So I have been using the Communities of Practice a lot and thought that I could contribute something.
I am a big horse judger my self and am always encouraging my students to try it. I try and have a team or two each year. However I have found that resources can be very expensive and hard to find. I have some of the CEV DVD's and they are very good. On the internet there are a few good places to go, but not a lot of ready to go classes to use. So I started to create very simple classes on power point with photographs. They are very simple, but work well.
I tried to create the class so that they can be easily placed and you can see big things on the horses.
So I thought that I would share these resources that I have created with anyone that was interested.
If you have questions on any of the classes or want more help, I would be happy to help!
Jon Wolf's Perfect Practice DVDs are great! They are a good start for students that don't have very much experience with judging. It is also very helpful in getting students prepared for oral reasons. We also use the UK horse judging manual. Its full of good stuff!
http://www.uky.edu/Ag/AnimalSciences/pubs/asc118.pdf- Horse Judging Manual
http://www.perfectpracticedvds.com/- Judging DVDs
I also recommend the Jon Wolf DVD's. What they lack in ease of use, they MORE than make up for in quality! #4 is my personal favorite as it makes students compare two horses over 10 different items, (head, neck, slope of sholder). And I think that really helps students start to understand why the horse they 'think' is good, IS good.
FWIW, JMO, ME
Here is a powerpoint I created for my intro to judging unit for freshman. This year we judged chairs for our first set of notes and reasons. Decided to make this powerpoint for those that were absent on the day we judged the chairs. I know a lot of people do hats, trucks, etc... this is just my take on getting first time judgers started.
What a great idea!! Now when you are initially introducing the concept of judging how do you approach it? I am somewhat new to judging and have approached it from a Form Follows Function stand point. What are some tips for someone who hasn't had much experience teaching teams/classes to judge?
Thanks and I am loving all of the great ideas and resources you all have posted!
Go to http://equineextension.colostate.edu/ to find more resources. You can order dvd's of classes from the National Western Stock Show. Good dvd's..........I have a tower burner, so I can get one, and then make copies to send home.
Thank you for all the resources shared above!
I am coaching our Jr. & Sr. Horse judging teams for the NC State competition next month and have added a page to my website that lists everything I've collected. I did add some of the resources shared on COP (I hope thats ok. If you'd like me to add your name next to the link for credit, please let me know).
IF you go to aqha.com and on the bottom of the page where it says "forms" and click on that link they have a bunch of judging manuals that can be printed off and I also call APHA and talked to the education department and they sent me posters and handouts and Shelly deBarbanson sent me links to some judging sites that she knew of. they were very helpful.