Special Beginners Competition FAQs for Exhibitors

Updated 14/10/19 

Question - At which shows can this competition be scheduled?
Answer - The Kennel Club is sponsoring the classes and groups at General and Group Championship shows.

Question - Is it mandatory for every society to schedule this competition?
Answer - No, it is not mandatory, although of course we hope that Societies will choose to do so.

Question - What is the class definition?
Answer - “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.”

Question – What is the definition of ‘Handler’?

Answer – Anyone who physically shows a dog in any competitive classes, challenge or group. Therefore if a dog has been awarded a Challenge Certificate, Reserve Challenge Certificate (or an overseas equivalent), or for those breeds not allocated Championship Status, Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex at a Championship Show, whilst being handled by you, even if only in the challenge, you would not be eligible to enter Special Beginners.

Question - Do Challenge Certificate and Reserve Challenge Certificate winners in this context also include CACIB, CAC and Green Star winners (and reserves)?
Answer – Overseas awards must be counted when working out eligibility, Owners / handlers or dogs that have gained any of these awards are not eligible for the Special Beginners competition.

Question - I have been showing for many years, can I still enter the Special Beginner Class?
Answer - If you have not handled or owned a dog that has won a Challenge Certificate, Reserve Challenge Certificate (or an overseas equivalent), or for those breeds not allocated Championship Status, Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex at a Championship Show then you are eligible to enter.

Question - Does it matter how old my dog is?
Answer - No, the age of your dog does not matter, provided it has not won a Challenge Certificate, Reserve Challenge Certificate (or an overseas equivalent), or for those breeds not allocated Championship Status, Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex at a Championship Show.

Question - Will classes be scheduled for AVNSC and AV Imported Breed Register classes?
Answer - Yes if the competition is being scheduled at a show then classes should be included for each breed including AVSNC and Imported Breed Register classes.

Question - Will the classes be scheduled as separate dog and bitch classes or as a mixed sex class?
Answer - It can be scheduled either as separate classes or as a mixed sex class, it is up the Society, and you will need to check the schedule.

Question - Where in the classification should the class be scheduled?
Answer - It is up to the society where in the classification the class is included but it should be borne in mind that the winning dog and bitch will be eligible challenge for best of sex / CC.

Question - How do I enter these classes?
Answer - The classes will be listed in the schedule and can be entered in the same way as any other class.

Question - How will the classes be judged?
Answer - The class will be judged in the same way as any other breed class.

Question - Can I enter other classes as well?
Answer - Yes you can enter as many classes as you wish, provided you and your dog are eligible.

Question - Can someone else handle my dog for me?
Answer - Yes, provided they are also eligible for the class, i.e. not previously handled or owned a dog that has won a Challenge Certificate, Reserve Challenge Certificate (or an overseas equivalent), or for those breeds not allocated Championship Status, Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex at a Championship Show. It is important to remember that this class is for beginners and we would not expect experienced dog exhibitors to be handling dogs in this competition.

Question - Must the same person handle the dog in the Special Beginner class and the Special Beginner Group?
Answer - It is acceptable for different handlers to handle the dog, provided they are both eligible to do so (as above).

Question - If my dog wins the Special Beginner class and is not beaten in any other breed class it is also eligible to challenge for best of sex / the CC or Best of Breed?
Answer- Yes.

Question - If my dog wins the Special Beginners class and Best of Breed can my dog compete in the Special Beginners Group, and would my dog automatically win that group?
Answer - Your dog can compete in the Special Beginners Group but it doesn’t automatically win the group, it has to compete against the other best of breeds in the main group competition.

Question - If my dog is awarded Best Special Beginner in Breed, but is beaten in other classes, can we still compete in the Special Beginners Group?
Answer - Yes your dog can compete in the Special Beginners Group.

Question - If my dog wins the Special Beginner Group, will we be expected to return on the final day of the show to compete for Best Special Beginner in Show?
Answer - No, there will not be an overall Best Special Beginner in Show award sponsored by the Kennel Club. You should check the schedule in case the society is running a Best Special Beginner in Show Competition.

Question - If my dog wins Special Beginner in Breed and/or the Special Beginner Group, can my dog be entered in the same class again at subsequent shows?
Answer - Yes, provided you, your dog or its handler have not won a Challenge Certificate, Reserve Challenge Certificate (or an overseas equivalent), or for those breeds not allocated Championship Status, Best of Sex or Reserve Best of Sex at a Championship Show.

 

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