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Dog Showing

The Kennel Club is delighted to announce its continued sponsorship in 2020 of the Special Beginners Competition, launched in 2018.

Each general and group championship show society has been encouraged to schedule a Special Beginner class for dogs and bitches in each breed which can be a single mixed sex class or a separate dog and bitch class, plus Any Variety Not Separately Classified and Imported Breed Register classes.  The Best Special Beginner declared for each breed will forward to the Special Beginner group competition.

The class definition will be stated in the schedule as “For owner, handler or exhibit not having won a Challenge Certificate or Reserve Challenge Certificate, or for those breeds not allocated Championship Status, Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex at a Championship Show.”

It is hoped that exhibitors and the competition itself will receive maximum visibility at each show.  It is preferable for all judging to take place in the main ring, although it is accepted that this may not always be possible.  If time does not allow for all judging to take place in the main ring, pre judging can take place, but the final decision and presentation of awards must be made in the main ring.  It is at each society’s discretion as to the time the group is to be judged.

The Kennel Club will provide sponsorship in the form of rosettes and will provide a first to fourth for each group, together with prize money of £100 for each group to be awarded as follows - first prize of £40, second prize of £30, third prize of £20 and fourth prize of £10.

Special Beginners FAQs Show Organisers

Special Beginners FAQs Exhibitors