Horse Judging Information



UNL Horse Judging Resources

Conformation/halter

Conformation and selection of horses narrated PowerPoint
Comparison of basic conformation narrated Power Point
Resource Page for Judging Conformation

ShowmanshipShowmanship Competitors

Resource Page for Judging Showmanship

Western Pleasure

Evaluating Western Pleasure narrated Power Point
Resource Page for Judging Western Pleasure

Reining

Judging Reining narrated Power Point
Resource Page for Judging Reining

Western Riding

Western Horseman with Horse

Judging Western Riding narrated Power Point
Resource Page for Judging Western Riding

Western Horsemanship

Resource Page for Judging Western Horsemanship

Trail

Resource Page for Judging Trail

Hunter Under Saddle

Judging Hunter Under Saddle narrated Power Point
Resource Page for Judging Hunter Under Saddle

Hunt Seat EquitationHunter Jumper

Resource Page for Judging Hunt Seat Equitation

Working Hunter

Resource Page for Judging Working Hunter

Jumping

Resource Page for Judging Jumping

Hunter Hack

Resource Page for Judging Hunter Hack

Equitation Over Fences

Resource Page for Judging Equitation Over Fences

Dressage

Resource Page for Judging Dressage

Scored Classes

Resource Page for Judging Scored Classes

Timed Classes

Resource Page for Judging Timed Classes

Cattle Classes

Resource Page for Judging Cattle Classes
Working Ranch Horse Class
This DVD has been developed to explain and demonstrate the Nebraska Working Ranch Horse Class. Included are video clips from the Nebraska State 4-H Horse Show to explain the concept of the class as well as provide insight as to how the class is judged.

Ranch Riding

Resource Page for Judging Ranch Riding

Oral Reasons

Presenting Oral Reasons in Horse Judging Contests DVD

To order go to: http://marketplace.unl.edu/extension/catalogsearch/result/index/?p=1&q=horse+video
Oral Reasons
This DVD is a must for any horse judging team coach &/or team member. It demonstrates how to take notes, organize a set of reasons, plus deliver both reasons on a halter class and a performance class.

Horse Judging Workshop

Horse Judging Workshop PDF (109 kb)

Nebraska 4-H Horse Show
&
Judging Guide and Patterns

4-H Horse Show Judge Certification

Judging Competitors
4-H Horse Show Judges Certification requirements for ALL on the Nebraska 4-H Horse Show Judges list

  •  NEW Judges MUST:
    • Attend a judges training AND pass (80%) a written rule book exam (see below)
    • Upon completion of both, new judges will be placed on the Nebraska 4-H Horse show judges list
  • CURRENT judges MUST:
    • Re-certify once every 3 years
    • Re-certification includes:
      • Attend a Judges Training AND pass (80%) a written rule book exam
  • Rule book Exam
    • Rule book exam will be over the "current" Nebraska 4-H Horse Show and Judging Guide
      • 80% required to pass the exam
      • Exam fee = $20
      • Exam will be available at the Judges Workshop or your Local Extension office
        • Proof of completion of judges training is required if taking the exam at your local extension office.
      • Re-takes
        • Exam can be taken 2 additional times at no additional fee. However, re-takes of the exam MUST be done within 60 days of the when the exam was first taken.
  • TRAINING
    • Attend either a Horse Show Judges Workshop OR complete the on-line course (see below)
      • Horse show Judges Workshops
        • Please click here for dates and locations
        • Written exam will be available at the Judges Workshop
        • Registrations close one week prior to each Workshop
        • Workshop Fee (includes exam) = $40 (late fee is an additional $10)
      • Preparing to be a Professional Horse Show Judge on-line course
        • Available at: http://tinyurl.com/HQPrepJudge
        • Course fee = $20
          • You have 30 days to complete the on-line course
        • Complete the online exam and print your certificate (proof of training)
        • Present your certificate to your local extension office and schedule your exam over the current Nebraska 4-H Horse Show and Judging Guide.
          • Written exam fee = $20

Contact Lena Luck at lena.luck@unl.edu with any questions.


