Criteria for the English Springer Spaniel Club Judging A1, A2 and A3 Lists
as at 1st January 2017

The ESSC produce consolidated A1, A2 & A3 lists of judges that it supports to judge English Springer Spaniels. The lists will be submitted to the Kennel Club as part of the ESSC Annual Returns.

The purpose of the Judges Lists is to indicate to interested parties those persons the ESSC would support at Championship Show Level.

The ESSC 'A' judging list will compile three parts.

List A1 For persons who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the breed and have completed their first appointment. The ESSC A1 List indicates persons who have the support of the ESSC.

List A2 For persons who fulfil all the requirements of 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. The ESSC A2 List indicates persons who have the support of the KC and the ESSC.

List A3 indicates persons who the ESSC would recommend as being suitable to award Challenge Certificates in the breed but not yet approved by the Kennel Club for inclusion on A2 and/or A1 lists.

  • The lists are not indefinite. They are valid for one year only and will expire on the 31st December each year. New and updated applications to the judging lists will be considered by the ESSC JSC and supported applications will be added to the appropriate list.
  • The A1 list will be compiled using information provided by the Kennel Club with regard to those persons who have been passed to award Challenge Certificates and have awarded Challenge Certificates at the time of the compilation.
  • New applicants wishing to be considered for inclusion in the A3 judging list must, in the first instance, complete an ESSC Judging Questionnaire. Any person can apply for inclusion on the lists. To do this they should complete a judging questionnaire and return to the ESSC Judging LIst Co-ordinator .
  • Membership of the ESSC is not a pre-requisite for inclusion on the lists.
  • A person may complete an ESSC judging questionnaire at any time to update their information.
  • The suitability of applicants for inclusion in the Breed's A3 list of judges will be considered by the ESSC at its discretion, using the criteria detailed as a guide. The decision of the ESSC is final and no reason for non-inclusion will be given. This does not preclude a re-submission of an application in any subsequent year.
  • Judges who are to be included for the first time on the ESSC A3 judging list will be informed of the ESSC decision in writing. Copies of ESSC judging lists will be included on the ESSC website and can be made available on request. Copies of the lists are also sent to the Kennel Club and also, to Dog Show Secretaries to help promote a fair distribution of judges at shows.
  • In accordance with the KC recommendation, voting of a person for inclusion on judging lists will be by secret ballot. Voting will take place at an ESSC JSC meeting.

Please Note:
The Policy & Procedure for compiling 'B' or 'C' lists is also determined on an individual basis by the ESSC and the details are listed separately to this document.

A3 Criteria For Breed Specialists
as at 1st January 2017


Persons included on this list must have met all of the following criteria:

    • To have had a minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed, with appointments spread over a reasonable geographical area and have the support of the ESSC;
    • To have owned and exhibited English Springer Spaniels for a minimum of 10 years;
    • To have judged at least 50 classes in the breed at Open Show level and to have judged a minimum of 110 dogs;
    • To have judged an English Springer Spaniel Breed Club/Society Open Show;
    • To have judged at any two shows which have a combined entry of at least 40 dogs present and judged. (Please Note: To achieve the requirement of 2 shows/40 dogs present and judged, a person can add together any combination taken from the following type of shows - Breed Club Open Shows, Championship Shows without CCs, or any other type of Open Shows)
    • To have attended a KC seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the relevant examination on the 'Requirements of a Dog Show Judge' (**this is not required if the applicant already awards Challenge Certificates in another breed);
    • To have attended a KC seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on "Conformation and Movement".(** this is not required if the applicant already awards Challenge Certificates in another breed);
    • To have attended and passed a KC '50 Points of the Dog' Assessment delivered by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer. (**this is not required if the applicant already awards Challenge Certificates in another breed);
    • To have attended at least one breed specific seminar run in accordance with the Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and assessment where applicable;
    • To have attended an English Springer Spaniel Breed Seminar that has been organised and run in accordance with the KC Code of Best Practice;
    • To have passed the multi-choice tick box exam on the English Springer Spaniel Breed Standard;
    • To have attended and been successful at an English Springer Spaniel Breed Assessment that has been organised and run in accordance with the KC Code of Best Practice.
    • To have bred and/or owned a minimum of 3 dogs when they obtained their 1st entry in the KC Stud Book. (Please Note: KC Policy advises a requirement of 3 dogs in the Stud Book for approval to the A2/A1 Lists, save in exceptional circumstances)
    • To have stewarded at 12 shows;
    • To have attended a Kennel Club Field Trial at Open Stake level, or an Open Gundog Working Test for the relevant gundog sub group (KC mandatory requirement from 1.1.2011; i.e. KC Guidance states that if you are attending a Field Trial you need to attend an Open (ESS) Stake or above. If you are attending an Open Gundog Working Test then you can go to either an Open (ESS) Test or an Open Any Variety (AV) Spaniel Test. You should obtain a marked card signed by the FT Secretary or WT Secretary as evidence of attendance.
    • To agree to produce a written critique for the first two placings in each class at Championship Shows and Breed Club Open Shows, and also agree to dispatch the critique to at least one of the weekly UK canine journals - all as required by the KC - within three months of the judging appointment save in exceptional circumstances;
    • To have submitted the application on the ESSC judging questionnaire; and
    • Also see Notes 1 & 2 below


A3 Criteria For Non - Breed Specialists
as at 1st January 2017


Persons included on this list are required to have met all of the following criteria:

  • To have a minimum of 20 years experience exhibiting dogs;
  • 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 ESSC;
  • To award CCs in at least one other breed
  • To have judged a minimum of 50 classes in the breed at Open Show level, and to have judged a minimum of 110 dogs. Appointments to have been spread over a reasonable geographical area. Judging at an English Springer Spaniel Breed Club/Society Open Show is desirable;
  • To have attended at least one English Springer Spaniel breed specific seminar that has been organised and run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice;
  • To have passed a multi-choice tick box exam on the English Springer Spaniel Breed Standard;
  • To have attended and been successful at an English Springer Spaniel Breed Assessment that was organised and run in accordance with the KC Code of Best practice;
  • Where appropriate, to have attended a Kennel Club Field Trial at Open Stake level, or an Open Gundog Working Test for the relevant gundog sub group. (KC mandatory requirement from 1.1.2011) i.e. KC Guidance states that if you are attending a Field Trial you need to attend an Open (ESS) Stake or above. If you are attending an Open Gundog Working Test then you can go to either an Open (ESS) Test or an Open Any Variety (AV) Spaniel Test. You should obtain a marked card signed by the FT Secretary or WT Secretary as evidence of attendance.
  • To agree to produce a written show critique for the first two placings in each class at Championship Shows and Breed Club Open Shows, and also agree to dispatch the critique to at least one of the weekly UK canine journals - all as required by the KC - within three months of the judging appointment save in exceptional circumstances;
  • To have submitted the application on the ESSC judging questionnaire; and
  • Also see Note 2 below

Criteria for Overseas Judges

Applications will be considered on their individual merit and in accordance with Kennel Club guidance.

Notes:
1. The ESSC considers that an ESS judging appointment at a Championship Show without CCs does not equate to a judging appointment at an ESS Breed Club/Society Open Show.

2. The suitability of applicants for inclusion in the Breed's A1, A2 and A3 lists of judges will be considered by the ESSC JSC at its discretion, using the criteria detailed above as a guide. The suitability of applicants for inclusion on a list may also be considered on their merit. The decision of the ESSC JSC is final and no reason for non-inclusion will be given. This does not preclude a re-submission of an application in any subsequent year.

ESSC/P,P&C/Dec  2016

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