WHC 2017 Judge Seminar - April 1, 2017 - Rawhide Boys Ranch


8:00 Registration (Rawhide Boy’s Ranch)
8:30-10:30 Classroom: Clinician Sid Larson will be speaking on Showmanship
°Judging °Scoring
15 minute Break
10:45-11:45 Classroom
° Western °Huntseat °Saddleseat °Mini
12:00n–1:00p Lunch Break /Rawhide Boy’s Ranch, New London 15 minute Break
1:00-3:00 Clinician, Sid Larson will work with Live demos
3:30-4:00 Live Judging
4:00p Written tests will be handed out


Take home written test will be available after the live judging has been completed. No tests will be mailed; only Judge/Candidate attendees who are present for the entire seminar will receive the test.
Test must be completed and returned to WHC office postmarked no later than April 30, 2017. No faxes will be accepted. We recommend that you return the test by certified mail.

Seminar Facility

Rawhide Boy’s Ranch
E7475 Rawhide Rd.
New London, WI 54961

WHC 2016 Judge Seminar Recap

On Saturday April 2, 2016, the Wisconsin Horse Council Judges, Candidates, and Auditors braved the unexpected spring snow and sleet to slip-slide their way to the beautiful Rawhide Boys Ranch for the annual Judges Seminar. With the quality of the facility, once on the grounds all travel worries disappeared as there is no need to change locations from classroom to arena.

The Seminar Committee works year round to provide the highest level of clinicians possible for this event to ensure that our Certified Judges have access to the utmost in education available. And Kevin Kline, Ph.D., a well respected Professor from the University of Illinois, is just one of those educators.

For the morning session, Professor Kline offered many "pearls of wisdom" as he presented the classroom session of this year's focus topic "Conformation". He kept the morning lively and interactive with anecdotes, case studies, and a good number of video judging opportunities. Questions were freely accepted and answered with wit and the wisdom of many years of experience.

A short walk took everyone to their favorite part of the day; a buffet lunch provided by the residents of the facility, where everyone was able to refuel for the afternoon's live judging.

This year's demo horses were particularly stellar as you can see from the pictures below. This made the live judging just a little bit more difficult. "I want that one. No, maybe that one. Then, again, maybe that one." Decisions, decisions, decisions. (All in a day's work for a judge, as those who've spent a day in center ring can attest.) But choices had to be made as those seeking their WHC Judges Cards and those with the need to re-certify pitted their judging skills against those of Professor Kline. The written tests were then handed out and those attending headed home in the now beautiful (it's Wisconsin, after all) spring weather.

The Seminar Committee, after cleaning the stalls, immediately met to begin planning the 2017 WHC Judges Seminar. No grass growing under the feet here! Once clinicians and facilities are arranged, that information will be released. Until then, the Committee wants to sincerely thank Professor Kline, the AWESOME owners and exhibitors who brought their fabulous horses out for us, Rawhide Boys Ranch, and all those who came out to attend this event.

Remember, you don't have to be a Judge (or have any desire to be one) to attend. If you want to learn more about what really happens in center ring, consider attending one of the annual WHC Judges Seminars. Education is always your best investment.

Rawhide Boys Ranch is located just outside of New London on the Wolf River and has all the charm of an old-west town. The facilities include a heated barn, equestrian center and lunch buffet. Please read more information below on the Rawhide Boys Ranch.

Please click on the links below for a map of the Rawhide Boys Ranch and a link to their website.




Changing Lives of At Risk Youth and Their Families

Rawhide is a 501(c)(3) recognized charity, founded in 1965, by John and Jan Gillespie and Hall of Fame Quarterback Bart Starr and his wife Cherry. Rawhide has redirected the lives of thousands of youth that have either lived on our residential campus or received services through our numerous counseling clinics.

Today, Rawhide boys ranch offers a full continuum of at risk youth programs in Wisconsin, including intensive residential care for troubled young men. We also offer a spectrum of prevention-based programs for troubled boys, girls, adults and families. At Rawhide ranch, you will find committed, caring and professional staff who are focused on achieving positive outcomes with every youth or adult we serve.
Why not put almost 50 years of successful experience to work for your child or family and learn first-hand what the Rawhide difference can produce in your life?

The Rawhide Boys Ranch will be the location for the 2015 Wisconsin Horse Council’s Judge Seminar. We are featuring clinician, Lance Treptow speaking on Trail. Lance has been an AQHA and NSBA judge for over 18 years. He has judged many of the major shows thru-out the United States, Canada and Europe.

As a trainer and exhibitor for over 40 years, the horses under his guidance have earned numerous AQHA Championships, Superior Event Awards, Congress Wins, and Top Ten Honor Roll placings. Lance has served on the American Quarter Horse Association board of directors for 20 years and also holds the position of an AQHA Show Steward.

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