Thursday, August 20, 2009

Talking to Judges

Talking to judges and receiving advice can be one of your best resources for learning how to improve as a shower.

Keep in mind that judging shows is a difficult and often thankless job. Showers feelings are often hurt when their horses don’t win, and they occasionally take their frustrations out on the judge. Experienced judges are often confronted by showers who only ask questions to prove the judge was wrong.

When you approach a judge, be polite. Smile and be friendly. It doesn’t hurt to introduce yourself and point out that you are new to showing and eager to learn. Let them know through your attitude that you do not intend to be confrontational. You don’t have to take all of their advice, but try to listen to their reasoning.
Judging isn't easy. Be nice.

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