Individuals may have a wide range of experience, from
stewarding and judging at local shows to already being
experienced judges with other showing societies.
The assessment process is intended to be as fair and as
consistent as possible, but particular circumstances may
sometimes mean that an assessment day runs in a slightly
different way from the description in the download
JUDGES CONFERENCE & ASSESSMENT
4th November – Venue to be confirmed. Booking deadline 14th October – space limited, so please book early.
To book your place please contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I apply to become a CHAPS panel judge?
1) Get some experience
Firstly you should have some sort of experience that
equips you for the task. This might include some or
all of the following:
There is no stipulation of how much experience you should have,
but generally it’s a case of the more, the better.
- Judging for another showing society panel
- Judging at local/unaffiliated shows
- Stewarding in showing classes
- Competing in CHAPS classes
2) Make an application for assessment
All prospective judges must submit an assessment application
to the CHAPS Judges’ Co-ordinator. Assessments are
advertised in the CHAPS Journal and normally take
place annually in the autumn (
The next assessment will take place in October 2015). Application forms
are published on the CHAPS website during the period preceding
each assessment. The application must include:
Confirmation and details of the assessment day will be
sent to you about a week before the event is to take place.
Judges must be paid up CHAPS members. Membership for
judges runs from October and at the assessment day you
will normally need to pay membership for the coming year.
- Details of relevant experience
- A cheque for £35 payable to CHAPS (UK) for the cost of the assessment.
3) Prepare for the assessment
Generally it is not enough just to turn up on the day and see how
things go – you will need to do some preparation. Even candidates
with a lot of experience of judging and of attending assessment
days with other showing societies will need to swot up on the
rule book and make sure they know exactly what is expected on the day.
Candidates with little experience and who have not attended an
assessment day of this sort will want to prepare more thoroughly.
The notes in section 5 of the download below give some ideas for
how you can do this.