The Equestrian Federation of Australia (WA Branch) 303 Cathedral Avenue Brigadoon WA 6069 Tel: 08 9296 1200 Fax: 9296 1194 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org EFA(WA) Judges Accreditation Scheme 1: General As in all equestrian sports, judges must: • Be in possession and have an understanding of the EFA National Show Horse Rules and Guidelines book and any amendments. • Have an understanding of EFA policies and by-laws including the EFA Medication Control Policy, the EFA Member Protection Policy and the EFA Disciplinary By-Laws • Treat requests from competitors to explain their decisions as an opportunity to assist the competitor to improve their performance. • Honour a commitment to judge and if extenuating and unforseen circumstances prevent this, advise the organising committee at the earliest opportunity. • Ensure that the same conditions apply to all competitors. • Maintain the same judging standards for all competitors within a competition and at all events • Aim to have a thorough knowledge of correct training methods and understand the requirements of the class they are judging. • Be prepared to judge in prevailing weather conditions 1.1: The EFA Judges List There are three levels of Judges • Provisional Judges • State Judges • National Judges Provisional level judges are trainee judges. They are not eligible to judge at official fixtures. State and National Judges are eligible to judge at any official fixtures includng EFA Horse and Rider of the Year Shows. 1.2: Accreditation To maintain accreditation as a Show Horse Judge, judges are required to: • Remain a financial member of the Equestrian Federation of Australia • Adhere to the Official Rules and Guidelines of the Equestrian Federation of Australia, both national and state-specific rules. • Adhere to the Code of Conduct for judges, the FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse, the FEI Code of Conduct towards the Environment and Fair Play and Equestrian Sport • Attend an EFA Judges Seminar once every two years. • Submit a show horse judges re-accreditation form to the EFA National Office every second year 2: How to become a Show Horse Judge 2.1: Provisional Judges Applicants must apply to EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee for inclusion on the EFA Judges list. Applicants must be eighteen years of age to be accepted at Provisional Level. Applicants must provide the following: 1: Evidence of previous unofficial judging, stewarding, competing and other relevant information, together with the endorsements from two National Judges 2: Applicants must complete the Open Rule Book Test with a pass mark of 80% 3: Evidence of financial membership of the EFA Applications received by the EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee are then assessed and a decision made as to whether the applicant is accepted at Provisional Level. This decision is at the sole discretion of the committee. EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee will forward a copy of successful applications to the EFA National Office whenever new judges are accepted to the list The EFA National Office records all new Provisional Judges on the EFA Judges List 2.2: State Judges Judges must spend a minimum of 2 years at Provisional Level and must undertake judging over a wide range of classes. As a judge prepares to upgrade to State Level, they must complete the following: 1: Attendance in the past year at an official EFA judges seminar is compulsory before upgrading. 2: Mentoring with a National Judge approved by the EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee 3: Practical assessment in a judging situation, assessed by a National Judge approved by the EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee 4: Judges must complete an exam with a minimum pass mark of 80% Judges must apply to the State Branch for an upgrade to State Level. Such an application must be supported by evidence of judging appointments and evidence of points 1 to 4 above. The State Show Horse Committee will forward a copy of successful applications to the EFA National Office whenever new upgrades are approved. The EFA National Office records all upgrades on the EFA Judges List 2.3: National Judges After a minimum of two years at State level, judges may apply to the State Branch for an upgrade to National Level. Such an application must be supported by evidence of: 1: Extensive judging during their period at State Level over a wide range of classes including open show horse classes or open riding classes at a Royal Show, or EFA State Horse and Rider of the Year Show, or an EFA National Horse and Rider of the Year Championships. 2: Attendance in the past year at an official EFA judges seminar is compulsory before upgrading. 3: Judges must complete the Open Rule Book Test with a pass mark of 80% The State Show Horse Committee will forward a copy of successful applications to the EFA National Office whenever new upgrades are approved. The EFA National Office records all upgrades on the EFA Judges List 2: How to become a Show Horse Judge cont. 2.4: Overseas Judges Overseas judges on a recognised Show Horse list in their country of origin, who are resident in Australia for less than six months can be accepted to judge official fixtures. However, if they are in Australia for six months or longer, they must become a member of the EFA and apply to the relevant State Branch Show Horse Committee for recognition. 2.5: Recognition of Current Competency Judges accredited with another recognised Show Horse organisation in Australia or overseas may apply to the State Show Horse Committee for inclusion on the EFA Judges list. In order to be accepted to the EFA list, judges must complete: 1: Evidence of previous judging, together with the endorsements from four suitably qualified people within the industry. 2: Mentoring with a National Judge approved by the EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee 3: Practical assessment in a judging situation, assessed by a National Judge 4: Judges must complete the EFA exam with a pass mark of 80% Successful completion will entitle the judge to be accepted as a State or National Level Judge, according to the recommendations of the assessing EFA Judge The State Show Horse Committee will forward a copy of successful applications to the EFA National Office whenever recognition is granted. The EFA National Office records successful candidates on the EFA Judges List 2.6: Interstate Transfer When a Judge moves interstate and transfers their membership to their new EFA Branch Office, all Horse ownership, performance and Officiating records are transferred by the database system with the membership details. 