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 application Specialized Judge Application.

Judges Qualifying Exam
Denton, Texas
May 18-20, 2020

The 2020 Judges Qualifying Exam will be held May 18-20, in Denton, Texas at the Hilton Garden Inn Denton and Highpoint Performance Horses. Only the top scoring applicants at this exam will be approved to become judges.

With the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, if travel restrictions and social distancing have not been lifted, the 2020 Judges Qualifying Exam will be canceled. If this happens, each judge applicant that has been approved for testing will be invited to test in 2021.