Border Terrier 2020 – Team Competition
INVITATION TO TAKE PART – TEAM COMPETITION
As part of its fun activities Border Terriers 2020 intends to organise an informal team competition on the second day of the event – Sunday May 3rd.
The competition will be run on a points basis, and there will be two judges.
To compete, each team will need to contain one of each of the following:
- Puppy Dog aged 6 – 12 months
- Adult Dog aged over 12 months
- Champion Dog
- Puppy Bitch aged 6 – 12 months
- Adult bitch aged over 12 months
- Champion Bitch
The dogs need not be related and anyone who wants to enter can put together their own team of dogs and handlers. They will be asked to give their team a suitable name for the occasion.
There is no fee for entry, but the maximum number of teams will be twelve and team entries will be accepted on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
Potential Team Leaders are asked to contact Ronnie Irving as soon as possible at:
Border Terrier Breed Health Group Minutes
Please find below the latest minutes from the breed health group meeting held on the 8th of December 2019
The Kennel Club – ‘Voice of Dogs’ manifesto
THE KENNEL CLUB LAUNCHES NEW ‘VOICE FOR DOGS’ MANIFESTO AHEAD OF GENERAL ELECTION
The nine-point plan outlines recommended government measures across all aspects of dog welfare
Ahead of the General Election on December 12th, the new Kennel Club manifesto, ‘A Voice for Dogs’, calls upon the incoming government to reshape the laws surrounding dog welfare and provide stronger support to their owners. The wide-ranging nine-point plan highlights the key issues facing dogs and their owners, and details the legislative changes and measures which need to be taken to deliver far greater protection for dogs across the UK.
The manifesto refers to the commitments made by the previous government, following ongoing campaigning by the Kennel Club against the barbaric use of electric shock collars. After widespread cross-party support and a public consultation, the previous government announced its intention to ban these devices. However, as a result of a High Court legal challenge which was recently dismissed, this legislation was unable to be introduced before the early dissolution of parliament. With the next government equipped to introduce the ban, the Kennel Club want to see this implemented without any further delay.
The manifesto also places an emphasis on encouraging responsible dog breeding. The Kennel Club welcomed the partial integration of their Assured Breeder Scheme into 2018 breeding regulations which rewards responsible breeders, but is urging the government to simplify them further. Currently many trustworthy, low-volume home breeders are being deterred from breeding altogether, leaving a void in the market which is likely to be exploited by puppy farmers. The Kennel Club therefore recommends removing the burdensome ‘business test’ for breeders who breed one or two litters a year as well as simplifying the steps that breeders of three or four litters need to take in order to get a licence.
Empowering owners and their ability to exercise their dogs safely and responsibly is also addressed in the manifesto. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 specifies a legal requirement for those responsible for dogs to provide them with suitable exercise, however since the introduction of Public Spaces Protection Orders under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, dog walkers are increasingly being left without accessible or practical spaces to walk their dogs. Therefore, the Kennel Club is calling on the government to require local authorities to ensure dog walkers have access to suitable land to exercise their dogs as well as to amend the act to allow owners to challenge the validity of restrictive Public Spaces Protection Orders.
Holly Conway, Head of Public Affairs, said: “Our manifesto highlights the strides that the Kennel Club has made so far in giving a voice to dogs, but most importantly all that still needs to be achieved.
“Prior to the election being called, we welcomed firm commitments concerning shock collars and animal cruelty sentences, and it has been incredibly disappointing that these have been halted. We look forward to working with an incoming government to ensure these previous obligations are prioritised and that further measures are put in place to protect the welfare of dogs.”
The Kennel Club’s manifesto proposes the following measures needed to address the key issues facing dogs and their owners:
- Simplify breeding regulations, and incentivise low volume domestic breeders
- Review microchipping regulations
- Revise the current PSPO system regarding dog walking to ensure the provision of accessible and practical space
- Ban the use of remote control electric shock collars
- Increase maximum sentences for cruelty against dogs
- Implement more considered solutions to livestock worrying
- Review, consolidate and, where necessary, replace existing ‘dangerous dogs’ legislation
- Review the licensing system for domestic firework use
- Collaborate with the European Union to improve pet travel rules
The Kennel Club manifesto can be found by visiting www.thekennelclub.org.uk/a-voice-for-dogs/ and more information about how the Kennel Club acts as a voice for dogs is available on the organisation’s website: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-campaigns/
Show details for 2020
Please find below two downloadable lists detailing the dates, locations and judges for the shows through 2020.
Northern Border Terrier Club
Breed Seminar 24th November 2019
Breed Specific Seminar & “Hands On” Assessment Exam(For those judges intending taking the A2 route)
Breed Appreciation Day & Multi Choice Exam (For those judges intending taking JCF LEVEL 2)
To be held at:
Bowburn Community Association
To book please see the attached form;
To book a place on the Breed Specific Seminar & “Hands-On” Assessment Exam includes Breed Talk & Lunch – £20
To book a place on the Breed Appreciation Day & Multi Choice Exam includes Breed Talk & Lunch (to take the exam, Candidate must have completed all requirements for JCF LEVEL 1) – £20
To book a place at the Breed Talks morning session only (includes light refreshments) – £10
Points of a Dog Seminar
Kennel Club Assessor Mrs Christina Chapman
To be held in conjunction with the Northern Border Terrier Club Championship show 13thJuly 2019
To be held at:
Bowburn Community Association
Costs: £15 Cheques made payable to The Northern Border Terrier Club
Limited number of spaces
Refreshments will be available at our show
To confirm your place please complete the form below and return to Mrs Christine Horner
Kennel Club issues guidance on General Data Protection Regulation
The Kennel Club has issued guidance to registered societies on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will come into force throughout the EU on 25th May 2018. The EU’s objective is to harmonise data protection laws and allow for free movement of data within the EU.