3: Lapsed Accreditation and Leave of Absence A judge is considered a Lapsed Judge if they have not been accredited for more than 12 months. Judges who have not re-accredited for less than 12 months may re-accredit and return to the list by fulfilling the requirements of 1.2 After 12 months, the following requirements will be necessary for an EFA(WA) judge to be returned to the official list: 3.1 After 12 Months and Less than 3 Years Judges who have not been on the Official Judges list for less than 3 years must: • Be a current member of the EFA • Complete a Mentoring session with a National Judge approved by the EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee Upon satisfactory completion of the mentoring session and test, the forms should be forwarded to the EFA National Office together with the Judges Re-accreditation Form Upon receipt of an application fulfilling all requirements, the EFA National office will process the accreditation and the Judge will be returned to the Official list without the need for any further examination 3: Lapsed Accreditation and Leave of Absence cont. 3.2 For 3 of More Years Judges who have not been on the Official Judges list for 3 or more years: • attend and participate in an Official EFA Seminar • will be required to re-sit and pass the upgrading requirements for their existing level before being returned to the Official List 3.3 Leave of Absence Judges may apply for a leave of absence from judging commitments which will be granted for up to a 12 month period. Judges should apply to the EFA National Office in writing for a leave of absence and provide a date of reinstatement. The National Office will record the period of the leave on the EFA Judges List. 4: Code of Conduct for Accredited Judges All EFA Officials must be current EFA members. All EFA Members are bound by the EFA’s General Code of Conduct. Further to this, people in certain roles, such as Coaches and Judges may be required to abide by additional codes of conduct. EFA Judges are subject to the requirements of the EFA Officials Code of Conduct. These codes of conduct are available on the EFA National Web Site: www.equestrian.org.au Choose: Rules and Regs > Codes of Conduct 5: Complaints against accredited EFA Show Horse Judges for judging standards. • Complaints, to be considered by the State Branch Show Horse Committee, need to be forwarded, in writing, and marked confidential, to the EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee together with either videos or supporting statements by other EFA members. • The EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee will respond to every written complaint and is required to keep accurate records on these matters. • All records are considered highly confidential. If the EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee considers that a complaint against a particular judge warrants further consideration they are to: • Require the judge to provide a response in writing to the details of the complaint • If necessary, require the judge to undergo mentoring or attend a seminar. • If warranted or appropriate, the judge may be downgraded one level but only when the State Branch Show Horse Committee has explored all avenues. 6: Complaints against accredited EFA Show Horse judges relating to behaviour Refer to the EFA Member Protection Policy at www.equestrian.org.au Choose: The EFA > Constitution & Policies 7: Judges Obligations In addition to 1. General: To be retained on the Official Judges Panel it is the Judges responsibility to: • Complete the annual Judges return form issued by the EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee • Attend at least one approved educational horse seminar every 2 years. • Be clear, concise and courteous to competitors whilst judging • Act in a manner appropriate to the position of a member of the Official Judges’ Panel, at all times ie demon- strating appropriate decorum and ethics. • Have a positive and supportive attitude to the EFA, its Committees and Principals • Judge as per the “Hack Definition and Description” laid out in the current EFA of WA Discipline Hand- book. • Give a totally fair and unbiased opinion whilst judging. • Award prizes according to the type of class presented to him/her • Withhold ribbons if the horse/pony is lame, poorly presented, badly mannered, poorly conditioned or poorly educated • Not award equal placings. The exceptions being lead riders, first ridden and leading rein pony classes • Set the standard by example by acting appropriately and dressing in correct and suitable attire • Arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to commencement and advise the organizers of his/her arrival • Report riders who abuse their horses or display improper conduct towards Judges, officials or other riders • To direct his steward to order any person or horse from the competition for bad conduct of one or both • To ensure that a show steward remains present during all discussions with exhibitors / competitors regarding his / her decisions • Refrain from smoking whilst judging • Maintain an ongoing interest and be required to judge at a minimum of 3 fixtures per year • All EFA Judges are “invited” to officiate on the EFA Judges’ Panel for a period of two years, at which time the Panel will be reviewed in accordance with the National Rules. • The EFA Showhorse Committee reserves the sole right to add or delete persons names from the Official Judges Panel. • A Judge may not judge the same section (i.e. small pony ring) at an event if they have judged that sec- tion at a prior event in the past 3 months within a radius of 50 kms 8: Mentors and Assessors Mentors and Assessors must: • Be current EFA(WA) National Show Horse Judges • Have approval in writing by the EFA(WA) Show Horse Committee to assess or mentor • Have no issues in relation to the “Conflict of Interest” Policy of the EFA (i.e. you cannot mentor or assess your business partner, close friend, relation etc) • Use the approved forms to mentor or assess as provided by the EFA(WA) and return them to the Judges Taskforce in a timely manner • Act in the best interests of the EFA and the Show Horse Discipline at all times giving honest, accountable opinions.