Show Diary 2023

Please Note: All shows and dates are subject to changes.
Date Show Judge/s
15/01/23 SESS revised Ch Sh date (D) Mrs Val Isherwood: (B) Mr Chris Bird: (R) Mrs Jane Bishop
21/01/23 Manchester Mr Wolfgang Eickert
05/02/23 MESS ((D) Miss Karen Sillince: (B) Mrs Jan Armstrong: (R) Mrs Anne Derry
09/03/23 Crufts Mrs Linda Upton
02/04/23 ESS of Wales (D) Mrs Christine Morgan: (B) Mr Simon Pitts: (R) Mr Eric Stephenson, subject to KC approval
09/04/23 NESS Open Show 1: Mrs Marai Dobbie: Show 2: Mrs Jacqui Bayne
23/04/23 ESA (D) Mr Neil Kelly: (B) Mrs Christine Normansell: (R) Mrs Jane Dennis: (Mem) Mrs Phoebe Darley
30/04/23 WELKS Mrs Di Morgan
07/05/23 Birmingham Nat Mrs Lesley Swigciski
14/05/23 MESS Open Mrs Jackie Corfield
20/05/23 SKC Mr Gordon Hayburn
26/05/23 Bath Mr Anthony Allen
02/06/23 Southern Counties Mr David Shields
11/06/23 Three Counties Mr Jeff Roberts
17/06/23 Border Union Mr Dom Goutorbe
17/06/23 ESS of Scotland With Border Union: (D) Mrs Jill Kelly: (B) Mr Aiden McKiernan:
24/06/23 Blackpool Mr Richard Morris
01/07/23 Windsor Mr Rob McMaster
07/07/23 East Of England Miss Janet Neath
09/07/23 ESA AGM: 9.30am Refreshments, starts at 10am Bearley Village Hall, Stratford Upon Avon CV37 0SR
09/07/23 ESA Open Show: Opens at 9.30, Judging at 11.30am Judge - Mrs Kate Condron: Memorials - Mrs Tracy Boyles
15/07/23 NESS (D) Mrs Sharon Littlechild: (B) Mr Ronnie Blomme:
16/07/23 SESS Open Mr Les Weller
28/07/23 Leeds Mr Frank Whyte
05/08/23 Paignton Mrs Pam Halstead
06/08/23 Nat Gundog Mrs Linda Taylor
14/08/23 Bournemouth Mr Russell Mosedale
19/08/23 WKC Miss Becky Johnson
28/08/23 Driffield Mrs.Tania Gardner
03/09/23 City Birmingham Mrs Margaret Gittins
08/09/23 Richmond Mrs Christine Schofield
15/09/23 Darlington Mrs Pat Colton
24/09/23 ESS of Wales Open Mrs Sandra Sturrock: Stakes - Mrs Henrietta Stewart
11/10/23 GDS of Wales Mr Colin MacKay
14/10/23 South Wales KA Ms Tereza Watkins
27/10/23 Mid Counties Mrs Sarah Loakes
11/11/23 ESS of Scotland Open with GDBAS Mrs Sandra Sturrock
11/11/23 GBAS Mr Nigel Worth
19/11/23 SESS (D) Mrs Val Watkin: (B) Miss Glenis Williams: (R) Mrs Sue Bryant
25/11/23 Setter & Pointer Mr Peter Upton
26/11/23 Setter & Pointer Open Miss Olivia Danks-Kemish
27/11/23 MESS Open Mrs. Jane Eyeington
10/12/23 LKA Mrs Kay Reid

Information about Judging & Education

The English Setter Joint Judges Committee (JJC) was formed in 1998 with the main objectives to:

1. Produce and maintain a common Judging List to be used by all English Setter breed clubs.
2. Co-ordinate an integrated education programme to deliver breed specific seminars mentoring and assessments.
3. Encourage all canine societies to select judges from the English Setter Judging Lists.

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.

