HOW CAN EXHIBITORS IMPROVE AFGHAN HOUND JUDGING?
Mrs Curtis M Brown
There are probably two ways that exhibitors could improve judging, one positive and one negative.
First, the positive approach: Almost every national breed club has as part of its stated purpose "To promote the welfare of the breed" Certainly educating those who judge as to the desired qualities of the breed would fit that classification. Breed clubs should make a decisive effort to put together a comprehensive program on their breed which could be traveled around the country. The Great Dane Club of America did a marvelous Judging School which incorporated film, slides, taped and written material together with a class of live dogs to evaluate.
It should appear in various areas so that judges could be required to attend before being granted approval to pass on that breed Judges wishing to advance would make it their business to attend at some point if enough emphasis were placed on such education.
If the breeders and exhibitors make no effort to tell their story and improve the judges' knowledge, they deserve the poor quality judging which they may get
Second, the negative approach: Every judge can instantly quote the entry he drew at a recent show. It is his yardstick as to whether he is doing a satisfactory job. It is also the show giving club's measure as to whether a judge should be invited A boycott of incompetent judges can have a marked effect, if it is done consistently. If exhibitors do not feel a judge is competent to judge their breed, strike!
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