SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018 – after the AGM

CHIEVELEY VILLAGE HALL, BERKS RG20 8TE *******************************************************************

And now for something else completely different……. Come along and join in……….
Will not start before 11.00 am

An informal day - historic archives and information on our sighthounds – coffee with old friends and new, hopefully our regular supporters of these annual lively events plus new faces with a special welcome to anyone considering the Mentoring programme of the JCF.
What exactly is this MENTORING ? Exactly how is it going to be carried out in the new KC JCF programme ? By the end of the morning we hope to have the answers ! But are our mentors going to be able to try it out for themselves ? By the end of the afternoon the answer should be Yes !  The afternoon will, as usual, be action packed with fun classes, chances for you to try your hand at “judging” and yet another new venture – “fun-obreedience” (no previous experience necessary for any of these). Plenty of opportunity for young people to have fun with this so bring them along ! This event follows last year’s well supported day.  Come along and have a great time.


11.00 am : Introduction 11.05 am : Coffee – Enjoy the collections of material and historic,      valuable archives on display. 
11.30 am : What makes a good mentor ?  Roberta Hall (Saxonmill)
12.15 am : What are the four types of  mentoring session ? panel of speakers and time for questions
1.00 pm :  WAIT A MINUTE ! How exactly should we “go over” this breed anyway ? Help from the experts.
1.30 pm : LUNCH – courtesy of the AHA Bistro 
2.15 pm approx.  *FUN CLASSES “judged” by volunteers. 
*PRACTICE FOR MENTORS – try out the various types of mentoring using our volunteer hounds and classes – draft mentors’ assessment forms will be available. 
* FUN-HOUND-OBREEDIENCE competition – Muriel, Melinda and Claire will give the chance for your hound to enjoy something new – Obreedience AHA style – have a go – but  you need a team of 2 to 4 so organize your friends !      *THE WHOLE IDEA IS TO LEARN & HAVE FUN !!
3.30pm approx. :  End of the day - TEA/COFFEE and brief summary to thank our guests and presentation of Awards for Effort and Achievement.

OUR GUESTS : Roberta Hall (Saxonmill)  -  What makes a good mentor ? Roles and responsibilities. 

Panel of speakers – How are mentoring sessions to be carried out ?

Muriel Boydell (Warrenoak) – Obreedience for all

Please note that numbers may be limited for this event so if you are interested do not delay in booking your place. Your hounds are welcome. Coffee and ample refreshments will be provided during the day.

£14 members ; £16 non-members
KC JCF Afghan Hound Mentors Free.

To Book Contact :
Melinda Hitch :  ; tel : 01634 221587/ 07754786050                             Susan Rhodes : ; tel : 01233 770256 / 07747615909                      Claire Parker : ; tel : 07795 666100
Please send remittance to Claire Parker, 69, Grosvenor Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs ST3 5ND (Cheques to Afghan Hound Assoc.)

AHCS are planning to provide a minibus to save on costs for those wishing to attend.
Notes of interest to come to the AHCS Secretary who can organise tickets