Judges List
Dress Code PDF (2.8 mb)

Nebraska 4-H Horse Judges List

Name & Address
Phone Number(s)
Notes
Deb Adams
2505 N Hwy. 14
Marquette, NE 68854

(402) 410-1112 (cell)
dadams@mainstaycomm.net
Re-Certified 2/15

David Birt
906 Road L
York, NE 68467

(402) 710-0155
birtsbarn@hotmail.com
Certified 2/15

Hannah Birt
906 Road L
York, NE 68467

(402) 710-2628
h_birt@live.com
Certified 2/15

Caitlin Davis
416505 N 162nd Street
Waverly, NE 68462

Certified 4/17

Rachel Dennert
2709 North S Road
Marquette, NE 68854

(308) 883-3925 (cell)
rachel@timberlake.org
Certified 5/16

Joni Ebel
2427 - 139th Road
Shelby, NE 68662

(402) 527-5836 (home)
(402) 270-1240 (cell)
jonirerucha@hotmail.com
Re-Certified 5/15

Kelsey (Horner) Ebke
6301 S 84th Street
Lincoln, NE 68516

(308) 627-3403
kebke@outlook.com
Certified 4/17

Ann Gillentine
PO Box 129
Ashland, NE 68003

(308) 883-3925 (cell)
heathers@chase3000.com
Certified 4/16

Amanda Gonzalez
2801 Timberlake Road
Marquette, NE 68854

(308) 999-0276 (cell)
amanda@timberlake.org
Certified 5/16

Tracy Heathers
73523 318A Avenue
Champion, NE 69023

(402) 623-4361
sigabeat4me@aol.com
Certified 3/15

Jessica Jo Johnson
1719 Broadway Apt B
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

(970) 302-9209
jjohnson@unl.edu
Certified 5/13

Abby Knobbe
81990 501st Avenue, PO Box 223
Spalding, NE 68665

Re-Certified 5/17

T.L. Meyer
5506 S. Synder Drive
North Platte, NE 69101

(308) 520-1129 (cell)
(308) 696-6730 (work)
tmeyer2@unl.edu
plainbaymare@gmail.com

Re-Certified 2/15

Boyd Mignery
3440 S Smokey Hill Road
Hastings, NE 68901

Certified 2/15

Rachel Sorensen
53780 859 Road
Plainview, NE 68769

Certified 4/17

Dani Spatz
53780 - County Road P
Prague, NE 68050

(402) 432-0862
dndspatz@gmail.com
Re-Certified 02/16

Christine Wilson
109 W 28th Street
Kearney, NE 68847

Certified 02/16

Jenilee Woltman
7373 Arthur Road
Hemingford, NE 69348

Certified 4/17

 
 
 

All judges have been checked on the state and national sexual offender registry and are eligible under the youth safety policy to judge 4-H horse shows.

Revised 05/2017

4-H Horse Judging Contest Rules and Regulations


Horse Judging Contest
Rules and Regulations

Entries are due to the county office by June 17, forms due to Lincoln, June 24, 2016 by 4:00 PM to Lena Luck.

Horse Judging Contest Entry Form PDF (143 kb)

Contestants and Eligibility
  1. Contestants must be enrolled in the 4-H horse project in the county or EPU they represent.
  2. At the Fonner Park State 4-H Expo, an individual may compete in either Horse Judging or Hippology, NOT both.
  3. Each team consists of 3 to 4 members. Please refer to General Contest Rules to determine how many teams each county is eligible to send.
  4. See General Contest Rules to determine the age qualifications.
  5. Nebraska 4-H Horse Show dress code required. Exception-no hats or head gear permitted.
  6. Contestants must not have participated in any post secondary (university, college, junior college, or technical school) competitive horse judging contest. Neither can a contestant be a member of a post secondary team undergoing training in preparation for such an event.
  7. State contest winning teams will be eligible to represent Nebraska at further regional or national contests. Options will be: 1) The National 4-H Horse Classic Contest, January, in Denver, Colorado; 2) The All-American Quarter Horse Congress, October, in Columbus, Ohio; 3) World Championship AQHA Youth Show, August in Fort Worth, TX.
The winning team will have first choice of the contest they wish to compete in; reserve team will also be allowed to represent Nebraska at a different contest. Financial support for these teams will be supplied through the State 4-H Office. For more information please see National Contest Eligibility and General Contest Rules.

