1328582323-073For more information about Horse Judging contact our Division Chairs Elaine Hettick & Kimberly Herring

What is Horse Judging?

Horse judging is one of the most educational and popular activities of the 4-H Horse Project. Horse judging contests involve two actions: first, you must place each animal in a class; second, you must be able to defend that placing.

Horse Judging Helps Youth to....

  • Develop communication skills
  • Make decisions based on facts and observations
  • Compete with a sportsmanlike attitude
  • Learn a skill essential for success in the horse industry
  • Develop self confidence

Changes in 2017 Horse Judging Guidelines

2017 Judging Card

How are points calculated?  Judges will provide "Cuts" with their placings; representing the level of difficulties between pairs. Three cuts are given and the scores are calculated using the Hormel System.  You can do the calculations yourself!    Online Score Calculator

Does your club want to put on a Judging?  Here's some instructions!


  2017 Horse Judging Opportunities

Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Spring Extravaganza

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Serenity Farms, see event calendar

Friday, May 26, 2017 at Meridian Riding Club, sponsored by Pounding Hooves/Fire Ryders, see the Event Calendar for details