GSPA Show Judges Criteria

Judging List Requirements for both Breed Specialists and Non Breed Specialists

The requirements needed for those who wish to be approved by the German Shorthaired Pointer Association (GSPA) to judge our breed at Limited, Open and Championship Shows.

The criteria for being a judge should involve a thorough knowledge of the Kennel Club Standard in relationship to the working requirements of the breed. The requirements are as follows:

List A1

For persons who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the breed and have completed their first appointment. To have the support of the GSPA

List A2

For persons who fulfil all the requirements for the A3 list and who have been assessed in accordance with Kennel Club requirements and accepted by the Kennel Club for inclusion on an A2 list and have the support of the GSPA.

List A3

All persons the GSPA would support to award Kennel Club Challenge Certificates but are not yet approved by the Kennel Club.

Breed Specialists

  • 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 Conformation and Movement.
  • To have attended a Conformation and Movement “Hands on Assessment” conducted by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer and passed the assessment.
  • To have attended at least one breed specific seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment where applicable.
  • To have a minimum of 7 years judging experience in the breed and have the support of the GSPA.
  • To have judged the breed at a minimum of 15 open shows or championship shows without CCs with a good geographical spread.
  • To have judged a minimum of 160 GSPs.
  • To have bred and/or owned a minimum of 3 dogs when they have obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances).
  • To have stewarded at 12 shows over a minimum period of 3 years.

Non Breed Specialists

  • To have a minimum of 7 years judging experience in any one breed (to include 5 years on this breed) have the support of the GSPA
  • To have judged the breed at a minimum of 15 open shows or championship shows without CCs with a good geographical spread.
  • To have judged a minimum of 160 GSPs.
  • To have awarded CCs in at least one other breed.
  • To have attended at least one breed specific seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment where applicable.
  • To have bred and/or owned a minimum of 3 dogs when they have obtained their first entry in the Kennel Club Stud Book (save in exceptional circumstances).

The GSPA would prefer all persons both Breed and Non-Breed Specialists to have judged a Breed Open Show.

List B (Breed and Non-Breed Specialists)

All persons the GSPA would support to judge at Open Shows or at Championship Shows without Challenge Certificates for the breed.

  • To have judged a minimum of 10 shows with a good geographical spread.
  • To have judged at least 50 GSPs over a minimum of 4 years.
  • To have attended a Breed Specific Judging Seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment where applicable.
  • To have stewarded at a minimum of 5 shows.

List C (Breed and Non-Breed Specialists)

All persons the GSPA would support to judge at Limited and Open Shows and to have been involved with the breed for a minimum of 3 years.

All applicants will be placed before the Committee for consideration and inclusion is at the discretion of the Committee by a majority vote in favour.

 It should be noted that achievement of the criteria does not automatically mean acceptance for inclusion on a list.