My life has become more enriched through training and riding horses. Doing it not only well but also kindly is paramount. I want to help you, to obtain that interest and passion for training and learning by making it easy to understand. Horses are not complicated, people make it that way.
Looking to purchase my book. "A Better Way of Training and Riding Horses"
As a county level judge I have
had to come through the ranks, and yes presented my horses in front of the best, later
even giving riding demonstrations at HOYS. When I competed I watched judges,
got to know their idiosyncrasies and spent a lot of time considering what makes
a class enjoyable to compete in, over classes that lacked passion. I discovered
that the best judges commanded the ring and made it their own, not trying to
make it generic and dull.
Our children love
riding and being around horses, shows have a magic that encourages them, it
gives them aspirations and their time in the ring is important for then.
All shows need
judges for their classes and the more versatile the judge is the more classes
they can cover. This makes common sense but when choosing judges as a show
secretary do you consider how much the judges reflect your show. Judges need to
encourage competitors and give each individual the time and recognition they
paid for in there entrance fee. People coming to your show want to win, but if
they don’t they need to go home having at least had a good time so when asking
people to judge you need to consider that this is your advert.
As a competitor at a
show it is important that you present your horse to the best of its ability, so
consideration must be put towards training before going. It is surprising the
number of people who turn up at their local show, and enter the ring without
putting any thought into what they are doing in there and what could be
expected of them. It makes no difference what the class is, be it in hand or
ridden training is essential. I can help with all levels of showing and a
little training can make for a great day.
I consider every
entrant to a judge should be as important upon entering a class till they leave
it. It is the unenviable job to have to categorise into an order of who will
come first over last, yet without that last person, first would hold no
relevance: because of this I make a point of having a quick chat with all so
they leave the ring understanding why they have been placed as such. This also
means that the person who has come last gets as much enthusiasm placed on them
as the first. Encouraging all even when it goes wrong for the competitor,
should be the reason you’re in the ring.