APPLICANT FACT SHEET
The following is a detailed explanation of basic procedures
to help the applicant become an approved Appaloosa Horse
Club Judge. Completion of the requirements rest on the
applicant, not the ApHC. Communication between the applicant
and the ApHC is encouraged. For information pertaining
to the status of your file, please contact the ApHC Judges’
1. ApHC membership:
An applicant must be a current ApHC member in good standing
at the time of submitting a judges application and be
an active member in good standing one year prior to the
applicant’s file being reviewed by the Judges’ Committee
(JC) and Judges’ Advisory Committee (JAC).
2. An applicant must be at
least 25 and not over 70 years of age.
3. An applicant processing
fee of $100 must be received with your judge’s
application. No reference forms will be accepted
for applicants who have not submitted their application
and application fee. Any references received prior to
the application and fee will be returned.
4. Two color photos
of the applicant are required. These photos will not be
5. Applicant’s name must
begin appearing in the issue of Appaloosa Journal one
month prior to review by the JC and the JAC. Submission
to the Journal will be done when the applicant processing
fee and application are received in the ApHC office. (Please
Note: In order for your name to appear in the June issue
(prior to review in July), the application and fee must
be submitted to the ApHC by no later than April 15. In
order for your name to appear in the October issue (prior
to review in November), the application and fee must be
submitted to the ApHC by no later than August 15.)
6. 3 ApHC Judge References:
An applicant must have three ApHC Judge references that
have seen him/her judge. These references can include
individuals the applicant has judged or has worked with
while judging. Additional reference letters are encouraged.
7. 10 Show References:
An applicant must have judged at least ten shows (with
a minimum of 40 horses) in the last three years. Show
Reference forms are to be completed by the show managers
or show secretaries. A show bill and an entry count must
be sent in with the show reference forms. (Applicant is
to provide this information to the show.) A minimum of
five (5) references will be verified by phone. All references
must be mailed directly to the ApHC by the reference and
not to the judge applicant. Any forms received from the
applicant will be returned.
8. 2 Junior Judge
References: Applicants may be required to jr.
judge up to two (2) ApHC shows at different locations.
Judges carded with AQHA and/or APHA are not required to
jr. judge. The ApHC approved shows that you jr. judge
must have cattle and jumping classes. One of the shows
must have at least 35 horses or 300 entries. The junior
judge must turn their judge’s cards into show management
at the completion of each class. These cards will be submitted
to the ApHC along with the show results for evaluation
of the junior judge’s placings. When jr. judging, you
must judge the entire show. The official judge must complete
the Jr. Judge Reference Form and the ApHC Field Exam and
submit it to the ApHC.
The ApHC recommends that junior judging take place after
the applicant has passed through the CBC seminar. Please
contact the Judges’ Department for updates. It is the
policy of the ApHC Judges’ Committee to instruct all judge
applicants to first contact the ApHC Judge to obtain permission
to jr. judge with them. After arranging a jr. judging
assignment with the official ApHC Judge, the applicant
must then contact the show committee, show manager or
show secretary to obtain permission to jr. judge at their
9. Once your file is complete,
you will be:
A. Reviewed by the ApHC
Judges’ Committee and the Judges’ Advisory Committee.
B. Applicants that have
completed all their requirements and have been given favorable
approval by the JC are required to attend the International
Equine Judges Seminar & Judge Applicant School managed
by the Color Breed Council. All information regarding
date, time, location and fees for the school will be forwarded
to you. The school is generally the last week of January
each year in Oklahoma City. Failure to attend the school
without just cause requires the applicant to reapply.
C. At the judge applicant
school, applicants will be video tested (200 points) and
be required to live judge halter and performance classes
(400 points). The applicant will also be interviewed (200
points) and evaluated by a panel of ApHC approved judges
(100 points). A written, closed rulebook test will also
be issued consisting of true/false and multiple choice
questions (200 points). A minimum test score of 80% is
D. After successfully completing
the judge applicant school with a score not lower than
957 points out of a possible 1100 points (87% required
to pass), you will have one year to complete your jr.
judging requirement if you have not already done so.
After your jr. judging is completed you will be reviewed
by the ApHC Judges’ Committee once again. The Judges’
Committee will make the final determination and award
ApHC judges cards to those individuals whose conduct,
ability and performance warrant the privilege.
10. If the applicant does
not receive favorable approval to attend the judge applicant
school, a two year waiting period is required before reapplying.
11. Applicants who attend
the judge applicant school and complete their jr. judging
requirements, but do not receive their judge's card must
also wait two years before reapplying.
12. Applications not completed
within two years from the time the application and application
fee are received will be dismantled and the applicant
will have to reapply.
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