Young Judges Pass the Test to Earn Top Marks

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FOUR young North East show riders have come away from the British Show Pony Society Summer Championships with major national judging honours following a gruelling week under assessors, whose task is to maintain the line of high judging standards in the show ring.

The British Show Pony Society is one equine organisation leading the way in maintaining high, fair and honest standards and every year at their Summer Championships regional areas are invited to put forward an individual and team for the Young Judges competition.

This year's 26 British team young judges competion was won by BSPS Area 1A Northumberland and County Durham riders Adam Forster, Charlotte Miller, Jade Thompson with a fourth Individual placing to Julie Swinburn.

The task of judging horses, ponies and riders in a competion show ring can often be a difficult one for the judge whose single opinion counts on the day.

One wanders what goes through a judge's mind faced with all manner of in hand and ridden classes and how they come to a final conclusion in the placings.

In today's showing world the roll of a judge has become more specialised be it type, breeding or society competition classes, and the competitors expect the highest standards.

The BSPSteam competition teaches members between 14 and 21 years of age to understand the judge's point of view. BSPS team member Adam Forster explained: "Candidates/young judges are given four ponies to judge.We were given two Show Hunter Ponies kindly provided by Julie Templeton and two show ponies kindly provided by Debbie Thomas. Candidates are required to judge the animals as if it was a Supreme Championship at a championship show.

"All teams and individuals along with the judges/assessors, whom were judging us as young judges, enter the ring and commence judging the animals. …