So you want to become a waterfowl judge?
The BWA encourages new judges and assists those considering making this step. So how do you go about becoming a judge?
Ask to steward for a judge at a show. The judge will help you to understand the finer points of the class he is judging.
Watch the judge so that you understand what he is looking for.
Don’t be afraid to ask a few questions — but not too many as the judge still needs to concentrate on the task in hand.
Prior to stewarding do some research, reading up on the breed’s standards
Be prepared to be asked your opinion of how you would assess the class — if you select the birds in a similar way to the judge you’ll be on a high for days.
If, after stewarding, you would like to progress further and judge, you can apply to take a test at one of the major shows, such as the BWA Champion Waterfowl Exhibition, the National, Federation, Scottish or Welsh Nationals. You could judge a single section such as Call ducks, Runners, Geese, Heavy breeds or Bantams.
It has been said that you should keep a breed before you judge it. This is quite sensible as you will better understand its characteristics.
If you are interested in stewarding or judging, contact the BWA by visiting