I am a quarter horse trainer in california and am interested
In becoming a judge for local 4-h and other open shows in the area. What is the
best way to get certified and what organization or affiliation is best?
The best thing to do is contact your local
4-H office and ask them how they maintain
their list. They will have a specific procedure for you to follow. Often they
have a training seminar for new judges, followed by a test and certification.
Each district and state is different so you'll need to ask your district office
what you need to do to apply.
Once you get on the
4-H list, you will likely start getting offers to judge open shows in your area
too as many of the open show committees use the 4-H list to hire judges.
you've had the experience of judging a number of open and 4-H shows, you will
then want to decide what breed shows you'd like to judge.
to be a breed show judge is more complicated. It often requires an application.
Then if you are accepted, you are invited to go to judge's school. Usually you
are required to pass a written and live judging exam, as well as appear before
an ethics committee before you receive a breed card.
hope this helps, and please feel free to write with more questions or to let me
know how you are doing with getting on a judge's list.