Method of Conduct

A team may have 3 or 4 members. When 4 are entered, the 3 highest overall scores will make up the team totals.
Contestants will be assigned to one of four groups, and will remain with that group throughout the entire contest.
While the contest is in progress, there shall be no conferring between the contestants, or between contestants and anyone else except as authorized by the contest superintendent or their representatives.
Four halter classes and four performance classes will be judged. Contestants will give oral reasons on two of the halter classes. All halter classes will be judged as sound of limb, eye, wind and mouth. Contestants will give oral reasons on two of the performance classes. Performance horses will be judged as seen (unsoundness to be penalized accordingly).
The animals and showmen will be designated by numbers 1-2-3-4 and numbered from left to right as viewed from the rear.
Horses will not be handled by the contestants, but time will be provided in halter classes for close inspection and to observe the horses at a walk and trot.
Approximately 15 minutes will be allowed contestants to judge the classes, make observations, take notes, and fill out their cards.
Contestants will be allowed two minutes to give their oral reasons to the judge. Contestants are not permitted to use notes while giving reasons. Contestants' placing cards will not be offered to them during their oral reasons.
All tack and riders' attire will be considered legal.
The judges shall place the classes while the contestants are working in the arena. The judges shall enter their placings on the official placing card, determine the cuts on the classes, and turn the card in so tabulations can begin while the contest is in progress.
Contestants will give their oral reasons at the completion of the judging portion of the contest.
At the completion of oral reasons, the judges will give the official placings, cuts, and explanations on all eight classes judged.
Awards will be presented in Thompson Arena at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Determination of Ratings

Fifty (50) points shall constitute a perfect score on placing, and fifty (50) points shall constitute a perfect score on reasons.
Priority order for breaking ties:
If tied for a division award in Halter or Performance, the contestant or team having the highest reason score in that division will be listed first.
If tied for an award in reasons, the contestant or team having the highest placing score on the reasons classes will be listed first.
If tied for individual or team overall award, the contestant or team having the highest overall reason score shall be listed first.
If still tied for either (a) or (c) above, the contestant or team having the highest score in placing reason classes shall be listed first.
If still tied, the contestant or team with the highest overall placing score will be listed first.
If still tied, the contestant or team with the highest single class reasons score will be listed first.
If contestants are still tied from above, the youngest contestant or team shall be listed first.
Alternates will be eligible for individual award.

GOOD LUCK!

National 4-H Contest Dates and Funding

2014/2015

FUNDING: The Nebraska 4-H Foundaiton is committed to reimbursing individual participants for up to 80% of the total cost of the trip, including registration fees, transportation expenses, meals, and lodging. The remaining 20% of the costs and incidental expenses will be the responsibility of the Individual.
Guidelines for 4-H Judging and Education Trips PDF (17 kb)

Contest
Location
Tentative Dates
Funding
Partial Donor
Horse Judging
Western National-Denver

Jan 7-10, 2016
$900
4-H Horse Fund
 
All Am QH Congress
Columbus, OH

TBA
$900
4-H Horse Fund
 
Am QH Assn. Youth World

TBA
$900
4-H Horse Fund
Horse Bowl
Western National - Denver, CO

Jan. 7-10, 2016
$600
Fonner Park
 
All Am QH Congress
Columbus, OH

TBA
$600
 
Ind. Demo.
Western National - Denver, CO

Jan 7-10, 2016
$125
4-H Horse Fund
 
All Am QH Congress
Columbus, OH

TBA
 
 
Team Demo.
Western National - Denver, CO

Jan 7-10, 2016
$200
4-H Horse Fund
 
All Am. QH Congress
Columbus, OH

TBA
 
 
Public Speaking
Western National - Denver, CO

Jan 7-10, 2016
$125
4-H Horse Fund
 
All Am QH Conress -
Columbus, OH

TBA
 
 
Sr. Hippology
Western National, Denver, CO

Jan 7-10, 2016
$600
Estabrook National Contest Endowment
 
All Am. QH Congress
Columbus, OH

TBA
 
 
Youth World
Am. QH Assn Youth World
July 31-Aug. 8, 2015
 
 

Funding for these trips has been provided by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation with funding from these supporters.

FONNER PARK
Awarded for the Horse Bowl
Hugh Miner, General Manager
Fonner Park
PO Box 490
Grand Island, NE 68801

4-H HORSE FUND
Awarded for Horse Judging, Demonstrations, Public Speaking
Nebraska 4-H Horse Fund
Kathy Anderson
C204 Animal Science, UNL
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908

EASTABROOK HORSE NATIONAL CONTEST ENDOWMENT
Awarded by Horse Advisory Committee for Hippology
Kathy Anderson
C204 Animal Science, UNL
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908

4-H Horse Judging Score Sheets

Score Sheets