OK - this has been on my mind for a while now - so just wanted to have a discussion about it (without any conflict I hope!) What rules do judges have to abide by? Is there a handbook? What are the rules in regards to showing under a friend, someone who trained your horse or you bought a horse from? I notice alot of people post on the forums that they are judging a certain show in which alot of stockie members attend. Do you as a judge not read or comment in that thread? Or do you see no harm in telling other members that you are judging? (I know it is abit hard when your name is on the programme as a judge - but what rules do you follow once appointed a judging position) I have spoken to a few judges that have told me it comes down to morales - so what do you, as judges or what do you as a competitor expect? I just find it interesting as everyone is different. I recently went up north for work and to help a friend at a show - ended up judging as the arranged judge could not attend. Therefore the moment I knew I was judging (2 days before) I did not associate with those I knew who were competing - did not even go out to the agistment centre/stables, or help my friend prep her horse, I even got dropped off at the show by someone non-horsey. Would love to hear everyones comments and thoughts. This is not a result of anything that has happened to me or friends - just some threads that I have noticed have sparked my interest! Lets try and place nice too so Mods dont have to edit or lock!!!