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Judges Competency Framework Breed Appreciation Days announced for 2018

5th January 2018 - 4:28 PM

The Kennel Club has announced the dates of the Breed Appreciation Days being held as part of its Judges Competency Framework (JCF) pilot scheme. In each case, participants will attend a lecture by at least one breed expert and have the opportunity to take a multiple choice examination based upon the breed standard.

These pilot seminars follow on from those held late in 2017 for the Pomeranian, Siberian Husky, Border Collie and Afghan Hound, all of which were successful and have provided the Kennel Club with valuable feedback.

The new dates are as follows:


Jan 6                Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Speakers: Karen Hewitt and Brenda Piears

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Contact Richard Froggatt on or 01202 897002


Jan 14              Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Speaker: Kevin Dover

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Contact Diana King on or 020 8394 0649


Jan 14              Golden Retriever

Speakers: Sue Almey, Roy Maynard and Christine Morrell

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Contact Angela Cooper on or 01299 861267


Jan 28              Lagotto Romagnolo

Speakers: Ann Stephenson and Carolyn Fry

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Contact Ann Stephenson on or 01276 471064


Feb 3               Schipperke

Speaker: Ian Millar

Location: Roade, Northamptonshire

Contact Karen Bugg on or 07505 108305


Feb 3               Boxer

Speakers: Tim Hutchings and TBC

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Contact Vikki Van-Beck on or 07836 325125


Feb 25             Keeshond

Speaker: David Matthews

Location: Roade, Northamptonshire

Contact Karin Hickson on or 07802 888360


April 8              Eurasier

Speakers: Stacey Watkins and Helen Gutteridge

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Contact Helen Gutteridge on


April 15            Afghan Hound

Speaker: Ken Sinclair

Location: East Huntspill, Somerset

Contact Jill Cross on or 01458 223515


April 15            English Setter

Speakers: Jane Dennis, Linda Taylor, Glenis Williams and Steve Collier

Location: Corley, North Warwickshire

Contact Steve Collier on or 01257 793426


April 15            Welsh Terrier

Speaker: Alexandra Witmond

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Contact Julien Barney on or 07875 046762


Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “This year will be very important as we work towards the launch of the JCF at the beginning of 2019, so input from the organisers of these seminars will prove vital as the new system is refined. The Kennel Club would like to take this opportunity to thank those breeds which are participating in this pilot scheme – your contribution towards the development of future judges is absolutely crucial and greatly appreciated.”

The full list of educational opportunities, including seminars which address other aspects of the JCF such as the ‘Requirements of a Dog Show Judge’ (lecture and exam), can be found at the following page on the Kennel Club website which is updated regularly:

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