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HOW CAN EXHIBITORS IMPROVE AFGHAN HOUND JUDGING? Lee Canalizo
You the exhibitor can most definitely improve the quality of judging. The most effective tool that you have is to not show to a judge that you feel is inferior one way or another.
A judge that has no eye for type, can't recognize proper movement misses overall balance etc., just missing the boat entirely, is one to miss!
In the case of a judge that regularly just puts up familiar faces, his favorite handler, or the fellow who can give him a snazzy assignment-write him off your list FAST!!
If you run across a person who seems to be trying to find the right animals, give them some credit (especially if they're new to the breed). Speak to them, try to give them some insight on your breed, (not just a commercial on your kennel). If enough good advice and encouragement is given, suggestions for breed seminars etc., the fancy may just wind up with a decent judge
As far as breeder judges go, most of us have a "look" or particular movement that turns us on At specialty shows and large entry shows (and sometimes even in small entries) we will have several animals that we really like but choices must be made and decisions must be reached and you can only have so many winners! If you're satisfied that the judge did his own thing in a straightforward honest and kindly manner, fine! If not next time, stay home
But before you don't show, be honest with yourself, watch these people judge, (or find out what they did previously), look at what they are putting up. Try to determine what they are looking for. Be objective in regard to the judge and to your own exhibits. Don't expect to win with a dog that is not in competitive condition.
Lastly, a good judge goes into the ring in anticipation of finding the best dogs and doing a good job, and just as you as exhibitors don't appreciate judges who behave in a rude or discourteous manner, we judges are affected very negatively by badgering, insults, poor manners, and poor sportsmanship on the exhibitors' part. Remember, no exhibitor goes to a show to lose and no judge goes to a show to make a fool of himself.
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