Becoming a Judge

Do you love Arabian Horses ? 

Do you love attending horse shows ?

Would you like to help improve the quality of registered Arabian Horses ?

Would you like to be adjudicating at shows and ensuring that the best horses win in competition ?

Perhaps you would like to become an Arabian Horse Society of Australia Panel Judge ?

Perhaps you would like to become a licensed Arabian Horse Judge.

All Guild licensed Judges are accredited to the highest standard.  They have passed the Guild written examination and practical assessment to gain their licence before being accepted by the AHSA board of directors and appointed to AHSA National judges list.  Guild licensed Judges can be approved for inclusion on one of the following Panels: Level 1 Probationary Judge, Level 2 Judge, National Panel Judge, International “B” Judge and International “A” Judge.  

Your first step is to become a Judge Candidate. 

Judge Candidate Criteria:

• you must be a financial member of the Arabian Horse Society of Australia Ltd. and must have been financial for the preceding year.

• must agree to a Police Clearance Check and/or Working With Children Check or to provide same and be prepared to sign a declaration stating that you have no criminal convictions, in particular for child related offences or any form of animal cruelty.

• must agree to your contact details being public.

• must nominate by completing the Judge Candidate Nomination Form available on the website  Judge Candidate Nomination Form here and returning to the address listed with the nomination fee of $50.00. This fee covers the Candidate for a period of not less than two years.

It is most helpful to study Standards of Excellence as well as the Study Notes and Rule Book. Read as much study information as possible and plan which Workshops you will be attending. The Judges Guild can advise of seminars/workshops/clinics and training days in your area. It is strongly recommended that you attend as many Workshops/training days etc as possible. It is also strongly recommended that you Steward at shows as often as possible prior to sitting the Assessment. Please keep a diary of the dates and details of any workshop, Judging appointments and stewarding appointments for future reference.

STEP 1 - Level 1 Probationary Assessment.

Once you have met the above requirements, you will be eligible to sit an initial Assessment.

The initial assessment is a written paper of 1 hour’s duration which requires general knowledge of points of the horse, the Standard of Excellence for Arabians, general conformation faults, an idea of how to judge halter and ridden classes and some true or false questions.

Assessment Day: You will be required to complete a theory paper as detailed above. The Assessors will review the theory papers and will have a general discussion with the candidate to clarify any points from the assessment paper.  After the assessment process is completed it may be deemed necessary by the assessors for you to undergo a further practical assessment of the Purebred Arabian Halter and/or Derivative Halter and/or Saddle on a future designated day and place. 

The assessor/s will forward their recommendations to the Guild who will in turn, send you a letter advising you of the outcome.

Candidates who pass will then gain a probationary Level One Licence and will be submitted for inclusion on the AHSA Judges Panel as a Probationary Level One Judge. Please carefully read the steps required and if you are interested, complete the  Judge Candidate Nomination Form here and return it with your Nomination Fee of $50.00 and your other necessary documents to the AHSA Office.  The Judge Candidate Nomination including a Statutory Declaration can be downloaded here .

In definition a “Level One Probationary Judge” is a person who has passed the Guild approved entry level Assessment and is therefore so licensed by the Guild and approved by the Board as certified and licensed to represent the society and is entitled to officiate alone at any recognised show with a show grading of ‘B’ which he/she is invited to judge.

STEP 2 Level 2 Judges Licence

Upgrading to a level 2 Judges licence requires an Application to Upgrade, which is available on the AHSA website under the Judges Guild tab, to be completed and submitted to the Judges & Officials Guild via the information on the upgrade form and a further written assessment.  This assessment goes into more detail than the first written assessment for level 1.  The assessment has a maximum time of 3 hours and requires an 80% pass rate.

Having sat and passed the assessment, the judge is further required to have attended an official seminar on the scoring system and/or have demonstrated practical experience with the scoring system.  The third requirement is attending a mentoring session with an agreed/accredited mentor.

Throughout this process, the judge needs to continue to judge, steward and attend seminars and training days where applicable and keep their Judges licence active.

A successful upgrade can only be achieved when all the above have been fulfilled, at a minimum.

In definition a “Level Two Judge” is a person licensed by the Guild and approved by the Board as certified and licensed to represent the society and who has passed the full Guild examination and has demonstrated sufficient knowledge and experience to hold a ‘Level Two Judges licence’.  He/she is entitled to officiate alone at any recognised show with a grading of ‘A’, or ‘B’, with the exception of State Royal Shows, that he/she is invited to judge in Australia or New Zealand.

STEP 3 National Panel Judges Licence

A further Application to Upgrade needs to be completed and submitted to the Guild which can be submitted at any time throughout the year.  It is advantageous if the judge is on another recognised judging panel and is a well experienced and respected judge in that field, eg a Royal show judge with Equestrian Australia. Upgrade approval is subject to the Judges and Officials Guild Council’s decision and no discussion will be allowed from outside sources. At this point a judge may only be licensed for or can decide to be licenced to adjudicate in only one, two or multiple divisions for example Purebred Halter or perhaps Derivative Halter and Performance or may decide to become a national licensed judge in all three categories.  There may be several reasons for this, more comfortable judging halter, or performance or derivatives, or perhaps a health issue, whatever the choice is, it may be changed at any time by contacting the Guild for a revision and review.  This may or may not be agreed to and the Guild decision will be final.

