Bernese News 3rd April 2015

Steve Bennett emailed;

"I am very pleased to say that Bernese Mountain Dogs are scheduled  at the Redditch Canine
Society Open Show on Saturday 16th May 2015 at The Sports Connexion, Ryton on Dunsmore,
nr Coventry.  The judge is Paul Bevan.

"As well as the many CC breeds that also have classes, every Rare Breed is scheduled plus 10
classes for all the Import Register breeds. This is the first time I believe an all National Rare and
Import Register Breeds show will happen, hopefully giving exhibitors a look  at breeds they would
not normally expect to see.

"Entries can be made online with   or schedules can also be obtained from
the Secretary Pam Jameson at Banks Green House, Banks Green, Upper Bentley, nr
Redditch B97 5SU.  Tel 01527 545552 or email

"Postal entries close Saturday 18th April and online midnight Sunday 26th April 2015.

"Our website can  be found at "



Many breed enthusiasts as well as the exhibitors eagerly look forward to reading judge's
critiques and as you know, all show critiques that I receive I endeavour to publish them here
as soon as possible - usually the same day that I receive them.  
Show critiques can be emailed to me at


The Kennel Club would like to remind all judges at Championship and Open Breed Club shows
that they must produce a written critique for the first two placings in each class and send these
to at least one of the weekly dog newspapers.

The Kennel Club has had to write to over 170 judges in a 12 month period concerning the
non-publication of judges’ critiques.

The Kennel Club is concerned with the increasing amount of communication received from
breed clubs, councils and individuals relating to the non-publication of critiques, and wants to
ensure that judges follow regulations by submitting their critiques to Dog World and/or Our Dogs

Kennel Club Regulation F(1)22.d. states that ‘All Judges at Championship Shows and Open
Breed Club Shows must produce a written critique for the first two placings in each class, and
will dispatch these to at least one of the weekly United Kingdom Canine journals.’

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “The vast majority of judges are submitting critiques
properly in accordance with the regulations, but unfortunately there are a small number that are

“The Kennel Club had to write to 174 judges over missing critiques last year and 17 of these still 
failed to produce one, which resulted in a number of fines being issued. Not submitting critiques
properly can also lead to no further nominations to award CCs being considered by the Kennel
Club General Committee until the matter is resolved, so it is in the best interests of judges to
ensure they follow the regulations, which of course most of them do.

“We have been made aware of instances of judges submitting critiques to other outlets, such as
Facebook pages, assuming that this complies with Kennel Club Regulations, so we would
encourage all judges to familiarise themselves with the correct procedure as detailed in Kennel
Club show regulations.”

Judges are reminded that producing a critique is an important part of the judging process, allowing
the judge to outline the relative virtues and weaknesses of the dogs and to explain their placings.

The Kennel Club recommends that judges retain a copy of their critiques for a period of a year or
until they see their report published.

To report a missing critique, please contact the Breed Shows Team at
The Kennel Club,
1-5 Clarges Street,
which will investigate further.
Alternatively, emails may be sent to

Jude Simonds

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