UKC Obedience Stewards Job Descriptions

By Pat Kalbaugh, Doreen Palmer and Cheryl May
This was designed as a supplement to Pat and Doreen's "UKC Obedience Stewards Workshop"

In fact, much of the information was taken directly from their document (with their permission).

We suggest you utilize this as a handy addition to your ringside table. At Heartland Dog Training Club in Kansas, we are printing out the information and laminating it so it will be available as a reference at our trials.

You'll notice that the ring steward's duties are divided so that in all classes, Steward A requires a more experienced steward. Steward B duties can be performed by anyone with just a little training prior to the trial. This way you can nurture and encourage beginning stewards, without overhwelming them.

Ring supplies: wicket, calculator, paper, pens and pencils, chalk, duct tape and a current UKC rulebook.

Although it is ideal to have both a gate steward and a table steward, if your club is short-handed, the duties of the two may be combined. If this is done, we suggest that an experienced steward handle these tasks.

GATE STEWARD
Makes certain that the next dog in sequence is available for judging.
Assists in watching the Honoring dog.
Helps in the group long sit exercise if needed.
Watches for nonconformances in the UKC obedience regulations and mentions any irregularities to the judge quietly.
Sees that all handlers take all of their own equipment with them when they leave the ring area.

TABLE STEWARD
Prepares score sheets for the Judge.
Sets up Honoring dog's work sheet.
Prepares work sheet for group long sit.
Puts the awards in order for the Judge. The steward must NEVER change any figures on the Judge's scoresheet, but he/she must bring errors to the Judge's attention.
Stewards are NOT to mark scores or placements in the Judge's Book. This is the responsibility of the Judge.

RING STEWARDS IN UTILITY

Steward A
Before each Utility dog enters the ring, adjust the jump height for both the bar and high jump and set the jumps in a place that is accessible to the ring. Leave ring.

Stand at ring gate and when handler removes lead from dog, be ready to take it and place lead on judge's table along with scent articles and gloves. Escort exhibitor to spot designated by judge for start of heeling. Leave ring.

Scent discrimination: Present exhibitor's 5 articles to judge. Judge selects one for handler to scent. Place 4 remaining articles 15' from handler, 6-12" apart. Touch each article *except* the one that the handler will scent. Leave ring.

Directed marked retrieve: Place gloves in designated spots. Leave ring.

Directed signal retrieve: Pick up each glove again and drop it in place. Leave ring.

After exercise, pick up all three gloves and place them back with the handler's scent articles. Leave ring.

Directed jumping: Set jumps up in ring and recheck height. Remove when done. Return leash, scent articles and gloves to handler at the gate before the dog leaves the ring.

Steward B
Before each Utility dog enters the ring, adjust the jump height for both the bar and high jump and set the jumps in a place that is accessible to the ring. Leave ring after this.

Pick up scent articles after exercise while other steward is placing gloves. Keep the scented article separate from the others.

During the consecutive recall, check jump heights for next exercise if not already done.

Directed jumping: Set jumps up in ring and recheck height. Remove when done.


JUMP HEIGHTS

Maximum height: 24 inches Minimum height: 8 inches

Dog's height:

  • < 8" to < 10" = 8"
  • > 10" to < 12" = 10"
  • > 12" to < 14" = 12"
  • > 14" to < 16" = 14"
  • > 16" to < 18" = 16"
  • > 18" to < 20" = 18"
  • > 20" to < 22" = 20"
  • > 22" to < 24" = 22"
  • > 24" = 24"
  • RING STEWARDS IN OPEN


    Jumps are removed for the long sits. Decide which steward will stand on which side of the Figure 8 before the start of the class. Steward A should check with judge before the class starts to see if the judge will signal you or if he/she wants you to start walking on the drop on recall as soon as the dog is downed.

    Steward A
    Set the jump height for the high jump. Make sure jump heights are correct for each entry before they enter the ring. Heel off leash (walker on h.o.l. pattern): Remind handler to remove lead and place it on the judge's table. Escort exhibitor to designated spot to begin heeling.

    Steward goes to opposite end of heeling pattern. When Judge says "Forward" to handler, the "walker" steward begins to walk the heeling pattern in reverse. Walk inside of dog in opposite direction at normal speed. Do not slow down or look directly at dog when passing them. Do not halt when the judge "Halts" the handler and dog. Stay 4-6 feet away from the heeling pattern unless instructed otherwise by the judge. When you reach the place where the handler and dog began, stop and hold your position until the exercise is finished.

    Steward then proceeds to the Fig. 8 area of the ring and assumes their position for the figure 8. Go to the predetermined spot for the figure 8 and stand 8' apart facing each other, arms crossed. After the fig. 8 is over, hold your position until honoring dog is released.

    Then proceed to the area designated for the Drop on Recall exercise and get set up to again "Walk."

