Kennel Club Insight
Your monthly guide to what the Kennel Club is doing for you and your dogs
By the KC Press Office
Education co-ordinators announced
The names of the Kennel Club breed education co-ordinators were announced in July following the holding of their inaugural seminar as part of the implementation of the Judges Competency Framework (JCF).
As part of the JCF, each breed will have its own co-ordinator who will co-ordinate all points of breed-specific education and support for judges under the new system. The vast majority of co-ordinators are now in place, marking a key milestone in the implementation of the JCF.
Kennel Club Chairman Simon Luxmoore welcomed everyone and gave a brief introduction to the seminar and KC Board member Jeff Horswell then spoke as the JCF project leader, giving an introduction to the role of the breed education co-ordinators, including an outline of their role and responsibilities. He described a range of best practice models which had been successfully trialed during the recent breed club pilot scheme.
The breed-specific seminars to be run by breed clubs, known as breed appreciation days, were explained by Julien Barney, who took part in the JCF pilot scheme. Yvonne Billows, JCF working party member, spoke about how best to compile a multiple-choice breed standard exam, a necessary part of the breed appreciation day.
Julien then led a session on mentoring. Another very important aspect of the co-ordinator role will be the arranging of mentoring sessions for judges as they progress through the JCF system. A number of other representatives from the pilot breeds also spoke on the various types of mentoring and shared their experiences.
Jeff Horswell’s next subject was the JCF transition period during which the various JCF levels will run in tandem with traditional judging lists. The vast majority of breeds are now in a position to hold breed appreciation days and judges can work towards the requirements of the JCF in readiness to upload their evidence on to their online account in 2020.
Jeff emphasised the importance of breed clubs using the existing A2 route during the transition period, as those judges approved will transition to JCF Level 4 and will not need to be mentored or have to pass the new breed competency assessments. Breed clubs are urged to review their judging lists and make every effort to help their judges to be approved via this route.
The co-ordinators were given the opportunity to ask questions and to have their next steps explained. Everyone was thanked for their attendance and a special mention was made of the 14 pilot breeds which were a huge source of help and valuable feedback to the Kennel Club in the lead-up to the seminar.
The current list of co-ordinators is available at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/BECs.
European Open Agility Championships
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The Kennel Club would like to congratulate Agility Team GB for their performances at the European Open Agility Championships in Vienna, Austria in July.
‘Team GB Red’ won a silver medal in the Large team relay final. The team was made up of Dan Shaw from Chipperfield, Hertfordshire with his Border Collie, Geek; Natasha Wise from Watford, Hertfordshire with her Border Collie, Pebbles; Greg Derrett (team captain) from Evesham, Worcestershire with his Border Collie, Addict; and Martin Reid from Cullompton, Devon with his Border Collie, Spring.
The group competed against 105 other teams from around the world in the qualifiers where they reached fourth place, winning them a spot in the final where they then achieved their overall silver medal.
Another Team GB achievement was Hayley Telling from Arundel, West Sussex and her Shetland Sheepdog, Teal, who won 1st place in the individual Medium agility round.
Agility Team GB competed in both the team and individual rounds and the event provided a great opportunity for the team to demonstrate their skills on European courses and to compete against world class competitors.
The European Open Agility Championships attracted 850 handlers and their dogs from all over the world, with 37 countries represented at the competition including Russia, Venezuela and Greece.
Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, DOG StreamZ, Nottingham Trent University, Agility 1st, Animal Trust and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the Kennel Club's preferred cross-channel partner. The official equipment supplier is First Contact.
The full results for Agility Team GB at the European Open Agility Championships can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2v1Cr04.
Dog Photographer of the Year
The Kennel Club has announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its thirteenth year, the international competition received almost 10,000 entries from over 70 different countries around the globe, including China, Israel, Russia, Argentina and South Africa.
Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands has been chosen as the overall winner of the competition with an image of Noa the Great Dane seemingly alone in a forest, which placed first in the ‘Oldies’ category, the first time an image from this particular group has been picked as an overall winner. Monica began taking photos of dogs 18 years ago, and has been professionally snapping man’s best friend for the best part of a decade.
The other category winners were: Elinor Roizman from Israel, who won the ‘Dogs at Play’ category with a photo of Lili the Pomeranian chasing a giant bubble on the beach; Klaus Dyber from Germany, who won the ‘Puppy’ category with a beautiful image of Ceylin the 3-month-old Italian Greyhound; Carol Durrant from the UK, who won the ‘Portrait’ category with a stunning image of three Flat Coated Retrievers; Tracy Kidd from the UK who won the ‘Dogs at Work’ category with a group shot of spaniels and retriever dogs after a day of working hard; ‘Man’s Best Friend’ winner Joana Matos from Portugal; ‘Young Pup Photographer’ winner (for entrants aged 11 and under), Mariah Mobley from the US; and Tamara Kedves from Hungary who won the ‘I Love Dogs Because…’ category (for entrants from 12 to 17 years old).
The winner of the ‘Assistance Dogs’ category was Dean Mortimer from Castle Combe, Wiltshire, who captured the unique bond between man and dog as German Shepherd Dog, Rocko comforted his ex-soldier owner who suffers from PTSD. Sonya Kolb from New Jersey in the US was named as the winner of the ‘Rescue Dog’ award for her intimate portrait of a rescued Labrador and his loving new owners. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust will donate £500 to the charities of both winners’ choice, Service Dogs UK and Monmouth County SPCA respectively.
This year’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition is sponsored by SmugMug, the dog-loving photo sharing site for professional photographers, and Nikon School, a photography training establishment that aims to educate and inspire photographers.
The overall winner will receive an original oil painting of their image by award-winning artist Sara Abbott. All category winners will have their images on display at the Kennel Club in Mayfair, and will win a SmugMug photography website to showcase their work online and a one day photography course offered by Nikon School UK, as well as a trophy and exhibition print from Loxley Colour presented during an award ceremony.
The judges for this year’s competition were commercial and editorial dog photographer, Elke Vogelsang; Nikon UK representative, Neil Freeman; SmugMug’s European Manager, Alastair Jolly; Technical Editor of Amateur Photography Magazine, Hollie Latham Hucker; British professional dog photographer Martin Hill; and Kennel Club representatives Rosemary Smart, Chief Executive; Simon Luxmoore, Chairman, and Pauline Luxmoore-Ball.
All the winning images plus the photos that placed second and third for each category will be on display at the Kennel Club in London from 16th July until 5th October. The exhibition is open to the public and free to visit by appointment. Anyone wishing to visit should contact the Art Gallery office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winning images can be viewed at www.dogphotographeroftheyear.org.uk.
PHOTO: Overall winner of Dog Photographer of the Year: Monica van der Maden from the Netherlands’ image of Noa the Great Dane.