APPLICANT FACT SHEET
The following is a detailed explanation of basic procedures
to help the applicant become an approved Appaloosa Horse
Club (ApHC) Judge. The completion of these requirements
rest solely on the applicant and not on the ApHC. Communication
between the applicant and the ApHC Judges’ Department
1. ApHC membership: An applicant must
be a current ApHC member in good standing at the time
of submitting a judge’s application and be an active member
in good standing one year prior to the applicant’s file
being reviewed by the ApHC Judges’ Committee (JC).
2. An applicant must be at least 25
years of age and not over 70 years of
3. 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. Professional photograph
of the applicant in judging attire is 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. Submission to the Journal
will be done when the applicant processing fee and application
are received in the ApHC office.
6. (3) Judge References:
An applicant must have three active ApHC carded 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. Additional forms will be provided upon
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 who must include a show bill and an
entry count to be included with the show reference forms.
All references must be mailed directly to the ApHC by
the reference and not by the judge applicant. Any forms
received from the applicant will be returned. The ApHC
reserves the right to verify some or all references. Additional
forms will be provided upon request.
8. Once your file is complete, it will be:
1) Reviewed by the JC. (In order to be
reviewed by the committee in time to attend the next Judge
Applicant School, files must be completed by no later
than October 15.)
2) Applicants that have completed all
their requirements and have been given favorable approval
by the JC are required to attend the Judge Applicant School
managed by the Color Breed Council (CBC). All information
regarding date, time, location and fees for the school
will be forwarded to you and can be found at https://www.appaloosa.com.
The school is generally the last week of January each
year. Failure to attend the school without just cause
requires the applicant to reapply.
3) At the Judge Applicant School, applicants
will be video tested, interviewed and evaluated by members
of the JC and carded judges. A written, closed rulebook
test will also be issued consisting of true/false and
multiple choice questions. A minimum rulebook test score
of 80% is required regardless of how you score on your
4) After successfully completing the Judge
Applicant School with a score not lower than 87% OVERALL
score, your file will be reviewed again by the JC.
9. Temporary Status: Applicants that
have passed the Judge Applicant School, and who do not
currently hold a regular card with either AQHA or APHA
may be given temporary judging status and allowed to judge
ApHC-approved shows during which time they will be on
probation until at least 3 shows have been judged where
show management provides a written Show Management Report
on the judges’ performance. After the three shows have
been completed, the JC will then review the file of the
temporarily carded judge and determine if a regular card
is to be issued.
10. If the applicant does not receive
favorable approval to attend the Judge Applicant School,
a two-year waiting period may be required before reapplying.
11. Files not completed within two years
from the time the application and application fee are
received will be dismantled and the applicant will have
Judges Application form (click
Please direct all applications or inquiries to:
c/o Judges’ Coordinator
2720 W Pullman Rd
Moscow, ID 83843