The Kennel Club wishes to remind inviting societies of the
existence of its previously published 'Best in Show and Policy
judge statement'. The statement confirms that these judges are
exempt from the requirement to be on a breed club B list or higher
for breeds in their approved group(s) for which they have not yet
been approved to award CCs in order to be eligible to judge more
than 3 classes (or 5 for Stud Book band E breeds) at Open Shows or
to judge non CC breeds at General and Group Championship Shows.
A Policy judge is an individual who has previously been approved
to award Challenge Certificates to 70% of the breeds in any
Similarly, Judges Development Programme candidates who have
passed a breed assessment and achieved a breed credit are also
exempt from the need to be on a B list or higher at such events
when judging said breed.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Regulation
F(1)21.b outlines the eligibility of those who may judge breeds at
open shows or non CC breeds at General and Group Championship
Shows. However, sitting outside these regulations are a number of
other judges who, due to KC policy, are also eligible to judge at
these shows. We therefore thought it best to clarify this matter
for those societies looking to invite judges."