    Drop on recall: Stand 30'-40' opposite dog (across the ring) and positioned so that you will pass the dog on it's right side when dropped. (When the handler is ordered to leave the dog, the handler will come and stand next to you on your right side.)

    Check with judge beforehand to see if the judge will signal you or if he/she wants you to start walking on the Drop on recall as soon as the dog is downed. Walk past downed dog to the spot where dog started. Stay at least 4 feet from the dog while passing. Do not look directly at the dog when passing and do not slow down. When you reach the opposite end of the ring, stop, turn and remain in position until the exercise is finished.

    Broad jump: The broad jump distance should have been set before the exhibitor entered the ring. During this exercise you should check on the next dog's distance and height measurements and be ready to reset the jumps. After last dog completes this exercise, both stewards will remove the high and broad jumps from ring.

    Long sit: Assemble class in armband order, lead in and escort handlers to out of sight area. Remain with handlers, but in sight of judge.

    Steward B
    Set the jump distance for the broad jump. Make sure jump heights are correct for each entry before they enter the ring.

    Honor: Ask handler to remove lead at the ring gate and carry it to the honor position. Escort handler to designated spot. Remind handler to place leash and armband behind dog. Leave ring.

    Figure 8 post: Be ready to go into the ring when the judge says, "exercise finished" on the Heel off lead. Go to the predetermined spot for the figure 8 and stand 8' apart facing each other, arms crossed. After the fig. 8 is over, hold your position until honoring dog is released. Leave ring.

    Retrieve on flat: Bring dumbbell from the table to handler. Try not to touch the bite area of the dumbbell. Carry the dumbbell by the "bells." Leave ring.

    Retrieve over high jump: Take dumbbell from handler after exercise is finished and leave ring.

    Broad jump: The broad jump distance should have been set before the exhibitor entered the ring. During this exercise you should check on the next dog's distance and height measurements and be ready to reset the jumps.

    After last dog completes this exercise, both stewards will remove the high and broad jumps from ring.

    Long sit: Stay at the ring gate.

    BROAD JUMP

    Dog jumps twice its height at the withers in 1" increments. (Note: this is different from AKC.) For example, an 18" dog jumps 36"; a 17-1/2" dog jumps 34" (2 x 17 = 34).

    Maximum broad jump = 72" (i.e., a 36" tall dog) Minimum broad jump = 16" (a dog 8" or shorter)

  • 16" to 26" use the two shortest boards
  • 28" to 46" use three shortest boards
  • 48" to 72" use all four boards
  • RING STEWARDS IN NOVICE

    Both: change the jump height

    Steward A
    Escort the working dog to the start of the heel pattern. Leave ring.

    Decide which steward will stand on which side of the Figure 8 before the start of the class.

    After the heel on lead, as soon as the judge says "exercise finished" both stewards should enter the ring and set up for the figure 8. Stand 8' apart, arms crossed, facing the other ring steward. After figure 8 is finished, both stewards hold their position until honoring dog is released.

    After Figure 8, wait as handler removes lead from dog. Take lead and put it in your back pocket, if possible. Leave ring.

    Heel off leash: While this exercise is going on, check on jump height of next dog to enter ring, so that after the recall you can reset the jump for the next dog. Be ready to enter the ring when the judge says, "exercise finished."

    Return to ring for recall over high jump. Stand on left of jump during recall over high jump. Stand an arm's length away from the jump.

    Return lead to handler immediately following the finish after the recall. You may carry the leash into the ring from the table when you go in the ring for the recall, as long as it goes in a pocket or some unobtrusive spot. Do not hold the leash in your hand during the recall or drape it around your neck.

    If you do not carry the leash in the ring, you must return to the table immediately after the recall exercise and bring the leash to the exhibitor.

    Adjust jump height for next dog or remove for long sits.

    Long sit group exercise: Assemble class in armband order. Lead to designated spot. Leave ring.

    Steward B
    Escort the honoring dog into the ring. Remind handler to place armband and leash behind dog. Show handler where to stand after leaving dog. Tell handler, "The judge will be with you in a moment."
    Leave ring.

    Decide which steward will stand on which side of the Figure 8 before the start of the class. After the heel on lead, as soon as the judge says "exercise finished" both stewards should enter the ring and set up for the figure 8. Stand 8' apart, arms crossed, facing the other ring steward. After figure 8 is finished, both stewards hold their position until honoring dog is released. Leave ring after Figure 8.

    Heel off leash: While this exercise is going on, check on jump height of next dog to enter ring, so that after the recall you can reset the jump for the next dog. Be ready to enter the ring when the judge says, "exercise finished."

    Return to ring for recall over high jump. Stand on right of jump during recall over high jump. Stand an arm's length away from the jump.

    Adjust jump height for next dog or remove for long sits.

    Long sit group exercise: Stay at ring gate.

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