Judges’ Assessment

It is not uncommon, after a period of owning & breeding Welsh ponies and cobs, for members to become interested in becoming a judge. However judging is a very demanding position and with it goes immense responsibilities. It goes without saying that anyone considering applying to become a judge should have a depth of experience of the breed, have sound knowledge of breed type and a thorough understanding of basic conformation and movement. Added to this, judges must at all times be fair, show no bias and be objective in their judgement.

Application forms for the 2020 Panel of Judges are now available. The Closing date for applications is 28th February 2020.



Closing Date 30th September 2019

In Hand Asterisk

The Council will be dealing with the award of asterisks (*) to those members who have been on the Panel of Judges for a minimum of five consecutive years to enable them to officiate at Silver and Gold Medal shows in line with the current WPCS rules.

In order that you can be considered for an asterisk you must complete an application form and list details of shows at which you have officiated since being appointed to the panel of judges. To be considered for an asterisk you must:-

– Have been a panel judge for a minimum of 5 consecutive years on the section you are applying for.

– Have officiated in at least 10 WPCS Bronze Medal shows in the section you are applying for.

In Hand Asterisk 2019 Application Form

Ridden Asterisk

The Council will be dealing with the award of asterisks (*) to those members who have been on the Ridden Panel of Judges for a minimum of five consecutive years and hold an in hand asterisk to enable them to officiate at Silver and Gold medal shows and HOYS qualifiers.

To be considered for a ridden asterisk you will need:

  • To already hold an in-hand asterisk.
  • To have been on the ridden panel for a minimum of 5 consecutive years.
  • To have judged a minimum of 10 ridden shows, 5 of which must be affiliated to the Society.

Ridden Asterisk 2019 Application Form

Judges Conference

All panel judges must attend a Judges’ Conference at least once every four years. Failure to do so will result in that judge being removed from the WPCS Panel of Judges until they have attended a conference.

Judges’ Conferences are held every other year, with the next conference scheduled for 21st September 2019 at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.

Judges’ Self Disclosure Form

A number of judges have asked why the need to include their National Insurance number on the recent Self Disclosure Form that has been sent to all Panel Judges.  A person’s National Insurance number is deemed to be “proof of identity”, in a similar vein to a Passport, Driving Licence or Birth Certificate. By requesting this information, the Society is requesting proof of identity, which is increasingly a requirement in the world we live in today.  However, a number of judges have raised issue with disclosing their National Insurance number. In this instance, the Society has agreed that a judge will not be removed from the Panel should they not wish to disclose the number on the form.

There are two important sections on the Self Declaration form that DO need to be signed however in order for Judges to remain on the Panel, which relate to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and also animal cruelty.

The Society is not undertaking CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks on its judges, however it does reserve the right to do so if the need arises.  The Society does CRB check all trustees and some members of staff (role specific).

All completed forms are stored in a locked, secure cupboard and will be shredded at the end of the year.

If you have any questions with regard to the Self Disclosure Form for Judges, please do not hesitate to contact the office or email enquiries@wpcs.uk.com

Young Judges’ Competition

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.

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.

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 C 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
  • The Welsh National Show Committee – for running the competition on the day

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