One of the advantages of being out of the official
saddle of "Judge" is that I can "score" on an "I like it" basis, rather than on
I have been studying the *Handbook for Judges and
Show Officials,* but to be perfectly honest, the only time those numbers ever
really got used happened when I was judging a show with two other
judges. The category had two specimens of superior but so nearly
equal quality it was almost impossible to choose between them.
What did we do? The Judge-in-training who was
following along with us carried the *Handbook* in her hand. We laid
it on the table and using the book went over every possible aspect of those two
perfect specimens. It boiled down to an agreement among the three of us on
ONE point difference on which got blue, which got red.
Frankly, I'd just as soon have given both of them
blue. I think we were all sweating by the time we left that table.
That was hard, hard work.
The "I like it" approach is easier and a lot more
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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