I'd love to pursue a judge's card, but after looking at the application I feel like there is no way I would have a shot. I don't have a show horse and I do not breed horses. I do coach youth horse judging though and have been doing so for about 10 years. I've had very successful teams at the local and National levels - including the high individual in the performance division, along with other team awards at The Congress just a few years ago. I'll give myself some credit and say I must be doing something right and I must know some things about judging horses.
I feel like those of us who can't afford to show or don't live the lifestyle of a trainer or breeder are missing out on this opportunity, Perhaps a Judge's Mentorship program would be helpful - I'd be all for shadowing judges at shows to build my credibility.