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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Issue: 06/10/2017

Judging intervals

I'VE LONG thought that some judging appointments seem to be too close together, and not just in my breed.
Having decided to look into it a little more, I found that a judge in my breed is judging the breed at Blackpool and also a Club champ show, both well within 12 months of each other.
In other breeds, I have found instances of judges having little more than five months between appointments, and not as emergency cover, but as invited to, and accepted, appointments.
I assume the following rule from the KC is something that all judges who award CCs should be very aware of:
'Regulation F(1)24d(2)(a) requires 'an interval of not less than 12 calendar months between the appointment of a Judge to award Challenge Certificates to the same sex of the same breed'.
'An exception to this may arise in the case of the appointment of a judge in an emergency.
'Regulation F (1)24.i states that 'Where a Judge is unable to complete all allotted judging, a substitute Judge must be appointed to complete the judging.  The appointment of the substitute must be in accordance with the procedure and Regulations for appointing Judges in an emergency'.
'As of 1st January 2018, the required interval between CC appointments will be increased to 18 months.'
How is this monitered? Does the KC have to rely on the integrity of judges? Is it down to Societies to check if that particular judge has other engagements inside the 12 months? Or is it something that should come to light when the KC confirms appointments?
Whichever way, it's not working, clearly. And in addition, it's taking away the chance for other judges to enjoy an invite.
I'd love to know what other people thing via this page.
Yours etc
Name and address supplied


Wonderful Wetherby!

I HAD a a little mishap with my motor mover on my caravan just before I set off to Driffield, the wrench hit me on the forehead!
Nevertheless, I arrived at Wetherby in one piece, although feeling a little groggy and dripping blood.
I would like to thank our warden, Barry, for his concern and care for me all the time I was there - you are the best.
Also my sincere thanks to Helen, my nurse, and to her husband Alan, for fetching me back from York Hospital. Not forgetting Wilma, my personal shopper!
The camaradarie which exists in the caravanning community cannot be commended highly enough.
Yours etc
Monica Ball


Thanks

Through your column please can I pass my thanks to everyone who donated to my 'cakes for a donation for Macmillan Cancer Care' at Darlington, Nidderdale and Driffield Shows. 
Special thanks to Denise, Jean and Jeanette who did extra baking, to Peter Broadbent at Nidderdale and to the Eukanuba team at Driffield who promoted the collection. 
 I am pleased to say that a total of  400 was raised 
Yours etc
Anne Dykes


Great staff

WHEN LEAVING Driffield on Saturday, I was attempting to drag my trolley through the mud to get back to the car.
Three staff (two men and one lady) came over and told me to walk to the road (about 150 years away) and they would bring the trolley/sledge.
The show committee cannot control the weather, but must take credit for having interested and caring staff.
They were great.
Woof, woof!
Yours etc
Christine and Graham Keay


Bleach warning

I have for many years encouraged the careful and sensible use of bleach in the cleaning of kennels, catteries and breeding establishments.  
It is a fraction of the cost of any of the commercial preparations and almost certainly more effective.  
However, I have learned recently that those using bleach and other strong disinfectants as often as once each week have an increased risk of chronic of destructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  This information is based on a study carried out by Harvard Medical School which compared 55,000 nurses with a comparable population which did not come into contact with bleach.  
The total numbers are small (.82%) but this is 22% greater than the control group.  There is already evidence that there is a link between fumes from disinfectants and asthma and dermatitis (again the numbers are relatively small) but it would seem sensible that kennel owners should be aware of this marginally increased danger and in any case, those with staff should make sure that they are thoroughly trained in the use of such powerful chemicals.  
I have already circulated members of the National Registers of boarding kennels (www.iboarddogs.uk), grooming parlours www.igroomdogs.uk) and pedigree dog breeders (www.ibreedpedigreedogs.uk) but everyone likely to use powerful chemicals in their cleaning routines should be aware and take extra care. It is worth searching for 'Working with substances hazardous to health' and reading the Health and Safety Executives brief guide on a regular basis.  
Better safe!
Yours etc
David Cavill

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