- Which Ship are You On?
What is horsemanship? In the show ring,
horsemanship is described (such as by AQHA) as a class "to evaluate the rider's
ability to execute, in concert with their horse, a set of maneuvers prescribed
by the judge with precision and smoothness while exhibiting poise and confidence,
and maintaining a balanced, functional, and fundamentally correct body position."
The horse and rider should work in complete unison; there should be subtle aids
and cues. This type of horsemanship involves showmanship and hopefully, sportsmanship.
Today, show ring horsemanship is primarily for exhibition.
about everyday horse training, horsemanship takes on a different emphasis.
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Profession of Judging
Makes a Good Judge
2006 Cherry Hill
Since I was a horse show judge for over 25 years, often
I am asked by people interested in the profession what it takes to become a good
horse show judge.
My reply is a simple description but a hard bill to fill.
A good judge is someone who is a keen observer and able to make sound decisions.
Many traits are needed to be a successful judge. The characteristics can
be, for the sake of discussion, divided into physical attributes, intellectual
capabilities, emotional tendencies, and moral standards.
is an essential. The task of standing for eight to ten hours in the center of
an arena full of circling horses can be tiring and taxing. Only a person with
strength and stamina should attempt it. A judge needs to have sound feet and a
healthy back to tolerate long hours in a rather immobile stance.
and quick reflexes enable a person to accurately observe and record mentally,
or clerically if necessary, the details in the show ring.
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Road to the Horse
Several of us attended the
Road to the Horse in Murfreesboro in early March. As one of the judges could you
explain to us why the competition was placed the way it was?
You pose a good question. I've asked the management of the
event if I could explain a bit about the judging system and they were glad for
me to do so.
The judging criteria was developed by the 2004 judges and
Each of the 5 judges gave scores for many individual categories
in each of the following segments. Our score sheets were picked up after each
segment and a running total was kept by management over the two days but we never
knew how our individual points were adding up.
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