Changes to the Judges Education Programme

Judges Education Programme

As of January 2021 the Kennel Club has stated that Judges should meet certain basic requirements.  Previously, as we all know, Breed Clubs maintained their own Judging Lists and, in some instances, as minimum numbers were required in order to progress some people could effectively never achieve the number of dogs in order to so do.

Level 1 is the basic level at which one can accept judging appointments.  Level 1 requires that the prospective judge fulfils the following criteria:

  1. Has a minimum of 5 years proven interest in pedigree dogs.
  2. Attends the Requirements of a Dog Show Judge seminar (not required to pass the exam at this point)
  3. Attends a Conformation and Movement Seminar.
  4. Completes 2 full days of Stewarding.

Once this level has been achieved, then the judge is eligible to judge 3 classes (4 classes if 1 is a Puppy class) at Open & Limited Shows for a particular breed.

Level 2 requires the above but passing the Requirements of a Dog Show Judge.

Attending a BAD for the breed & pass the MCE (multiple choice exam)

Watch the stewarding seminar and take the online quiz.

Complete the critique writing seminar & take the online quiz.

This allows judging of any number of classes in that breed.

If any individual judge wishes to judge more than 1 breed, then a BAD & MCE should be completed for each individual breed.

More information can be found at

BASC Tower Bird Trophy

BASC awards Tower Bird Trophies each year to the most successful young field trial dog or bitch under four years old at the end of the trialling season, in each of the gundog groups. The competition is open to all – BASC members and non-members and the prizes are awarded according to a points system.

The closing dates for entries is the 29th of May and the winners will be presented with their trophies at The Game Fair, Ragley Hall in September.

Further information can be found here –

Training for the working gundog – 2020

Just starting out, wanting to know what your dog can do?

Do you know how to get the best from your dog?

Struggling with a particular issue?

Is your training not really where you would like it to be?

Needing a little guidance, a nudge in the right direction?

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Open Show Update

Big apologies for the lateness of an update but I am putting the finishing touches to our schedule for our open show on Sunday 17th November at our new venue Whitwick in Leicestershire – the venue used in the past by Leicestershire Gundogs.

We have some of the breeds sponsored already but would be really grateful for exhibitors in Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla’s, Large Munsterlanders, Weimaraner’s and AV Import Register to consider donating prize money for Best of Breed (£10) and Best Puppy(£5).

Also we have a couple of Stakes classes still requiring sponsorship.

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HPR Beginner and Novice training day – March – KGCGB

Note this is a KGCGB Event.

Sunday 3 March 2019, Near Dorchester.

This fabulous opportunity will include:

  • Learning to Hunt with your dog
  • How to react to your dog Pointing on game
  • Retrieving with your dog using dummies, cold game on land & in water.
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Dog First Aid Course – KGCGB

Dog First Aid Course on 9 February, available at a substantially discounted rate – £30 / £35 per person.  (Normal costs would be in the region of £40-49 per person.)  As it’s lunch-time we will put some light refreshments on too.

Are you confident that you know the right thing to do in a dog-crisis?  Would you be equipped to cope in a canine emergency?  Knowing what to do can be the difference between life and death.

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