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Judges List

The Kennel Club have revised their guidance about the changes to the new Judges Training Programme. The original term "Judges Competency Framework" or JCF will now be called the "Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows)". Further information may be obtained from the Kennel Club website.

This new programme will replace the existing Breed Club Judges Criteria of C, B, A3 and A1 with a new set of criteria, viz Level 1, 2, 3 and 4. There will be a 5 year transition period at the end of which the Breed Club Lists will no longer exist. A chart showing a comparison between the existing Club Criteria and the new Kennel Club JEP may be seen below.

However, what is most important to note is that with effect from 1st January 2021, no one will be able to judge unless they have achieved Level 1 under the new Kennel Club Judges Education Programme.

For this reason, it is particularly important that Judges on the existing C and B lists ensure they meet the requirements for Level 1 if they wish to continue judging after 1st January 2021. Given the current position with the COVID crisis and the fact that dog shows and social gatherings (which include educational and training events) are restricted, this will make it very difficult, if not impossible to achieve for many Judges. It is to be hoped that this deadline could be reviewed by the Kennel Club, but at present it remains.

The Judges List Co-ordinator for NBSDC, Colin Munro, is working closely with the Kennel Club Breed Educator Co-ordinator (Belgian Shepherd Dogs), Kris Malinowski, and will be contacting all Judges.

The Kennel Club have indicated that anyone moving onto the new levels on the JEP must have all the qualifying information verified. This verification process will require re-submission of all relevant information. Guidance will be provided by the Judges List Co-ordinator.



It would be greatly appreciated if Judges could ensure that the Judges List Co-Ordinator is made aware of any changes to their contact details.

Information will be routinely "weeded" for Data Protection Purposes if it is out-of-date. Where an email address or telephone number has been provided we will on occasion attempt to correspond with Judges. If no email contact can be established and the telephone numbers provided are no longer in use, the respective Judge will be suspended from the lists until we hear further from them. We will not correspond by post to the Judges.

These arrangements are also important to ensure that Show Secretaries who are emailing or telephoning Judges from the lists we provide are working from current information.



NBSDC Kennel Club
C
  • The C list is for aspiring judges who have shown an interest in the breed and have the support of the NBSDC.
Level 1
  • Minimum of 5 years proven interest in pedigree dogs
  • Attend a Requirements of a Dog Show seminar (but not mandatory to take and pass examination)
  • Attend a Conformation and Movement seminar
  • Complete a minimum of 2 full day stewarding appointments
B B List

Breed Specialist:

To advance to the B list the following criteria are required:
  • 5 years experience owning and exhibiting Belgian Shepherd Dogs and have the support of the NBSDC
  • To have judged 30 Belgian Shepherd Dogs
  • To have attended at least one Breed Specific Seminar run in accordane with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and to have passed an examination and/or assessment where applicable.
Non Breed Specialist:

To advance to the B list the following criteria are required:
  • Minimum of 5 years judging experience in any one breed and have the support of the NBSDC
  • To have judged 30 Belgian Shepherd Dogs
Level 2 First Breed:

  • Take and pass Requirements of a Dog Show Judge examination
  • Pass Points of a Dog Assessment
  • Attend a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) and pass a Multiple Choice Examination (MCE) for the respective breed
  • View ring stewarding seminar and take online quiz
  • Complete critique writing seminar and take online quiz

Subsequent breeds:
  • Attend a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) and pass a Multiple Choice Examination (MCE) for each breed.
    Note: Not mandatory for Group Judge for breeds in the group that they are not approved at Level 4, but attendance is strongly recommended
A3 A3 List

