I am waiting to go to dinner with everyone from the "L" Program and trying to process the day. I think I am still processing and might not actually be able to post too much information for a few days... When they tell you that a judge needs stamina and focus, they certainly were not joking.
Picture this: Sandy Howard lecturing from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a 1 hour lunch and 2 brief breaks. With nothing more than our "L" binders, a powerpoint and a couple dozen video clips (about 5 seconds each) to show examples.
She managed to keep everyone's attention, answer every question happily and maintain her energy for the ENTIRE time. I used to think a 3 hour, University lecture was impressive... this takes it to a whole new level.
Granted, we got a little punchy when she climbed on the table to show us what happens when a horse's weight is moved back, more onto his hind end. But, everyone managed to maintain their focus for the marathon lecture.
In my book, at least, Sandy Howard has proven she has the stamina and focus required of a successful judge! I hope that getting through hours of judging material today also starts to prove that we (the participants) are starting to build those qualities too.