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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.

Current Short Course Offerings:

Due to COVID-19 restrictions that are currently in effect for NCSU events, the 2020 NCSU Horse Judging Short Course & Open Horse Show Judges’ Certification Clinic will not be held in-person. 

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

Horse Judging Short Course

Open Horse Show Judges’ Certification Clinic

Youth Team Training Clinic 

General Information

All short courses and clinics are offered as an educational service of the Extension Horse Husbandry Section, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, in cooperation with the Animal Science Department at North Carolina State University. Additional event sponsors and contacts are listed for specific short courses and clinics where appropriate. Please make your inquiries for an event to the coordinator listed under the specific short course or clinic.

Hay TunnelThe North Carolina State University Equine Short Courses were establishedHay Tunnel in 1986 with the first annual Open Horse Show Judges’ Certification Clinic. The Short Course and Clinic Series has gained national and international recognition and will provide a variety of educational information events.

Each educational event is uniquely designed to provide the most recent information and technology for a specific audience. Short course participants are encouraged to carefully review the enrollment, course content and eligibility information specifically provided for each short course and clinic. Horses accepted into clinics must present proof of a current negative Coggins test before unloading on the clinic grounds. Participants in short courses that require contact with live horses will be required to complete a liability waiver form. For more information concerning an equine short course or clinic, please consult appropriate web page and/or the designated course coordinator.


Separate pre-registration forms and checks are required for each course or event. The registration fee must accompany the registration form. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come basis prior to the advertised deadline date. Registrations will not be processed without the accompanying course fee payable in separate checks. Combined checks and/or accompanying registration forms will be returned for separate processing. Those registrations received after a deadline will be assessed a late fee. Time permitting, e-mail notice or a letter of acceptance will be mailed to participants if registration is received two weeks prior to the course for all courses except the Youth Judging Team Training Clinic.

FarrierClinic and short course enrollment varies depending upon the degree of comprehensive instruction, the number of laboratory sessions, live animal demonstrations and facility size. People applying to short courses or clinics with no vacancies will have an option of being placed on a waiting-list on a first-come basis. Individuals not accepted in a course which has limited Farrier enrollment or canceling prior to a course registration deadline date will receive a full refund. Individuals canceling after the event registration deadline date will not receive a refund but may substitute a participant for that event. Admittance is limited to those individuals enrolled in that event. No visitors, spouse/ children, or pets will be admitted.

Checks should be made payable in U.S. funds in accordance with the registration information provided for each specific course. When enrolling in multiple short courses or clinics, please provide a separate check (made out to the appropriate account name) and registration form for each event.

In the event of inclement weather, contact the Extension Horse Husbandry voice mail phone line, (919) 515-5784 for update information concerning short course/clinic cancellations. Canceled short courses and clinics will be announced on the voice mail recording. Short Courses or clinics failing to make the minimal participation requirement after the registration deadline date may be canceled. Participants enrolled in canceled courses/clinics will receive a full refund.

The funds are administered by the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Foundation with input from the Equine Extension Foundation Advisory Committee.

All funds remaining after payment of expenses for the short courses may be used to fund additional equine events under the guidelines of the NCSU Cooperative Extension Foundation.

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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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