South Island Dressage Judging Scholarship
2016 scholarship recipients were:
Melanie van der Pol (Canterbury) “Being a recipient of the 2016 South Island Judges Scholarship increased my focus over the past season to attend events and gain experience outside my area of Canterbury to continue my upgrading to become List 3 judge”
Barbara Chalmers (Otago) “The scholarship is a fantastic idea, so thank you very much to the kind, anonymous benefactor. My plan this year was to take every opportunity I could to increase my knowledge, judging, attending and watching clinics, and getting more experience both judging, training and riding both in NZ and overseas. This is both to help develop my knowledge and progress the upgrade to 2A that I have been coaxed into”
This is the third year this scholarship has been offered. It was initiated in response to the recognised difficulties for SI judges, especially those from smaller areas, to observe and judge significant quantities and range of horses and riders, and to benchmark themselves against other judges who are regularly judging classes of maximum numbers with a large and diverse range of combinations. This experience and benchmarking is recognised as a critical part of the judge education pathway, but poses significantly greater challenges to many South Island judges in rural and sparsely populated areas.
The organisers of this scholarship fully support and agree with the requirements for upgrading DNZ judges, but identify that it is more difficult to achieve in some places.
To assist South Island dressage judges in their personal advancement and to enhance their skills in their journey for the betterment of our sport, a donation of $1,000 per year for the next five years has been pledged as a scholarship fund. The initiating sponsor is a private supporter who wishes to remain anonymous.
Three judges have agreed to manage and administer the fund. They are Tedi Busch (Nelson) Linda Warren-Davey (Canterbury) and Stuart Bishell, (Timaru.) Two scholarships of $500 each will be awarded annually, one for lower listed judges and other for higher listed ones. Winners have up to two years to spend their scholarship and are expected to make a brief written report about how they spent their money. The fund can potentially be used for any form of judge education, and would not be restricted to sit-in’s, writing or shadow judging, and could be used anywhere in NZ or overseas.
Closing date of Wednesday the 7th of June. Previous winners are welcome to apply again but preference will be to others. Winners will be announced by the first of July 2017.
It is hoped that other interested parties may well be interested in donating to this fund. Should this happen, more monies would then be available to help yet more people enhance their judging journeys .