From A Judge’s View: The Tom Powers Triple Challenge
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the western pleasure industry knows that the Tom Powers Triple Challenge Futurity is one of the most prestigious futurities of the year and steeped in rich tradition. From an exhibitor’s standpoint, the Tom Powers is usually the event that kicks off the start of summer futurity season and where many pleasure horses begin their careers.
However, what does the Tom Powers look like from the center of the ring? To be asked to evaluate the best of the best is a goal of any horse show judge. Not only is the Tom Powers not “just another horse show,” but this is where many household names in the pleasure pen made their start. So, what is it like to see things from a judge’s perspective, instead of the exhibitor’s or spectator’s view? We asked several past and present Tom Powers judges for their take.