The IGCA Approved Breed Mentor Program is an intrical part of the Judges’ Education Program. The mentor team is built with those members who are able to articulate the IG standard and understand a judge’s perspective while maintaining an objective point of view. The following is a description and requirements of the position.
- A present IGCA club member who is in good standing.
- A breeder of IGs for a minimum of 12 years.
- Bred 5 champions from 2 separate litters.
- Knowledge of and significant background in IGs.
- Attendance in at least one IGCA Judges’ Education seminar including Hands On portion.
- A commitment of attending at least 1 IGCA Approved Breed Mentor meeting every three years.
- Excellent communications skills.
Approved Breed Mentor expectations:
- Adherence to all IGCA club rules and Code of Conduct in all areas of conduct and breeding practices and has demonstrated the ability to be a positive and productive ambassador of our breed.
- Knowledgeable and respectful at all times of the current AKC approved IGCA breed standard.
- Mentoring sessions conducted in a fair and impartial manner with restraint from promoting individual breeding programs and/or promotion of individual dogs or bias toward other breeding programs.
- Various styles exist in the breed and would be appropriate to discuss, however, must be presented in an unbiased and educational form.
- Provide dogs for IGCA approved programs and workshops whenever available and necessary.
- Participation and attendance in at least one scheduled National Specialty mentor meeting every three years in order to maintain IGCA approved mentor status.
- Participation in National Specialty Judges’ Education formal mentoring ringside sessions and workshops when available.
- Attendance in at least one IGCA approved Judges’ Education seminar including the Hands On portion.