JManual2 - Introduction The ability to correctly evaluate a...

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Introduction The ability to correctly evaluate a horse’s conformation and performance is an essential part of any equine program. The correct evaluation of a class depends on the judge’s ability to properly assess and weigh all information and make sound decisions based on specific standards of excellence set forth by the different breed associations. This information will give horsemen a better understanding of what the judge is looking for in the show ring, which could aid in the selection and training of horses.
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ORAL REASONS An oral set of reasons allows a student to defend their placing of the class within a 2-minute time limit. This process will teach students how to think analytically, process information and then organize their thoughts into a logical order that can be presented orally in a refereed environment. The criteria for preparing oral reasons include: 1) Organization 2) Content Accuracy 3) Content Relevancy 4) Terminology 5) Presentation
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1) Organization Logical order that is easy to follow. Important points first. Clear opening statements. Introduction – Big Opening Statement Class placing Class name Class description – How it was partitioned. Designed to fit each particular class.
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Body Top, Middle and Bottom pair. Miniature Opening Statement – Begin each pair with a brief sentence that describes, in general, the placing of the pair. Grant – Comparable advantage of lower place horse. Criticism – Specific description (Not Comparative) of individual. Conclusion Criticism of last placed horse. Comparable disadvantages relative to other three horses.
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2) Content Accuracy TELL THE TRUTH. Inaccurate statements are the major fault in reasons. Complete content with appropriate faults and grants. 1 pt deduction for leaving important point out. 2 pt deduction for lying. 3) Content Relevancy Reasons should contain only pertinent information. Specific points of comparison that were significant in placing the pair. Do not talk a “canned” set that does not fit the class.
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4) Terminology Proper grammar. Comparative in pairs and grants. Descriptive in criticisms. Horsemanlike – Related to horse industry. Clearly enunciated. Correctly pronounced. 5) Presentation ( 2 minutes) Professional appearance Proper volume Poised Conversational Relaxed Smooth Eye contact Pleasant Confident Proper speed Facial expression Proper inflection
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Opening Statement: “Starting with the most complete in 1 and ending with the least feminine, lightest made in 4, I placed the class of yearling fillies 1-2-3-4. Positive criticism of top place horse:
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ANSC 206 taught by Professor Kline during the Spring '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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