Budgerigar Society Judges Training Scheme – Final Test 2015

Every year at the Budgerigar Society Club Show, on Saturday morning, while the 15 judges are making decisions on the classes, BOC, major and section specials there is another group of judges who are going through an equally if not more stressful time. This year was no exception as the two subsidiary judges who, having completed their 9 judges training assessments over a 3-year period, took the practical, oral and written test. Of course, it depended on the outcome whether they would be upgraded to the society’s Main Panel of Judges or not.

Despite their nerves in taking exams their assessors; Ghalib Al-Nasser (Judges Training Scheme Co-ordinator), Michael Chapman, Grant Findlay, Donald McCallum and Dave Woan did everything in their power to ensure that the candidates were put at ease.

Terry Sadler

Terry Sadler

Eventually the two candidates Terry Sadler and Sam Wildes successfully completed their tasks and will now be added to The Budgerigar Society’s Main Panel of Judges as from 1st February 2016. They will, of course, look forward to an invitation to judge the Club Show one day in the future.

Sam Wildes

Sam Wildes

The Society’s President Beverley Hutt presented them with their Judges Certificate and Badge at the Saturday lunch with all the other judges. Sam Wildes was more pleased when he was declared top Trainee Judge of the Year and received the Arthur Dexter Memorial Trophy during the Trophy Presentation on Sunday afternoon. He now can look forward to 2019 when he will be invited to judge the Club Show in his own right as Trainee Judge of the Year.

If you are inspired to become a judge then why not apply in writing to the B.S. Office prior to 31st January but follow the entrance qualification as laid down in the 2013 Society Rules page 11, B.1 (a)-(f) bearing in mind the new changes that are coming into effect as from 2016. Should you need further information then do not hesitate to contact the B.S. Office.

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About the Author: Ghalib Al-Nasser kept budgerigars as a young boy in his native country Iraq, but after completing his engineering studies in England he started again and joined the Budgerigar Society of G.B. in 1971. He is heavily involved in the administration (management & shows) of many local, national and specialist societies as well as being the secretary of the World Budgerigar Organisation (WBO). He has judged in not less than 30 countries in the 6 continents and has lectured in many countries all over the world. He was made President of the Budgerigar Society of G.B. in 2001.

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