Horse Judging


To promote the study of and interest in equine science selection, care and wellbeing, management and production through the agricultural education curriculum.
To encourage experiential learning through use of practical skills and applied knowledge.

To stimulate the study of an interest in equine science selection, management and production.

A Chapter does NOT have to compete in a district level event to be eligible for state competition.

The event will take place at a site approved by the FFA Board of Trustees.
The number of teams allowed per chapter will be decided by the host site.
Any deviation from the National CDE Guidelines will be provided by the host site AT LEAST four weeks prior to the event.

Event Rules:
1. Teams will be made of 3-4 members.
2. The team score will consist of the top three individual scores plus the problem solving.
3. Hats are not permitted.
4. All in-hand classes will be judged as sound, and all performance classes will be judged as they go, in regard to soundness.
5. Any participant in possession of an electronic device in the event area is subject to disqualification.

Event Format:
1. Individual
a. Eight classes will be judged.
b. Four classes of halter and four classes in performance events will be judged.
c. Four sets of reasons, two reasons in each area, will be presented.
d. Classes will be approximately 12-15 minutes in length, or as determined manageable by host.
e. All classes will be 50 points.
2. Team
a. Practical Application Activity
b. May be an industry scenario or identification

Each judging class is worth 50 points.
Each set of oral reasons is worth 50 points.
The team activity is worth 200 points.

Tie Breakers:
Ties will be broken by the total score on classes in the following order: Oral reasons, halter classes one, two, three, and four; Performance classes one, two, three, and four.

Horse Judging Websites


Horse Judging Manual

Youth Horse Judging References

Agripedia … What is Horse Judging?

Agripedia … Horse parts

Interactive Practice