What can be done to make open shows more appealing to exhibitors?
Open shows should have more up and coming judges, rather than the same small circle of judges, judging different breeds at many open shows.
Further, welcoming judges, with the offer of tea or coffee, is not too much to ask for.
Some shows I have judged at offered me no refreshments, even though I spent petrol/rail/airfares to judge at their open shows.
Prize money for Best of Breeds and Best Puppy in Breeds, is possible.
Stephen Clayforth, 11/05/2012
If we could get rid of all the petty rules that the KC adopted following recommendations from the JWP and let committees RUN shows then they would be more appealing. The main problems are the average of 4 dogs per class which prevents societies from scheduling minority breeds if they want to retain TWO shows per year. Also the ruling that only judges from the 'B' list and above can judge more than three classes of dogs in bands A to D, This prevents many societies either scheduling enough classes to attract a decent entry or having to have a 'B' list judge doing several breeds because they will not come for just one breed now they have got their 'numbers up'. Another problem is the fact that the KC insists that Variety classes and Groups MUST be judged by somebody that has awarded tickets in at least one breed. This leads to the ludicrous situation where a judge that has given tickets to, say, Papillions is judging the AV Hound, AV Gundog, AV Working and AV Pastoral classes as well as the groups with little or no knowledge of the breeds likely to be presented to them. The above both limit the ability of the Society to run the show THEY WANT to run and deters exhibitors form entering shows where their dog will be judged by somebody who does not know the breed.
The Open Shows I will always go back to time and time again are those who firstly have a welcoming committee who are helpful and cheery. Where there are clear layout plans available of each ring and judging order. Where the show has been well laid out in order to allow exhibitors to place dogs /crates near to their specific ring (and not a million miles away) and also the show is managed well that rings are not left empty for long periods when exhibitors are also waiting long periods for their judging to start. A well managed and welcoming show makes all the difference to the experience. A particular 'bugbear' of mine is the shows where dogs/crates have to parked a long distance from the ring they are bening judged in. Not so bad for those who have one dog, but for those of use with more than one dog, who are after all supporting the classes, find this extremely difficult, to keep judges waiting while we run back to swap dogs and also have to leave other dogs/crates unattended with no ability to keep an eye on them.
Easier access to rings, parking etc. Maybe more food outlets too - healthier sandwich stalls for example, rather than just burger/chips etc...