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1) A message from Royal Canin re redemption of gift certificates.
“Don’t forget that you can still redeem your gift certificates won at shows sponsored by Royal Canin by contacting their Area Business Manager. To find out who the Business Manager is for your area, click here: https://bit.ly/3b6yjOr”
2) FCI Statement FCI – Federation Cynologique Internationale : , , , , , , ̧, , , , , Reflecting on the legislative changes regarding the brachycephalic breeds in the Netherlands, please be informed about the following: Even though, last August, the FCI – among many canine stakeholders – had been informed about the preparation of the current legislation, we have since then not heard -nor have we been consulted- of any final step or decision being taken or made. No professional assistance or guidance was sought at that time by the Raad van Beheer (RvB-Dutch Kennel Club), which “ ”. Once the rumours about the legislative change have started on social media, we immediately contacted the RvB for official further details. Under the current sanitary circumstances, face-to-face meetings are not possible to be held but we will arrange a personal meeting between the FCI General Committee’s representative and the RvB in order for us to understand the practical situation, the plans and the standpoint of the RvB following this domestic legislative change. As previously announced, the FCI had proactively started to establish a cooperation frame with the professional BOAS working group led by Dr. Jane Ladlow and The Kennel Club in order to implement their new system of functional tests and to apply even more professional methods for the health of brachycephalic breeds. Due to the current pandemic situation, it was impossible to launch the program so far, but we shall do our best to introduce this new approach worldwide as soon as the circumstances are appropriate. Our priority is the preservation of these endangered brachycephalic breeds which all are National Heritages, and the protection of the interests of responsible breeders (vs individual puppy-producers, who are not falling under any regulations in the country). One of our biggest concerns – besides ignoring the National Heritage of the countries of origin of the affected breeds – lies in the fact that such legislation puts into advantageous situation those unmonitored and unregistered puppy farmers who are now given the tools to avoid any control, functional test, genetic test, and professional supervision of their activities. “Banning” breeds this way will result in making it impossible for the professionals (registered kennel club’s breeders) to operate correctly and in the interest of the breeds in question. A huge percentage of the dogs will be produced in individual households with no official affiliation to a registered entity, having as a final consequence that the overall health status of these dogs will be dramatically and negatively impacted in a near future. Keep in mind that once we lost the registered gene pool, the quality control gets lost forever. Obviously, the FCI is also strictly against registered breed-crossing, which boils down to simply cheating hundreds of years of history. Due to its simplicity and advantage to produce results in the short run, outcrossing is a popular concept for refreshing the gene pool, but it also bears unforeseeable consequences on the gene pool of the breed(s). All that is causing me a serious personal problem as well as the fact that this situation will affect only breeders related to national canine organisations and will protect those who are not providing any pedigree along with their puppies. Those dogs will indeed not fall under this regulation. I am inviting all the national canine organisations, especially those which operate in the country of origin of the aforementioned 12 breeds, to express their official reaction about a decision, taken by a foreign government, which tends to ignore an important part of their National Heritage without any previous consultation with the professional authorities of the involved counties. I am calling for an international campaign and action related to this cultural matter ! The FCI General Committee will be able to take further actions and measures once we get first-hand information (from the Raad van Beheer) about the facts and circumstances.. Dr. Tamás Jakkel President of the FCI
3) It is with reluctance, that following the statement issued by the Kennel Club, the Northern King Charles Spaniel Club, has decided to cancel their Open Show on 6th September.
STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 AND KENNEL CLUB EVENTS
The safety and security of competitors, spectators, volunteers and staff at Kennel Club events continues to be of paramount importance. In light of the continued restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kennel Club has taken the decision with regret to extend its strong recommendation that clubs and societies cancel forthcoming events until the end of September and that serious consideration should be given to events due to be held after this date.
It is vitally important that those responsible for organising events, large or small, conduct a risk assessment which will include ensuring that the event is Covid secure, i.e being compliant with Government advice and guidance on COVID-19. We will be working on further advice to clubs and societies on the issues which need to be addressed in a risk assessment once the Government publishes further guidance or instruction.
This latest recommendation is based on all advice issued by the Government so far which continues to restrict non-essential travel and maintain social distancing. The Kennel Club also recommends that alternative arrangements continue to be put in place regarding other activities such as meetings, seminars and training classes.
It is appreciated that clarity is important in order to be able to plan, budget and mitigate costs and therefore we will provide more definitive advice as soon as the position is clearer from the Government.
The latest advice on the situation regarding COVID-19 is regularly updated and changes daily and we strongly suggest that clubs and societies keep aware of updates as issued by the Department of Health at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Please contact the KC office on email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the cancellation or postponement of any licensed events. If your event is cancelled, please also advise whether you require a refund for your licence fee or require the fee to be carried forward for a future event.
Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
CODE OF BEST PRACTICE UPDATED FOR BREED APPRECIATION DAYS AND MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMS
The Kennel Club has announced that, following consideration of the recommendations put forward by the JCF Independent Review Panel together with the results from the JCF survey commissioned by the Kennel Club, the Code of Best Practice has been updated for Breed Appreciation Days (BADs) and Multiple Choice Exams (MCEs).
The code, respective annexes and updated mentoring record form can be found on the Kennel Club website at bit.ly/2wPi3Dr.
