Mentors FAQs

 Updated 19/02/2018 

The latest FAQs can be found in bold.    


How will mentors be chosen? Will there be a description of their duties available?

Breed clubs will compile a list of suitable people for their breed. There will be a role description and full guidance provided. Every breed should have a list of mentors.

What format will the mentoring session take?

Mentoring may take place in 4 different scenarios:

1.         Group mentoring with a hands-on element, organised by a breed club

2.         One to one at the ringside or other venue such as a breeder’s kennels

3.         While mentee judges Special Award classes at breed club show

4.         As a student judge in the ring with mentor/judge at CC show. Please refer to Kennel Club guidelines in this scenario

It is recommended that scenarios 3 and 4 are undertaken after a one to one or group mentoring session to give the mentee experience before placing them in a judging role, unless they are already an experienced judge


Will there be an evaluation form for the mentor?

There will be a feedback form the mentee can complete.

To whom will it fall to provide the mentor’s expenses?

Any expenses paid to mentors will be responsibility of the breed club. However mentors and mentees should be paired up in a sensible way geographically to avoid the need for costly travel

Will mentors be permitted to exhibit and mentor at the same show?

Yes, it is permissible. A sensible approach needs to be taken as the mentoring conducted at shows should be for a meaningful length of time. They cannot talk about a class they are exhibiting in.

If there are not enough mentors for a breed with large or small numbers, will there be a Kennel Club appointed mentor?

It is up to breed clubs to ensure they appoint sufficient mentors.

How will the Breed Education Co-ordinator match judges with mentors?

It is likely that most mentoring sessions will take place at breed club shows and there are usually potential mentors present at these events. The BEC can take geography into account; for example, if attending the Scottish club show it would not be sensible to ask someone from Sussex to make a special trip. There will also be mentoring days organised by clubs where, as far as possible, a number of mentors will be available with whom candidates can interact. Mentees and mentors will give their ‘availability’ to the BEC.

Can a retired judge or one who is not a member of the KC Academy act as a mentor?

Yes, this role does not require an individual to be a Kennel Club Academy member, retired judges including those acting as the referee at a club show would make ideal mentors.

Can a mentor and/or their partner exhibit the breed they are mentoring for?

It is acceptable for a mentor or their partner to exhibit in the breed for which they are mentoring. Classes that the mentor and/or partner are exhibiting in should not be used to mentor. The mentor must be able to give sufficient time to the mentoring task to make the session meaningful.

Will mentors receive training in soft skills?

Yes. The Education and Training team can provide guidance on this.


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