Special Beginners Competition FAQs for Show Organisers

Updated 17/11/2017 

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

Question - Is it mandatory for societies to schedule these classes?
Answer - No, it is not mandatory for any society, although of course we hope that Societies will schedule these classes to encourage new and less experienced exhibitors.

Question - What is the required definition for these classes?
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 - Should Special Beginner classes be scheduled for AVNSC and Imported Register classes?
Answer - Yes classes should be held for each breed that is scheduled plus the AVSNC classes and Imported Breed Register classes.

Question - Must there be a Special Beginners Group for each Group or may they be combined e.g. Special Beginners Group (Working and Pastoral)
Answer - There must be a separate Special Beginners Group for each separate Group.

Question - Do the classes need to be scheduled as separate dog and bitch classes or can it be a single mixed sex class?
Answer - It can be scheduled either as separate classes or as a mixed sex class.

Question - Where in the classification should the class be scheduled?
Answer - It is up to the society when they schedule the class within the breed classification but bear in mind that the winners will be able to challenge for best of sex / CC, providing they haven’t been beaten in another breed class.

Question - Do the classes count towards the number of classes for which a judge may officiate in each breed?
Answer - Yes these are breed classes and therefore count towards the judge’s numbers and the number of classes they can judge.

Question - Can the winner of the Special Beginner class win best of sex / the CC or Best of Breed?
Answer - Yes the class is a normal breed class and the winner would be eligible to go forward to subsequent competitions.

Question - If the winner of the Special Beginners class wins Best of Breed can it compete in the Special Beginners Group and does it automatically win that group?
Answer - Yes the dog can compete in the Special Beginners Group but it doesn’t automatically win the group as it has not competed against dogs of other breeds.

Question - If a dog wins the Special Beginners class and Best of Breed, and then goes on to win its breed Group (Gundog Group, Hound Group etc.) is it still eligible to compete in the Special Beginners Group?
Answer - Yes it is.

Question - If the dog declared Best Special Beginner in breed has not won any further awards in the breed can it still compete in the Special Beginners Group?
Answer - Yes the dog can compete in the Special Beginners Group.

Question - Does there need to be a separate result line in the judging book for the winner of the Best Special Beginner?
Answer - Yes there would need to be a separate result line on the awards sheet in the back of the judging books, as there needs to be a way to record the dogs that are due to be shown in the Special Beginners Group.

Question - Does the winner of the Best Special Beginner for each breed get published in results shown online?
Answer - Yes it would be nice to list the Special Beginner winner for each breed in the summary of awards for each breed. 

Question - Who is eligible to judge the Special Beginners Group?
Answer - There is no set criteria, however the person appointed would be expected to have suitable experience and must award Challenge Certificates in at least one breed.

Question - Can a judge of a Special Beginner Group also judge any of the breeds within that Group?
Answer - No, as this is a group competition the standard rules apply - The Judge of a Group at a Championship Show shall not judge any Breed or Variety classes in that Group at the Show except when acting in the capacity of Referee.

Question - Can a judge officiate for the Special Beginners Group, and also another Group competition, either within the same group or a different one?
Answer - Yes, as groups are not breed or variety classes the same judge could officiate for the Special Beginners Group and the main breed group.

Question - Is there a time limit between judging appointments for the Special Beginners Group Judge?
Answer - Yes, as this is a group competition the standard rules apply - There must be an interval of not less than 9 calendar months between appointments to judge the same Group at Championship Shows.

Question - If the group is pre-judged, can the judge only take the short listed dogs into the Best in Show ring?
Answer - No, the judge can mentally shortlist but all dogs must be taken forward into the Best in Show ring as that is one of the objectives of the competition - to provide new exhibitors an opportunity to compete in the main ring.

Question - How should classes be judged?
Answer - Special Beginner classes should be judged in exactly the same way as any other class, with dogs being judged against the relevant breed standard.

Question - How will the Society be issued with the rosettes from the Kennel Club for the Special Beginner Group competition?
Answer - Once you have confirmed your interest in hosting the competition in 2018, the rosettes will be ordered for you from Norton Rosettes and will automatically be sent to the secretary, unless you have stated you wish them to be sent to an alternative person and address

Question - How will the Society be issued with the prize money from the Kennel Club?
Answer - Each society that has stated its intention to hold Special Beginner classes will need to contact the Kennel Club’s Breed Shows team to be reimbursed with the appropriate prize money.  This request needs to be on club headed paper but may be emailed to breedshows@thekennelclub.org.uk.  A cheque will subsequently be issued.

Question - If we schedule Special Beginner classes in 2018, must we reapply for sponsorship the following year?
Answer - All societies will be contacted during 2018 for confirmation of whether they wish to schedule the classes in 2019.

Question - Will we have to submit a return to the Kennel Club listing the names of dogs placed in each Special Beginners Group?
Answer - No that will not be required.

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