TRAILING JUDGES’ AND JUDGING REGULATIONS

To view all Trailing Judges' and Judging Regulations to include; PDF Application to Judge Trailing Events; Requirements Sign-Off Sheet;
and Judging Observation & Mentoring Form

Section 1. General Requirements for Judges

Persons interested in applying for approval as trailing trial judges are required to submit a completed application packet to the American Bloodhound Club (ABC) Trailing Trial General Committee. Applicants are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their submission. Applicants are encouraged to submit any documents for consideration, qualification or credibility. Applicants must be a member in good standing of the American Bloodhound Club.

Section 1a. Levels of Approval

Any person seeking approval as a trailing trial judge must first apply for approval to judge Event Entry Certification Tests. The applicant must meet all required criteria for this first level before applying. No applicant will be permitted to skip any level. Incomplete, inadequate or unreadable applications will be returned to the applicant. A judge will not be moved up to the next level without written request and submission of all additional required paperwork.

Section lb. All Judge Applicants:

a. must be in good physical condition, free of illness or injury that would prohibit or inhibit a judge from walking and mapping each assigned trail;
b. must demonstrate a basic working knowledge of maps and mapping of trails, and the use of a map and compass for land navigation;
c. must be able to operate a two-way, hand held, portable radio;
d. must read, write and speak the English language as necessary to communicate via radio or to complete required judging forms, maps and related paperwork;
e. must demonstrate a working knowledge of the current ABC Trailing Trial Event Standard and have participated in multiple trailing trials in a role other than handler or observer; i.e. trail layer, logistics, Event Chair.
f. must provide documentation of experience that clearly shows an understanding of the working patterns of a bloodhound, which may combine air scenting abilities as well as ground or tracking abilities (such experience may result from experience working with bloodhounds in criminal, search and rescue, tracking or similar activity);
g. to move up to the next judging level (EECT to MT, MT to MTI, and MTI to MTX), applicant must have two trails observed and approved on the required form (attached) by two different ABC MTX approved judges who have a minimum of three years of judging experience and who has judged at least six trails, one of which must be an MTI or MTX; One of these mentored trails must be at the highest level the applicant is approved to judge, ie if moving up to MTX level, one mentored trail must be at MTI level. The observing/mentoring judge will accompany the applicant from the laying of the trail through to judging and completion of said trail. The judging sheet must be sign and approved by the applicant and the observing/mentoring judge.
h. It is the responsibility of the judging applicant to submit the observation/mentoring forms as part of the completed Judge Application packet

Section 1c. Additional Judge Applicant Requirements for Event Entry Certification Test

a. In addition to the general requirements, applicants for the Event Entry Certificate Test must meet the following requirements:
b. Have qualified at least two bloodhounds to an ABC-recognized Mantrailer title (MT); and at least one bloodhound to the Mantrailer Intermediate (MTI) title at an ABC-sanctioned trailing trial.
c. be sponsored (in writing) by an ABC MTX approved judge who has a minimum of three years of judging experience and who has judged at least six trails, one of which must be an MTI or MTX;
d. Have followed ABC approved judges on at least four Mantrailer-level trails at two or more sanctioned event(s). Applicants’ names and signatures must appear on the judging form when turned in to the ABC Trailing Trial Committee Chairperson to receive credit for this requirement. Trails can only be counted once for use as observations.

Section 1d. Additional Requirements for Mantrailer Level

a. Have met all general requirements as stated in Sections 1,1a, 1b, and 1c
b. Be sponsored (in writing) by an ABC MTX approved judge who has a minimum of three years of judging experience and who has judged at least six trails, one of which must be an MTI or MTX;
c. Have been approved at the previous level for a minimum of six months
d. Have judged at least ten sanctioned Event Entry Certification Tests, two of which must meet the requirements as listed above in section 1b, items g and h.
e. Have followed an ABC approved judge on at least six Mantrailer trails at two or more sanctioned trailing events where ABC-recognized titles were earned. Applicants’ names and signatures must appear on the judging form when turned in to the ABC Trailing Trial Committee Chairperson to receive credit for this requirement.

Section 1e. Additional Requirements for Mantrailer Intermediate Level

a. Have met all general requirements as stated in Sections 1,1a, 1b, 1c and 1d
b. be sponsored (in writing) by an ABC MTX approved judge who has a minimum of three years of judging experience and who has judged at least six trails, one of which must be an MTI or MTX;
c. Have judged at least six MT trails, two of which must meet the requirements as listed above in section1b, items g and h. AND have judged at least three or more ABC sanctioned trailing events*
d. Have followed an ABC approved judge on at least six Mantrailer Intermediate trails at two or more sanctioned trailing events where ABC-recognized titles were earned. Applicants’ names and signatures must appear on the judging form when turned in to the ABC Trailing Trial Committee Chairperson to receive credit for this requirement.

Section 1f. Additional Requirements for the Mantrailer Excellent Level

Judge applicants for the Mantrailer Excellent (MTX) must:
a. Have met requirements as required in Sections 1, 1a,1b, 1c, 1d and 1e; AND
b. have qualified at least one bloodhound to an ABC-recognized Mantrailer Excellent(MTX) title at an ABC-sanctioned trailing trial.
c. Have judged at least six MTI-level trails, two of which must meet the requirements as listed above in section 1b, items g and h. AND judged at least two ABC sanctioned events*;
d. Have followed qualified judges on at least three MTX trails at two or more sanctioned trailing events where ABC-recognized titles were earned. Applicants’ names and signatures must appear on the judging form when turned in to the ABC Trailing Trial Committee Chairperson to receive credit for this requirement.

Section 2. Request for Application Packet

Persons interested in applying for approval to judge at any or all levels of a trailing event may request, from the ABC Trailing Trial Committee Chairperson, a Judge’s Application Packet, or they may obtain a packet on the American Bloodhound Club website. The application packet will consist of a detailed generic application form and request for information regarding the applicant, training, experience and connection to trailing.

Once completed, the application must be sent to the ABC Trailing Trial Committee Chairperson for review for completeness. Once accepted, the Chairperson will request, either by mail or by electronic mail, to each of the ABC members assigned to the ABC Trailing Trial General Committee a vote to approve or disapprove each applicant and level applied for. Each member of the committee will have one vote for each ballot.

Applicants will be notified of approval or disapproval within 45 days of the vote. Approved applicants will be given a judging packet consisting of copies of a judging worksheet and EECT forms.

Applicants that have been disapproved may reapply when the application deficiencies have been corrected.

The ABC Trailing Trial Chairperson will provide, for publication, a complete judges list consisting of name, address, phone, e-mail and approved judging level for publication in the ABC Bulletin.

*For judging requirements only, a two or more consecutive day trailing trial(s) constitutes one trailing event.*

To view all Trailing Judges' and Judging Regulations to include; PDF Application to Judge Trailing Events; Requirements Sign-Off Sheet;
and Judging Observation & Mentoring Form

 

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