Judges Education

WHWTCA Judges Mentoring Program

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Judges Mentoring Program is to provide education to current judges or to individuals who are applying to the American Kennel Club for a license to judge the West Highland White Terrier. Mentoring will be accomplished by using the current approved standard along with formal and informal presentations, handouts and ringside discussions. Only educational material approved by the WHWTCA will be used. This program will come under the jurisdiction of the Judges Education Committee, who is responsible for the development and updating of the presentation material, handouts and guidelines for mentors.

The Judges' Education Chair must approve all "parent club approved" seminars and mentors.

  DOWNLOAD Judges Mentoring Program Application (PDF)

be a mentor

Criteria for applying for the Judges Mentoring Program:

  1. Must have been a WHWTCA member in good standing for a minimum of 10 years.
  2. Must have been in good standing with the AKC for the previous 10 years.
  3. Must have had a minimum of at least 5 homebred litters with 4 homebred champions.
  4. Have knowledge of background, history, and function of the breed.
  5. Must have attended at least one sanctioned Judges' Education Seminar.
  6. Preferably has a background as an AKC Judge or in judging the breed in sweepstakes and/or Sanctioned Matches.
  7. Breed mentors must have strong ethics, and their integrity and devotion to the breed must be above reproach. Promotion of individual living dogs or the mentor's own breeding is strictly forbidden, plus show records should not be discussed.
  8. Said mentor must also have excellent communication skills with the ability to provide discussion based strictly on the interpretation of the standard in a clear, understandable and insightful manner.
  9. Must have the time available and willingness to attend shows, matches, or specialties to assist prospective judges with interpretation of the WHWT standard through ringside tutoring and/or hands on evaluation (following exhibition) and answering questions.
  10. Mentors must always be aware that they are the guardians of the breed and therefore be cognizant of keeping the welfare of our breed as their priority.

All mentors will be listed on the WHWTCA website according to their state so as to make it convenient for prospective judges to find someone in their area or wherever they may be attending a show.

Adopted by the Board on 03/17/07

WHWTCA Approved Mentors

Several individuals have been approved by the West Highland White Terrier Club of America to provide education to current judges or to individuals who are applying to the American Kennel Club for a license to judge the West Highland White Terrier.

DOWNLOAD Approved Mentors List (PDF)

Judge's Resources

The West Highland White Terrier Club of America has resources available to individuals who are licensed to judge Westies by the American Kennel Club.

Illustrated Standard

Westie Official Standard

Our illustrated standard was revised in 2007 and features artwork by noted artist Darle Heck.

The Education Materials Development Committee, in conjunction with the Judges Education Committee, developed a presentation for judges' education. Although not available in hard copy, you may download it from our website.

DOWNLOAD the illustrated Breed Standard (PDF)

Visit our West Highland White Terrier Standard page for more information.

Westie Imprint

The Westie Imprint is the official publication of the West Highland White Terrier Club of America. This is a quarterly publication that is available to any AKC licensed Westie judge at no charge.

To request a subscription, please contact the Imprint's Circulation Manager: Bette Carroll, NJ, windkiss2@aol.com.

People Who Can Help You

Please feel free to contact the following for assistance.

AKC Judge's Education Chair

Gerry Meisels
P.O. Box 1347
Thonotosassa, FL 33592-1347
Tel: (813) 986-1591
Email: ggmeisels@rapidsys.com

Judge's Education Committee

Melinda Lyon, Chair
Louisville, KY 40243
Tel: (502) 244-8094
Email: LairOLyon@insightbb.com

Education Member Jan Parcel - IL
Education Member Lisa Pacheco - MA
Education Member Anne Sanders - WA
Education Member Marjorie Underwood - OH

Contact Us: info@westieclubamerica.com