The GDPR, which represents the first major overhaul of data processing law in 20 years, will have what is known as ‘direct effect’ and immediately replace data protection legislation in the UK. However, the UK is currently preparing its own draft Data Protection Bill; both to allow for permitted variations from the GDPR and so that the provisions of the GDPR will remain as part of UK law after Brexit.
To keep things in perspective, the central principles for data processing will not change. These principles are:
- Lawful, fair and transparent processing
- Specific and legitimate purpose
- Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary (no more than is needed/not ‘just in case’)
- Accurate and up to date
- Retained only for as long as is necessary
- Data security
- Accountability – meaning that it is not just important to comply but to be able to demonstrate/to be seen to be compliant.
There is an expansion in the scope of individual rights which will be protected by ‘privacy by default’ and ‘privacy by design’ – with privacy first and foremost rather than as an afterthought. From a marketing perspective, the major shift is that it will no longer be possible to rely on assumed or passive consent for marketing – it will need to be active and specific.
It is important for clubs and societies to be aware of the way in which data must be handled in line with the requirements under the GDPR. Whilst it may seem complex, there are some relatively straightforward immediate steps which will help clubs to get in shape for GDPR.
The Information Commissioner has given some reassurance that it intends to implement the law with a sense of proportion and perspective, as it does now. It will educate and advise a ‘carrot not stick’ approach. Even so, a society’s reputation and building trust with members, judges and exhibitor/competitors is important.
A measured approach should mean that this does not have to be an onerous task for most clubs and societies.
The Kennel Club will shortly issue some guidance to help steer clubs and societies through a ‘GDPR readiness’ plan which will provide an overview of the GDPR and some templates so that societies can conduct a data audit, in order to document what data is actually being processed.
The guidance will ask the ‘five Ws’ – WHOSE data, WHAT data, WHY the data is being used, WHEN is it processed and WHERE is it stored? From this a privacy notice can be compiled, which will spell out the lawful basis for processing of data – and which is a requirement under the GDPR.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We hope the guidance will help demystify what is needed to be ready for the GDPR. The Kennel Club will provide further guidance individually as appropriate – and we urge direct consultation with the Information Commissioner as a free and reliable resource.”
The Kennel Club’s current GDPR advice is available at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1159182/clubs-and-societies-gdpr.pdf.
Announcement from the Breed Health Coordinator
A DNA Test for Shaking Puppy Spongiform LeucoEncephaloMyelopathy (SLEM) in Border Terriers
From Monday October 9th 2017 DNA testing is available from the University of Missouri (http://www.caninegeneticdiseases.net/ and the Animal Health Trust (http://www.ahtdnatesting.co.uk).
Testing through a partnership with OFA (www.OFA.org , click the “ORDER DNA TESTS” link in left sidebar) should be available after mid-October. Orders placed through OFA use a cheek swab & barcoded card to collect DNA, and testing is done by U of Missouri. The OFA staff will send a kit and complete instructions for all orders. Click on the links to the websites for further details.
USE OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT AT SHOWS
The Kennel Club is becoming increasingly concerned at the amount of electrical equipment being used by exhibitors at shows, including hair dryers and hair straighteners and other grooming devices.
Electrical equipment should not be brought to shows unless absolutely necessary. In rare instances where it might be required, it should be PAT tested and permission sought from the secretary of the show before it is used.
The Kennel Club has also been informed of recent instances of exhibitors commandeering certain areas of a venue in order to have access to powerpoints so as to use electrical grooming equipment. This is totally unacceptable and particularly unfair on the breeds whose allocated areas have been cramped because of this selfish behaviour.
A Kennel Club spokesperson said: “The number of exhibitors using electrical equipment at shows appears to be on the increase, which is of concern to both show societies and the Kennel Club. We have even heard of instances of dogs being brought along to shows sopping-wet, which is totally unnecessary as most grooming should be done at home, with the dog merely requiring a quick ‘brush up’ before it goes in the ring. These are conformation dog shows and not grooming competitions, after all.”
8th June 2017
Kennel Club Announces Changes To The Way Judges Are Educated, Approved And Listed
The Kennel Club is announcing a new system for the education, approval and listing of every level of judge, from those who aspire to judge, right through to open show judges and those who go on to award Challenge Certificates and judge championship show groups, and Best in Show.
The Judges Competency Framework will be launched in January 2019, run alongside the current system for a three-year transition period, and be fully operational from January 2022. This education will involve mentoring and ringside observation by breed experts and be supported by a network of Breed Education Coordinators who will help facilitate learning.
For further information click on the link below
Kennel Club Announcement – 30/11/2016
Find shows and events in Agility, Canicross, Dog Showing and more…
As a Kennel Club Registered or Listed Status Club we wanted you to be the first to know about the new online service, Kennel Club Find A Dog Show. You can now search for shows, events and competitions across the UK across all the below activities:
Companion Dog Shows
Heelwork to Music
This should make canine activities more accessible to those who already take part in them, and more readily available for those who wish to take up new activities with their dog. We encourage you to please share this service with all of your members.
Finally, as a dog club we are fully aware that often you organise events yourselves. We hope that this service will enable you to find suitable dates and locations to avoid clashing or intervening with any other events, to save you both time and effort when managing events.