Ethics of registry insider inspections?
Regular poster using an alter. ;)
I was hoping to get a discussion going regarding the ethics of having someone employed by a registry, (or someone heavily involved in a registry) as an official judge at foal and studbook inspections? I could honestly argue for either side, but was wondering what others on COTH think?
I can see that only those close and dear to a registry can truly understand which qualities in horses they want to breed for and improve, and reward high scores, premiums, and "elite" status for. But I also see a huge potential for political sway and favoritism for certain breeders who may be financially vested in a registry, or friendly with the inspector on a personal basis.
I can honestly say I've seen what I believe to be favoritism in registries before. But I've also seen incredibly honest and partial judging before as well.
Would using third party inspectors (perhaps USDF DSHB judges) keep registries more honest and partial? Or is this a bad idea?
Whay say you, COTH?