Thoughts on 'policy' judges?
Our breed club has always been very supportive of all the judges, both breed and non-breed, who are on our judging lists, moving them up the lists when they have fulfilled all the criteria as laid out by the KC, without fear or favour.
From 2019, our B list judges only have two opportunities to judge at either a club Open Show or Champ Show without CCs, which they need to do to move up to the A3 list so they can award CCs. You can imagine our surprise and disappointment when we discovered that one of our C list judges has accepted an appointment to judge at Boston 2019.
According to our records, they have judged one open show nearly 10 years ago with just five dogs present and as far as we are aware has never attended one of our breed seminars or shown any interest in the breed.
I'm sure the judge concerned is eminently capable but, when all our other judges have spent time and money jumping through the many hoops required by the KC, you have to wonder why this particular judge is exempt? When it was queried, we were told they are a "Policy" judge, so doesn't have to go the normal route. To me this seems inconsiderate and selfish, as they are depriving one of our B list judges, who can't bypass the system, of an opportunity to help them progress to the A3 list.
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