Show Diary 2024

Please Check: All shows and dates are subject to changes.
Date Show Judge/s
21/01/24 Manchester Mr Lee Cox
11/02/24 MESS Double Ch Show Show A - Ms Fiona Thompsett: Show B - Mrs Sandra Full: Stakes - Mrs Carole Bailey
08/03/24 Crufts Mrs Maureen Collier
31/03/24 ESS of Wales Judge: Mrs Jane Mugford: Memorials - Mrs Dilys Watts.
21/04/24 ESA Mr Dave Lewis - Dogs: Mrs Jill Kelly - Bitches: Referee - Mr Keith Young: Mr Philip Lawton - Memorials
25/04/24 WELKS Ms Zoe Stirk
05/05/24 NESS Open Show A - Mrs Sheree Parrish: Show B - Ms Claire Lewis
09/05/24 Birmingham Nat Dr Annukka Paloheilo Segersven (Finland)
12/05/24 MESS Open Mrs Marai Dobbie: Stakes Miss Helen Upton
19/05/24 SKC Show 1 - Mrs Patsy Hollings: Show 2 - Mr Steve Hollings
27/05/24 Bath Mr Chris Atkinson
30/05/24 Southern Counties Ms Moa Persson (Sweden)
09/06/24 Three Counties Mrs Christine Jennings-Sharman
16/06/24 Border Union Mrs Jane Tucker
16/06/24 ESS of Scotland Mrs Tanya Lewis - Dogs: Mrs Vicky Mcloughlin - Bitches
22/06/24 Blackpool Mrs Carol Guy
28/06/24 Windsor Mrs Glenys Sykes
30/06/24 ESA Open Mrs Wendy Johnston: Memorials- Mr Louis Poynter
06/07/24 Boston Mrs Jacqui Ward
13/07/24 NESS Mrs Chris Sayers - Dogs: Mrs Penny Williams - Bitches: Referee - Mrs L Armstrong-Rogers: Stakes - Mrs Krisxtina Dudas
21/07/24 SESS Open Mrs Pat Harris
27/07/24 Leeds Mrs Jean Byrne
03/08/24 Paignton Mr Frank Kane
04/08/24 Nat Gundog Mr Howard Stubbington
10/08/24 Bournemouth Mrs Jane Bishop
17/08/24 WKC Mrs Di Stewart-Ritchie
23/08/24 Driffield Mrs Jenny Miller
01/09/24 City Birmingham Mr Eric Stephenson
00/09/24 Richmond TBC
14/09/24 Darlington Mr Julian Barney
29/09/24 ESS of Wales Open Ms Mhairi Vallance
13/10/24 South Wales KA Mrs Gill Baker
16/10/24 GDS of Wales Mr David Bell
26/10/24 Mid Counties Mrs Kay Stephenson
09/11/24 ESS of Scotland Mrs Ginty Gill-Davies
09/11/24 GBAS Mrs Leen Van Genechten (TBC)
17/11/24 SESS Dogs - Mrs Anne Derry: Bitches - Mr Graham Stirk: Referee - Mrs Anne Lewis Stakes - Miss Ellie Bryant
23/11/24 Setter & Pointer Mrs Val Isherwood
23/11/24 Setter & Pointer Open TBC
24/11/24 MESS Open Ms Rhoneen Schoneville
12/12/24 LKA Ms Ellen Lloynd

Information about Judging & Education

The English Setter Joint Judges Committee (JJC) was formed in 1998 with the main objectives to:

1. Produce and maintain a common Judging List to be used by all English Setter breed clubs.
2. Co-ordinate an integrated education programme to deliver breed specific seminars mentoring and assessments.
3. Encourage all canine societies to select judges from the English Setter Judging Lists.

The JJC, which includes representatives from the six breed clubs, has been very successful in providing a consistent
and unbiased approach for developing judges, agreeing Judging List criteria and an effective format for education/training programmes.
The JJC is also a single body for English Setters when dealing with the Kennel Club on all judging related matters.


The Judges Competency Framework (JCF) underwent an independent review in 2019 which recommended that a new name be adopted by the framework, without using the word ‘competency’. This view was also supported by the findings of the Kennel Club survey on the JCF.

The Kennel Club Board has recently approved a change of name for the JCF. It is now to be known as the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows). 
Full details of changes can be seen on dropdown information below. 