The Kennel Club Board is delighted to announce, following consideration of the recommendations put forward by the Independent Review Panel together with the output from the survey commissioned by the Kennel Club, that agreement has been reached on how to take the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) forward.  Full details of this announcement are available to download by clicking the following:- Feb 2020 Way forward for JCF

Following the recent announcement about the future of the Judges Competency Framework, further details have now been issued which outline future judge requirements and eligibility.
Judges may be appointed by societies based on either the current judge regulations or the new system until the end of the transition period, i.e. judges must be on the required list and/or at the required Level.
From 1 January 2021, no one can judge unless they meet the new Level 1 requirements.
Otherwise, judges can accept appointments either in accordance with current Kennel Club regulations or Judges Competency Framework requirements.
In both cases, an exception can be made where a valid contract is in place prior to the date of this announcement (24 February 2020).
For futher details of this announcement click:- Judge Requirements and Eligibility Feb 2020

Letter to Joint Judges Committee regarding above information:- JJC Letter
Please find a link to the latest Press Release on hands-on judging experience under both the current judges approval system and the Judges Competency Framework (JCF).
This link is shown in JJC letter above.

Dropdown Info

The English Setter Breed Clubs
Joint List of Show Judges

supported by: -


Chairman: Mrs Christine Normansell
Secretary: Mr S. Collier:  email:

Tel. 01257 793426

The English Setter Joint Breed Clubs nominations to the Judging List;
Nominations or updates for The English Setter Joint Breed Clubs Judging List, is via one of the Member Clubs. An application form may be obtained from any of the Breed Clubs Secretaries listed below, from the JJC Secretary, or from the Breed Club web sites.

Breed Club Secretaries:
Mr Chris Bird
Cranley, 83 Hills Road, Saham Hills, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 7EW
Tel. No. 01953 881040:
Ms Mhairi Vallance
48 Burnside, New Cumnock, Ayrshire, KAI 8 4QN
Tel. No. 07745 548693:
Mrs Kay Stephenson
Town End Cottage, Carsington, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4PX
Tel. No. 01629 540608:
Mrs Mel Sharples
2 Lyons Lodge, Withington, Cheltenham, GL54 4BH
Tel. No. 07834 364477:
Miss Ellen Loynd
Spodden House, Millfold, Whitworth, Rochdale, OL12 8DN
Tel. No. 07531 203118:
Mr. Dave Lewis
The Cider Press, Lower Coltscombe, Slapton, Devon, TQ7 2QE
Tel. No. 01548 580600:

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: Criteria

The judging lists are reviewed and updated by the JJC on an annual basis. The judging lists are constantly maintained and published on all the breed club web sites. Hard copy judging lists are also available from any of the Breed Club Secretaries or the JJC Secretary.
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.

Judging Lists (A, A2, A3, B, C) & Judging Questionnaire can be downloaded in PDF format. Just click:
Roll of Honour - A1 List:     A3 List:     B List:    C List:    Questionnaire

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 or by speaking to the Breed Education Co-ordinator.

Letter to ‘B’ & ‘C’ Judges (September 2018), click:- Letter
Letter to ‘C’ List Judges (September 2019),  click:- C list Letter

All six breed clubs and JCC are constantly sending out judging lists to canine societies asking them to select names from the published judging lists. We would also encourage individuals to actively lobby canine societies (either directly or through the JJC) to select judges from the breed club lists. The lists are constantly maintained and published on all the breed club web sites.

Information about Education & Training

The Kennel Club has updated its Judging Regulations and Code of Best Practice for Judges.
The new regulations, which are explained in attached KC press release, are effective from 1st January 2020.
To download latest regulations click:-
  KC Regulations 2019

The JJC has been running regular breed specific seminars in accordance with the Kennel Club best practice guidelines (Modules 1, 2 and 3) that have been linked to the various judging lists since 2001. In this time 463 people have attended 39 modules organised by the English Setter breed clubs.
Given the falling entries at shows and reducing hands-on criteria it is important that judges are assessed to ensure they fully understand the breed characteristics before awarding CC’s in the breed. Therefore the JJC places significant emphasis on judges needing to attend and pass breed specific seminars, especially Module 3 which is designed to assess potential judges before moving onto the A3 List and awarding CC’s.
Details of future breed specific seminars / assessments will appear on the breed club web sites once plans are confirmed.