The General Committee recently discussed the principle of
pre-judging of Groups at General Championship Shows and wishes to
express its encouragement that this way of managing Group
competitions is adopted.
Pre-judging is a process used by societies as a means to making
Group judging in the main ring more efficient. The scheduled judge
initially pre-judges the Group in a separate ring prior to the main
judging taking place. Initially the judge gives no indication of
placings/awards. However, once judging in the main ring commences,
and after watching the dogs enter the ring, the judge will then
select a shortlist prior to making his final placings.
Caroline Kisko said "The Kennel Club is keen to encourage
General Championship Show societies to consider adopting this
practice as it will offer a time-saving benefit for these shows and
consequently allow more time for other main ring competitions, such
as Puppy and Veteran Groups or additional Variety/Stakes classes,
thereby providing exhibitors increased opportunities to win
"In addition, making more efficient use of the show's main
ring and holding more competitions at the end of the day will
provide opportunities for more exhibitors to experience 'Group
ring' competition, and it is hoped that a greater number will stay
until the end of a show thereby creating a better atmosphere around
the main ring.
"Accepting that it is at the show society's discretion to adopt
a pre-judging format for its Group competitions, the General
Committee nevertheless would encourage General Championship Show
societies to give serious consideration to adopting this way of
judging Groups, even if only on a trial basis."
If societies wish to adopt this practice, a notice should be
included in the show schedule. If new stakes or variety classes are
being scheduled, the definition for such classes must also be
included in the schedule, along with eligibility should there be
any subsequent Group competition. Finally, should a General
Canine Society Open Show judged on the Group system also wish to
adopt this format for its Groups, they are at liberty to do so,
taking into account the above on definition of classes and
eligibility for any subsequent Group competition.