▼   Show Menu   ▼

Event Advocates

UKC Event Advocates mentor clubs and give them personal assistance in setting up an event, sorting out entries, advising on how to organize the judges books, organizing results sent in to the UKC and much more. With the Event Advocates, club officers, club members, and participants all work and learn together. UKC Event Advocates are official representatives of the United Kennel Club. UKC assigns its Advocates to go to UKC events at no cost to the club. Look below for a current listing of Event Advocates, or jump to the bottom of the page for more UKC Event Advocate program FAQs.

Name Location Contact Events
Name

Beverly Benjes

Location

Hutchinson, KS

Contact

Email

Events

Agility, Obedience, Rally

Name

Tina Camp

Location

Leesburg, NJ

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Marian Campbell

Location

Sunfield, MI

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Karen Cattin

Location

Winamac, IN

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Robert Collins

Location

Boiling Springs, SC

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Dan Crutchfield

Location

Jayess, MS

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Weight Pull

Name

Sharon Griffin

Location

Lake Orion, MI

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Jeanne Heger

Location

Crystal Lake, IL

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Rally, Obedience

Name

Kimberly Himes

Location

Coolspring, PA

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Michelle Hoppes

Location

Lafayette, CO

Contact

Email

Events

Agility

Name

Tracie Karsjens

Location

Rogers, MN

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Melissa Kidd

Location

Trinity, NC

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Drag Race

Name

Mary King

Location

White Cloud, MI

Contact

Email

Events

Obedience, Rally

Name

Richard Klatt

Location

Worth, IL

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Alan Krenek

Location

Elizabeth, CO

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Brenda Landers

Location

Breckenridge, MI

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Jennifer Landers-Morado

Location

Midland, MI

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Pam Moore

Location

Rives Junction, MI

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Obedience, Rally Obedience

Name

Therese Murphy

Location

Huntersville, NC

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Lynne Nappi

Location

Tallahassee, FL

Contact

Email

Events

Rally, Obedience

Name

June Pasko

Location

Port Richey, FL

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Drag Race

Name

Sue Phillips

Location

North Baltimore, OH

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Ryan Pingel

Location

San Antonio, FL

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Drag Race

Name

Karyn Pingel

Location

San Antonio, FL

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Drag Race

Name

Lynda Proulx

Location

Alvinston, ON Canada

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Rally, Lure Coursing

Name

Darice Ragan

Location

Greenback, TN

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Joseph Reese

Location

LaPorte, IN

Contact

Email

Events

Agility

Name

Karen Shivers

Location

Blossom, TX

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Obedience, Rally

Name

Laurie Soutar

Location

Princeton, ON

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Lure Coursing, Weight Pull

Name

Reene Strong

Location

Moravia, NY

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Maude Tank

Location

Plainwell, MI

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Obedience, Rally

Name

Philip Tanner

Location

St. Charles, MI

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation, Rally

Name

Kathie Treacy

Location

Blackstock, SC

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Thomas Williford

Location

Elizabeth City, NC

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Minta Williquette

Location

Anderson, SC

Contact

Email

Events

Obedience, Rally

Name

Patricia Young

Location

Richfield, WI

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Advocates in Training

Name

Joseph Gubry

Location

Charlotte, MI

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

William Chrzanowski

Location

Leesburg, NJ

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Rebecca Harris

Location

Sacramento, CA

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

Name

Eleanor Main

Location

Gardner, MA

Contact

Email

Events

Conformation

UKC Event Advocate Program FAQs

UKC has designed this program to be a resource to new and existing UKC clubs. UKC Event Advocates help clubs run smooth, efficient events. UKC clubs have consistently told us that an “Event Manual” was not enough to help clubs and volunteers learn everything they needed to know about how to run a UKC event. This is where the Advocate comes in. Advocates mentor clubs and give them personal assistance in setting up an event, sorting out entries, advising on how to organize the judges books, organizing results sent in to the UKC and much more.

We have compiled a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding this new program which we hope that you find helpful. If you have any more detailed or specific questions, please do not hesitate to email UKC Club staff.

Purpose of the Program

An informed club that can run a proper event is good for the club, the exhibitors and the UKC. UKC as an organization will be taking a more proactive role in communicating to clubs what proper procedures are and ensuring that those procedures are followed. The purpose of this program is to assist all UKC clubs in the correct procedures for holding UKC events. From the very beginning of hiring judges to filling out of the event reports that are sent in to UKC.