Letter from the Kennel Club

Over the last few months, you have no doubt become aware through the dog press and other avenues that an announcement from the Kennel Club has been imminent regarding the way breed show judges are trained and developed in this country. I am very pleased to advise you that this announcement is being made later today – hence my writing to you now so that Breed Club Secretaries are among the first group of people to receive this news. 
A new system has been developed 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.
The Judges Competency Framework will be launched in January 2019, run alongside the current system for a three-year transition period, and be fully operational from January 2022. This education will involve mentoring and ringside observation by breed experts and be supported by a network of Breed Education Coordinators who will help facilitate learning. More information about this role will be released in the coming months.
For some time now the Kennel Club has indicated that the way dog show judges are educated needs to change. It is generally accepted that change is necessary due to a range of deficiencies in the current process – problems for show societies identifying available and competent judges, open shows being poorly supported, and lack of seminar opportunities and transparency in the approval processes. The Judges Working Party changes introduced as far back as 1999 were a step in the right direction as far as formalising training for established judges was concerned, but now the time has come to make changes of a more far-reaching nature – changes which involve every level of judge.
The new Framework will provide a logical sequence of learning, practising, peer observation and examination and will cater for all judges at every level – it outlines a judge’s career path providing clear criteria for each stage. Each level will also confirm judging privileges, again making it clear to the judge and the show society who is eligible to judge which breed, and the number and the type of classes which may be judged. 
The Kennel Club’s established online Find A Judge facility will be extended to provide lists of all eligible judges across all breeds and for all types of show. 
The Framework will be administered through the Kennel Club’s modern online education platform – The Kennel Club Academy. The Academy is easy to access, available 24 hours a day and requires only a small annual subscription. As far as possible this provides for an efficient and ‘paperless’ way for judges to record their experience on their personal KC Academy page whether this be judging appointments or details of seminars attended, breed assessments passed and other education undertaken.
All judges will be required to remain up to date with their general dog show knowledge with a mandatory online exam to be passed every five years.
Breed clubs will remain responsible for providing breed-specific education, and the Framework 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-specific assessments.
A small pilot scheme involving clubs from all seven groups and all five Stud Book bands will run from the summer of 2017, which will enable the Kennel Club to make any refinements to its proposals before the Framework comes fully into force.
Breed clubs will no longer be required to maintain judging lists as the Kennel Club will be publishing lists of judges, across all breeds and all levels of show, via its online Find A Judge facility. 
The Framework starts at entry level, before a person steps into the ring for their very first appointment, and goes all the way through to the rare position of an all-breeds judge – seven levels in all. Judges can remain at any one of the levels if they so wish and can also be at different levels dependent on their knowledge and experience of a range of different breeds at any given time.
The requirement for judges to wait to be nominated to award CCs will no longer be applicable, as they will be listed as a championship show judge as soon as they have undertaken all the required education and assessment. This will open up what many see as a bottleneck preventing many suitably knowledgeable judges from awarding CCs. 
These changes to the judges education and approval system are all about raising standards of judging across all levels, starting with the person who is thinking of taking their first few tentative steps towards becoming a judge of their own breed at open shows, right through to the vastly experienced breeder who has attained the status of an all-breeds judge at championship show level.
Society is changing and these changes reflect this situation. The dog show scene has changed dramatically over the last 40 years or so. Whereas in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was relatively easy for aspiring judges to accumulate numbers as a part of learning their craft at open shows where entries were plentiful, the reality is this is no longer the case, which has made learning more difficult.
The Kennel Club was very mindful of this fact when it developed this new system, as it was keen to take modern lifestyles into account – dog shows these days compete with so many other pastimes for our attention and people work longer hours. A system which promotes efficiency while at the same time encouraging quality learning – based not on the number of dogs judged but on the judge demonstrating their competency to their peers – has to be very good news indeed for anyone who wishes either to become a dog judge or to progress further up the judging ladder.
Taken out of context, the previous two paragraphs could easily be misconstrued to mean that the Kennel Club has given up on general canine open shows, but nothing could be further from the truth. There have already been some initiatives announced emerging from the Dog Show Promotion working party. Further initiatives will be announced over the coming months, some of which have been designed to fit hand-in-glove with the Framework’s system of mentoring and observed judging at open shows, which will no doubt ensure that these events remain absolutely essential in the education and progression of breed show judges in the UK.
Further details of the Judges Competency Framework can be found on the Kennel Club website, along with an outline of the recommendations affecting breed clubs and general canine societies. You will also find an FAQ document which aims to cover questions that may arise. If you have a question which is not yet covered please email your question to where we will update the FAQ document with your question and the answer.
There is no question that the education of breed show judges is entering a new chapter in this country, one which I am sure will succeed if we – the Kennel Club, breed clubs, open show societies, breeders, exhibitors and judges – all work together in our common aim of making our pastime better and securing its continuance for future generations of dog show enthusiasts.

With all good wishes,

Kathryn Symns
Canine Activities Executive
The Kennel Club

Announcement 2

The Afghan Hound Club of Scotland would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in attending an informal Teach In with two Breed Specialists - sharing their knowledge and experience, and  dogs to go over on the day.  Please let Alex Gilchrist, Secretary, know if you would find this useful and would like to attend.

Announcement 3

The Afghan Hound Club of Scotland would like to gauge the interest in a formal Breed Lecture which would be taken by a recongnised Breed Lecturer/Specialist.  Please advise Alex Gilchrist,Secretary, if you would be interested in attending this event.

Both the informal Teach in and Breed Lecture will be arranged if sufficient interested is lodged.