18th February 2022 Breed Notes

The Papillon (Butterfly) Dog Club held their Open show on the 5th Feb at St Mary’s Church Hall Solihull where the judge for the day was Breed Specialist Mrs Elaine Davidson (Elmarine), who had travelled from Bonnie Scotland. There were 82 entries, so a very turn out indeed.
BD and BIS went I am sure to a very delighted Chris Anderson with Pappretty Grt Expectations, BOS and RBIS: Kirsty Wells and Amanda Brown’s Metamorphic Vista, BPIS: Susie and Margaret Orchard’s Nightfire’s Be Unique In Style at Panspayon, RBPIS: Jane Thompson’s Skyvana Catch Me at Jhanakia who also took BVIS with Melangel Highland Vogue at Jhanakia. Best Phalene: was Sue Morrell’s Serenglade Leap Of Faith for Temelora and Best Fringes Karen and Steve Maskell’s Kazkell A Million Dreams with Kazkell. Res BD Anne Griffith’s Manawyddan Harryhare who also took Res BP with Manawyddan To A Wild Rose and Res Best Bitch: Karen Diprose’s Theme For A Dream for Lilnrose JW.
Congratulations to everyone, great results for you all.

For any aspiring judges or perhaps you are just interested in the breed, this could be just the thing for an interesting day out.
The Papillon (Butterfly Dog) are holding a Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) and Multiple Choice Exam (MCE) on the 10th April 2022 at the Swannington Village Hall, LE67 8QL
Speakers: Mrs Anne Richardson (The breed standard and an appreciation of Papillons) and Mrs Sue Morrell ( Phalenes and breed history).
Programme registrations 9.30-10.30, Seminar opens with BAD 10.45 + questions and answers. Lunch approx 12.30.
MCE 13.15,Hands On – 13.30.
BAD, MCE and Hands On- £30.
BAD, MCE- £25
BAD- £20 (All inc lunch.)
Make payment to Mr Brian Lees (Secretary) , 109, Nightingale Cres, Birchwood, Linclon LN6 0JR
Make payment by UK Cheques Papillon (Butterfly Dog) Club or by bank transfer 06-80-04210549.

Eukanuba held their finals for the Champion Stakes and Pup of the Year. It is a lovely day out to attend and very special day if you had qualified. Kirsty Miller, Evan Ryan and Kathleen Roosens had done so with U Knock Me Off My Feet Daydream Believers with Feorlig (imp Bel) putting in a very good performance and was awarded 2nd place under judge Anne McDonald. Very well done to everyone concerned.

Around the Open Shows at Taunton & Dist Canine Association the breed and Toy Group judge was Mrs Toni Teasdale (Tomsame) Susie and Margaret Orchard had super day taking BOB and also AV Toy Veteran with Ringlands Yoko’s Solo at Panspayon shCM . Whilst Sue Stanbury must have been delighted with her day also taking RBOB, BPIB & TPG2 with Feorlig The Cheek Of It With Inixia. Sue also took Bob with her King Charles Spaniel Cofton To The Moon And Back To Inixia. Well done on your winnings day ladies.

KENNEL CLUB TO PILOT REVISED ‘EYE FOR A DOG’ ASSESSMENT
The Kennel Club has announced that, following discussions with the Independent Review Panel, it is to pilot a revised ‘Eye for a Dog’ assessment for eligible breed show judges. This will take place on Tuesday 26 April at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh as part of the Judges Education Programme (JEP).
The JEP, including this assessment, was introduced as a result of feedback received from exhibitors, show societies and judges themselves via surveys and consultations, as follows:
Exhibitor feedback
Judges at open shows lack experience, exhibitors not treated with respect, lack of exhibitor ‘value for money’, poor standard of judging, and societies invite the ‘same old faces’ to judge
Show society feedback
Lack of availability of judging lists, and unable to find suitable judges to warrant scheduling a full range of classes likely to attract an increased entry
Judge feedback
Unable to gain sufficient hands-on experience, declining or stagnant entries, breed club partisan decisions preventing progress, and reliance on receiving judging invitations to progress
It was recognised that, whilst judges education has previously sometimes included a breed-specific assessment, there was no in-depth check of a judge’s understanding of general canine conformation and movement, considered important for those who wish to judge several breeds. There is already in existence a seminar and supporting resources on the subject (now a JEP Level 1 requirement) and the Points of the Dog assessment (now a JEP Level 2 requirement), along with the requirement for a judge to pass a breed specific hands-on assessment for the judge’s first three approved CC breeds under the traditional system.
Having identified the need for such an assessment, the Kennel Club examined the way judges were trained in the Scandinavian countries, where there is a reputation for producing highly respected, competent judges.
The Finnish Eye for a Dog test was considered to be a suitable match, but with necessary adaptations for the UK’s judge education system. Working with the Finnish Kennel Club three pilot events took place between 2018 and 2019. Each event was reviewed with feedback from candidates, assessors, observers and organisers which identified improvements to be made to develop the proposed model for use in the new Judges Education Programme.
The aims of the assessment remain as follows:
To assess a candidate’s knowledge and competence in conformation and movement (non-breed specific) and their ability to describe proportions, and to identify ‘balance’ in dogs
To provide an opportunity for aspiring judges to demonstrate having a high level of understanding of canine conformation and movement, and to be able to identify this in practice. The assessment does not require any pre-knowledge of any Kennel Club breed standards nor breed-specific knowledge
Judges wishing to progress beyond awarding Challenge Certificates in a limited number of breeds are required to demonstrate having the appropriate level of knowledge, which in turn will provide exhibitors with confidence in their ability
To give confidence to exhibitors that judges at the highest levels have a proven knowledge and understanding of the conformation, movement, balance and proportions of dogs which may be exhibited when they officiate
By improving the standard of judging at the highest levels, exhibitors may feel they receive ‘value for money’, and senior judges will be seen to be leading by example
In order to be eligible to take part in the revised Eye for a Dog assessment, a person must have been approved for at least three breeds and judged them at CC level. A further announcement will be made once bookings are open.

A copy of the Code of Best Practice for the assessment can be found online at bit.ly/3sqLXXH. It is also recommended that potential candidates refer to the generic Conformation and Movement resources on the Kennel Club Academy – simply visit thekennelclub.org.uk and, once logged into your account, click the Academy button on your dashboard.
Enquiries in relation to the Eye for a Dog assessment should be directed to judges.education@thekennelclub.org.uk.

Another week closer to Crufts and soon we will all be getting up at stupid o’clock. Good luck if you are entered any Open Shows in the coming weeks, please let me know your results because we all want to celebrate your special day.

Until then take care on the roads and look after your four paws.

IRENE ROBB