Judging

Judging Lists

We are often asked by exhibitors how they can get themselves onto a Labrador Judging List. Below are details of the criteria regarding qualification for inclusion on a judging list.
If you think that you qualify for a particular list then this is what you need to do

C List  Contact the secretary of your local Labrador Breed Club and ask if your name could be included on this list. The secretary will then tell you what you need to do

B List  Download the application form (click here), fill in the relevant sections (some parts only apply to A List applications) and send it to the secretary of your local Labrador Breed Club. It will then be put before committee and if approved be forwarded for inclusion on the Labrador Breed Council B List

A Lists You will have to be nominated by a Labrador Breed Club for this. The application form can still be downloaded (click here) but when completed it needs to be sent to the secretary of the nominating club. This application will then be put for consideration by the Labrador Breed Council

You do not have to be member of any Labrador Breed Club to apply for inclusion on any Labrador Judging List

 Judging List Criteria
Updated April 2013

 A1 List
BREED SPECIALISTS
This list consists of breed specialist judges who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the breed, have satisfactorily completed their first appointment and have the support of the Labrador Breed Council
NON-BREED SPECIALISTS
This list consists of non-breed specialist judges who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the breed, have satisfactorily completed their first appointment and have the support of the Labrador Breed Council

A2 List
People who meet the minimum criteria for the A3 list and who have satisfied the Kennel Club procedure for A2 judges list of being assessed at least 3 times by an approved assessor from the Kennel Club breed list.
Judges whose names appears on the B list or above may ask to be assessed when judging the breed at open shows or at a breed club seminar/assessment day

A3 List
BREED SPECIALISTS
This list consists of breed specialist judges who are supported by the Labrador Breed Council as being suitable to award Challenge Certificates in the breed if invited to do
so.
The minimum experience required for the consideration of the proposing club is:
▪ To have judged Labradors over a period of at least seven years
▪ To have judged Labradors over a wide geographical area
▪ To have judged at least two Labrador breed club open shows-one of which should be a qualifying breed club appointment. A qualifying Labrador breed club appointment is a show at which a minimum of 65 dogs were present and judged
▪ To have judged a minimum of 90 classes of Labradors, to include at least 200 dogs of the breed and an additional Labrador breed club appointment. (The 90 classes cannot include the qualifying Labrador club open show appointment)
▪ To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three dogs when these dogs obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book, save in exceptional circumstances
▪ To have stewarded on at least 12 occasions at separate shows
▪ To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the relevant examination on Kennel Club Regulations and Judging Procedures
▪ To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Confirmation and Movement
▪ To have attended and passed a “Hands-on Assessment” given by a Kennel Club accredited trainer
▪ To have attended at least one Labrador breed specific seminar held in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment
▪ To have attended an Open Stake Field Trial or Open Working Teat and obtained a copy of the event card signed by the chief steward indicating how long the person was at the event.
A judge already awarding CCs in another gundog breed is exempt from this requirement
To have not yet been approved by The Kennel Club for inclusion on the A2 List


NONE-BREED SPECIALISTS
This list consists of non-breed specialist judges who are supported by the Labrador Breed Council as being suitable to award Challenge Certificates in the breed.
The minimum experience required for the consideration of the proposing club is:
▪ To have awarded CCs in at least one other breed
▪ To have judged Labradors for five or more years
▪ To have judged Labradors over a wide geographical area
▪ To have judges at least two Labrador breed open shows-one of which should be a qualifying breed club appointment. A qualifying Labrador breed club appointment is a show at which a minimum of 65 dogs were present and judged
▪ To have judged a minimum of 90 classes of Labradors, to include at least 200 dogs of the breed and an additional Labrador breed club appointment. (The 90 classes cannot include the qualifying Labrador club open show appointment)
▪ To have attended at least one Labrador breed specific seminar held in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment
▪ To have attended an Open Stake Field Trial or Open Working Teat and obtained a copy of the event card signed by the chief steward indicating how long the person was at the event.
A judge already awarding CCs in another gundog breed is exempt from this requirement
To have not yet been approved by The Kennel Club for inclusion on the A2 List

B List
BREED SPECIALISTS
This list comprises breed specialist judges who have been approved by the Labrador Breed Council to judge the breed at shows where Challenge Certificates are not on offer
The minimum experience required for the consideration of the proposing breed club is:
▪ To have judged Labradors for a minimum of four years
▪ To have judged at least 30 Labrador classes
▪ To have judges at venues with a proportion beyond the mean geographical area
▪ To have attended at least one Breed Specific Seminar
BREED SPECIALISTS (OVERSEAS RESIDENTS)
This list comprises breed specialist judges who are resident overseas and have been approved by the Labrador Breed Council to judge the breed at shows where Challenge Certificates are not on offer
The minimum experience required for the consideration of the proposing breed club is:
▪ To have judged Labradors for a minimum of four years
▪ To have judged at least 30 Labrador Classes (including appointments overseas)
▪ To have judged at least 8 classes of Labradors in the UK
▪ To have judged at venues with a proportion beyond the mean geographical area
▪ To have attended at least one Breed Specific Seminar
NONE-BREED SPECIALISTS
This list comprises none-breed specialist judges who have been approved by the Labrador Breed Council to judge the breed at shows where Challenge Certificates are not on offer.
The minimum experience required for the consideration of the proposing breed club is:
▪ To have judged Labradors for a minimum of four years
▪ To have judged at least 30 Labrador classes
▪ To have judges at venues with a proportion beyond the mean geographical area
▪ To have attended at least one Breed Specific Seminar

C List
BREED SPECIALISTS
This list comprises breed specialist people who do not qualify for “A” or “B” lists, but are aspiring judges and have the confidence of The Labrador Breed Clubs to judge up to 5 classes at Open Show level
The minimum experience required for the consideration of the proposing breed club is:
▪ To have shown an active interest in the breed
▪ To have attended a Labrador Retriever Novice Judging Seminar and to have judged (hands on) 10 or more Labrador Retrievers
NONE-BREED SPECIALISTS
This list comprises none-breed specialist people who do not qualify for “A” or “B” lists, but are aspiring judges and have the confidence of The Labrador Breed Clubs to judge up to 5 classes at Open Show level
The minimum experience required for the consideration of the proposing breed club is:
▪ To have shown an active interest in the breed
▪ To have attended a Labrador Retriever Novice Judging Seminar and to have judged (hands on) 30 or more dogs in any other breeds

To download a judging list application form click here