Where were grownups?

Regarding the 4-H article on horse judging, I'm curious to where the organizers and stewards of this event were. This is something t
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

Regarding the 4-H article on horse judging, I'm curious to where the organizers and stewards of this event were. This is something that should have been handled that day and within the context of the 4-H program. Things may have changed but it used to be that there were supervisors with the judges to handle and keep things on track. If this was a PAS event, there were more adults than just the judge there. You can't judge for the judge but you are responsible for making sure the judging process is run correctly. Sounds more like this should be laid at the feet of those in charge on site rather than only the judge and the local and state extension offices. If there was a glaring error then the participant should have been disqualified with the adult officials stepping up to facilitate the correction. It is impossible to know all the facts if you don't know the judges' take on the situation either. You have a bunch of people possibly getting in your face or segments run to fast together which wouldn't help get things straightened out either.

There is a form on rating judges that is to be turned in to the state which is a local event responsibility. After the fact is a little late, you can't expect the state or county extension office to overrule a judge after the event is over nor just redo the whole thing. The kids had their protest but to what end? You now have people unfamiliar with the program hearing one side, right or wrong, and forming opinions on the 4-H organization as a whole.

I helped with a 4-H club for a number of years and I can sympathize with the kids, but I don't agree with the venue they've chosen to air it in. It is neither appropriate or beneficial.

Kathleen Old

Berlin Heights