By: Cally Hencey
The CDCTA had nothing short of a wonderful day at Windham Hill Farm with Trainer/Judge Holly Whitney at the beginning of April. This clinic was unique and HELPFUL! We spent our afternoon learning how to properly scribe for a judge. Personally, this was an awesome thing to learn, as I avoided the judge’s table when volunteering specifically because I had no idea how!
Holly was an incredible teacher, as she explained her experiences of scribing when applying for her judge’s certification. Right then and there we learned that this is not an easy task to perform! As expected, a scribe’s job is to relay the judge’s verbal criticism to a written critique on our tests. The key to this duty is to be as quick, legible, and accurate as possible… Easier said than done!
We all started out going over some of the tests that would be performed that day: Training Level First Level, and Second Level. Looking over the movements, I was extremely excited to watch these rides. Little did I know that I wouldn’t have a moment to even look away from the test! We all sat in a row at C as Holly judged the ride aloud in the middle of us. As the rider went through the first two or three movements, most of us were thinking we had this job in the bag. We drifted our eyes from paper to rider, back to paper again, jotting down each word that Holly communicated. About halfway through the test, we found ourselves scribbling down instances of words, muttering to each other trying to figure out which box we were at, and finally figured it out when the rider saluted. Holly giggled and reassured us that practice makes perfect! If I was the rider getting the test I just wrote on, I would’ve screamed! By the third or fourth test, we all got the hang of it. Movements came just as quickly as the first time, but we seemed to have found a rhythm which worked.
I know I am not alone when I say that I would have been a mess scribing if it weren’t for this clinic. I look forward to volunteering as a scribe this season as some local shows. Scribing is a fantastic way to learn from many different judges as well as participate in some of the action! It is always fun to sit in the bleachers and watch, but most times its much more fun to be involved in the show. Holly also made a great point when stating that scribes are helpful to the riders, as we are the ones who provide the constructive criticism for them to better themselves and assist in their training. If it weren’t for scribes, how would we know what the judges are thinking when we look at those numbers?
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