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Horse Judging Short Course

Our current plan is to hold the 2021 Horse Judging Short Course and Open Horse Show Judges’ Certification Clinic in person. However, we will not be able to confirm the dates and locations until the NCSU scheduling system opens for Fall events. Check back in mid-August for dates and registration information.

NCSU Open Horse Show Judges

Virtual Academy

Modules Featured:

Halter/Conformation – All disciplines
Western- Western Pleasure, Ranch Riding
Hunter- Equitation Over Fences, Stock Type & USEF Hunter Under Saddle
Saddle Seat- Hunter Pleasure, Western Pleasure, Country English Pleasure
Gaited- How to judge all types of gaited together

Academy Overview

This virtual academy is designed to provide the open horse show judge, or those studying to become an open horse show judge, with additional learning resources through a virtual platform through a variety of disciplines. Each section will have recorded lectures from a variety of experienced judges and instructors that you can view as many times as you desire. Each section will also have practice classes that you can place on your own, followed by an official placing and reasons for that placing. There are also additional quiz sections to test your knowledge of each section. No grades are assigned for the completion of this course; these quizzes are intended as an additional educational tool to help you retain the material.

Please keep in mind that this academy is a tool in your judging journey and the instructors and judges are offering specific ways to think about certain classes. If your opinion differs from those presented, that is perfectly fine. Horse judging is about opinions, as long as the rules are adhered to!

Our goal is to provide you with the following skills upon completion of the academy:

1. Understand the rules and regulations that govern each event presented.
2. Begin to create your own judging system of running a class, note-taking, and evaluating horses.
3. Know the penalties and disqualifications for events presented.
4. Understand which attributes will allow a horse to earn credit in a particular event.

The course will be open on November 11, 2020, and will remain open and accessible until October 25, 2021. These modules are for educational purposes only and will not result in certification or placement on the NCSU Open Horse Show Judges List.

Cost of registration: $50

Registration link for NCSU Open Horse Show Judges Virtual Academy

HORSE JUDGING COURSE OFFERINGS COMPARISON – Please be sure to review this page to be sure you are registering for the correct course(s).

NC State University Main Campus
321 Riddick Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695

Map to Riddick for OHSJC & Introductory Horse Judging Short Course

Shane Young judging the Holiday Class Open Show by Kim Jarvis

Course Description:

This short course is designed for individuals with limited horse show judging experience, coaches of youth judging teams, FFA instructors and all individuals interested in becoming judges or in attending the Open Horse Show Judge’s Certification Clinic. Emphasis will be placed on teaching the judging systems appropriate for judging various classes in the western, hunt seat, saddleseat and non-trotting divisions. Participants will have a unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with experts to improve their judging expertise while learning the judging techniques taught at North Carolina State University, whose 4-H teams have earned numerous national and world judging contest championships. Participants will receive a judging manual and judge a variety of classes on videotape. Participants will also receive in-depth instruction on the judging systems specifically designed to train intercollegiate and youth judging teams and horse show judges.


The fee for the two-day clinic is $100.00. Registration must be postmarked by October 5, 2019 to avoid a $25 late fee. Registration fees are refundable if requested in writing prior to the deadline date. Substitutions for pre-registered participants will be accepted after the deadline date.

NCSU Introductory Level Judging Short Course 2019 Registration Form

Please remit a completed registration form and check payable to NCSU and mail along with the form to:

Extension Horse Husbandry
Equine Short Course Series
NCSU Box 7621
Raleigh, NC 27695-7621

Phone: 919-515-5784
Fax: 919-515-8518


NCSU main campus

Hotel Information:

The Holiday Inn and Suites Raleigh/Cary have double rooms available for $89 per night plus tax. The booking code is NCJ if you call in, or you can use the online booking link provided below. The cut-off date for booking at this rate is October 25.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Raleigh/Cary
5630 Dillard Drive
Cary, NC 27518

p: 919.851.1220 or 877.666.3243
f: 919.233.2963

Online Direct Booking Link

Comparison of the NCSU Introductory Horse Judging Short Course and the NCSU Open Horse Show Judges’ Certification Clinic

Written By

Lori Stroud, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLori StroudExtension Asst. - Horse Husbandry Call Lori Email Lori Animal Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
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