B list judges may have requirements added
All new breed judges at Challenge Certificate level are currently required by the Kennel Club to have undertaken and passed various seminars conducted by Kennel Club Accredited Trainers. This is designed to ensure that judges at senior level are fully trained and prepared to award the Kennel Club’s highest award.
The Requirements of a Dog Show Judge seminar was created to ensure that all judges have a thorough knowledge of how to conduct themselves and manage their rings; the Conformation and Movement and Hands on Assessment seminars were designed to ensure that all judges have a fundamental knowledge of the dog’s construction and the ability to apply that knowledge when judging exhibits.
The Kennel Club General Committee confirms that Breed Clubs are entitled, if they so wish, to add a requirement to their B List criteria that judges should have undertaken and passed the relevant seminars/assessments and the General Committee would encourage them to do so.
The Committee recently considered whether the Kennel Club itself should make this level of knowledge mandatory for those who judge at below CC level. Exhibitors have a reasonable expectation whenever they enter a ring, at whatever level of show, that the judge passing judgement on their dog is qualified to do so. At present, B List judges are not required by the Kennel Club to attend or pass KC seminars as they are considered to be at the beginning of their judging careers and in the process of developing their knowledge and experience. However, given the vital role that judges play in the safeguarding of health and welfare of pedigree dogs, the Committee believes that it can only be beneficial if judges at all levels are fully prepared before they step into the ring to judge.
The Kennel Club is keen to ensure the highest possible standards of fairness and knowledge for all judges. Although the Committee is not proposing at this stage that completion of these judging seminars should immediately become mandatory for inclusion on a breed club’s B List, it may well move towards that position at some time in the future.
In view of this, all breed clubs are requested to consider their current judging list criteria in this respect. As stated above, Breed Clubs are entitled, if they wish, to add such a requirement to their B List criteria and the General Committee would encourage them to do so.
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