in a state competition how far away do the judges .judge the amateur group?
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They look at them up close with a light, etc. The difference is that they are more lenient. Lots of guys on here encourage people to enter professional from the beginning, but I advocate that people enter the amateur div. on their first competition attempt. It will get you in the competition and give you a little confidence. You will still learn...maybe not as much as if you entered the prof. division.
Division is judged on the same merits as Professional, & Masters, Its just a LOT more foregiving.
They will still get you for Hair paterns, skin out of alignment, grooming,Eye set, ect but it doesnt hurt your final score as bad.
Some people think that just because they are competing in Novice division they will automaticly get a ribbon, Not so.
You will still have to earn the placement for the ribbon that you recieve.
BUT , dont be discouraged about competing. Start out with a couple different mounts in Novice & pay attention to the critiques & use the score sheet next time you mount an animal.
If you are willing to learn , it will open doors that seem unopenable.