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Why are judges not available for questions from the exhibitors? Our judges on the panel agreed they are all more than willing to advise and help exhibitors either understand their placings or to offer ways to improve their performances. Time allowed can be a big factor during the show, but all were willing to help after the show. “Horse shows are won at home… homework produces winners.” 50 Miniature Horse World JUNE/JULY 2013 “Stand up and be counted! Use those green evaluation cards, they remain anonymous and are useful tool for helping judges be accountable for their decisions.” Sami Scheuring Michelle Meacham Describe how you judge Liberty? Most judges on the panel looked for a horse that trots more than canters in the Liberty class. A horse in this class should look like he is having fun. Romping, tail flagging and bucking are all permissible and encouraged. No chasing with the whip, no loud cracking whips or other distractions that could take away from the horse. Music selection can also make a big difference in your score. Hard rock or grunge music doesn’t typically compliment a mini’s movement. Instead go for a classic or pleasing style that brings back a memory or reminds you of your horse. Overall, let the horse’s personality shine through. And remember the catch is scored and should be practiced often at home, before entering the class. Does the color or style of show clothing matter? Honestly, if a judge is doing his/her job, they do not notice the color or style of the exhibitors clothing. But if the clothing (or lack of ) is a distraction, then they will notice. Women and girls should show no skin or tattoos. Ladies with jeans that gap, or low cut tops are offensive and will be remembered as such. More important is the overall pretty picture you make with your horse. Good fit, cleanliness and attention to every detail will help you build a positive image in the judge’s mind. “Exhibitors need to take an active role in picking the judges at their shows. Tell your show managers. It is ultimately your responsibility to know the background and the type of horse a specific judge will choose.” Austin Van Wycke


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