Judges, Masters of Hounds, and Breed Inspectors.
These 3 positions are necessary at each trail, and the clubs are always in need of people to step up to the plate.
If you are interested in the positions, you can print some forms off the website www.arha.com, and get the tests and rules from a club officer – Contact one of them for more information.
The more Judges there are, the better for everyone. You can begin your judging apprenticeship at the age of 14, and from there, apply for a junior judging certification, and then on to a field judge at the age of 16. Bench judges are also needed and can be applied for – just see an officer of a club for more info.
As an adult, you take a written test after reviewing the rules, and when you pass the test you start going with another judge on the casts until you are comfortable judging by yourself. Only one judge per cast is required, however, the more judges we have, the better the scoring and the more fun everyone has – so please consider becoming a judge.
Buddy judging, or not being fair in a cast, is a sure way to kill a club. People want a judge that is fair and honest. In addition, handlers need to realize that the judge makes his/her best efforts to keep up with the dogs and track accurate points. Judges need to have thick skins when it comes to complaints, and handlers need to be less judgmental. You bring your dogs to the trial to have them tested by the judge. Points are given when a dog jumps a rabbit, when a dog barks on a track, and when a dog finds the check after the pack loses the rabbit. The points are tallied at the end of the cast.
The judge’s decision is final, and although a handler can protest any call to the Master of Hounds, keep in mind that protesting should be reserved for blatant rule violations, and the Master of Hounds will hear your protest based on the current ARHA rules. The judge’s decision is final. If you don’t like it, keep your opinion to yourself. The next cast/trial is sure to be different.
The Master of Hounds shall act as the final authority in the selection of methods of hunting, location of hunting areas, selection of casts by draw, appointment and assignment of judges, and supervision of all functions associated with the hunt; including the resolution of any protest from the handlers concerning judges’ decisions.
The Master of Hounds’ duty in handling a protest is to listen to all parties involved and make a ruling based on the rules. The Master of Hounds must address the protest in a professional manner and correct the situation.
The Breed Inspector is to be knowledgeable concerning breed standards. The Breed Inspector must measure all hounds before they are allowed to enter an ARHA/NKC sanctioned hunt unless the hound has an official measurement card.
The Breed Inspector shall determine whether a hound qualifies for ARHA registration.