AKC has launched a New Exhibitor Mentor program to help Dog Show Newbies to get started in the world of dog showing. As far as I know, all local kennel clubs have been asked to tap someone to serve as the local New Exhibitor Mentor. Here's the funniest part: York County Kennel Club's mentor is none other than yours truly.
The New Exhibitor Mentor page on the AKC Web site contains links to all of the AKC rules and procedures you'll need to know in order to get started. It also has a Web form that allows you to send your name and address to AKC, and AKC will return a list of mentors in your local area.