English Setter Judging Lists
& Judges Education
The JJC, which includes representatives from the six breed clubs, has been very successful in providing a consistent
and unbiased approach for developing judges, agreeing Judging List criteria and an effective format for education/training programmes.
The JJC is also a single body for English Setters when dealing with the Kennel Club on all judging related matters.
Further to the recent announcement that the planned implementation of the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) has been placed on hold pending a complete assessment of the scheme by an independent review body, the Kennel Club wishes to give an update on this situation.Full details of this announcement are available to download by clicking the following:- Kennel Club Announcement
Please feel free to contact the JJC secretary or any of the breed club representatives if you need help or advice on any judging related issues.
The JJC reviews the judging list criteria annually. A number of factors are taken into account such as; falling entries at open shows, Kennel Club directives (e.g. attending Field Trials), judging experience, comparison with other gundog breeds in similar stud book bands, attendance and passing of breed specific seminars and the need to encourage new judges onto the lists.To download the Judging Criteria click 2019 Judging Criteria
Application forms for new nominations or updates can be obtained from any of the Breed Club Secretaries, the JJC Secretary, or from one of the Breed Club web sites. Please contact the JJC secretary if you have any updates or corrections to the current judging lists
All ‘B’ & ‘C’ List judges should continue to send updated judging CV’s to the JJC secretary on a regular basis.
In the spring of 2017 the Kennel Club announced a new system for the education, approval and listing of every level of judge, from those who aspire to judge, right through to open show judges and those who go on to award Challenge Certificates and judge championship show groups and best in show. This is known as the Judges Competency Framework (JCF).
The JCF formally started in January 2019 on a phased basis, and runs alongside the current system for a three-year transition period, and will be fully operational from January 2022. Breed clubs will remain responsible for providing breed-specific education, and the JCF will also require judges to undergo mentoring and ringside observation. Breed clubs will be required to support this activity and to work with the Kennel Club to facilitate organising Breed Competence Assessments
The English Setter JJC is one of the Pilot Breeds for JCF and the implementation of the new system is progressing well. Two Breed Appreciation Days (BADs) were held in 2018 and a further BAD is being planned for 2020. Mentoring of judges who meet the JCF Level 2 requirements started in April 2018 and is progressing at a significant pace with some 20 judges currently going through the mentoring process. The list of English Setter mentors are avail to download here by clicking Mentors
More details about the new JCF system can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/jcf or by speaking to the Breed Education Co-ordinator.Letter to ‘B’ & ‘C’ Judges (September 2018), click Letter