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    11-14-2010, 05:27 PM
Exclamation 4-H Judging Questions~ Calling all Judges! And everyone else........

Hi everyone!

Next weekend, I'm competing in a 4-H Judging competition. For those of you that don't know what this is, it's a competition where YOU are the judge of halter and performance classes. They have an actual judge there that judges the classes. At the end, they compare your placing of the class to the judge's placing.....and so on. Halter classes are based on breeds. Performance they have different classes like, english equitation, english pleasure, western pleasure, hunter under saddle and so forth.

Now for the questions. I understand Halter classes completely. But performance, I'm kinda stuck. What exactly are they looking for in both western and english classes??????????? I know every judge is different, but can you give me some basic guidelines please?

Thanks for your help!
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    11-14-2010, 05:34 PM
In 4h its based on the rider so equatation is what you need to be judging.

Here is a link that talks about equatation
Equitation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ill try and find more links a lil later.
    11-14-2010, 05:35 PM
I don't do 4H, but I googled it and found the entire manual for you :)
Hope this works : http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublicatio...75/pnw0575.pdf

Yay it worked... its long but its the whole manual on horse judging. You should print it out if you can, it would be great to study!
    11-14-2010, 07:25 PM
Thanks so much! I didn't even think there was a mannual for it.
    11-14-2010, 09:13 PM
4-H has a manual that they put out for horse juding. My friend has it! The manual is from Colorado State.

Like somebody else said, it is based on equitation. Look for the pattern being done correctly, smoothness in transitions. The thing that you shouldn't notice is big aids/ cues to get the horse moving. In equitation, you want to look like your horse can read your mind, and you should have subtle cues.

When we had a judging contest, a western rider was trotting and posted. The judge told us when a western rider posts, they are automatically last. Just something to look out for.

Have fun!
    11-15-2010, 04:22 PM
Okay, thanks.

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