The goal of the program is to hold consistent, organized, and family-friendly events no matter where they are held in the world. Our exhibitors should feel confident that when they come to a UKC show the atmosphere will be courteous and friendly and that the shows will start on time and will run smoothly. Many steps must be taken in order for the exhibitors to have a good experience. Clubs need to ensure that they have enough help, provide knowledgeable stewards to the judges and have Event Secretaries who can make sure that all judge’s books are completed and out at ringside at the start of the first show. It takes practice to run a good event and requires attention to detail. This is where the Advocate can help!

UKC also recognizes that every club is unique in its own way. Every event has a slightly different flavor, like raffles, fun games, cookouts or costume contests. These are wonderful and we encourage all clubs to get creative and really make their event stand out! Unique is good, but the rules, procedures and paperwork processes must be adhered to and remain consistent from show to show. That eventually will be what defines UKC as an organization to the exhibitor.

Are Event Advocates employees of the United Kennel Club?

No. While they are official representatives of UKC, they are not employed by UKC. This is basically a volunteer position made up of dedicated individuals selected by UKC who are willing to devote their personal time to this program.

Is there any cost to the club for an Advocate?

NO, UKC will pick up all the Advocate’s expenses. The club is not responsible for anything, but we will ask the Club to send us the nearest airport and hotel to your show site.

What are the duties of an Event Advocate?

Event Advocates are being sent out to clubs to mentor and give clubs the opportunity to fully understand UKC’s rules and procedures. The goal is to help clubs who have been frustrated in the past with what they need to do for UKC as well as to start clubs off on the right foot so that they know what is expected.

This program is designed to give assistance to all clubs; Event Advocates are people who have extensive experience in holding large, efficient, well-organized events. They consistently submit event results with very few to no errors and know the intricacies of UKC rules. UKC requires them to attend educational seminars held by UKC to learn all aspects of this program and they are given additional training on some of the internal processes of UKC. They are dedicated to this program and will be able to help teach, guide, and make suggestions so that clubs will be able to hold efficient, well run events into the future.

What information will the Event Advocate cover?

To work toward the program’s goal all UKC clubs must be on the same page for every event; here are just a few of the items that the Advocate will cover:

  • Judges, show site, insurance, and other information that must be handled before the event
  • Planning for Stewards
  • Event Secretary availability
  • Show start times
  • Junior Showmanship scheduling
  • Organizing two shows per day
  • Making judges’ sheets available to exhibitors
  • Preparing judges books for the judges before they leave

Advocates are also there to help clubs handle the misconducts and disqualifications efficiently on the day of the event and making sure the club is aware of the UKC rules and regulations in regard to these aspects of holding events and they are there to see that the final paper work submitted to UKC is in the correct order.

Will all Clubs get an Advocate?

UKC’s ultimate vision is that all clubs will be visited by an Event Advocate at least once, but this will most likely take a while due to limited resources and the limited number of approved Advocates we have at this time. If one is sent to your club, please be courteous and listen to what suggestions they have to offer. They are a resource that the club should utilize especially if it is a new club or if a club has had trouble putting on events in the past.

Does this mean the Club is in trouble?

No; the Advocate will be there to offer suggestions, give advice and answer questions about event procedures and UKC rules.

Does the Advocate have any power?

Yes, the Event Advocate is a UKC representative at your event. First and foremost, the Advocate is there to teach and help. However, if the Advocate notices a rule violation, he/she will step in and give assistance to the club in the appropriate manner per UKC rules and can recommend probationary procedures be implemented to UKC.

Do we get to pick our own Advocate?

UKC will pick the Advocate to send and the club will be notified. The Club will be given the contact information of the Advocate being sent so they can begin communication with them.

Will the club get a notice from UKC that an Advocate is coming?

Yes, UKC will send your club an email to the Secretary of the club or other designated contact person and a hard copy letter will be mailed.

Does the Advocate make out a report? Does the club get to see it?

Yes, the Advocate does make out a report. He/she will discuss it with your Event Chairperson at the end of the event weekend. Your club can request a copy of the report by emailing Maude Tank and she will send the club a copy.