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’ Department.
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
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 returned.
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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