Show Societies FAQs

 Updated 20/06/2018 

 

 

We have appointed our open show judges for 2019 using the previous KC criteria and appointed a judge who has confirmed they meet the requirements to be registered at JCF Level 2, but are not currently on a breed club B list. Can they still undertake the appointment?

Judges who have accepted appointments for 2019 in good faith under previous KC guidance before 10 April 2018 can still carry out the appointment. They may be asked to evidence their eligibility by the KC should a concern be raised.

We have already appointed our open show judges for 2020. Will they need to be a JCF Level 2 judge by the time of our show?

The F Regulations for Judges Competency Framework will run alongside the traditional judging list system from 2020-2021. As long as a society’s appointed judges are on a B list or are a JCF Level 2 judge if more than 3 classes, they will be eligible to judge. If they are not on a B list or JCF Level 2 or above, a judge will need to be a JCF Level 1 Judge if there are less than 4 classes scheduled. This requirement starts on 1 January 2020.

Do we need to consult the breed clubs about judges appointed for ‘supported entry classes’ at our show or is it solely up to the general society?

The Kennel Club very much wishes to encourage general societies and breed clubs to work together. It will be to your mutual benefit to encourage a larger entry for the judge to go over, thus contributing to their education while at the same time increasing competition which will enhance the overall experience for the exhibitor. The supporting breed club will submit two names as possible judges, if neither is available you will need to go back to the breed club for 2 more names.

Will we need to be choosing only judges from JCF Level 2 and above for our open shows from 2022 onwards?

Yes, if more than three classes of a breed (more than five classes for a Stud Book Band E breed). If fewer classes, then they must be at least a JCF Level 1 judge. You will be able to check a judge’s eligibility on the Kennel Club’s Find A Judge facility on the KC website. The Kennel Club urges all types of show societies not to choose judges too far ahead.

Is our society obliged to put on classes for breeds which wish to support an entry?

No, but obviously it makes sense to schedule classes for breeds which want them and which may attract good entries where the breed club will promote the show.

Who can judge at a limited show, open show or championship show without CCs during the period 2020-2021?

As from 1 January 2020 no person can be appointed to judge who has never previously judged unless they have met the JCF Level 1 requirements or unless they are currently on a club’s B list. The number of classes a judge can be appointed for are:

Non CC classes at championship shows

  • JCF Level 2 status or above on a breed club B List or above for the relevant breed(s)

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

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

Limited general and group society shows

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

What wording does the Kennel Club advise including in judging contracts for shows held after 1 January 2020?

For judges appointed before the JCF IT system goes live in 2019 and for those shows scheduled from 2020 onwards, when inviting a judge who is currently on a C list, the Kennel Club advises clubs to request that the judge will be a Kennel Club licenced judge by the time the appointment takes place and will meet the requirements of a JCF Level 1 judge, or that they are on a breed club’s B list. The Kennel Club advises using the wording as follows: “In accepting this appointment I confirm that I comply with the requirements of the Judges Competency Framework or Kennel Club Regulation F21b”.

My society’s contracts for shows in 2020 onwards were signed before JCF was announced. We have requested that judges who are currently on a C list confirm that they will be Kennel Club licenced judges by the time of the appointment, however we are concerned about the consequences if the judge is not a KC licenced judge by the time of the appointment.

If societies have had written confirmation from the judge that they will be registered at JCF Level 1 or above or on a breed club B list for the relevant breed/s then the society will not incur any consequences if the judge is found not to have registered. The judge must ensure they have registered before they actually undertake the judging appointment.

Currently, championship show Best in Show judges can judge any number of classes of a breed without CCs as long as they are passed for the group in which the breed is. Will this still apply when JCF is in place?

Once you are registered as a JCF Level 5 judge you will be able to register at JCF Level 2 for the all breeds in that group that you are not registered at JCF levels 3 and 4 for.

What is the last date a Challenge Certificate judging appointment can be processed on the current questionnaire system?

 

Societies have until 31 December 2020 to submit judging questionnaires and nominations on the current system, which will be 12 months prior to the date final appointments can be undertaken using the current system. All nominations for shows held from 1 January 2022 will be via the new electronic nomination system.

What is the last date an A2 nomination can be processed on the current questionnaire system?

All such questionnaires, assessments and assessment forms must be completed and with the Kennel Club by 31 December 2021.

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