How the Competition Works


Committee of Management approved Regulations 17/10/2011

1. The Judge must be on the Welsh Pony & Cob Society’s Judges’ Panel.

2. The Judge should have good communication skills with young people.

3. Show program must state that the winner of the state competition has qualified at the State competition and is not necessarily a State resident. Winner can only compete at one state competition.

4. Competitors are to be 10 years & under 25 years of age at time of State competition.

5. Two groups of 4 ponies from the same Section and gender (not stallions) are to be judged by the competitors.

6. The UK Young Farmers calculator is to be used as a objective measure in conjunction with the subjective interviews.

7. Competitors are to write their placing prior to interview.

8. Interviews will be held in a private area

9. Competitors will individually attend an assessment where they will be interviewed on their placing and observations.

10. At the individual interview of competitors, another adult eg. impartial committee member, judge, steward etc to be present.

11. Competitors are not to discuss the competition until the conclusion of the event.

12. Score cards to be the same as the sample.

13. Master score sheets used are to be the same as the sample so that the stewards can keep tally of the points scored.

14. The Competition is open to members and non-members of the Society.

15. Panel Judges are ineligible to compete.

National Young Judges Competition Procedures

The procedures listed will be followed in the final. The same format must be followed at State and Territory qualifying competitions.

1. All animals will be identified individually. The sequence of identification will be A, B, X, Y. This identification system must be used to meet the requirements of the YFC calculator rule.

2. The Senior Steward will inform the competitors of the procedures that will be adopted.

a) Judges and competitors will stand in the centre of the ring.

b) Ponies will walk on the circle.

c) The steward will then stop the ponies at an appropriate position in the ring and ask each handler to trot their pony on the circle.

d) Ponies will be lined up in the centre of the ring in alphabetical order with ample space between each pony to allow the judge and competitors to move freely amongst the animals.

e) The steward will then request each pony in turn to come forward, stand up and give an individual work out.

f) The individual work out will see the pony walk away from the steward for approximately 20 metres turn and trot back past the steward and around the ring.

g) The animals will be lined up again in alphabetical order for final assessment by the Senior Judge and the competitors.

h) The steward will allow a realistic time for the competitors to complete their score cards and notes.

i) After each ring of ponies is judged the competitors will hand a copy of their placings (not their notes) to the steward.

j) Each competitor in turn will in a private location attend an interview with the Senior Judge in the presence of another adult and outline their reasons for the order in which they placed the animals. The animals will be identified by the judge and the competitors by the identification letter allocated to the animal.

k) The purpose of the interview is for the Senior Judge to assess their:

Knowledge of Conformation Standards of Excellence

Knowledge of Show Regulations Management of the Show Ring

Knowledge of the Society

Dress & Personal Presentation

The Senior Judge should use a consistent questioning procedure with all competitors.

l) The order of interviews will be drawn by lots.

Senior Judge’s Responsibilities.

a) The Senior Judge’s task is to assess the knowledge of the competitors.

b) The Senior Judge will place the animals in his order of preference.

c) The Senior Judge will determine the difference in the quality of the ponies before him by the allocation of a total of 12 points.

For example if there is, in the Senior Judges opinion, very little to chose between his or her first and second choice he may apply a small differential of say two points. The remaining 10 points are then allocated between second and third and fourth.

d) The Senior Judge must use the 12 differential points wisely so that the competitors’ placings can be calculated and a merit score determined.

e) In the interview it is important that the Senior Judge uses the points system effectively so that a winner can be determined.

f) The range of questions is similar for each competitor.

Steward’s Responsibilities.

a) Put competitors at ease.

b) Run the ring on behalf of the Senior Judge and the competitors.

Keep the ring flowing but do not rush competitors.

c) Thank Handlers.

d) Collect score cards and calculate score from YFC calculator.

e) Determining order of interview.

f) Provide Senior Judge with each competitors placing score card.

g) Collect interview scores.

h) Determine score.

i) Convey results to announcers prior to prize giving.

j) Organise distinguished person to present trophy.

k) Ensure trophy and sash’s are to hand. Organise photographs.

Show Organiser Responsibilities.

Ensure Young Judges Kit as allocated by COM is updated & readily available on the day of competition.

Ensure sufficient ponies or cobs available for the competition

Notify the WP&CS Office of the National Young Judge overall winner & runner up within 14 days of the


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