Young Judges Competition 



The competition, started in 1997, is run under the rules and direction of the WPCS Judging and Showing Committee and holds an important place in the WPCS calendar.  Over the years the competition has proved to be a valuable training ground for future judges of the WPCS panel.

Aim:  The aim of the competition is to find annually the top Young Judge of the Welsh Breeds. It provides the opportunity for young people to develop their skills in terms of judging and also present their understanding of the judging process in an interview situation.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all young people aged between 10 and 21 years of age. Area Associations and Overseas Societies are invited to enter teams and or individuals. Studs are also eligible to nominate 1 person but this will be limited to 10 places on a first come, first served basis. All entries must be made on the appropriate entry form and returned with payment of £11 per competitor to The WPCS Offices no later than 20th July, 2018

Classification: The competition will be run in three age groups: 10 – 13 years, 14 – 18 years and 19 – 21 years. The overall winner will be decided by the judges from the winners of the three groups.

Date, time and place This year the competition will be held on the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW on Saturday 4th August starting at 3.30pm. Presentation of awards will be made later in the evening (approx 7.30pm). The National Welsh and Welsh Part- bred show will take place on the showground on the following day.

Assessors:   Mrs E French (Forlan) and Mr P Wilding Davies (Fayre) will assess the candidates.

Scoring:   A maximum of 100 marks is awarded by the assessors as follows:

25 marks for candidate’s placing

40 marks for candidate’s accuracy and observation

25 marks for candidate’s comparative rather than descriptive description

10 marks for candidates interview presentation

Procedure : Competitors will judge an in hand class of four section B animals.  They will be required to assess the animals standing, in walk and in trot. They will place the animals in their preferred order on the score card provided.  The Assessors will judge the ponies at the same time as the competitors. A sheet with full details of the procedure is available and should be consulted.

Dress:  Competitors are required to dress in a way consistent with judging at a show and this includes the wearing of a hat or bowler.                                                                   

Interview: Following the judging of the ponies each competitor will be interviewed individually by one of the judges in a drawn order; interviews will be conducted indoors.

Awards: Prizes including a certificate will be awarded to competitors placed 1st – 3rd in each age group; additionally the winner of each age group will receive a WPCS medal. The Overall winner will receive the Young Judge of the Year Sash and Trophy. The Overall winner will also have the opportunity to accompany a senior judge the following day. All competitors will receive a WPCS rosette. A special training bursary will be awarded to the Association gaining the most points.  Special Awards for highest placed overseas candidates.

Acknowledgements   The Welsh Pony and Cob Society would like to thank the following for generously supporting to the competition:

Mrs K James – Awards

Mr and Mrs L Bigley – Llanarth Trophy

Mr M Daley – Showing Cane 

Talponciau Stud – Association Training Bursary

Mrs L. Stephens - Certificates

The Welsh National Show Committee - for hosting the competition on the day.

Hazel Galbraith and Michelle Spoor for organizing and running the event.

Communication   All communication in the first instance will be with The Welsh Pony and Cob Society, Bronaeron, Felinfach, Lampeter, SA48 8AG. Email:

Welsh Pony and Cob Society

Judging and Showing Committee




SA48 8AG


Support Sheet

Young Judges Entry Form

Information Sheet

Score Card