Appaloosa Journal

OCT 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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92 Appaloosa Journal October 2018 met. Carter's philosophy comes through when he emphatically states, "Our judges really do feel as good as anyone when the best horse comes out on top." Jeff Lechner, ApHC judge from McHenry, Illinois, is also a believer in the monitoring system. "The best part for me is being able to discuss and/or watch patterns before the classes, whether we'll be seeing western riding, reining, working cow horse or an equitation class because we become familiar with the pattern and with any new or special rules that may be pertinent," he explains. "It's also helpful to get a quick review of what most judges would call a plus-one maneuver or a minus-half maneuver, etc." As further testimony to the commitment of our judges, Lech- ner offers a personal insight about why some sort of "quality as- surance" program is good for the industry. "As we walk into the arena, we need to be on the same page or at least in the same chapter with each other to better serve the exhibitors, gain their confidence and keep them coming back," he states. "We all need to flow with changes in our horse show judging system and update the 'traditional,' becoming familiar with the updates and show the public that we care about what we are doing. It is no different from the way in which we try to conduct our own personal lives and businesses. It's that simple." Continuing education and development of our judges is a nec- essary and vital role for the ApHC. Beyond the experience gained by judging on a regular basis, ApHC-carded judges are required to attend the International Equine Judges Seminar at least once in a three-year period. Conducted by the Color Breeds Council, the seminar includes specific breed association sessions where rule changes, updates and current trends are discussed. Judges of all breeds are then required to attend sessions that cover a rotating group of classes and disciplines. For example, the 2018 seminar fo- cused on horsemanship/equitation, hunter under saddle, lameness, reining and trail. Participants have the opportunity to score and place classes from videos, discuss examples of penalties and com- pare notes on what they've seen at horse shows across the country. Judging is a huge responsibility that is taken seriously by any- one who gets the assignment. By providing educational opportuni- ties, clear expectations and useful resources, the Appaloosa Horse Club hopes to maintain a high level of professionalism among the judging ranks. The use of a monitor/advisor at the shows we spon- sor and manage has proved to be a remarkable step forward that should be a source of pride for the membership.

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