Judging List Criteria

Criteria For Inclusion On Judging Lists Of The Welsh Springer Spaniel Club

Potential Judges should wait until they meet the criteria before submitting an application.

For applicants to all lists, for judges resident in the United Kingdom, only experience of Judging in the UK is taken into consideration. In respect of judges living overseas, the same criteria will apply but overseas judging experience may be taken into consideration.

All Judges should note that failure to provide a written critique, without a valid reason, will result in the Committee removing that person from the Judging List.

A1 List

Judges who have previously been approved to award Challenge Certificates in Welsh Springer Spaniels, have carried out that appointment, received a favourable assessment with Kennel Club approval, and have the support of the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club.

A2 List (Breed Specialist)

For persons who fulfil the requirements for the A3 list who have been assessed in accordance with the Kennel Club requirements and accepted by the Kennel Club for inclusion on an A2 list and have the support of the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club.

A3 List (Breed Specialist)

  1. To have a minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed and have the support of the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club.
  2. To have judged a minimum of 175 dogs at a total of 10 Open Shows which gave at least 60 classes, and one Breed Club Open Show. A second Breed Club Open Show is desirable. Judging appointments should exhibit an even geographical spread.
  3. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, and passed the relevant Kennel Club examination on Requirements of a Dog Show Judge.
  4. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Conformation and Movement. 4a. To have attended a Conformation & Movement “Hands on Assessment” conducted by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the assessment.
  5. To have attended at least one breed specific seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and / or assessment where applicable.
  6. To have owned and exhibited in the breed for a minimum of 10 years and to have breed and / or owned three dogs / bitches when they obtained their 1st entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (Save in exceptional circumstances)
  7. To have stewarded at 12 shows.
  8. To have attended an Open Field Trial or an Open Gundog Test (GWT) for a Gundog Breed in the relevant subgroup.

A3 List (Overseas)

  1. To have a minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed and have the support of the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club.
  2. To have judged a minimum of 175 dogs at a total of 10 Open Shows which gave at least 60 classes, and one Breed Club Open Show. A second Breed Club Open Show is desirable. Judging appointments should exhibit an even geographical spread. Overseas judging experience may be taken into consideration for potential judges who do not meet this requirement, at the discretion of the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club Judges Sub Committee.
  3. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, and passed the relevant Kennel Club examination on Requirements of a Dog Show Judge.
  4. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Conformation and Movement. 4a. To have attended a Conformation & Movement “Hands on Assessment” conducted by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the assessment.
  5. To have attended at least one breed specific seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and / or assessment where applicable.
  6. To have owned and exhibited in the breed for a minimum of 10 years and to have breed and / or owned three dogs / bitches when the obtained their 1st entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (Save in exceptional circumstances)
  7. To have stewarded at 12 shows. Overseas stewarding appointments may be accepted providing proof in writing is submitted.
  8. To have attended an Open Field Trial or an Open Gundog Test (GWT) for a Gundog Breed in the relevant subgroup.

A2 & A3 List (Non Specialist)

It is not necessary for an applicant in this section to have owned/exhibited or achieved success in the show ring within the breed, but any one of these attributes is desirable.

  1. To have a minimum of 7 years judging experience in any one breed (to include 5 years in this breed) and have the support of the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club.
  2. To have judged a minimum of 150 dogs at a total of 10 Open Shows which give at least 40 classes for the breed and one Breed Club Open Show. Judging appointments should exhibit an even geographical spread.
  3. To have attended a breed specific seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and / or assessment where applicable. Judges Development Panel Seminar may be accepted at the Committee`s discretion.
  4. To have awarded CC`s in at least one other breed.
  5. To attend an Open Field Trial or an Open Gundog Test (GWT) for a Gundog Breed in the relevant subgroup.

B List (Breed Specialist)

Applicants should have judged the breed at a minimum of five Open Shows offering at least 15 classes, containing at least 40 dogs during a minimum five year period and to have bred or owned and exhibited one dog/bitch at the time it was entered in the KC Stud Book. Potential Judges should have attended a minimum of one breed seminar.

B List (Non Specialist)

Applicants should have judged the breed at a minimum of five Open Shows offering at least 15 classes, containing at least 40 dogs during a minimum five year period. In addition, they should have judged at least 10 Open Shows over a minimum seven year period in another Gundog breed. Potential Judges should have attended a minimum of one breed seminar.

Applicants who have attended the Judges Development Panel Seminar and gained a credit will be invited to fill in a questionnaire and on completion may be placed, at the Committee`s discretion, on a B List irrespective of whether they meet the clubs current criteria.

C List

For persons whom the club feel are capable of judging the breed and who do not yet meet the requirements for inclusion on the B List. Potential judges should have attended a minimum of one breed seminar.

Procedure for Election to The Welsh Springer Spaniel Club Judges List

The expiry date of the said lists shall be clearly stated thereon, and upon expiry, fresh lists will be compiled.

The said lists shall be prepared by secret ballot of the Committee. A majority of votes shall prove in favour. In the event of a tie, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

Nominations for inclusion in the ballot must be proposed and seconded by Members of the Committee at the meeting at which the secret ballot is held. Club Members (other than Junior Members) who are not Committee Members may also nominate people for inclusion on the lists, such nominations to be in writing in the form of a questionnaire supplied by the Judges` List Co-ordinator.

The nomination and the details given will be read out by the Honorary Secretary at the first available meeting of the Committee and, (provided the nominee is then proposed and seconded) the Committee will vote in secret ballot thereon.

The complete list will be reviewed and voted on by the Committee in February prior to the publication of the new list.

A copy of the Judging List questionnaire can be downloaded by clicking here.

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