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WPCS Judges Conference 2015

Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, provided a popular venue for the 2015 Conference with 300 delegates attending including representation from overseas.

Opened by WPCS President Mr Dai Harris, the conference included presentations but also factored in was opportunity for discussion satisfying the over-riding theme of the day, “sharing ideas with fellow judges and members and promoting uniformity within judging”.

WPCS President Dai Harris welcoming delegates

Council members Mrs Joanna Sheil and David Blair made presentations on the subjects of White Markings and Mentoring, Assessment and Probation respectively while past WPCS Chairman, Mr Ifor Lloyd, spoke to the subject, Responsibilities within the Role of Judging. The Society welcomed Mrs Vicky Rowlands, a graduate of Royal Dick Veterinary School and currently practising in Cheshire, who provided delegates with an informed insight into the topic, Conformation as it Relates to Soundness and Performance.

Joanna-Shiel discussing the subject of white markings in the Welsh Breeds

Ifor Lloyd discussing roles and responsibilities of judging

Vicky Rowland dealing with conformation as it relates to soundness and performance

Discussion sessions were open and often lively, covering topics including future of WPCS Medals, declining entries within showing, Social Media, current rules, breed type, show ring production and Code of Conduct.

Encouragingly 86% of delegates attending graded the day within the categories Excellent, Very Good and Good and 91% recorded that they found the day enjoyable.

Council will now be considering the feedback from the day in light of the 2016 Rulebook.

Photographs by Mike Daley

Chair of Judging and Showing Ann Bigley closes the conference

26th Nov 2015