USASA’s Judges Education Program provides educational material, seminars and other resources for those wishing to become judges of the Australian Shepherd as well as those provisional and approved judges who wish to refresh or expand their knowledge of the breed.

Judges Education Seminars

Attending USASA’s annual National Specialty is an important part of learning about our breed.

USASA’s National Specialty is held in the spring of each year. The USASA Education Committee holds an annual Judges Study Group in conjunction with the Nationals. The program, “Australian Shepherd: The Breed Standard Illustrated” includes Judge’s hands on evaluation. It normally starts the first day of regular classes and carries over to ringside mentoring for the judging of classes on subsequent days. We have a separate ringed-off area for Seminar participants and appointed ringside Mentors to allow for the free exchange of comments. Participants receive a National Specialty catalog, tote bag, seminar material, and a certificate of completion. There is usually a light buffet before the Breed Seminar and daily ringside refreshments. This is an opportunity to see dogs from around the country. We usually have 500-700 dogs, including most of the top ranked dogs.

Refer to the National Specialty section of Shows & Events for information on the upcoming National Specialty. There is a specific section for Judges Education which includes contact information and a sign-up form.

Many of USASA’s Member Clubs host USASA local specialties around the country. USASA often offers it’s Judge’s Education Breed Seminar at it’s local specialties as well as part of Judges Education Seminars offered by all breed clubs. Refer to the Shows & Events Calendar for information on USASA local specialties and upcoming Judges Education Events. Of course, check out the AKC website and Gazette for additional study group announcements.

USASA Approved Breed Mentors

Approved Breed Mentors provides a list of current USASA Board approved Mentors that prospective judges can contact for breed mentoring discussions or ringside mentoring. These Mentors have agreed to use approved USASA materials when mentoring or making a presentation and abide by the USASA Mentor/ Presenter Code of Conduct.

We recommend you consider spending time with more than one Mentor. Being individuals, each may or will have definite opinions of what constitutes the “perfect Aussie.” Relying on your own general knowledge of dogs, spending time with several approved Mentors and attending a USASA Breed Seminar will provide you will a well-rounded understanding of our breed.

Additional Resources

USASA Breed Standard

Contact Information

If you have any questions contact:

Nannette Newbury, Judges Education Coordinator (JEC)
PO Box 1149
Aromas, CA  95004-1149
Email:  nannette.newbury@hughes.net


United States Australian Shepherd Association