As previously announced, a new/starter judge must have first met the following Level 1 criteria in order to be eligible to sit the MCE for a breed:
- Minimum of 5 years proven interest in pedigree dogs
- Attend the Requirements of a Dog Show Judge seminar but not mandatory to take and pass the examination at this stage
- Attend a Conformation and Movement seminar
- Complete a minimum of two full-day stewarding appointments
For JCF candidates details of the criteria to achieve each Level and the judging eligibilities accompanying these Levels can be found at bit.ly/3dG5fju.
It is now recommended that breed clubs hold a group mentoring session as part of a Breed Appreciation Day. Candidates undertaking this must have met Level 2 criteria, which could be attained on the day through passing the MCE.
For those candidates wishing to progress down the traditional system, breed clubs should continue to hold hands-on assessments if there are judges requiring this to meet the A3 list criteria, particularly in view of ‘grandfathering’ arrangements. Breed clubs are recommended to review their judging lists to determine if there is a demand for this.
Breed Education Coordinators are also being asked to review their MCEs in line with amended criteria and resubmit amended banks of questions to the Canine Activities Team at email@example.com.
Due to the JCF having being placed on hold and the current situation regarding COVID-19, the requirement for breed clubs to have an involvement in a BAD at least once every two years will now come into force from 1 January 2021, as well as the requirement for breed clubs to nominate at least two general or group open show supported entry shows per year.
Further press releases concerning the new judges’ education and approval systems will follow in due course.
All enquiries should be directed to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) UPDATE ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
THE NORTHERN KING CHARLES SPANIEL CLUB are trying to re-arrange their championship show. As and when details are finalised we will keep members informed via Facebook and our website
7) CANCELLATION OF CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 2020
IN VIEW OF GOVERNMENT ADVICE AND KENNEL CLUB DIRECTIVES IT IS, WITH REGRET, THAT WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL OUR CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW ON THE 18TH APRIL 2020. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY ENTERED, WE CAN EITHER RETURN YOUR ENTRY AND CHEQUE OR TEAR THIS UP. THERE ARE A FEW OF THE VERY EARLY ENTRIES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN BANKED AND WE WILL, OF COURSE, REFUND THESE. GILLIAN SMITH, HON SEC
8) CORONA VIRUS – AGM
After consultation with the officers and committee of the Northern King Charles Spaniel club in view of the current crisis regarding the Corona virus, it has been deemed necessary to postpone our AGM on Sunday 22nd March 2020. We will, of course, post on our website a new date when this has been decided.
9) LETTER FROM THE KENNEL CLUB TO THE SECRETARY OF NKCSC
Dear Mrs G A J Smith,
RE: Breed Watch – King Charles Spaniel
Following the Dog Health Group’s Breed Standards & Conformation sub-group meeting, I have been requested to contact you on behalf of the sub-group with regard to Breed Watch.
Following discussion of visible health and welfare concerns in a number of breeds,
the sub-group concluded, following approval of the Dog Health Group and the Board, that “irregular hind movement” and “prominent eyes” should be monitored and therefore should be added to Breed Watch as points of concern for the breed.
Breed Watch is an early warning system intended for judges to note any visible points of concern which they should take into consideration and penalise when judging the breed. Judges are asked to complete the judge’s health monitoring form following appointments at championship shows. This is to prevent introduction of health and welfare concerns that are detrimental to a dog’s wellbeing and to maintain high standards of health in the show ring. The form can be accessed online below;
Exhibitors should also take the time to become familiar with the points of concern that can affect their breed, as they too have an important role to play in ensuring that dogs are free from health concerns and exaggeration.
As Breed Watch serves as a “roll-on, roll-off” system, after a period of 12 months should no reports of these concerns be made by judges when completing the mandatory health monitoring form given above, then the point(s) will be reviewed and potentially removed. All points of concern are assessed quarterly and breed health co-ordinators will receive an annual summary to share with their breed, this is to continually review points of concerns reported by Judges.
More information on Breed Watch and the Judges Health Monitoring process can be found at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-exhibitors-and-judges-of-show-dogs/.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Health and Welfare Development Manager
Canine Health and Welfare
The Kennel Club
10) NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (2020) – NOW CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
It is intended to hold the Annual General Meeting for 2020 at Grenoside Community Centre, Main Street, Grenoside Sheffield on Sunday 22nd March 2020, at 10.30 a.m. Renewal subscriptions are due on the 1st January 2019 and should be sent to either the Hon. Treasurer or Hon. Secretary. Membership subscriptions are as follows: Single – £8.00 Joint – £10.00 Overseas – £14.00
No business shall be conducted at the A.G.M. unless notice thereof appears on the agenda or at the discretion of the Acting Chairman. The Hon. Secretary must receive items for inclusion on the Agenda in writing no later than Saturday, 8th February 2020, otherwise they will not be accepted.
Nominations are invited for committee members who must have been a fully paid up member of the Club for at least two years.
The Hon. Secretary must receive written nominations for Officers and Committee no later than Saturday, 8th February 2020. Nominations must be proposed and seconded in writing and be accompanied by a letter from the nominee stating that he/she would be willing to serve if elected. All nominees must have been a member of the Club for at least two years. Voting papers will only be sent to fully paid up members as at the 1st February 2020.
The following committee members are due for re-election by rotation but are willing to stand for a further period. In addition, there are also three further vacancies for committee for which an interest has been expressed. The position of treasurer is also vacant. Mrs Mary Constable has been acting treasurer since April of this year and is willing to stand for this position.
Officers – John Goodwin (Clerk of the Trophies)
Committee – Tracy Jackson and Trish Potter