Educational Judging Seminars

AQHA now hosts its educational judging seminars as webinars, so exhibitors and prospective judges can watch and learn from the comfort of their own homes.

AQHA Judge Education

If you would like to learn more about how to judge a variety of AQHA-approved classes or just want to hear how judges are instructed to judge your favorite class visit AQHA University. It is available to the general public at the cost of $250 per course.

Registration can be done by visiting the AQHUniversity.

Level 1 Judge Information

Why test for your Level 1 Judges card?

  • Gives “foot in the door"
  • It gives a credential to be able to judge Level 1 shows, and some shows that require Level 1 or above cert such as ISHA, some NCEA, and certain larger 4-H and Open shows.
  • It also puts you in the continuing education loop, and puts you in some company within judges.
  • Could potentially be considered by the Judge's committee when applying for all-around judge. 

If someone you know is interested have them submit the following supplication Specialized Judge Application.

December Judges Workshop

Save the Dates: December 16-18, 2019

Conference Recertification Schedule

Registration Form

  • WCHA/AQHA Specialized Judges and WCHA only Judges are required to attend the Halter Education on Monday, December 16, as well as the WCHA Judges meeting that afternoon. WCHA only judges can register by contacting Don Falcon. 
  • NRCHA only judges can register on the NRCHA website or at the workshop. This workshop is also open to anyone who wants to known more about NRCHA judging.

To book a room call: 

Hyatt Regency DFW Airport

2334 N International Pkwy
Room rate:  $119
(800) 233-1234 (Ask for AQHA room block)



Bring your hat/judging attire – mandatory judges photos are being taken.

Other than Canada, it’s not mandatory for All-Around International Judges to attend. International judges will be required to watch the recorded Workshop through AQHU before they judge in 2020.

Judges Workshop
February 3-4, 2020
Rome, Italy

A new year, a new opportunity for AQHA judge education! Join us February 3-4, 2020, in Rome, Italy, for an optional AQHA Judges Workshop, held in conjunction with the AQHA European Summit. The workshop is offered free to current AQHA members and will be co-hosted by the American Paint Horse Association. We encourage you to attend for a chance to connect and learn with APHA and AQHA judges from around the world! 

Please note that all AQHA international judges are required to view the Judges Workshop by January 31, 2020, that will take place in Dallas via American Quarter Horse University as a part of their annual education and certification before judging any 2020 AQHA-approved show or class. This will be available online by January 6, 2020. 

AQHA Judges Workshop General Schedule

For more information regarding AQHA international judge education and certification in general, please contact AQHA Senior Director of Judges Patti Carter at

WDAA/USEF Western Dressage Judges Seminar
February 6-8, 2020
Denver, Colorado

The 2020 WDAA/USEF Western Dressage Judges Seminar is 3 full days of intensive training for new judge applicants and 2 1/2 days for licensed judges. All of that hard work is balanced with great camaraderie and networking, lively discussion, a little shopping, great meals included, plus all the chocolate you can eat! What could be better? Register now, space is limited!

2020 WDAA Membership is required for registration. For USEF licensing information please contact loinquiry@usef. For registration information please contact Dini Swanson at

USEF Western Dressage judge applicant - February 6-8,  8 am - 6 pm.  $450 Registration (must be received no later than January 22, 2020).

USEF Western Dressage licensed judge small r and large R - February 6 beginning at 2 pm - 6 pm. February 7-8, 8 am - 6 pm. $400 Registration (must be received no later than January 22, 2020).

Auditor Welcome! For those that are interested in an intense learning experience covering Western Dressage rules, tests and USEF WD judge expectations, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to be a silent spectator and audit the seminar, all meals and judge’s manual included.$300.00 Registration (must be received no later than Jan 22, 2020).

Registration fees include all instruction, Welcome Dinner Thursday night, lunch 2 days for judge applicants, lunch 2 days for renewing licensed judges and Western Dressage Judges Manual.

Use the link below to make your hotel reservations. Breakfast is included in your room cost (double room = 2 breakfasts per day included), plus the more rooms we book through the link the less we must charge for the program overall. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Booking Link: Western Dressage 2020 - Book Now!

Hilton Garden Inn Denver Tech Center
7675 East Union Ave.
Group Name:  WESTERN DRESSAGE 2020
Arrival Date:  05-Feb-2020
Departure Date: 09-Feb-2020