Show Societies FAQs

 Updated 19/02/2018 

The latest FAQs can be found in bold.   

   

We have already appointed our open show judges for 2019. Will they need to be a JCF Level 2 judge by the time of our show?

The Judges Competency Framework will run alongside the traditional judging list system from 2019-2021. As long as your appointed judges are on a B list for those judging more than three classes of a breed (more than five classes for Stud Book Band E breed) or are a JCF Level 2 judge, they will be eligible to judge at your show. If they are not on a B list or above, a judge will need to be a JCF Level 1 Judge, and this requirement starts on 1 January 2019.

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.

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

Yes, for 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 can 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, open show or championship show without CCs during the transition period (2019-2021)?

As from 1 January 2019 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 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
  • 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 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 JCF Level 4 status (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
  • 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 (any breed)

What wording does the Kennel Club advise including in judging contracts for shows held after 2019?

For those shows scheduled from 2019 onwards and inviting a judge who is currently on a C list, the Kennel Club advises clubs to request that the judge will be a signed up member of the Kennel Club Academy 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 2019 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 Academy members by the time of the appointment, however we are concerned about the consequences if the judge is not a KC Academy member 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 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 complied.

Currently, championship show Best in Show judges can judge any number of classes of a breed as long as they are passed for the group in which the breed is. Will this still apply when JCF is in place?

No, this will cease from 1 January 2022. However once registered as a JCF Level 5 judge for that group the judge will be able to register at JCF Level 2 for the relevant breeds.

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