It’s official. We are leaving this show more confused about the judging of the Cane Corso breed than when we arrived. There were 47 entries today and almost all of the 47 Corsi showed up. All these dogs look so different to us. I imagine it must be equally confusing for a judge to judge this breed given the disparity in appearances, structure, movement, etc. For the exhibitor who is new to this dog show world, it is very boggling when judges do not send consistent messages. What do they want in a Cane Corso? What do they expect to see? How much do they know about the breed? What are they looking FOR??? I know that our breed organization, CCAA, does a great job of trying to educate judges, but how much of that information is absorbed and applied?
I grew up as a competitive athlete. I know what it is to go into a ring and be judged based on looks and movement. I have competed in the equestrian hunters, jumpers and dressage rings my entire life and am no stranger to losing, winning and just downright performing under the critical eye of a subjective human being. Having said that, today was an interesting experience for us. We felt very confident about Orso’s performance in the ring today, yet he was placed 4th out of 4 dogs in his class; we found it interesting that the judge couldn’t give us a valid reason or any kind of feedback – constructive, destructive or otherwise – when we consulted with him at the end of the Corso judging. We will therefore respectfully reserve our judgement about today’s class results. Instead, below are a few photos from today and the entire video of Orso’s almost 8-minute ring performance. A special thank you goes to Orso’s handler, Jessie Herzon, for an excellent effort in the ring. Enjoy!
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