Why Every Exhibitor Should Attend an AQHA Educational Judging Seminar

Success in the show pen could be just one AQHA educational judging seminar away, so pack your judging notepad and register for an upcoming seminar this spring.

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When you leave the show arena, do you ever wonder how your score or placing was calculated? If the answer's "yes," then that's Reason No. 1 why you should attend an AQHA Educational Judging Seminar. (Credit: Journal)

It’s no secret judging and showing American Quarter Horses is a perfected art. Competitors worldwide work each day to perfect their riding position, make their reining circles rounder and train their horses to not tick a trail log.

One of the best ways to get the inside scoop on how to make your run in the show arena better is by learning firsthand how exhibitors are evaluated. 

  • When you leave the show arena, do you ever wonder how your score or placing was calculated?
  • Would you like to know how judges are professionally trained?
  • Would you enjoy insight on the areas you need to perfect the next time you enter your next American Quarter Horse show?
  • Or, would you like to be able to judge AQHA Level 1 and Rookie shows? 

If you do, attending an AQHA educational judging seminar is your golden ticket to more success in the show pen.

The good news for you is that AQHA has three educational judging seminars set for this spring:

  • April 27-29  in Nashville, Tennessee
  • May 15-17 in Irving, Texas

The seminars will be conducted by the new AQHA Senior Director of Judges Patti Carter, and other leading industry professionals.

“No matter the events you compete in, after attending one of these seminars, you will make adjustments in how you exhibit your horse and/or yourself,” Carter said. “You’ll be surprised to find that minor changes that make you think like a judge can make a significant difference in your final placing.”

The April 27- 29 seminar is at the Holiday Inn Opryland/Airport in Nashville. The seminar fee is $350, and the registration deadline is April 1. A special room rate will be guaranteed through March 31. Download the registration form for this seminar.

The May 15-17 seminar is at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas. The seminar fee is $350, and the registration deadline is April 15. A special room rate will be guaranteed through April 14. Download the registration form for the Irving seminar.

Attendees have the option to test for AQHA Specialized Level 1 judging credentials. AQHA-approved Level 1 judges are eligible to judge all Level 1 shows, Level 1 classes at any show and Rookie classes at any show. Attendees will be tested on six video classes, take an open AQHA rulebook test and take part in an interview regarding involvement in AQHA as well as judging knowledge.

Registration forms for the educational judging seminars can be returned by mail, email or fax.

Mail to:
Attention: Judges Department
P.O. Box 200
Amarillo, TX 79168

Attention: Judges Department


For more information on AQHA’s educational judging seminars, visit www.aqha.com/seminarsWe look forward to seeing you there!

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