Top eques­trian judges meet for train­ing at Dan­nevirke

Bush Telegraph - - News - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Thirty eques­trian judges and prospec­tive judges at­tended the Dan­nevirke A&P Show­grounds on Sunday July 22 for tu­ition from two Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety judges.

Vis­i­tors came from all over the North Is­land rep­re­sent­ing the West­ern and East­ern Re­gions of the RAS for tu­ition from Chris­tine Rowe from Carter­ton and Alan Win­dle from Shan­non.

Judges must un­dergo train­ing ev­ery two years, each re­gion tak­ing its turn to host.

Dan­nevirke was the venue for the East­ern re­gion’s meet­ing, be­ing cen­trally lo­cated be­tween Welling­ton and Gis­borne and Taranaki. Judg­ing of horses is the key com­po­nent of show­ing eques­trian events when horses are judged for their qual­ity and con­fir­ma­tion — ap­pear­ance and how they are put to­gether.

Dan­nevirke’s Kirsten Wahlberg pro­vided two horses to il­lus­trate the im­por­tant char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Of­ten the one-day course just has static images.

The morn­ing was taken up with tu­ition and in the af­ter­noon there was an eques­trian fo­rum led by RAS CEO Deb­bie Cameron from Christchurch.

The fo­rum cov­ered the lat­est trends in show­ing and was open to ques­tions about any as­pect of the sport.

(Left): Kirsten Wahlberg holds Daisy a 5-year old Chest­nut for judges to as­sess.

This 4-year-old thor­ough­bred Colom­bian called Tad­pole is stud­ied care­fully.

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