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Judging and Exhibiting


Conformation Judges.

    1.) Conformation judges may not exhibit any dog in conformation classes on any day preceding their conformation judging assignment or the day of their conformation judging assignment at the event in which they have been hired.

    2.) No dog that is owned or co-owned by a judge can be exhibited in conformation by anyone else on any day preceding the judge’s assignment or the day of the judge’s assignment at an event in which they have been hired.

    3.) Conformation judges may exhibit a dog or have a dog that they own or co-own exhibited in conformation classes any day after their judging assignment at an event in which they were hired or in a scheduled weekend.

    4.) Conformation judges may exhibit a dog or have a dog they own or co-own exhibited in any performance event preceding the day of their conformation judging assignment, the day of their conformation judging assignment or the day after their conformation judging assignment at any event in which they have been hired or in a scheduled weekend.
Performance Judges.

    1.) Performance judges may exhibit a dog or have a dog they own or co-own exhibited by someone else in any event preceding the day of their judging assignment, the day of their judging assignment or the day after their judging assignment at an event in which they have been hired or in a scheduled weekend.

    2.) The back-up judge system for performance events must be in place for an assigned judge to exhibit or have a dog that they own or co-own exhibited in the event in which they are judging.
Immediate Family/Household.

    No dog can be entered under a judge that has been owned or trained by the judge, the judge’s immediate family or that has lived in the Judge's household or the household of a member of the judge’s immediate family, regardless of ownership, within three months of the date of the event.

    A judge’s immediate family and/or household members may exhibit a dog not owned or co-owned by the judge, in any event on the same day that the judge is officiating; except that the immediate family/household member may not enter or exhibit the dog in the same event-type that the judge is scheduled to officiate, with the exception of using the back-up judge system in the performance events. Immediate family/household members may enter any event without restriction on any other day the judge is not scheduled to judge.

    Additional restrictions may apply to immediate family and household members per specific event type which can be found in the corresponding rulebook for the specific event.
The following applies to ALL UKC licensed judges, both conformation and performance.

    No judge may interrupt, disrupt, delay or reschedule an event in which he/she has entered a dog in, in order to fulfill or complete their judging assignment. Nor may a judge interrupt, disrupt, delay or reschedule an event in which he/she is officiating in order to facilitate exhibiting their dog.

    No Club or judge may interrupt, disrupt, delay or reschedule any event for any judge to accommodate a judge exhibiting a dog on the same day he/she is judging for any reason.

    Judges reported and proven to have interrupted, disrupted, delayed or rescheduled an event to allow themselves to exhibit a dog or interrupted, disrupted, delayed or rescheduled an event in which they are officiating, to exhibit a dog, will face disciplinary action which could include the suspension of judging privileges for up to 1 year and a fine up to $500.00.

    Clubs reported and proven to have interrupted, disrupted, delayed or rescheduled an event to allow a judge to exhibit a dog or allowed a judge to interrupt, disrupt, delay or reschedule an event in which the judge is officiating in order to exhibit a dog will face disciplinary action which could include the suspension of event privileges for up to 1 year and a fine up to $500.00.

    Judges accepting assignments in which they are considering exhibiting a dog and clubs hiring judges who wish to exhibit a dog at that event must give utmost thought and care to avoid conflicts of time. The judge’s primary responsibility is to their assignment to judge. Should a conflict of time arise at an event on a scheduled weekend in which the judge is forced to choose between exhibiting and judging, the judge must fulfill the assignment the club hired them to fulfill and willingly and knowingly withdraw any entries in any event that presents the conflict.

    Should a judge find an eligible handler for the entered dog if there is a conflict of time, the dog may still be exhibited in the event in which it is entered.
    Judges exhibiting in any event on the same day (other than the event they officiate) will be eligible for awards, placements, All-Star and Championship points where applicable.
Back-Up Judge System.

Performance judges may compete in the same trial that they are assigned to judge under the following provisions:

    The judge must notify the club in advance that they wish to enter a dog in an event they are assigned to judge.

    The host club must designate a Chief (Head, Lead) judge and a back-up judge on the event application. The chief judge shall be the overall authority for judging the event.

    Dog(s) exhibited by the chief judge may compete only under the assigned back-up judge. The back-up judge may only officiate for the chief judge (and/or immediate family/household members of the judge) and may not officiate for any other exhibitors entered in that event with the exception of the events in which multiple dogs are judged at the same time. (i.e. terrier racing, weight pull, lure coursing) In that case the back-up judge may only judge the class/division/race in which the judge’s dog(s) are competing.

    Judges are prohibited from interrupting their judging assignment in order to exhibit. Judges may coordinate when they will exhibit based on the event specific rules in which judges are entered/officiating.

    Judges competing in the events in which they are officiating will not be eligible for placements or awards as per the event specific rules in which they are entered/officiating, All Star and Championship points will still be available in events that points can be earned.

    Assigned back-up judges will be eligible for awards, placements, All-Star and Championship points.
Emergency Replacement of Back-Up Judge.

    Should an assigned back-up judge fail to appear at an event in which they were assigned as the designated back-up judge there will be no emergency replacement of the back-up judge’s assignment if there is no other fully licensed judge at the event. In this case, the Chief Judge will forfeit their entry and fulfill their assignment. If an event was published in the UKC’s Upcoming Events and in Bloodlines Magazine as having a back-up judge and if a fully licensed judge is in attendance at an event where the assigned back-up judge did not appear; the judge in attendance may serve as the back-up judge. Clubs must note the change in back-up judges and provide a detailed explanation of the circumstances in their event report.