Mentors & Presenters Information.


ECSCA Breed Education Committee

ECSCA Approved Mentors and Presenters:

In the continued effort to keep the highest standards, we are updating our list of approved mentors and presenters.

It is expected that all Mentors and Presenters be more than comfortable with the standard and knowledge of dog terms in general; not only knowing and understanding the breed specific details of type and function,  but being able to articulately elaborate upon them to future English Cocker judges. 

These judges can run the gamut from a first breed judge through to someone who has judged multiple groups for many decades and is well versed in all things
dog. Judges spend time and significant money to attend Parent Club seminars as part of AKC requirements and rightfully expect to be mentored by qualified, knowledgeable individuals who can effectively communicate on the same level. Mentors and Presenters must be not only be thoroughly knowledgeable of the English Cocker standard, but also of general dog structure and movement. Knowledge of correct canine terminology is a must.

The ECSCA Breed Education Committee now requires that a current, approved Mentor sponsor any application for becoming a Mentor, and that a current, approved Presenter sponsor all applications for Presenters.

Please thoroughly read the information below, complete the form and then submit it.

We will be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application.

*not required if you are an AKC approved judge*

Thank you for your willingness to share your knowledge and educate others about our breed.

Mentor & Presenter Purpose

To provide knowledgeable and capable Presenters and Mentors to execute the BEC education programs.

Presenters: To give BEC presentation at ECSCA National and Regional specialties, Member Club
specialties and meeting programs, and seminars/workshops by independent judges’ organizations.

Mentors: To act as ringside mentors imparting your knowledge about the breed to approved conformation and aspiring judges.


Number - There will be an indefinite number of presenters and Mentors. It is strongly recommended that representation be as broad as possible in order to meet the need for ECSCA education seminars across the country.

Resources and materials – Presenters and mentors need to be thoroughly familiar with the BEC resources and materials available to them and agree to use the applicable materials as to meet the needs of their audience.

Applications – Interested parties should submit an application to the BEC Chair who will review them and forward them to the rest of the BEC for review and approval. Presenter applications will require sponsorship by a current, BEC Approved Presenter, Mentor applications require sponsorship by a BEC Approved Mentor. It will be the responsibility of that committee to verify
that the presenters and mentors meet the minimum criteria for participation, are trained in the use of materials available through the BEC, receive regular assignments or continuing education opportunities to keep up their skills, and are evaluated in the presentation of their assigned
projects. Presenters and Mentors who repeatedly fail to meet the expectations set forth by the BEC are subject to removal from the program by a majority vote of the BEC.

Presenters – ECSCA member in good standing for 15 years, with advanced knowledge of the subject, and who meets the requirements for a Presenter. Presenters are required for any program dealing directly with the Breed Standard or any “parent club approved” judges’ education presentation, regardless of the sponsoring organization.

Mentors – ECSCA member in good standing for 10 years, with significant knowledge of the subject, and who meets most of the requirements for a Presenter

Duties & Qualifications

All Presenters and Mentors:
• Presenters need to feel comfortable speaking before an audience and must be familiar enough with the breed, its history and the AKC breed standard to speak about it for two hours or more as may be required in some programs. Mentors need to feel comfortable with one-on-one discussions and dealing with the individual’s needs.
• Must agree to use only ECSCA programs, outlines, and handout material as approved by the BEC and the Board of Directors at any ECSCA approved presentation.
• Must be able to speak coherently and describe characteristics in specific terms using a positive style using correct canine terminology.
• Must agree to conduct oneself ethically.
• Must follow up on all questions from any participant who needs more specific
information either by referring him/her to other people or researching the information requested.
• Must obtain the names and addresses of attendees at presentations or individuals tutored.
• Must be willing to travel when needed to assist in mentoring when called upon to do so.
• Must be familiar enough with basic canine anatomy to discuss details such as point of shoulder, over- reaching, foot-timing, etc. and to discuss how various faults contribute to specific problems.
• Must have significant knowledge regarding structure, type and function. This can be demonstrated through extensive study of the breed standard, attendance at multiple study groups and breed seminars, and/or membership and participation on breed education programs and/or committees.
• Must be able to pass a basic test on the English Cocker Spaniel breed standard and canine anatomy, and accurately discuss and describe these topics if requested.
• Must be able to set aside personal preferences such as color and size, etc. from others that
are well within the parameters of the breed standard.
• Must be willing to complete and sign a Program Presenter/Mentor Consent Form.
• Must be able to assemble a small group of English Cocker Spaniels, both dogs and bitches
that represent a variety of acceptable styles, ages, and colors. These dogs should come from a variety of breeders to represent a broad picture of the breed as a whole. Except in the case of visits to breeders with tutors, the identity of all dogs, owners, and handlers will remain anonymous, including any information on the wins or accomplishments.

