Breed Appreciation Day

In line with the Kennel Club Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), the Yorkshire Shetland Sheepdog Club will continue to hold Breed Appreciation Days with subsequent Multiple Choice Exam and Hands on Assessment for A2/3 criteria in accordance with the JEP. 

Our next Breed Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, 18th  November 2023 at West Tanfield Memoial Hall, West Tanfield, Ripon, HG4 5JU, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis, so please apply early to secure your place.

A booking form can be obtained from our Documents page.

For full details please contact our Breed Education Co-ordinator Lynette Welford 

The day consists of a breed talk aiming to provide or reinforce the basic knowledge to establish a candidate/judge’s understanding and appreciation of the breed, in order to take a subsequent Multiple Choice Breed Standard Exam (dependent on eligibility – see below*).  Attending the Breed Appreciation Day and passing the Multiple Choice Breed Standard Exam forms part of the criteria that will enable the candidate to attain Level 2 status.  Subjects covered in the morning session will include a brief history of the breed, function of the breed and its correlation to its conformation, movement and breed specifics.  All elements of the standard will be covered, and there will be live exhibits for candidates to handle and see the finer points of the Breed.   The presentation of the Breed Standard is open to all.

*To sit the Multiple Choice Exam (MCE) the following will be required  prior to the day:-

Candidates must either be already approved to award CCs in a breed or must at least be a Level 1 Judge, appearing on ‘Find a Judge’ for the relevant breed. If a Breed Appreciation Day is held before the online system is available, the organisers will accept on trust if a candidate states that they meet Level 1 requirements, as shown below:-

  1. Have a proven interest of a minimum of 5 years in pedigree dogs
  2. Completed a minimum of 2 full days of stewarding appointments
  3. Attended a KC Requirements of a Dog Show Judge (RDSJ) seminar (not mandatory to pass the exam)
  4. Attended a Kennel Club Conformation and Movement seminar

The  Hands-on Judging Assessment is limited to a maximum of 10 candidates who are required to either be on a current A3 or B List for Shetland Sheepdogs.  The Assessment is for those aiming for the current A2 List before completion of the transition period within the current system.  Candidates will go over 5 dogs, watch them move and place the dogs.  All further updated criteria and information will be announced on the day.

ALL ENQUIRIES please contact:- Mrs H Bendelow, Secretary. Tel: 07562 987304, email: