Approve Slate of Judges for 2018 USCA German Shepherd Dog National Championship (USCA Nationals)

EB Ballot #20-18

EB Ballot #20-18:  Approve Slate of Judges for 2018 USCA German Shepherd Dog National Championship (USCA Nationals)

Motion: made by Nathaniel Roque, Director of Judges, on behalf of the USCA Judges Committee, seconded by Michele Clubb, Secretary, to approve the following slate of Judges for the 2018 USCA German Shepherd Dog National Championships (USCA Nationals).

  1. (Tracking) — Michael Caputo, USCA
  2. (Obedience) — Nathaniel Roque, USCA/SV
  3. (Protection) — Pierre Walstrom, SV

Background:  Based on the USCA Judge Program Requirements as well as being approved and/or requested by the host club and the Judges Committee, the following judges were selected from all USCA Judges that applied to be considered for this event and have met all requirements as outlined in the USCA Judges Program.

This year the host Club requested one of two judges for Protection (Jonkers or Walstrom) the judges committee approved both requested judges as qualified but only Judge Walstrom was available. The host club also requested USCA /SV Roque for Obedience and the Judges Committee approved. The tracking Judge was selected by the Judges Committee from the best available National Judges available and requesting consideration.

The USCA Judges Committee along with the hosting club have reviewed the applicants and unanimously recommends this slate of judges for the 2018 USCA German Shepherd Dog National Championship as qualified and able to provide an excellent and fair evaluation of each phase and performance. (Nathaniel Roque, DOJ recused himself with regard to his selection for Obedience, Michael Caputo also abstain with regard to the tracking selection. the committee votes unanimous approval for this slate of judges, with abstentions from Caputo and Roque regarding their assignments)

It is the intent of the USCA Judges Committee to always provide the best qualified judges for our championship events and always attempting to use USCA Judges as our first selection. This slate of Judges includes Judges that are not only highly qualified to judge a championship event and have actively judged championships over the past 3 years, but are also seasoned and excellent mentor judges in each selected phase to develop the USCA Championship Judges Program which will further prepare more USCA Judges to be eligible for selection for USCA Championship Events and allowing for a larger pool of championship level judges for USCA to use in future events. To be eligible for the USCA Championship Judges list, USCA Judges must have met all current requirements in the USCA Judges Program, be members and judges in good standing, have participated in all USCA Judges College meetings and continuing education scoring SG or V in all test materials and must have judged a championship event within the past 3 years or have successfully completed a “Bi Richter” assignment (similar to the requirement for the WUSV World Championship, completion of the “BiRichter” assignment will require that the judge evaluate all dogs in the phase of the event they have been selected for, be evaluated by the presiding judge to assure that they can meet the requirements of a championship, submit a report on the top 10 and bottom 10 dogs evaluated to the presiding judge and the USCA DOJ) in the phase they are being selected to judge within 18 months of being considered for selection for a USCA Championship Event.

The “BiRichter” Program will continue at this event for any qualified applicants, USCA Judges selection for “BiRichter” in each phase will be made by the USCA Judges Committee based on eligible USCA Judges with the intent that they will be selected for future events. At the completion of this event we will have a larger pool of national level /approved judges for selection at our 2019 events and expect this will bring a new judge into each phase at the WDC and Nationals.

(Per the Performance Judges’ Program (Section 16G) we will submit the Judges separately in 3 ballots.  Voting is confidential and totals will not be posted -pass or not pass results only will be posted)

The proposed slate of judges for this event are:

Ballot #20-18 (A)  Tracking — Michael Caputo USCA

Ballot #20-18 (B) Obedience — Nathaniel Roque, USCA/SV

Ballot #20-18(C) Protection — Pierre Walstrom,SV


Ballot #20-18 (A)  Tracking — Michael Caputo USCA – Motion carried 8/19/18

Ballot #20-18 (B) Obedience — Nathaniel Roque, USCA/SV –  Motion carried 8/19/18

Ballot #20-18(C) Protection — Pierre Walstrom,SV –  Motion carried 8/19/18

All three motions carried August 19, 2018