Learn About New Judging Framework at City Of Birmingham Show

City of Birmingham Canine Association is offering breed club officials and other interested parties the opportunity to ask questions about the new Judges Competency Framework (JCF) at its championship show at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry, Warwickshire on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September 2017.

The Vice Chairman of the Kennel Club Judges Committee, Jeff Horswell, will be on hand along with Kennel Club staff at the show where ‘drop in’ sessions will be held at noon and 2.30pm on both the Saturday and Sunday. The noon session is designed for breed club officials, while the 2.30pm one is aimed at a more general audience, although people are welcome to attend whichever time slot suits them best.

The venue will be the Strollers restaurant, between halls 1 and 2, which will be well sign-posted within the halls of the show.

Plans for the JCF were first announced in April of this year. It will commence in 2019, run alongside the current judge education and approval system for three years, and be fully operational in 2022.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are most grateful to the City of Birmingham for inviting the Kennel Club to hold these JCF question and answer sessions at the show. People will naturally have questions about the obligations of breed clubs when it comes to educating judges under the JCF, as well as about the transition period, so we very much hope to see a good attendance on both days.”

David Bell, secretary of the show, said: “The ‘City’ is happy to host these Kennel Club clinics. It is important that show officials, judges and exhibitors get a clear understanding of the JCF. Hopefully these sessions will give the Kennel Club the opportunity to provide information and more clarity in areas where this is necessary. The introduction of the JCF has been widely welcomed and it is vital that we all have confidence in its success.”

Admission to the show is free of charge, as is parking, and people who are interested in attending the sessions are welcome to turn up at the appointed time. Tea and coffee will be generously provided by the Association.

More information about the show, including directions to the venue, can be found by accessing www.birminghamcitydogshow.co.uk.