In definition, a “National Panel Judge” is a person so  licensed  by the Guild and approved by the Board as certified and licensed to represent the society and  is entitled to officiate alone at any Show in Australia or New Zealand irrespective of show grading he/she is invited to judge, in the section of the schedule they are qualified and licensed for. A National Panel Judge licence may be held for Purebred Halter (PH), for Derivative Halter (DH) for Saddle/Performance (P), or two or all of these categories

STEP 4 International Level  B Licence

To be eligible to hold an International B licence the Judge must be a resident of Australia. The judge must never have received a suspension from the AHSA judging panel or have ever had their Guild judges licence suspended, they must have maintained a National Panel judges licence (PH) & (DH) or the equivalent from a WAHO recognised country for a minimum of three (3) years & in this time successfully completed a Guild certified and approved seminar on the numerical system. The Judge must have attended the Official Annual Judges Congress at least once in a three (3) year period.  An application to upgrade needs to be completed and submitted to the Guild for approval to advance to an International B licence.

In definition an “International B-Level ” is a person so licensed  by the Guild and approved by the Board as certified and licensed to represent the society and officiate alone at any Australian or New Zealand show or any International show, excluding those shows listed by the Guild and the AHSA on the official A list of International Title Shows, he/she is invited to judge in the section of the schedule for which they are qualified. In order to advance to the International A list of licensed and accredited judges the International B Judge must either:

i) complete & pass the A list licence advancement accreditation examination as set by the Guild in step 5, or

ii) report any accepted international judging assignments to the Guild prior to the assignment show date so that a performance evaluation can be conducted. Following the successful completion and positive evaluation result from five (5) such international shows, the Licensed B list International judge is eligible for advancement to hold an International A list licence for accredited Judges. Any International B-Level judge must apply to the Guild in writing to be considered for advancement to the A list of Licensed judges

STEP 5 – International Level  A Licence

To be eligible to hold an International A licence the Judge must be a resident of Australia. The judge must never have received a suspension from the AHSA judging panel or have ever had their Guild judges licence suspended, they must have maintained a National Panel judges licence (PH) & (DH) or the equivalent from a WAHO recognised country for a minimum of three (3) years & in this time successfully completed a Guild certified and approved seminar on the numerical system. The Judge must have attended the Official Annual Judges Congress at least once in a three (3) year period. 

An application form for an upgrade A assessment needs to be completed and returned to the Guild. All A level licence assessments are conducted at the Australian Arabian National Championships each year. Three (3) assessors will facilitate the upgrade assessment and it is a three (3) phase process.  

Phase 1: a short questionnaire and a short paper on the scoring system is completed.

Phase 2: During the championship show, the upgrade candidate is required to complete scoring of several selected Halter classes which will form part of the assessment of the judge’s capabilities to handle the scoring system and similar pressures under which they would have to work in judging shows overseas as well as how they conduct themselves throughout the process. For this section the upgrade candidate must present as if they were an official Judge adjudicating at any national level show.

Phase 3:  interview phase with three (3) International qualified assessors.  2 overseas international Judges and 1 Australian International A licensed judge will form the assessment panel.  The interview phase may also have a facilitator to take notes and coordinate the process. The interview phase gauges how the judge would handle incidents which often happen at shows at a higher level to ensure they have the knowledge and ability to be decisive and have integrity. A pass to upgrade to level A must receive a pass by both of the two (2) overseas international assessors.

If the upgraded candidate is unsuccessful in the advancement accreditation upgrade to an International  A level licence they will be issued or remain a “B” level licensed Judge. The candidate must wait a minimum of two (2) calendar years before being eligible to apply to be re- examined.

In definition an « International A-Level ” is a person so licensed  by the Guild and approved by the AHSA Board as certified and licensed to represent the society and officiate alone at any Australian or New Zealand show or any other International show including those on the Guild and AHSA list of International Title Shows he/she is invited to judge in the section of the schedule they are qualified for

Official A list of INTERNATIONAL TITLE SHOWS - exclusive to the A list Judges

EUROPE

• World Arabian Championships – Paris, France

All Nations Cup Aachen, Germany

• European Arabian Championships - Belgium/Italy

• All Mediterranean & Arab Countries Championships - Menton, France

• British National Show - United Kingdom

• Polish National Show - Poland

ARABIAN GULF/MIDDLE EAST

• Dubai International Arabian Horse Championships - Dubai, UAE

• Abu Dhabi International Arabian Horse Championships - Abu Dhabi, UAE

• Qatar International Arabian Horse Championships - Doha, Qatar

• Prince Sultan Abdulaziz International Arabian Horse Festival - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

NORTH AMERICA

• US National Arabian Championships – USA

• Canadian National Arabian Championships – Canada

• Arabian Breeders World Cup - Las Vegas, USA

• Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show - Scottsdale, USA

SOUTH AMERICA

• Brazilian National Arabian Championships - Brazil

 

Recommended Reading

The Arabian Horse Society of Australia Ltd Rule Book - This book can be downloaded here. 

The Arabian Standard of Excellence - This book can be downloaded here.

The Arabian Derivative Standard of Excellence - This book is temporarily unavailable as it is under review.

The Horse Conformation Handbook by Heather Smith Thomas - available from the AHSA for $40.00 plus postage, the order form can be downloaded here.

Horse Anatomy - A Pictorial Approach to Equine Structure by Peter Goody - available from the AHSA for $50.00 plus postage, the order form can be downloaded here.