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Illinois State Horses Judges Seminar scheduled

Published January 24, 2012
The annual Illinois State Horse Judges Seminar will be held March 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Illinois. Registration and classroom instruction will begin in room 150 Animal Sciences Lab, 1207 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, Ill. Tentatively live classes may also be held in the afternoon at the U of I stock pavilion depending on arena conditions.

Kevin Kline, U of I Extension equine specialist, said the seminar is open to all youth and open horse show judges, potential judges, exhibitors and spectators of horse events. It is designed to encourage uniform standards for judging and exhibiting horses at Illinois youth and open shows and to yield a directory of judges for show committees. It will cover criteria for show ring tips, ethics and standards, judging multi-breed 4-H classes, type standards for stock, hunt, saddle and draft halter, Western showmanship, Western pleasure, stock and hunter seat equitation, and Western riding and trail.

Fees for this seminar are $20 for youth (under 18 years), $30 for adults, and $50 for adults wishing to take the written and live judging exam for listing in the Illinois Horse Judge's Directory.

The clinician is Chuck Schroeder of Delaware, Ohio. Schroeder has been a 4-H judge for 35 years. He has judging cards with major equine breed associations and has judged the International, National or World Show Championships for most of these associations in the last several years. Chuck has also judged the European Appaloosa Championships in Germany twice and the Australian Miniature National Show.

This year he will be judging the Ponies of the Americas (POAC) International show in Missouri and the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) World Show in Texas.

Schroeder is a member of the Ohio State 4-H Judges Committee and is president of the Great Lakes Appaloosa Horse Club. He is a retired teacher and basketball coach, and has taught riding classes for and was the first coach of the Intercollegiate Horsemanship Team at Ohio Wesleyan University. He now spends more time judging, conducting clinics and working with his own horses on his small breeding farm near Delaware, Ohio. The Illinois State Horse Judges Seminar is sponsored by U of I Extension and the U of I Department of Animal Sciences.

Contact Kline at kkline@illinois.edu for registration materials.