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Horse Judging Short Course

Due to COVID-19 restrictions that are currently in effect for NCSU events, the 2020 NCSU Horse Judging Short Course will not be held in-person. 

We are developing an online set of educational modules that will be available for subscribers to view on demand. Based on survey results, the modules will include the following topics and presentations:

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
We anticipate registration becoming available mid-October and the modules opening early in November.

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