5. Our involvement in exhibiting and showing in the UK

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The National Chinchilla Society (NCS) of the UK has four regions; North, South, West Midlands & Wales and the recently formed Scottish region. We have both been supporters of the NCS over the years, with both of us being Senior Judges, having been through the training scheme and testing process. We have held positions of responsibility at both regional and national level. At present Eddie is North region and National Chairman, Richard was for several years Show Member. This latter position involves the training, testing, allocation and organisation of the judges for all NCS events. The Show Member also organises the National Show and an annual judge’s seminar so that points of interest may be discussed and resolved.

Once new members have proven their interest, skill, willingness to Steward and help at shows, and have the ability to breed ribbon winning chinchillas, they then qualify to enter into training to become a NCS Judge. Once these conditions are met, they become a trainee judge, known as ‘Judge Under Instruction’ or (JUI), they are required to attend at least six shows, over at least three years under the guidance of Senior Judges. Each Senior Judge passes comments on the performance of the JUI to the Show Member. When the JUI is considered to be capable a test is arranged and if successful the JUI becomes a Junior Judge. Senior Judge status is achieved after completing both three years, and six full NCS regional shows. The process from getting started and showing interest in becoming a judge, to judging the National show takes at least nine years… Only Senior Judges may judge the National show, and both of us have done this; firstly Eddie in 1999; latterly Richard in 2003.

 

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