Haflinger Society of Great Britain
Approved Judges Code of Conduct2019
From the time of arrival on a Showground, or where staying the night before, the
Judge acts in an official capacity. Except for necessary contact with Show Officials he/she is as reserved and impersonal with the general public and exhibitors as is socially acceptable. He/she avoids conversation with all except Show Officials,
and is concerned only with seeing animals that may come before him/her in the ring. He/she does not discuss the relative merits of any animal shown except as
required by his official duty. His/her conduct during his visit to a Show upholds the dignity and reputation for integrity of the Society of which he/she is an
The above extract has been taken from the Society’s booklet “Conformation of Welsh Ponies and Cobs”.
- It is a great honour to be invited to judge at a show. Reply promptly to the invitation and, having made the commitment, it should be honoured. If you find that you are, at short notice, unable to officiate, please inform the show secretary immediately.
- Judges should not accept invitations to more than one county show. It is important the Society can offer alternative judges, so that owners with horses affected by Clauses 6 and 7 below can have every opportunity to compete.
- A judge who feels unable to judge any class in the schedule should inform the show secretary well in advance of the show.
- Judges are advised to make prior arrangements with the Show Secretary regarding their fees and expenses.
- Judges are representing both themselves and the Society. They should always be punctual and look their best. Judges should present themselves to the Show Secretary at least half an hour before the first class.
- Judges should not judge and/or exhibit horses that he/she has bred in the classes he is judging
- Judges should not judge a class in which to his/her knowledge a pony bred, sold, leased, or produced by the judge, or his/her immediate family, employer or business partner is exhibited. A judge must not judge the progeny of a stallion or mare owned by themselves. A judge may not judge a pony in which he/she has a financial interest. Should this situation arise, a referee, preferably on the appropriate panel of judges, should be appointed by the show secretary to place the pony in question in its position in the class.
- A judge should not accept any hospitality from an exhibitor during a show until judging is completed.
- A judge should avoid meeting exhibitors, their helpers and horses, on the day of the show prior to entering the show ring in which he/she is to judge.
- Before judging commences, discussion with the ring steward should take place regarding the procedure to be adopted in the ring; where to stand the horses with the line up.
- Schedules should be carried by a judge. They should be carefully studied beforehand noting the number of rosettes to be awarded, special awards or qualifiers.
- A judge should not call any exhibitor by his/her name in the ring and must remain completely detached. No social conversation should take place.
- Instructions to exhibitors generally should be relayed through the ring steward.
- Judges should be smartly dressed at all times during the show. Hands in pockets while judging should be actively discouraged.
- Judges are asked to consider very carefully the placing of over-fat animals in the showring, the showing of such animals is to be discouraged.
- Judges should present rosettes unless a sponsor is requested to do so. It is the judge’s prerogative to withhold rosettes if he/she feels entries are of insufficient merit.
- Be cautious and discreet in any remarks made during and after judging, whilst remaining open to questions from exhibitors who are encouraged to ask for reasons for the placing of their animal.
- It should be remembered that each competitor pays the same entry fee and therefore merits the courtesy of having his/her horse inspected and placed.
- You know your integrity is beyond question – make sure that it is seen to be so. A judge must be unbiased and fair. It must also be remembered that it is the horse only that is being judged on the day.
- Judges must ensure that all monies payable to the charity or it’s members/stakeholders are paid in full. They should also have no outstanding debts with other Society Members or other organisations/people which could bring the Society in disrepute.