2024 Iowa Horse Judges Certification Clinic

Sunday, April 14, 2024 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
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The Iowa Horse Judges Certification Clinic is designed to provide high-quality training for judges working with 4-H youth. These individuals are, or aspire to be, horse show judges and obtain practical hands-on experience in judging horse classes. Adult individuals completing the clinic & a written examination are included in the Iowa Horse Judges Directory. The event will be held at the Ellsworth Equestrian Facility.

Due to Dan Grunewald's injury, Jill Paxton will be the clinician.

Clinician: Jill Paxton spent her youth hunting, pony clubbing, judging, showing hunters, and Eventing and galloping horses at Delaware Park. After moving to Iowa and falling in love with stock horses, Jill began showing and training breed show horses. 

Jill holds 11 judges’ cards: APHA, NSBA, PtHA, ApHC, ABRA, IBHA, NASMDA, POAC, ASHA, Iowa Ranch Horse Association, and the GVHS. Jill has been privileged to judge horse shows across the US, Canada, Columbia, and Europe. Having been invited to judge the POAC Nationals (three times), the Appaloosa Nationals (three times), The ApHC World Show, the PtHA World Show, and Congress and the ABRA World Show (twice), Jill also judged in Germany (where she judged the German Nationals and European Championships (twice), Denmark (where she judged the Danish Nationals, twice), The Bavarian Nationals (twice) as well as judging in Austria, Holland, the Czech Republic, and Bogata, Columbia.

Believing that solid youth involvement and leadership is the future of our industry, Jill served on the APHA Youth Committee for five years.  She was the Chair of the youth committee for two years.  She is currently the Chairperson for the APHA Professional Horsemen’s’ Committee and a National Director.  Jill served on the judge’s advisory committee for ApHC and is presently on the Judges' committee for GVHS.  When not judging or working with the associations, Jill can be found giving clinics and teaching Animal Science at Iowa State University.

Jill Paxton

Jill Paxton
Ankeny, Iowa 50023


Saturday, April 13th -  4:00 pm

  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Judging Ranch Pleasure
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm Taco Bar
  • 6:00 to 8:00 pm Judging Ranch Trail

The Saturday program is open to youth and adults interested in judging Ranch horse classes.

Sunday, April 14th - 8:30 am

  • Judge 8 to 10 conformation and performance classes

Dan Grunewald Riding a Horse

Information on Certifying for the Iowa Horse Show Judges Directory  

Registration Fee:

Saturday Classroom - $0

  • Saturday's attendance is not required for certification

Sunday Judges Certification Clinic for New and Current Judges Requiring Recertification - $160

Register Here link

4-H and youth competitors should visit the Extravaganza website.

2024_Horse_Judging_Clinic Flyer.pdf