Dropdown Info

The English Setter Breed Clubs
Joint List of Show Judges

supported by: -


Chairman: Mrs Christine Normansell
Secretary: Mr S. Collier:  email:

Tel. 01257 793426

The English Setter Joint Breed Clubs nominations to the Judging List;
Nominations or updates for The English Setter Joint Breed Clubs Judging List, is via one of the Member Clubs. An application form may be obtained from any of the Breed Clubs Secretaries listed below, from the JJC Secretary, or from the Breed Club web sites.

Breed Club Secretaries:
Mr Chris Bird
Cranley, 83 Hills Road, Saham Hills, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 7EW
Tel. No. 01953 881040:
Ms Mhairi Vallance
48 Burnside, New Cumnock, Ayrshire, KAI 8 4QN
Tel. No. 07745 548693:
Mrs Kay Stephenson
Town End Cottage, Carsington, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4PX
Tel. No. 01629 540608:
Mrs Mel Sharples
2 Lyons Lodge, Withington, Cheltenham, GL54 4BH
Tel. No. 07834 364477:
Miss Ellen Loynd
Spodden House, Millfold, Whitworth, Rochdale, OL12 8DN
Tel. No. 07531 203118:
Mr. Dave Lewis
The Cider Press, Lower Coltscombe, Slapton, Devon, TQ7 2QE
Tel. No. 01548 580600:

The JJC reviews the judging list criteria annually.  A number of factors are taken into account such as; falling entries at open shows, Kennel Club directives (e.g. attending Field Trials), judging experience, comparison with other gundog breeds in similar stud book bands, attendance and passing of breed specific seminars and the need to encourage new judges onto the lists.

To download the Judging Criteria click: Criteria

The judging lists are reviewed and updated by the JJC on an annual basis. The judging lists are constantly maintained and published on all the breed club web sites. Hard copy judging lists are also available from any of the Breed Club Secretaries or the JJC Secretary.
Application forms for new nominations or updates can be obtained from any of the Breed Club Secretaries, the JJC Secretary, or from one of the Breed Club web sites. Please contact the JJC secretary if you have any updates or corrections to the current judging lists

All ‘B’ & ‘C’ List judges should continue to send updated judging CV’s to the JJC secretary on a regular basis.

Judging List (A, A3, B, C) & Judging Questionaire can be downloaded in PDF  format - just click:
Roll of Honour - A1 list:    A3 List:    B List:    C List:    Questionnaire:

The Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) has been developed for the education, approval and listing of every breed show judge, from those who aspire to judge but have not yet stepped into the ring, right through to open show judges, those who go on to award
Challenge Certificates, and those who judge championship show Groups and Best in Show.

The system has been designed taking into account the feedback received from exhibitors, show societies and judges, and has been enhanced in its development from comments received.

The Judges Education Programme introduces a structured and logical approach to the training of judges, incorporating a step-by-step approach.

Kennel Club Regulations supporting the Judges Education Programme came into force on 1 January 2021, including making clear the responsibility breed clubs have in the development of the education of judges.

Seminars undertaken prior to this date can be accepted for use when progressing via the Judges Education Programme.  However, judges are required to complete the criteria at each level before moving on to the next, thus providing a clear structured approach.

Stewarding is a requirement for both levels 1 and 3 and therefore a more fluid approach on when this is undertaken can be taken here, providing the minimum requirements are met.

For more information please click - The Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows)

All six breed clubs and JCC are constantly sending out judging lists to canine societies asking them to select names from the published judging lists. We would also encourage individuals to actively lobby canine societies (either directly or through the JJC) to select judges from the breed club lists. The lists are constantly maintained and published on all the breed club web sites.

Information about Education & Training

The Kennel Club has updated its Judging Regulations and Code of Best Practice for Judges.
The new regulations, which are explained in attached KC press release, are effective from 1st January 2020.
To download latest regulations click:-
  KC Regulations 2019

The JJC has been running regular breed specific seminars in accordance with the Kennel Club best practice guidelines (Modules 1, 2 and 3) that have been linked to the various judging lists since 2001. In this time 463 people have attended 39 modules organised by the English Setter breed clubs.
Given the falling entries at shows and reducing hands-on criteria it is important that judges are assessed to ensure they fully understand the breed characteristics before awarding CC’s in the breed. Therefore the JJC places significant emphasis on judges needing to attend and pass breed specific seminars, especially Module 3 which is designed to assess potential judges before moving onto the A3 List and awarding CC’s.
Details of future breed specific seminars / assessments will appear on the breed club web sites once plans are confirmed.