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Posted on 11/14/2013 in Coonhounds.

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KALAMAZOO, MICH. Nov., 14, 2013 – With more than a decade of very successful All-Breed Conformation seminars to its credit, UKC is pleased to announce a series of educational seminars for Coonhound Bench Show Judges. “We’ve done a few seminars over the years for bench show judges at Winter Classic and Autumn Oaks, but nothing to this extent”, said UKC Vice President of Events Todd Kellam. “I would caution anyone who has attended a bench show judge seminar previously to not assume this new series of seminars will be even remotely similar. Nothing could be further from the truth!”

Beginning in 2017, UKC Coonhound Bench Show Judges will be required to have attended a seminar at least once every three years in order to be eligible to judge all major UKC Bench Shows, including: UKC Winter Classic, Autumn Oaks, all Purina Points Events, National Breed Days, and U.S. and State Shows.

The seminars will be held annually at the Winter Classic, Autumn Oaks and World Coonhound Championship Finals. There will be no fee to register for the seminar but pre-registration is required for Judges who wish to receive a seminar packet.

The goal is to offer judges new ways to expand their working knowledge about proper structure and movement as it specifically applies to functional Coonhounds. We will also discuss how to examine a dog and how to see past a good handler to find a good hound. In addition, we have a lot of knowledgeable people in the sport and this will be a great place to share information and ideas about judging.

This seminar has been developed over the past year as a collaborative effort between UKC staff, judges, breeders and veterinarian Doc Birsdall, and UKC’s genetics consultant Dr. Jim Edwards. The seminars will be hosted by UKC President Wayne Cavanaugh and may feature other keynote speakers.

The first seminar will be held in 2014 at the upcoming Winter Classic and will be co-hosted by Wayne and Doc Birdsall. Topics will range from rules and procedures, to structure and movement, to thoughts concerning the future of dogs.

Watch COONHOUND BLOODLINES magazine and the UKC website for complete details regarding the 2014 UKC Winter Classic Bench Show Judge Seminar.