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  • Info on Judges?

    Do any of you pick your shows with the knowledge of who is judging in mind? Is there any place to get open and honest feedback regarding a judge?

    The reason I ask is b/c I am trying to chose between 2 shows and it did occur to me to look at the judges to help make up my mind. The only problem is, even though I've certainly thought "Ugh, that judge seems particularly harsh" at past shows - I never remember who it was I thought was harsh and who I thought was fair, and to be very frank, who I thought tended to score large.

    So, do you just go to a show based on schedule, location, etc. or do you keep who is judging in mind?

  • #2
    Facilities are always my priority. I would look at the two shows and pick by who has better footing, stabling, warm up areas ect.
    Ellie and Werther Blog

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    • #3
      I pick by scheduling and location primarily. I've never been in the position of deciding between two shows though.

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      • #4
        I minimize the # of times I show every year and do select in part based on judges. For example I was going to attend one show and my trainer mentioned that judge feel asleep when she was scribing for him at a show - NOT what I pay my money for so I skipped that show (actually a show/clinic combination).

        I prefer "S" judges as they are the best qualified so if a show has 2 "S" judges, versus and "S" and an "R", I attend the show with the two "S" judges. If I'm paying big bucks for a show I want to be judged by the best - at least that's my opinion!

        I really haven't see a BIG difference between "S" judges - some are a bit harder than others but it makes me work harder so usually doesn't drive my choice in any other fashion than those mentioned above (of course you can substitute sleeping for any other thing which could cause a judge to not provide adequate judging).
        Now in Kentucky

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Valentina_32926 View Post

          I prefer "S" judges as they are the best qualified so if a show has 2 "S" judges, versus and "S" and an "R", I attend the show with the two "S" judges. If I'm paying big bucks for a show I want to be judged by the best - at least that's my opinion!

          I really haven't see a BIG difference between "S" judges - some are a bit harder than others but it makes me work harder so usually doesn't drive my choice in any other fashion than those mentioned above (of course you can substitute sleeping for any other thing which could cause a judge to not provide adequate judging).
          Agree - the more specific and challanging a judge the better I like it - you get more for your money. Better to push the envelope and fail than stay safe and never improve. Next show we have Marion C, VA (S); Sue M - M, OH (S); Jessica R, PA (S); Gary R, FL (S); Marlene S, MN (S); Jane W, CA (S)

          So go to shows based on judges and generally our footing is excellent - also think about the type of stabling and distance to haul.
          SLG

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          • #6
            I've learned to now. We were trying to qualify a mare for the 4 yr old YH nationals, and started off REALLY well. We weren't aware that you have to judge shop to get invited to nationals... We went to the next show and scored significantly lower, because the judges just simply weren't experienced enough to be doing YH classes. Got screwed at a second show too, by judges that felt they were being generous but didn't understand that YH classes are judged differently.

            BTW, this is a horse that I've been told several times should be scoring 8.0-8.5.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dressurpferd01 View Post
              I've learned to now. We were trying to qualify a mare for the 4 yr old YH nationals, and started off REALLY well. We weren't aware that you have to judge shop to get invited to nationals... We went to the next show and scored significantly lower, because the judges just simply weren't experienced enough to be doing YH classes. Got screwed at a second show too, by judges that felt they were being generous but didn't understand that YH classes are judged differently.

              BTW, this is a horse that I've been told several times should be scoring 8.0-8.5.
              I've heard that before about the Young Horse classes-- perhaps as they increase in popularity the judges will gain experience evaluating them.
              Jill
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