4-H and FFA Judging Clinic Returns to WWU

William Woods University’s judging team will host the sixth
annual 4-H and FFA Judging Clinic and Contest Feb. 16 in the heated UPHA arena
on campus.

Participants travel from all over Missouri and some from
out-of-state to gain more experience for future contests. In previous years, as
many as 100 to 200 people have attended the clinic.
A total of 30-40 university-owned horses will be used for the
event, including horses from the saddle seat and western barn.
This year, a halter workshop has been added. Participants
will have the opportunity to view a variety of conformation flaws and blemishes
on WWU horses. Being able to spot major flaws and blemishes is important for
contestants to learn.
A member of WWU’s judging team will be positioned at each
horse to explain what contestants should look for. Discussion is encouraged
between contestants and their coaches or parents. Contestants will gain more
experience with noticing flaws and blemishes.
Jennie Petterson, western riding instructor at William Woods
and coach for the judging team, is looking forward to the clinic.
“This is our sixth annual judging clinic and it grows every
year. This year we are excited to offer the opportunity to view a variety
of conformation flaws and blemishes to our participants.”
The tentative schedule for the day:
10-10:15 a.m.—Note taking for a contest
10:15-10:45 a.m.—Halter Workshop—Looking for balance,
structure, muscle, quality, type and travel—NOTE: This year the comparison
pairs will be set up in different locations and allow coaches and parents (or
WWU collegiate judges) to use the horses provided as visual aids. Commonly seen
conformation flaws and blemishes will be provided for students to view, and
comparisons that are clear cut and easy to spot.
10:45-11:15 a.m.—Pleasure Class Workshop (rail
classes—evaluating movement using comparison pairs)
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.—Pattern Classes/Equitation (equitation
and horsemanship using comparison pairs)
12:30-1:15 p.m.—Lunch break (lunch is not provided)
1:30-3 p.m.—Practice Contest
            a. Halter
            b. Halter
Performance Class
Performance Class
3:45 p.m.—Reasons
            a. Halter
Performance Class
4 p.m.—Official Placings/Cuts and Q & A