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Dachshund Club Breed Seminar and A2 Assessment – Saturday 19th July 2014

February 1, 2014

The Dachshund Club will be holding a Breed Seminar and A2 Assessment on Saturday 19th July 2014.

Discover_Dogs_Nov_2012The Seminar aims to provide an opportunity to learn about Dachshunds, whatever your current knowledge and experience. The speakers will be Jeff Crawford (Voryn) and Jeff Horswell (Drakesleat) who will talk about the Breed Standard and act as assessors.

For those who meet the UK Dachshund Clubs’ criteria (*), there will be an opportunity to be assessed and, if successful, have your name put forward for the Kennel Club/ UK Dachshund Breed Council A2 Judging List when all the other relevant criteria have been met. The assessments will take place in the afternoon and those people attending just the seminar may stay to watch, if they wish.

All participants can choose to sit the Breed Council’s Written Assessment Paper which forms part of the A2 approval criteria. The Written Paper will be available during the afternoon and there is a Pass Mark of 70%.

The venue is Overseal Village Hall, Overseal, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6NF. This is easy to find, just off the M42/A42 and is a venue already used for dog club events.

Lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments, are included in the ticket price of £25 for those who wish to be assessed, or £20 for those who do not wish to be assessed.

The Seminar starts at 10:00, with coffee being served from 09:30.

Numbers for the assessment are limited, so if you would like to attend, please complete the Booking Form below. Places will be given on a first come basis initially to those who meet the Breed Council criteria * Send a cheque, payable to The Dachshund Club. (Confirmation will be e-mailed to you, with full information about the day sent nearer the time).


* In order to be assessed, you must already have judged a minimum of 150 Dachshunds.


I wish to book a place for the:


Seminar/Written Paper/A2 Assessment (delete those that no not apply)

and enclose a cheque/postal order (payable to The Dachshund Club for £25/£20.


I have judged approx. _______ Dachshunds


I award CCs in another breed yes/no Special dietary requirements y/n










Post Code:_______________ Phone:______________________________




Return to: Jeff Horswell, 25 Whatton Road, Kegworth, Derbyshire DE74 2EZ

Tel: 01509 674059 e-mail:


Dachshund and Borzoi Breed Seminar 16th March 2014 to be held in N. Yorkshire

February 1, 2014




Sunday 16th March 2014 9.30am – 4pm



DACHSHUNDS – Breed Specialist, Mr. Ian Seath (Sunsong)

BORZOIS – Breed Specialist, Mr. Roger Heap (Rae)


A lunch is included in the ticket price (£25) and, a copy of the Breed Standards.

If you wish to attend, please fill out the form below, detach and return it with your cheque or postal order (made payable to THE EAST YORKSHIRE DACHSHUND CLUB), to:- Mrs. Katherine Herrington, Chair/Treasurer E.Y.D.C., 5 Linden Close, Huntington, York, N. Yorks. YO32 9RQ

Telephone – 01904 761903. E-mail



I wish to book ________ places for the HANDS ON SEMINAR £25 each.









All about Mentoring: Could you help an aspiring Dachshund judge?

October 25, 2013

David Cavill has written an excellent Blog post about the mentoring process, explaining what it is and what it isn’t.  He describes some of the principles underpinning adult learning and describes the five most commonly used techniques in Mentoring:

  • Sowing
  • Accompanying
  • Harvesting
  • Catalysing
  • Showing

We’ve had a breed Mentoring Scheme in place for some years which provides opportunities for anyone with an interest in Dachshunds to learn more, whether or not they aspire to judge.

One of David’s important points in his blog is this; he says “Mentoring is an excellent way forward for training novice and aspiring judges – but it does require considerable commitment“.  Mentoring is a process, not a one-off activity, and it can be very rewarding for both the Mentor and Mentee.

We use a three-tier approach to help tailor the scheme to the individual with an increasing level of input from Mentors as the Mentee moves up through the tiers. This, we believe, gives the Mentee as balanced a view of the breed as possible, whilst ensuring that by the time they reach the A2 Assessment level they have as much knowledge as possible to enable them, hopefully, to pass the assessments first time round.

If you think you’d like to “give something back” by becoming a Mentor, please contact our Coordinator Helen Geeson.

Deadline for Dachshund Breed Council Judging List updates is 30th December

December 27, 2012

Shoulders 2If you’re currently on our A Lists you have until 30th December to return your form to the Secretary so that you can be included on our 2013 lists.

Forms were posted to all A List Judges, together with a  copy of our abbreviated, illustrated Breed Standard.  If you don’t return your form we will assume you no longer wish to be on our Judging List.

For our B and C Lists, updated CVs, where applicable, will also be accepted until 30th December.

Visit our Judging Page for more information on our Judging Criteria.


Breed Seminar and Assessment Day: 5th May 2012

November 27, 2011

The East Yorkshire and West Riding Clubs will jointly be hosting a Breed Seminar and A2 Assessment day on 5th May 2012 in Selby, N. Yorkshire. The speaker at the seminar will be Valerie Skinner (Ritterburg Wires), who will explain the current Breed Standard, conformation and movement, and judges’ responsibilities in relation to health and welfare.

The Breed Council’s written Assessment Paper can also be taken during the day and a “Pass” is one of the requirements for inclusion on the A2 or A3 Judging Lists.

For those people who have already judged 150 Dachshunds, there will be an opportunity to take an A2/A3 Assessment. This involves judging a “mock class” of Dachshunds and giving a verbal critique to the Assessors who will have already assessed the dogs. Candidates are also required to submit a written critique of the class placings. A “Pass” in the mock class will count as one of the three successful assessments needed for an A2/A3 application.

Anyone who wishes to attend the seminar and/or take the assessment should contact Katherine Herrington for further details. Tel: 01904 761903 or e-mail

Details of the Breed Council’s Judging List Criteria can be found here, together with a CV Application Form.