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Introductory Horse Judging Short Course

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The 2023 Clinic Dates and Registration will be available mid-August, 2023. We are not able to schedule classroom space on campus until summer. This clinic typically takes place the last weekend in October.

NC State University-Main Campus, 321 Riddick Hall
2401 Stinson Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695

October 29-20, 2022

Map to Riddick for OHSJC & Introductory Horse Judging Short Course

Link to a draft version of the schedule- (speakers and order subject to change)

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 Judges Certification Clinic. Emphasis will be placed on teaching the judging systems appropriate for judging various classes in the western, hunt seat, saddle seat, 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 video classes in a classroom setting. 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 $115.00. Registration must be completed by  October 10, 2022, to avoid a $25 late fee. Registration fees are refundable if requested in writing prior to the event. Substitutions for pre-registered participants will be accepted.

NCSU Introductory Level Judging Short Course 2022 Registration Link (Eventbrite)

If you have registration questions, please contact Lori Stroud:, 919-515-5784.


NCSU main campus- Riddick 321

Hotel Information:

The Hampton Inn Raleigh/Cary I 40 (PNC Arena) has double and king rooms available for $109 per night plus tax. If you would like to call in your reservation, the group code is NCSU Horse. You can use the online booking link provided below. The cut-off date for booking at this rate is October 7, 2022.

Hampton Inn
111 Hampton Woods Ln.
Raleigh, NC, 27607
Online Direct Booking Link

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

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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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