Judging Criteria


JUDGING LIST GUIDANCE- CRITERIA FROM JANUARY 2015


Application form for 2016 will be updated following meeting of the Judges sub Committee in January 2016

 


LIST A1  For candidates who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the breed, have completed their first appointment, and have the support of the EBCA. (KC Policy) 


LIST A2  For candidates who fulfil all the requirements for the A3 list and who have been assessed in accordance with Kennel Club requirements and accepted by the Kennel Club for inclusion on the A2 list and have the support of the EBCA.  (KC Policy)

 

LIST A3 – BREED SPECIALISTS


This list is comprised of candidates who in the opinion of the EBCA are qualified to award Challenge Certificates in the breed, but as yet have not been approved by the Kennel Club. Candidates must fulfil all of the following requirements.


1. Minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed and have the support of the EBCA. (KC Policy)


2. To have judged 180 Bearded Collies, with a reasonable geographical spread.


3. To have owned and exhibited Bearded Collies for at least ten years.


4. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer, and passed the relevant examination on Kennel Club Regulations and Judging Procedures.  (KC Policy)


5. To have attended a Conformation and Movement “Hand-on Assessment” conducted by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the assessment.  (KC Policy)


6. To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer of Conformation and Movement. (KC Policy)


7. To have attended at least one breed seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and / or assessment where applicable.  (KC Policy)


8. Have bred and / or owned a minimum of three Bearded Collies when they obtained their 1st entry in the Kennel Club stud book.  (Save in exceptional circumstances).  (KC Policy)


9. To have stewarded at 12 shows. (KC Policy) 


 


LIST A3 – NON-BREED SPECIALISTS


This list is comprised of candidates who in the opinion of the EBCA are qualified to award Challenge Certificates in the breed, but as yet have not been approved by the Kennel Club.  Candidates must fulfil all of the following requirements.


1. Minimum of seven years judging experience in any one breed (to include five years in Bearded Collies) and have the support of the EBCA (KC Policy)


2. To have judged 180 Bearded Collies, with a reasonable geographical spread.


3. To have awarded Challenge Certificates in at least one other breed. (KC Policy)


4. To have attended at least one seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and / assessment where applicable


 


LIST B – BREED SPECIALISTS


This list is comprised of candidates for shows where Challenge Certificates are not awarded.  Candidates must fulfil all of the following requirements.


1. To have five years experience owning exhibiting and judging Bearded Collies and have the support of the EBCA.


2. To have judged a minimum of 45 Bearded Collies at Open Shows or Championship Shows without Challenge Certificates.


3. To have attended a Bearded Collie Breed Club Judging Seminar on the KC Standard of the Bearded Collie within the previous 10 years on production of relevant Certificate of Attendance.


 


LIST B – NON-BREED SPECIALISTS


This list is comprised of candidates for shows where Challenge Certificates are not awarded. Candidates must fulfil all of the following requirements.


1. Minimum of five years judging experience in any one breed and have the support of the EBCA.


2. To have judged a minimum of 45 Bearded Collies at Open Shows or Championship Shows without Challenge Certificates.


3. To have attended a Bearded Collie Breed Club Judging Seminar on the KC Standard of the Bearded Collie within the previous 10 years on production of relevant Certificate of Attendance


LIST C


For aspirant judges who have shown an interest in the breed, including persons who have judged the breed at limited and open shows, but do not yet qualify for the B lists and have the support of the EBCA. 


All applications are considered individually by the EBCA Sub-Committee, whose decision is final

 


JUDGING LIST GUIDANCE PART 2 - THE A3 LIST PROCEDURE 


The Judges Sub-Committee are keen to help up-and-coming judges gain experience to move through the Judges lists.  Our latest initiative to help ‘our’ judges was to review the number of dogs needed by judges to progress through the relevant Judges lists.   Taking into account the change in the number of Bearded Collies being shown, we have decided to reduce the number of dogs judged for inclusion on our A3 list to 180 Bearded Collies.  We don’t want to reduce the knowledge and experience of our judges, and it is still therefore imperative to attend and pass an A3 Written and Practical Assessment.   Our list is comprised of candidates who in the opinion of our Judges Sub-Committee are qualified to award Challenge Certificates in the breed, but as yet have not been approved by the Kennel Club.  Candidates must fulfil all of the requirements on our Judging List Criteria before applying .

 


The A3 List must not be confused with the A2 list.  No assessments are needed when judging, and when a judge receives their first invitation to award CCs a Kennel Club questionnaire must be completed and returned to the inviting Society.  If approved by the society, it will then be forwarded to the Kennel Club which will be considered by their Judges Sub-Committee after considering the opinions of the other breed clubs.   Successful nominations will be published in the Kennel Club Journal and the society should inform their invited judge. 

 


Judges awarding CC’s for the first time, provided they have not gone through the A2 List procedure, will be evaluated at their first appointment.