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UKC Weight Pull Judging Approval Process
Posted on 07/16/2012 in DED News.

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KALAMAZOO, MI, July 16, 2012

The UKC Dog Events Department would like to thank you for your continued commitment to the UKC Weight Pull program. We are pleased to announce some changes to the UKC Weight Pull Judging Approval process. After taking into consideration many of the suggestions and concerns regarding the UKC Weight Pull Judging approval process and reviewing the number of events that are offered around the country, we have updated the current approval process for provisional status judges and regular licensed judges. Currently there is no one moving through the provisional stage of the judging approval process so it will only affect applicants who applied on or after July 1st. Any regularly licensed judge who has judged at least 8 assignments may apply for Senior judge status
These changes can be found in the Judge’s Handbook in section XV. B. 1 & 2 Weight Pull Licensed Judge Categories, Page. 23. http://res.ukcdogs.com/pdf/2011UKCJudgesHandbook.pdf

1. Provisional Judge. Once approved by UKC as a Weight Pull Judge, a person must serve as a Provisional Judge for a minimum of two years, during which time he/she must judge a minimum of four weight pull events. A judge who has not judged at least two weight pull events in their first year of licensing will remain in provisional status until this requirement is met. No Provisional Judge may authorize an Apprentice Judge to serve under him/her. UKC will evaluate the performance of the provisional judge during the two year provisional status period.

2. Licensed Regular Judge. Once a Provisional Judge has met the provisional requirements, the judge may apply to become a Regular Status Weight Pull Judge. No regularly licensed judge may take an Apprentice Judge to serve under him/her. A judge will remain on a regular licensed status indefinitely or until they have judged a minimum of 8 assignments as head judge; at which time they may apply for Senior judge status and begin accepting apprentices upon UKC approval. (Any assignments judged during the provisional period will not count toward the 8 assignments needed to move to the Senior Status.)

3. Licensed Senior Judge. Only a Licensed Senior Weight Pull judge may authorize an Apprentice Judge to serve under him/her. To qualify as a Licensed Senior Weight Pull Judge the following must be met.

a. Applying to become a Senior Judge. Applicant must submit a letter of intent stating that he/she has met the required qualifications, and would like to be approved as a Senior Judge.
1) The judge must have judged a minimum of eight (8) licensed weight pulls as the Head Judge.

2) The judge must have trained and handled a dog from a UWP to a United Weight Pull Champion Excellent
(UWPCHX) title through UKC and another dog to a UWPCH.

If you are an existing UKC Weight Pull Judge and have any questions about your current status or you are interested in applying please e-mail us at performance@ukcdogs.com. You can download the form to apply for Regular or Senior status on our downloadable forms page. http://www.ukcdogs.com/Web.nsf/WebPages/DogEvents/Forms

We would like to thank all of the UKC Clubs, Judges, and Exhibitors who have continued to work with us to help make this program successful!

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,000 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. UNITED KENNEL CLUB prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. To find out more about registration and events, call or visit our website. Phone: (269) 343-9020; Fax: (269) 343-7037; www.ukcdogs.com.