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March 20, 2023

032. A Jog Into the International Judge's Seminar

032. A Jog Into the International Judge's Seminar
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Join us for the latest episode of On The Rail Podcast, where we talk with judging experts David Dellin and Sandy Jirkovsky about their experience as instructors at the 2023 International Equine Judges Seminar hosted annually by the Color Breed Council.


David and Sandy provide a complete recap of the event weekend. They discuss the seminar's purpose and who it's intended for, emphasizing the importance of bringing together equine judges from all over to discuss and learn about the latest trends, scoring procedures, and judging standards. They provide insights into what judges are doing well and how judging can be improved. Finally, while this seminar is restricted to judges and judge applicants, our guests suggest what exhibitors should take away from it.


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Sandy Jirkovsky


Sandy and her husband, Jim, operate J/S Training in Whitesboro, TX specializing in all-around performance horses. She is carded with AQHA, APHA, NRHA, NRCHA, NSBA, And ApHC. Have judged NRHA Futurity, Quarter Horse Congress, APHA World Show, and major events through the United States, Europe and Australia. Sandy serves on the APHA board of directors and is also a professional horseman for AQHA and APHA.

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David Dellin

Sr. Director of Judges, Shows and Education

Dave Dellin has a broad background in the equine industry. He has studied and worked professionally as an horse trainer, judge, clinician, breeder, executive committee member, and now in administration of a breed registry. His experience in training and competing with horses, gives him a unique perspective to help people learn how to judge and compete in horse shows. He has helped develop the judging guidelines and rules for multiple associations. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelors degree in Animal Science Business. He also is a Past President of the National Snaffle Bit Association. He and his family also currently manage the recipient mare division of an embryo transfer facility in Elmore City, Ok. He has instructed in many countries around the word including Australia, England, Italy, Germany, Uruguay, and Costa Rica.