10.7 HOW TO BECOME A SPANIEL AND RETRIEVER FIELD TRIAL JUDGE
10.7.1 To be eligible to apply, a person must have:
10.7.1.1 Been a member of the VCA for a minimum of five (5) years.
10.7.1.2 Competed regularly in Spaniel and Retriever Field Trials for a minimum of five (5) years and competed in Open/All Age stakes and qualified to compete in Championship stakes.
10.7.1.3 Attended a minimum of three (3) lectures and/or other advertised instruction sessions provided by the canine control within the last five (5) years.
10.7.1.4 Acted as an official Steward to a Judge on at least three (3) occasions in the last five (5) years.
10.7.1.5 Been approved by the Victorian Canine Association Inc.
10.7.2 If approved the applicant will be required to:
Sit for a written examination on the Trial Rules as soon as convenient after applications close for the year. A pass of 70% is required, derived from the average of marks awarded by the examiners. The ten (10) questions will be directly applicable to the Rules and will be framed so that the applicants can answer clearly and briefly. A supplementary oral examination may be granted at the discretion of the canine control. The candidate will be notified of the result by the canine control.
NOTE: Successful applicants names will be included in the Trainee Judges and Stewards listing for the ensuing year.
10.7.3 To be eligible for a practical test, a Trainee Judge:
Must have marked Judging Sheets at a minimum of three (3) Field Trials, with and to the satisfaction of a Judge holding a relevant Open or Championship Judging Licence who has been approved by the appropriate convenor. This may be done whilst officiating as an official Judges Steward.
10.7.4 Practical Test
10.7.4.1 The Trainee Judge will be required to apply for and pass a practical test within three (3) years of being placed on the Trainee Judges List and must apply again within three (3) years, if the Trainee Judge should fail the first test.
A Trainee Judge, being eligible to be tested, shall request the appropriate convenor to arrange a practical test. The Trainee Judge must mark score sheets and answer relevant questions for all dogs at the Trial nominated by the convenor, with two members of the Judges Testing Panel officiating as examiners. (Except with the express approval of the VCA Management Committee when less than two examiners may be appointed.)
10.7.4.2 At the conclusion of the Field Trial the examiners will compare and discuss score sheets, notes and remarks made by the Trainee Judge and themselves during the course of the Field Trial.
The examiners will then make a joint decision (as to pass or fail), based on the competence of the Trainee Judge.
10.7.5 Each Trainee Judge will be advised in writing of the result of both the written and practical examinations by the VCA office after approval of the result has been confirmed by the VCA Management Committee. Having passed the practical test, the Trainee Judge may apply by 24 May for a Licence to judge up to Novice.
NOTE: Provided the practical test has been arranged to take place prior to 31st August, a Trainee Judge may apply by 24 May for a Licence to judge up to Novice in the ensuing year, subject to passing the test.
Trainee Judges will only be eligible to judge within the state of Victoria and at events not carrying Championship points.
10.7.6 Judges Upgrading
10.7.6.1 Before being eligible to judge an OPEN Stake the Judge must have completed to the satisfaction of the VCA at least two (2) Novice stake judging appointments.
A Judge being eligible to be upgraded from Novice to Open shall request the appropriate convenor to arrange an upgrading test, this can be done by any one (1) of the Judges Testing Panel. This must be done whilst the Novice Judge is actually judging a Novice Field Trial.
10.7.6.2 Before being eligible to judge a Championship Stake the Judge must have completed to the satisfaction of the VCA at least four (4) Open Stake judging appointments.
A Judge being eligible to be upgraded from Open to Championship shall request the appropriate convenor to arrange an upgrading test, this can be done by any one (1) of the Judges Testing Panel. This must be done whilst the Open Judge is actually judging an Open Field Trial.
NOTE: Any Judge who fails to renew their Judging Licence for two (2) consecutive years for any reason and at a later date wishes to apply for return of a Judges Licence, must automatically go back to the Novice Level of judging.
Any Judge who fails to renew their Judging Licence for a period exceeding two (2) years must apply to re-enter the Scheme.
10.7.7 Trainee Judge and Stewards Assessment Program
10.7.7.1 To be undertaken by Open or Championship Judges approved by the Judges Testing Panel. Any Trainee Judge or Steward wishing to undertake a Stewards assessment, may do so by obtaining permission to Steward from the relevant Club and notifying the appropriate convenor and Judge of the stake at which they wish to steward.
10.7.7.2 The Judge of the Field Trial will report back to the convenor the competence of the Steward in the following categories.
- Knowledge of the Rules
- Knowledge of practical dog work
- Use and reading of Trial grounds
- Knowledge of Game being hunted
- Communication Skills
- Firearms Safety
- Management procedures of Field Trials
A score of from one (1) to ten (10) will be given in each category by the approved Judge. On an official score sheet, noting the type of Stake, Club, date and Judge's name. These score sheets will be kept strictly confidential and retained by the convenor or the VCA a copy of which will be sent to the Trainee Judge or Steward.