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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 weekend before Thanksgiving.

40th AnnualNovember 19-20, 2022

NC State University-Main Campus, 301 Riddick Hall
2401 Stinson Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695

Map to Riddick for OHSJC & Introductory Horse Judging Short Course

Link to the DRAFT 2022 NC OHSJC Draft Schedule (speakers and classes subject to change)

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

Presented by:
NC State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
N.C. Cooperative Extension

In Cooperation with:
N.C. 4-H Horse Program
Piedmont Horseman’s Assoc.
Tarheel Horseman’s Assoc.
Carolina Classic Horseman’s Assoc.
Central Carolina Western Horsemen’s Assoc.
Cape Fear Trail Riders Assoc.
Coastal Plains Horse Show Association
Border Belt Horseman’s Assoc.
Plantation Pleasure Walking Horse Assoc. of N.C.
N.C. Hunter/Jumper Association
N.C. Quarter Horse Association
Cape Fear Trail Riders Association
Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association
N.C. Arabian Horse Association
Seagates Saddle Club
New Hanover County Fair Horse Show Association
Four Beats For Pleasure Gaited Horse Club
Holiday Classic Open Horse Show Circuit
Open Horse Show Association
Ponies of America Approved Certification Clinic

Over 3,900 judges have participated in the clinic since 1986.

Course Description:

Announcing the 40th Annual North Carolina Open Horse Show Judges Certification Clinic on North Carolina State University’s Main Campus in Raleigh, NC. This clinic is designed to provide individuals who are, or aspire to be, horse show judges with practical “hands-on” experience in judging saddle seat, hunt seat, non-trotting and western classes. Participating judges will have an opportunity to judge 20-27 conformation and performance classes, complete a required 20-25 question exam in each of the four divisions, and receive certification in these four divisions. A panel of breed-recognized professional judges from across the nation will discuss the class placings and present lectures on judging procedures. Individuals completing the clinic will be included on a list of suggested horse show judges that will be annually revised and distributed to open horse show organizations located in North Carolina and surrounding states. Judges receiving an average score of 90% or higher per show division will be certified for that respective division. A minimum of 33% of participating judges will be certified in each division. Certification will be awarded separately for each division. A judging list will be forwarded upon request to breed associations for applicant judges and horse show organizations throughout the United States. Participation in the  NCSU Horse Judging Short Course is highly recommended but not required for individuals new to the judging experience.

NCSU COVID-19 Guidelines


Advanced registration is $75/day for participating judges (19 years and older). This fee includes all instruction, certification examinations, and inclusion on the 2022 NC Open Horse Judges Certification List, as desired. A $15 late fee/day will be assessed to judging participants registering after the deadline date. Judges’ refunds will be honored if received in writing prior to November 18, 2021.

2022 OHSJC Registration Link (Eventbrite)


NCSU – 301 Riddick Hall


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 28, 2022.

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

Other Area Hotels:
Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Raleigh/Cary
5630 Dillard Drive
Cary, NC 2751
919.851.1220 or 877.666.3243

Wingate by Wyndham
State Arena Raleigh/Cary
6115 Corporate Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

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

2022 NCSU Open Horse Show Judge’s Certification List

NCSU Horse Judging Short Course Manual Order Form 2021

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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