Horse Judging Information

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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.

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 Judge Certification and Judges List

Below is a current list of judges:

Name Hometown Email Address Notes
Deb Adams Marquette, NE debrafaithadams@gmail.com Re-Certified
Rachel Crook Beatrive, NE rachel5crook@gmail.com Certified 5/16
Caitlin Davis Lincoln, NE davis.caitlin.17@gmail.com Certified 4/17
Taytum Dickman taytumdickman@yahoo.com Certified 3/19
Joni Ebel Shelby, NE jonirerucha@hotmail.com Re-Certified 4/18
Brandon Essink Syracuse, NE smsrushmore@hotmail.com Re-Certified 5/18
Kelsey (Horner) Ebke Lincoln, NE kebke@outlook.com Certified 4/17
Robin Ferguson Chadron, NE circlexequineservices@gmail.com Certified 2/19
Blaire Gibbens Gothenburg, NE blairegibbens@yahoo.com Certified 3/19
Lori Jaixen Lincoln, NE ljaixen2@unl.edu Certified 5/17
Grace Kim Lincoln, NE grace.kim@unl.edu Certified 8/19
Abby Hitchler Spalding, NE akhitchler@gmail.com Re-Certified 5/17
Shelly Labenz Wisner, NE labenzquarterhorses@hotmail.com Certified 7/18
Mackenzie Main Council Bluffs, IA mackenzie.j.main@gmail.com Certified 8/19
T.L. Meyer Dunning, NE tmeyer2@unl.edu Re-Certified 4/18
Chantel Sempek Columbus, NE chantel.frisch@gmail.com Certified 5/19
Rachel Sorensen rachsoren2013@hotmail.com Certified 4/17
Michelle Swoboda msmichelles@hotmail.com Certified 5/17
Jan Wagner Amherst, NE roundtherail@yahoo.com Certified 07/17
Jenilee Woltman Hemingford, NE ljwoltman@gmail.com 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 02/20

4-H Horse Judging Score Sheets

Score Sheets