2021 Iowa Horse Judges Application

Iowa 4-H & Open Horse Show Judges Requirements and Application

The list of Iowa Horse Judges is updated annually. The list contains the names of judges who have expressed interest in judging 4-H and open shows and met the criteria established by Iowa State University.

Listing in the Iowa Horse Judges directory is a privilege, not a right.

Experienced and Intermediate Judges (How To Stay On The List)Horse Judging Clinic

  1. Attend the Judges Certification Clinic at least once every three years.
  2. Pass the practical and written examination with a score of 80% or above.

Beginning Judges (How to Be Placed On the List for the First Time)

  1. Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Attend the current year’s Horse Judges Certification Clinic.
  3. Pass the written examination and the practical examination with an 80% or above. The written examination includes an open book test based on A Guide for 4H Equine Shows in Iowa.
  4. Complete an application form below.

Exemption from attending the judges’ certification clinic

Judges who hold national breed cards or are approved 4-H judges from other states and have attended other horse judges’ schools can be waived from attending the certification clinic by completing the application form below.

Complete the application below if you meet the requirements outlined above.


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Please list your business web address


Check the box that best describes your judging experience
When was the last time you attended a judging clinic in Iowa, another state or for a breed association?
A = Extensive experience with judging classesB = Several experiences with judging classesC = Some experience with judging classesD = Small amount of experience with judging classesE = Very little judging of these classesF = Have not judged these classes
WESTERN JUDGED (pleasure, reining, horsemanship) *
WESTERN CONTEST (barrels, poles) *
HUNTER JUMPER (Over fences, flat) *
JUDGING CONTEST (placing, reasons) *
REASONS (provide oral reasons for placings) *
DANISH RIBBON SYSTEM (purple, blue, red, white) *
Rate your experience/preference for judging the various categories of classes and knowledge of the Danish Ribbon System