Presenter Qualifications:
Presenters of judges’ education programs, or any presenter who uses the breed standard as
the basis of a presentation, must be eligible as a Presenter by meeting the minimum
requirements as follows:
• Have a minimum of 15 years of active participation in English Cocker Spaniel events and 15 years membership in the ECSCA
• Have bred five (5) litters of English Cocker Spaniels and produced four (4) AKC champions
of record from those litters. Preferably have judging experience minimally at the sweepstakes level
• Have attended at least six (6) National specialties, three (3) of them within the past six (6)
years in order to have seen dogs from all over the country, and to have observed them
from the puppy through veteran classes. This ratio of 3 of 6 National specialties must be
maintained to remain on the list.
• Must attend a seminar presented by an approved BEC presenter prior to application.
• Application must be sponsored by a current, BEC approved Presenter.
• Have completed a training session with the BEC New Presenter / Mentor Subcommittee

Mentor Qualifications:
ECSCA member in good standing for 10 years with significant knowledge of the subject, and
who meets or nearly meets most of the requirements for a Presenter as described above as well
• Application must be sponsored by a current, BEC approved Mentor
• Have completed a training session with the BEC New Presenter / Mentor Subcommittee members

Mentor Application Form & Mentor Notes.

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Breed Education Documents

Mentor/Presenter/Consent Application Form


Breed Education Committee.

Presenter/Mentor Application

Breed Participation


Breed Education Approved Mentor Presenter Sponsor Information.

Disclaimer Consent & Signature


When representing the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America as a Program Presenter and/or Mentor at ECSCA approved events, I will agree to the following stipulations:

  1. I acknowledge that as a “parent club approved” speaker or Mentor, I represent the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America providing programs for the purpose of educating judges, breeder and/or fanciers of the English Cocker Spaniel under AKC
  2. I agree to use any or all visual aids in the exact form in which I receive them from the
  3. I agree to follow the written outline, based on the AKC breed standard and supplied by the Breed Education Committee during any such presentations or
  4. I agree to adhere to the use of the English Cocker Spaniel breed standard as the basis for any and all educational information I, or my co-speakers, provide during such
  5. I will distribute only those written materials approved and supplied by the English Cocker Spaniel Club of
  6. If I utilize my own dog(s) during a presentation, either for demonstration purposes or as part of a hands-on discussion, the participants are not to know that they are my dogs
  7. Except in the case of visits to breeders with tutors, all dogs that are used for any purpose during a presentation will remain anonymous. I will not acknowledge their owners or handlers by name, registered names of dogs, titles, show wins, or
  8. Following the presentation or mentoring experience, I will promptly submit to the appropriate chairman, an itemization of reimbursable expenses with receipts for same, and will immediately return leftover handouts, booklets, drawings, and any monies collected from the sale of Club items, if
  9. I will obtain a list of names and addresses of attendees or persons mentored at the presentation and will forward it to the chairman of the BEC with any items noted in #8
  10. I certify that my answers and the information I have provided are true and complete to the best of my knowledge.

    I have read all the requirements and gudelines for the ECSCA Breed Education Mentors and Presenters, and i am willing to adher and abide by those rules.

3) Mentor/Presenter Notes

List of Current Mentors & Presenters.