This page contains important information for the convenience of those organising trials.
Notice to clubs/societies
How to run your event
Applying for your licence
- All trial dates must be applied for either in writing on club headed paper or by completing a trial date application form which can be found in your club profile.
- The licence must be displayed at the trial
Appointing a judge
Find a list of all those who have attended Bloodhound working trial judging seminars and passed the examination or assessment on Find a Judge.
Please note that although it is necessary for new judges to have passed the seminar and exam, successful candidates will not necessarily be ready to become Bloodhound working trial judges. All judges must be fully conversant with The Kennel Club Working Trial and Bloodhound Trial Regulations.
Once you have chosen your judge, for championship only you need to complete a judge nomination form.
Preparing the schedule
All schedules must conform to The Kennel Club's specimen schedules:
Completing the catalogue
- A marked catalogue must be submitted to us within 14 days of the trial. You can submit your results through the club profile.
- It's essential that qualifying marks for the dogs placed in championship stakes are notified to us
Judging at championship trials
- Nomination forms must be with us six months prior to the date of the Bloodhound working trial
- All first-time appointments must be applied for 18 months prior to the date of the trial
- First-time championship appointments should be sent to us. The nomination form should be accompanied by a completed judges' questionnaire
What administration should I do before the show?
Do I need insurance cover?
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A society should make best efforts to ensure that the venue/ground is Covid-19 safe, in line with government advice available at the time (including risk assessments). This will then help in demonstrating that the society has discharged its duty of care to participants and visitors. It is not possible to guarantee a no Covid-19 risk scenario, and there will be an element of assumption of risk by the participant/visitor. The society’s job is to minimise that risk. As always in the context of health and safety, there should be clearly documented instructions and role descriptions defining the clear delegation of responsibilities for the range of health and safety issues at the event.
A statement must be included in all schedules to state that if an exhibitor, or anyone in their household, has Covid-19-related symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19, they must not attend the event.
Society committees must ensure that they have adequate cover for all the society's activities. A current public liability insurance document must be clearly displayed at all Kennel Club licensed trials. Learn more about The Kennel Club Insurance cover, which is specifically designed for canine clubs or societies.
It is the responsibility of the organiser to address matters concerning health and safety, and fire prevention at all trials licensed by The Kennel Club.
Within two weeks, please report to us if there were any incidents requiring a report, e.g. biting/aggression incidents, formal objections/complaints, changes of judging arrangements, cancellation or abandonment. These should be logged in the incident book and sent to us. Learn more about incidents at events.
Cancellation or postponement
It is important that the society and show services department is informed of a cancellation in writing by completing the cancellation of shows/trial form as soon as this decision is made, giving the reason for the cancellation. It should not be assumed that because the licence application form is not returned to The Kennel Club by the due date, that the trial will be removed from the show diary.
If the cancellation is notified far enough in advance, this could free up a date for use by other clubs and societies, and in other instances it will prevent the office assuming the event is going ahead and therefore sending out unnecessary reminder letters for schedules and/or catalogues.
Read further information about cancellation of events.
General data protection regulation (GDPR)
Organising a Bloodhound working trial seminar
- Judging seminars are usually hosted by registered clubs and societies, but any individual or group is welcome to organise and host a seminar
- The seminar content must be presented by an appointed Kennel Club accredited trainer
- Societies, individuals or groups organising a seminar should contact one of the accredited trainers to invite them to conduct the seminar and arrange a suitable venue. They can then advertise the seminar to attract sufficient attendees. The organisers charge attendees reasonable fees at their discretion and should arrange for payment of the accredited trainer's expenses with the trainer. Trainers will usually bring relevant literature (such as regulation books, judges' guides and judges' record books) to the seminar for purchase by the candidates - in some cases the cost may be included in the seminar fee
Bloodhound working trial accredited trainers
Every society must undertake its own individual risk assessment for every event.
Any particular measures or conditions that competitors need to be aware of prior to the event must be included within the schedule.