Don't be afraid of entering Club sponsored Cavalier Fun Matches. Any Cavalier can be entered, including those that are neutered. Fun matches often include handling sessions and advice on ring procedure and grooming.
In championship point shows professional handling is not permitted in CKCSC,USA shows, so everyone is an amateur. A Cavalier must be registered with, and the owner must be a current member in good standing of, the CKCSC,USA in order to enter. The Cavalier cannot be restricted from showing (this would be noted on the CKCSC,USA registration papers).
There are two categories: Conformation (this is to show breed type and soundness), and Obedience. Both require going to class to learn the proper procedure. Most Sunday papers will give the names of local kennel clubs and these clubs will advise as to what classes are available in the area or ask your breeder. There are several things a Cavalier should know before entering a show:
a) should be leash trained;
b) should be used to standing on a table for examination;
c) should be used to having his/her teeth looked at;
d) in the case of males, should be used to being checked for two descended testicles.