2016 Horse Judging Course Offerings

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NCSU and Extension Equine Husbandry are proud to offer two opportunities for individuals to improve and enhance their horse judging skills. The following chart explains the two different offerings and also provides links to more information about each:

  Introductory Horse Judging Short Course Open Horse Show Judges’ Certification Clinic
Date October 29-30, 2016 November 19-20, 2016
Location NCSU NCSU
Fee (pre & post deadline) $90/$120 $100/$130
Registration deadline October 5, 2016 October 31, 2016
Link to registration form Introductory Horse Judging Registration Form OHSJC Registration Form
Link to draft schedule Introductory Horse Judging Schedule (Draft) OHSJC Schedule (Draft)
What will be covered?

Four disciplines:  western, hunt seat, saddle seat, non-trotting/gaited


Four disciplines:  western, hunt seat, saddle seat, non-trotting/gaited


Who should attend?

·   Those interested in becoming a certified judge

·   Those interested in learning more about horse judging scoring systems and evaluation methods


·   Those who have completed the Short Course and/or are previously carded judges looking to renew their license


General description

A very in-depth course with lots of discussion and review for each area listed above from professional judges in each discipline


Will have extensive testing and participants that complete the testing successfully will be registered NC Open Horse Show Licensed Judges for 3 years


Other details

·   Lots of video and practice classes

·   No official testing completed at this event

·   No previous experience necessary

·   Great time for questions and to focus on improving areas of weakness

·   Participants will receive a copy of the 2016 NCSU Horse Judging Short Course Manual

·     Will have a very brief, 1 hour review time prior to each session for questions and brief review

·     Will have talks focused specifically on judging ethics, paperwork, and conduct

·     Will not cover scoring systems or rules in-depth. Participants at this level are expected to understand scoring systems and evaluation methods in-depth and be prepared for testing.