ENGLISH SETTER JOINT JUDGES COMMITTEE (JJC)

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 all six English Setter 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.
Joint Judges Committee (JJC)
• Mrs C. Normansell (JJC Chairperson)
• Mr S. Collier (JJC Secretary and Breed Education Co-ordinator)

Plus three representatives from each of the following breed clubs;
• ESA, ESSofS, ESSof W, MESS, NESS and SESS

Please feel free to contact the JJC Chairman, Secretary or any of the breed club representatives if you need help or advice on any judging related issues.

Judging Lists
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 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 List Criteria
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.

Breed Specific Seminars
The JJC has been running regular breed specific seminars in accordance with the Kennel Club best practice guidelines since 2001.

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 website and also our Facebook Page once plans are confirmed.