Sign Petition

Number of Judges at SHN

268 Signatures Goal: 5,000

As members and exhibitors of the Arabian Horse Association we strongly feel that the SHN Commission's plan to utilize only one judge in Working Hunter, Jumper, and Sport Horse In Hand classes at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals is counterproductive to the growth of the Sport Horse division and thus the Sport Horse National show.

There is no U.S. National Championship class that uses only one person to adjudicate. Historically, U.S. Nationals employs 5 judges, Youth Nationals utilizes 3 judges on their panels and Sport Horse only 2 judges per class. Having a judging panel rather than a single judge is a defining characteristic of a National caliber horse show, and the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals already has smaller judging panels than U.S. Nationals and Youth Nationals. The practice of having a panel of judges at elite level horse shows promotes fairness, offsets individual biases, and provides depth to the assessment of the exhibitors in the classes that is simply not possible with a single judge.

To reduce the number of judges at Sport Horse Nationals for Working Hunter, Jumper, and Sport Horse In Hand classes to a single judge would remove a critically important aspect of showing at the national level and diminish the value of the experience for exhibitors resulting in reduced participation. We the undersigned express support for maintaining the current standard for a 2 judge panel for all classes at Arabian Sport Horse Nationals.

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  • Kimberly Wenger
    Kimberly Wenger United States
    Sep 17, 2014
    Sep 17, 2014
    Although certainly all the judges hired to work at Sport Horse Nationals are more than qualified, most certainly each one has preferences unique to them. Nothing wrong with that...we all do. Having multiple judges helps to achieve balance.
  • Cheryl Showah
    Cheryl Showah United States, New Milford
    Mar 03, 2014
    Mar 03, 2014
    WE NEED A THREE-JUDGE SYSTEM LIKE "REAL" NATIONALS. SPORT HORSE IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING SEGMENTS OF THE ARABIAN INDUSTRY, WE NEED TO HAVE REAL JUDGES, PROPERLY TRAINED FOR THESE VENUES, OR YOU WILL LOSE THE SUPPORT OF THE EXHIBITORS.
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