Breed Specialist:
  • Minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed and have the support of the NBSDC
  • To have judged a minimum of 120* Belgian Shepherd Dogs
    (* Decision taken by NBSDC at AGM 2017 following a decision taken by the KC to reduce the number of dogs they require before Judges will be considered to award CC's)
  • To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, and passed the relevant examination on Kennel Club Regulations and Judging Procedures
  • To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Conformation of Movement
  • To have attended a Points of the Dog Assessment conducted by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the assesment
  • To have a 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
  • To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three Belgian Shepherd Dogs when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances)
  • To have stewarded at 12 shows
Non Breed Specialist:
  • Minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed and have the support of the NBSDC
  • To have judged a minimum of 120* Belgian Shepherd Dogs
    (* Decision taken by NBSDC at AGM 2017 following a decision taken by the KC to reduce the number of dogs they require before Judges will be considered to award CC's)
  • To have awarded CC;s in at least one other breed
  • To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Conformation and Movement
  • To have attended at least one Breed Specific Seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practive and passed an examination and/or assessment where applicable
  • To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three dogs of any breed when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstance)
Level 3
  • Undergo minimum of 3 mentoring sessions with a minimum of 12 months between first and third session
  • Be observed judging a breed club show, breed supported entry show or championship show without CC's
  • Have achieved the relevant hands-on experience in line with the stated requirements for the relevant Stud Book Band
  • Complete remaining 10 full day stewarding appointments (one-time qualification)
  • Have owned/bred a minimum of 3 dogs when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book - save for exception circumstances (one-time qualification)
  • Attended the appropriate sub-group Field Trial/Open Gundog Working Test for furst gundog breed or Ring Procedure at Licensed Shows (German Shepherd Dogs Education Programme) online exam (one-time qualification)
A1 Level 4
  • Attend and passed a Breed Specific Assessment for the specific breed run by the Kennel Club

The following lists include only judges who have consented to have their details published on the website:

Our full judges list is sent to championship show secretaries and open show societies who request it.

We publicise open shows where the BSD judge is someone from our judges list.

Apply for inclusion on our judges list

If you would like to apply for inclusion on our judging list or update us with your judging experience, please check the criteria below, and complete and return the questionnaire for judges (Word, 94KB).

C List

For aspiring judges who have shown an interest in the breed and have the support of the Northern Belgian Shepherd Dog Club.

B List

B List (Breed Specialists)

  • To have five years experience owning and exhibiting Belgian Shepherd Dogs and have the support of the Northern Belgian Shepherd Dog Club.
  • To have judged 30 Belgian Shepherd Dogs.
  • 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.

B List (Non-Breed Specialists)

  • Minimum of five years judging experience in any one breed and have the support of the Northern Belgian Shepherd Dog Club.
  • To have judged 30 Belgian Shepherd Dogs.

A3 List

A3 List (Breed Specialists)

  • Minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed and have the support of the Northern Belgian Shepherd Dog Club.
  • To have judged a minimum of 120 Belgian Shepherd Dogs.
  • To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, and passed the relevant examination on Kennel Club Regulations and Judging Procedures.
  • To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Conformation and Movement.
  • To have attended a Points of the Dog Assessment conducted by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the assessment.
  • To have attended a 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.
  • To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three Belgian Shepherd Dogs when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances).
  • To have stewarded at 12 shows.

A3 List (Non-Breed Specialists)

  • Minimum of seven years judging experience in any one breed (to include five years judging experience of Belgian Shepherd Dogs) and have the support of the Northern Belgian Shepherd Dog Club.
  • To have judged a minimum of 120 Belgian Shepherd Dogs.
  • To have awarded CCs in at least one other breed.
  • 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.
  • To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three dogs of any breed when they obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances).

A2 List

For people who fulfil all the requirements for the A3 list, who have been assessed in accordance with Kennel Club requirements and accepted by the Kennel Club for inclusion on an A2 list, and have the support of the Northern Belgian Shepherd Dog Club.

A1 List

For people who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club to award CCs in the breed, have completed their first appointment and have the support of the Northern Belgian Shepherd Dog Club.

Judging seminars

Judging seminars are usually held bi-annually and are a great opportunity to learn about the breed whether you already judge, would like to become a judge, or just want to find out more. Members and non-members welcome.

 


 

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