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Bloodhound Trials Judges

Who can judge?

Judges are invited by the society which is staging a Bloodhound Trial (it is not acceptable for judges to solicit for appointments). Before inviting a judge, the society must be satisfied that the judge is suitably qualified, and before accepting an appointment judges should ensure they meet the minimum criteria, which are described below. Bloodhound judges must progress through various stages or lists and meet minimum criteria for each list.  They are then entitled to judge different stakes at Championship Bloodhound Trials.

Criteria for Judging

List D - Assistant to the Judge

List C - Lower Stakes Judges (Novice, Junior, Intermediate)
MUST comply with List D and in addition must:

List B - Prospective Senior Stake Judges - Specialist Judges
comply with List C and in addition must:

Foreign Judges and Non-Specialist Judges (M.Hs, Huntsmen etc.) 
comply with List C and in addition must:

Foreign Judges:

Non-specialist Judges:

Be able to satisfy the Kennel Club with evidence of experience of working with hounds.

List A - Senior Stake Judges

Judges for the Senior Stake

Once a judge has progressed to list B they are in a position to be invited to judge the Senior Stake - the highest stake for Bloodhound Trials - and to award a Bloodhound Working Trial Certificate. First-time Senior Stake judges must meet the following criteria before their judge's questionnaire will be considered by the Activities Sub-Committee:

Approval of Senior Stake judges

Societies are required to obtain Kennel Club approval for all Senior Stake Judges, and must submit their nominations to the Kennel Club at least 6 months before the appointment (at least 18 months in the case of 'first-time' Senior Stake judges) using the official nomination form. Nominations of 'first time' judges (who have not previously been approved to judge that stake at a Championship trial) must be accompanied by a completed Bloodhound Trial Judge's questionnaire. First-time Senior Stake judges will be assessed at a judging appointment before being considered for approval by the General Committee.

Although the deadline for nominations of first-time judges is 18 months, it is in the interests of the society and the judge to submit nominations, with the judge's completed questionnaire, as far ahead as possible to allow time for the assessment to take place and the nomination to be considered and approved well before the date of the trial.

Judging contracts

All judging appointments at Kennel Club licensed Working Trials must be underpinned by a contract between the society and the judge. Forming a contract requires three stages:

Three-part contracts should always be in place, even for emergency replacement judges. In the event of a judge or society being in breach of their contract, and unable to provide a satisfactory explanation of the breach, the General Committee of the Kennel Club may investigate the reasons.