Student Judges FAQs

 Updated 19/02/2018 

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What was the reasoning behind student judges? Is this successfully completed in any other countries?

The student judge system at dog shows works very well in other countries. It enables the student to see judges from the perspective of a judge and gain an insight into the thought processes involved in placing a class.

Will allowances for time be made for student judges?

It is not necessary for every student judge to go over every dog. The mentoring judge is in charge of the ring and will need to ensure judging progresses at a timely rate.


Is every society obliged to have a student judge at their show?

No, they may refuse if they wish. It will only happen with the agreement of judge and society.

How are student judge appointments co-ordinated?

The BEC will ask a society if they are happy for a student judge to come to their show. The approach to both judge and society must be via the BEC.

Will student judges have their mentor at each show?

Student judges are required to be mentored on at least three occasions and ideally in three different formats, ie 3 of any of the following – 1) group mentoring session; 2) one-to-one mentoring while watching the judging of a breed at the ringside; 3) while being a student judge in a ring with an experienced judge; 4) judging special awards classes. If a mentor and mentee thinks it would be useful to sit with the same mentor at more than one show that is acceptable. The requirement is 3 sessions with 3 different mentors.

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