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    Senior Member Keith Stroyan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Robinson View Post
    ... I can't overemphasize the importance of being paired with the right c0-judge-mentor the first three or four trials.
    I haven't met John, but I'd like to. He's very perceptive. (I'm serious.)

    Judging "clinics" or "seminars" can only do so much. I've judged with some memorable folks like (a FT with) Loren Morehouse (who I haven't seen since) and Jack Jagoda (who many people have a grude against, but who knows dogs AND people - and deserves some of the crap he gets...)

    If you're really into dogs, training, handling, ... you're half way there. Watch the people!

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    Some of the best handler/trainers make HORRIBLE judges. A FEW people who don't do much traininig/handling make good judges. Different skill set.

    Give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newf View Post
    For those of you judges out there, when and why did you decide to become a judge?

    I began judging because I believe that it is our obligation to give to the sport so that others can run their dogs, just as others judge so that we can run our dogs.

    I continue to judge for a variety of reasons:
    - I still believe that we each need to contribute to the sport
    - I enjoy seeing dogs and handlers from all across the country
    - I learn a lot from watching dogs and handlers - particularly in the Open
    - To help out my friends
    - To spend a weekend judging with my friends
    - On occasion, I judge with new comers and get to share lessons that I have learned the hard way
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Robinson View Post
    As an aside, I can't overemphasize the importance of being paired with the right co-judge-mentor the first three or four trials.

    John

    I agree with this. I was very selective with my first 8 assignments and think that I learned a lot of good habits from my co-judges - who were all far more experienced than I was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Shih View Post

    I began judging because I believe that it is our obligation to give to the sport so that others can run their dogs, just as others judge so that we can run our dogs.

    I continue to judge for a variety of reasons:
    - I still believe that we each need to contribute to the sport
    - I enjoy seeing dogs and handlers from all across the country
    - I learn a lot from watching dogs and handlers - particularly in the Open
    - To help out my friends
    - To spend a weekend judging with my friends
    - On occasion, I judge with new comers and get to share lessons that I have learned the hard way
    I couldn't agree more
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