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NCSU Open Horse Show Judges’ Virtual Academy

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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.

Cost of registration: $50

Registration for NC State University Open Horse Show Judges Virtual Academy

If you have not previously registered for an NC State University Reporter course, you will need to click “Create New Account” to start the registration process (see image below). Creating new account screenshot