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Appointment of judges at limited and open shows and for non CC classes at championship shows from 2019

14th November 2017 - 4:47 PM


Judges Competency Framework transition period

At the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) briefing sessions at the City of Birmingham Championship Show, secretaries of some clubs and societies requested further guidance on the selection of judges and contract wording for limited and open shows and for those judging non CC classes at championship shows as of 1st January 2019 when the JCF begins.

Regulations will be introduced with effect from 1st January 2019 to confirm that no person should be appointed who has never judged before, unless they have undertaken the new Kennel Club mandatory requirements. All aspiring judges must have completed the introductory education and training. Anyone hoping to judge for the first time in 2019, and those with some judging experience but not yet on a breed club B list, should now work towards meeting all of the Level 1 requirements, which can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1128987/jcf_guide_to_being_a_dog_show_judge.pdf.

Eligibility to judge during transition period 1st January 2019 – 31st December 2021:

Non CC Classes at championship shows, any number of classes

  • Approved Level 2 status under JCF or
  • On a breed club B List or above for the relevant breed(s).

Limited general and group shows

  • Up to 3(5) classes  of a breed – approved Level 1 status under JCF
  • More than 3(5) classes of a breed – approved Level 2 status under JCF or on a breed club B List or above for the relevant breed(s)
  • Stakes/variety classes, groups and best in show – to have achieved Level 2 status in any breed.

Breed club shows – open and limited, any number of classes

  • Approved Level 2 status under JCF or
  • On a breed club B list or above for the relevant breed(s).

Open general and group canine society shows

  • Up to 3(5) classes – approved Level 1 status under JCF
  • More than 3(5) classes – approved Level 2 status under JCF or on a breed club B List or above for the relevant breed(s)
  • Stakes/variety classes, groups and best in show – approved Level 4 status under JCF (ie previously approved to award Challenge Certificates) for at least one breed.

Details of a CC judge’s experience can be found on the Find a Judge facility at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/judge/.

The JCF content of the Kennel Club Academy is under development at the moment. As soon as it is available judges will be able to subscribe and register their account.  In the meantime, as judges work towards their levels, they should retain their evidence so this can be uploaded to the system when ready.

Judges contract wording for shows up to 31st December 2021

The Kennel Club strongly advises that inviting societies include the following wording in judging contracts for this period for the types of show listed above: “In accepting this appointment I confirm that I comply with the requirements of the Judges Competency Framework or Kennel Club Regulation F21b”.

Championship Shows – Challenge Certificates, groups and best in show appointments for shows up to 31st December 2021

Appointments at championship shows held up to 31.12.21 are unaffected by these changes. For CC, group and best in show appointments for shows held on or after 1st January 2022 societies will be able to submit nominations only for judges at the appropriate JCF level. 

Championship Shows – Challenge Certificates, groups and best in show appointments for shows on or after 1st January 2022

The CC allocation is not yet awarded for 2022, and show societies are strongly advised not to appoint judges for 2022 or beyond until the allocation is announced. Guidance will be issued at that stage. Nominations will be accepted only for judges at the appropriate JCF level.

Jeff Horswell, JCF working party chairman, said: “The Kennel Club has been encouraged by the level of interest expressed in the JCF at question and answer sessions and other events held in recent months and we are keen to emphasise that, under this new system, judging at general open and limited shows will remain as relevant and important as ever. Hands-on experience is absolutely essential for the judge climbing the judging ladder, and inviting societies will want to make their shows as attractive as possible to exhibitors by selecting judges who have shown a genuine interest in the relevant breeds.

“This selection of judges under the JCF will be made easier by the fact that all judges at all levels will be listed on the online Find A Judge facility. The Kennel Club strongly recommends that Level 2 judges are chosen for these shows wherever possible, as these people will have taken and passed a breed-specific exam. It is envisaged that this in turn will help to increase entries, as will the recently announced breed club-supported classes at open shows.

“These measures, along with those brought in last month by the Dog Show Promotion working party, for example the new-style Junior Warrant, will help to strengthen the open show scene, but only if societies select the right judges and everyone works alongside one another to improve this hobby which brings so much enjoyment to so many people. The Kennel Club is confident that together we can achieve this.”


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