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INTERNATIONAL JUDGES TRAINING WEBINAR
Glen Rose, TX -- The first worldwide judge training Webinar for the certification of qualified Texas Longhorn show judges was held February 16 and 23. The International Texas Longhorn Association, headquartered at Glen Rose, Texas, registers Texas Longhorn cattle and conducts an international cattle show system.
The 26th Judges Clinic was a technological change from live meetings to Internet communication, which was available around the globe. Participants were viewing in their home from Europe, Canada, Australia and 14 USA states. By the technology of Webinar presentation, this high-tech tool can reach every Internet system. Each individual participant received the required training with over 400 graphics during two four-hour sessions. Proven techniques from ITLA experienced judges were expounded on fine points of evaluation for viewers.
ITLA President Roger Hutton organized the program with graphics accumulated by Darol Dickinson, designed to detail every part of Texas Longhorn anatomy. ITLA VP Larry Lonero, of Houston, Texas, and June Cohron, DVM, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, assisted with judging, giving positive reasons, carefully teaching the 100 point judging system and correct show ring protocol. Kirk Dickinson produced the computer generated Webinar from the Barnesville Hutton Memorial Library system of Barnesville, Ohio.
"Retaining identity of unique breeds is a challenge today. Due to the show system, most cattle breeds are surrendering to one color and one basic type, regardless of the glamorous history and origin of the many different breeds." says Webinar planner Darol Dickinson of Barnesville, Ohio.
ITLA Judges Clinics have been presented since 1998. Locations have, until now, required all participants to attend at a specific place. Clinics have been staged from Saskatchewan, Canada, to Houston, Pennsylvania, Utah, Colorado, Ohio, etc.
Micha Hamersky, Steyr, Austria, Europe reported, "The ITLA Clinic started at 11:30 PM and ended at 3:45 AM. I could have watched and attended on and on; especially presenting pictures and pros and cons -- details of anatomy. I hope someday to be the first approved judge in Europe."
Each participant received the ITLA Judging Manual. This training session were prepared for the approval process of future judges, review for current judges to retain their certification and the general education of Texas Longhorn producers who want to know what show judges are looking for.
President Hutton, who participated from his ranch near Dallas, Texas, was encouraged, "To provide this much information to members around the globe in 8 hours, on line, is something we are extremely proud of at ITLA. We are also honored that other livestock associations are making plans to follow ITLA's lead in this cutting edge effort."
Trish David, ITLA home office manager says, "The interest from members has been amazing. It is obvious that future Webinars will be staged for other types of educational presentations."
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Caption: The first International Texas Longhorn Assn. Judges Clinic Webinar was held February 16 and 23 for training of approved show judges. Darol Dickinson, of Barnesville, Ohio led as experienced judges evaluated over 400 power point graphics on line. Participants were from Europe, Canada, Australia and 14 states.
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Caption: At the Taylor Ranch bunker, Okrache, OK the whole family viewed the ITLA Webinar which was two four-hour sessions.
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Caption: Dan Erskin, Parma, Idaho was part of the Webinar Clinic party at the Dean Goodner home of Kuna, Idaho. Several subscribers invited Texas Longhorn aficionados to view the full sessions.