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

On Saturday April 1, 2017, the Wisconsin Horse Council Judges, Judges Candidates and Auditors attended the annual WHC Judges Seminar held at the beautiful Rawhide Boys Ranch.

The WHC Seminar Committee works hard year round to provide the highest level of education possible for our Certified Judges and Judges Candidates. We were honored this year to have Sid Larson as our clinician. Sid brings his experience as a nationally credentialed judge in ten different breeds and holds judge’s cards in the American Paint Horse Association, Pinto Horse Association and the International Buckskin Horse Association.

This year’s topic was Showmanship. For the morning session, held in Rawhide’s beautiful auditorium, Mr. Larson shared videos of Showmanship past and present to demonstrate the evolution of this popular class. He then explained ,and had everyone practice, the most up-to-date scoring method with the provided scoresheet using video demonstrations. Questions were encouraged and answered with Mr. Larson's 40 years of judging experience.

The Rawhide Boys Ranch provided a delicious buffet lunch, just a short walk from the auditorium.
After lunch with another short walk to the arena, the afternoon session of live judging began. Mr. Larson had this year’s seminar participants practice scoring individual Showmanship maneuvers by the demonstrators. There was a variety of Showmanship disciplines being demonstrated ranging from Western, Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat and even a miniature horse. After that several complete patterns were demonstrated before the final live testing.

The WHC Judges Committee would like to extend and HUGE thank you to Mr. Sid Larson, Rawhide Boys Ranch and all of the owners and exhibitors who brought their horses for us to judge, and all of those attended this event.


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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.

RAWHIDE BOYS RANCH MAP (PDF)

RAWHIDE BOYS RANCH WEBSITE LINK

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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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