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Monday, May 31, 2010

Caught In The Act

All weekend this past weekend at the OKC show, Penny helped me immensely in getting our 3 dogs ready and as a back-up in handling. On Saturday we did a switch up and she took Ruby in the Open Female class.

Ruby standing tall and in position with Penny

I had was now able to sit back watch the judging and take pics as he had some 6 dogs to go over.

It was a hot, humid day so most exhibitors were allowing their dogs to 'rest' in between their turn on the examination table, their down & back and go around. Yet, I noticed this judge gazing at the dogs even tho his focus, supposedly, was to be on the dog he was examining.
Penny's turn for the judge to go over Ruby on the table

Penny does the down and back, and Ruby stands and shows in full form.

Penny's holding Ruby in show mode as she's not been told to move.

Who's the judge looking at?

The judge each time would walk around behind the dogs, checking the rear stance I'm thinking ... now where is he looking? Not at Ruby, at the other females in the line-up!!! He would constantly do this, even when going over the dogs on the table.

Guess, as an exhibitor, when it's your turn to be fully examined, you expect the judge to have pretty much full attention on you ... that is your main time to shine and show the judge what's so good about your dog. Nope, this judge had his eyes aways moving.

Yes, I know the judge can do what he wants, in his ring, but hey, give me your undivided attention when it's my turn, PLEASERuby's still our "that's amore"!


judyf,  June 1, 2010 at 7:57 AM  

I believe the judge is looking back and forth between the dog being examined and the other dogs in the class to compare in his mind the attributes and faults of each animal. Having judged a couple of specialty sanction matches myself, I can't say I would find fault with his manner of judging. Unless told otherwise, the handlers are responsible for having their dogs looking presentable AT ALL TIMES in the ring.

Laureate June 1, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

This judge was comparing the dogs throughout the judging. Those of us who had been examined had our dogs ready for when he looked over. Some will let you rest, but Michael Bouchard was evaluating the one he just went over with the rest in line. It is worth noting in your judges book!

Shelamo Shelties June 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

Noted for sure. He just seemed to do it more than any other judge I can remember. I didn't pick it up in the smaller male classes, so it surprised me being on the outside for the females. Entering under him you need a set of 4 eyes, one for your dog & one on him.

judyf,  June 2, 2010 at 8:00 AM  

Yes, this kind of judging keeps the handler on his/her toes for the entire class, but I think it trains one to be a better handler (so I was taught in handling classs). That's why you have two eyes, one on your dog and one on the judge. Never stop "showing" until the ribbons are awarded.


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