The Judge is not there to judge the things that go on outside the ring. There is a lot of BAD stuff that goes on at the hands of several individuals and it is well known. The way you hurt them most is to expose them from the outside and encourage their customers to take their business elsewhere.
It is not the Judge's responsibility to make a placement call on a horse in the ring because of things that happen outside the ring or in an exhibitor's barn. That is called politics and it is a sure fire way to never be called back for a judging job, will mar your reputation as a judge and a trainer(most, if not all judges are trainers), and bad judging based on such things can even get you fired before the show is over. If it happens in the ring itself, then they have all the power to DQ a horse right there and send them out of the ring.
It is the show stewards and management's responsibility to reprimand and call out bad behavior on the outside of the ring. At rated shows, find a USEF representative and post a complaint. Happens all the time at ASB shows. We don't go through soring checks because we don't and can't sore, but at rated shows, horses are frequently drug tested and called out for USEF violations.
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