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Kennel Club Revised Policy for the Approval of First Time GUNDOG Judges at Championship Shows

The Kennel Club want to ensure that all dogs are fit to perform the work they were originally bred for.  To go along with this, judges who wish to judge Gundog breeds at Championship show level need to have and understanding of the nature and manner of the work performed by the dog.

The revised policy sets out the events that judges must attend, i.e. any field trial or an Open Gundog working test for the relevant gundog sub-group.

To help new judges the organisers of field trials and working tests are being encouraged to enable new judges wanting to award CCs to get the most from their attendance at these events by taking part in such activities as walking 'in the line', or with the judges in the case of Setter and Pointer trials.

To prove they've attended judges will need to obtain a copy of the event card, programme or catalogue as appropriate, and get this signed by the Chief Steward who must state how long the judge was in attendance. 
In STAND we look at what knowledge a judge has got, and how he is qualified to actually be able to pick the best dog out on the day.  This is an update to the Kennel Clubs's policies affecting new judges wanting to judge breeds in the Gundog Group.
Working Golden Retriever
'Ardyle King Lear'  (Flyte), Photo Peter Fisher
Large Munsterlander
'Sh CH Raycris Freya'
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Kennel Club Change to Policy for Judges Awarding Challenge Certificates in their Second and Third Breeds

If a judge wishes to award CCs to a subsequent breed they currently must have 5 years experience of judging that breed.   From the 1st January 2016 judges will have to attend a breed specific seminar and pass an examination or assessment before they can be nominated to award Challenge Certificates.  The original criteria still stands in that they have to have awarded challenge certificates to at least one other breed, have judged the required number of dogs in the new breed. 
The rationale is to improve the knowledge of judges, and raise the standard of judging as a whole.  The problems are that not all breed clubs hold regular seminars, or have readily available assessments of examinations.  Those that don't already are being encouraged to put these in place. 
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