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IMHO – Questions Answered by Those Who Know

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322 – February, 2018

BY ELAINE LESSIG

ARE FOREIGN JUDGES AN ASSET TO A PANEL?

Elaine Lessig – AKC Judge
Clever show chairs know that building a panel with good judges who are knowledgeable, professional, and eager to engage positively with exhibitors is a “win win” for all. A show’s success depends on attracting entries. One of the best ways to do that is to carefully construct a strong panel. To that end, it is wise to seek judges who fit that description. Does it matter whether they are AKC judges or those from a foreign country? Ultimately, it does not. Every judge should be vetted before they are selected to be on a panel. Adding a judge to a panel who has not been researched and who is unknown can turn what should be a big plus into a big minus.

Robin Greenslade – Breeder/Owner/Handler
A foreign judge can absolutely be an asset to a panel. The clubs who hire foreign judges should make sure they have a copy of and are familiar with the AKC standards for the breeds to which they are assigned. An efficient ring steward should also be assigned to the foreign judges ring. We can all appreciate a good judge no matter what country they come from.

Phil Booth – Professional Handler
I believe judges in general can be an asset or a liability to a panel. My only issue with foreign judges are those that don’t follow our procedure and judge to our standards.

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