Maybe you should all go become accredited judges so that together you can save the worlds breed associations! :)
Amen!! My husband and I arrived at the same conclusion last year after watching a judge schmooze with exhibitors one day (even to the point of riding their horses) and then go on to place his "friends" first and second in every class the next day. This was at our California State Championships. I was appalled and came to the conclusion that some organizations will give a judge's card to anyone. And, no, this guy was not carded with USEF or AQHA/APHA because I tried to turn him in. Alas, the breed card he held and the organization he represented didn't give a fig about what he'd done. Scary.
As a direct result of that show, my husband decided to judge local shows this year while on his way to getting his AQHA card. I honestly don't understand why more people don't do this. If you want change, step up to the plate and do something about it.
Now, all that said, I truly, honestly, from the bottom of my heart believe that AQHA IS TRYING TO CHANGE!!! (Sorry to yell
) Trrrust me, you guys, I'm seeing it with my own eyes. The problem is that it takes time to weed out the bad judges , or to get those bad judges on the same page as the "good" judge.
I truly believe that the days of the unnatural-looking lope are numbered. Just as I believe that the "wenglish" equitation rider is a thing of the past. And did you see the hunters at World and Congress this year? The horses they were using on the flat were floating around like any A level USEF horse...with level necks. The over fence horses could have won a hunter class at Devon.
I am very proud of AQHA and the direction they're going. I hope others will open their eyes and take note...things are changing. Don't assume it's the same-old, same-old, 'cause it's not.
ETA: that it might be the same-old, same-old at the local level breed shows because I've noticed things haven't trickled down from the top...yet!