Interested in Becoming an AQHA Judge?

Learn how to become an AQHA judge with the Association’s online educational program.

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Level 1 accreditation can be a stepping stone to the process of becoming an American Quarter Horse Association-approved judge. AQHA is offering educational materials for those who want to begin their AQHA judging career. 

“The first step to becoming a full-carded AQHA judge can be through the Level 1 accreditation program,” said Patti Carter, AQHA senior director of judges. “Level 1 judges are able to judge AQHA Level 1 and Rookie classes then, with experience, these judges can progress to other types of accreditation, all-around, specialized or Versatility Ranch Horse.” 

The Level 1 judge course and educational materials include: 

  • Review educational materials
  • Educational Videos
  • Testing for Level 1 judging credentials 

AQHA judging materials are available through an online educational application for the course work. This online training replaces the spring judges seminars that have been previously held in Nashville, Tennessee, and Irving, Texas. 

Registration is now open and the course cost is $250, which gives access to content for an entire year. Once registered, log in at and check out the materials, including practice tests. Potential Level 1 judges work at their own pace, ending their studies with a test that must be completed by May 15. A review process and an interview session must be done before applicants can be certified as an AQHA Level 1 judge. 

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