Horse show judging ethics

Horse show judging ethics

Just returned from the AQHA judges update in Dallas. Past president, Bill Brewer spoke of ethics in judging and set the tone with a remarkable yet relevant statement from the Bible. Ancient wisdom, yet fitting to guide the 350 judges listening as we make show ring decisions in 2020.

As I mulled over these words, here’s what I took to heart:

  • Do justly – do the right thing. Have courage to place according to the rules, and the welfare of horses and the flourishing of our industry, regardless of pressure.
  • Have mercy or empathy for competitors who are struggling. Encourage those starting out. Compassion for horses who may not share the same goals as their riders!
  • Walk humbly. No room for ego as a judge. Horse shows are pretty good at knocking the stuffing out of us.