 4 or more exhibits, rank ordering them, and justifying placements. If an actual hands-on test using live hounds is not feasible, a similar test using several groups of photographs of hounds in a stacked position may be substituted. The tests will be administered by the Judges Education Coordinator.