Educational Judging Seminars

AQHA now hosts its educational judging seminars as webinars, so exhibitors and prospective judges can watch and learn from the comfort of their own homes.

AQHA Judge Education

If you would like to learn more about how to judge a variety of AQHA-approved classes or just want to hear how judges are instructed to judge your favorite class visit AQHUniversity. Courses are available to the general public at the cost of $250 per course.

Registration can be done by visiting the AQHUniversity.

Level 1 Judge Information

Why test for your Level 1 Judges card?

  • Gives you a "foot in the door."

  • A Level 1 judge has credentials to judge AQHA Rookie/Level 1 shows and Rookie, Level 1, EWD and speed event classes at AQHA-approved shows. Certain organizations such as IEA,  and many larger 4-H and open shows require or prefer Level 1 or higher judge credentials.

  • It connects you with all AQHA judge education opportunities.

  • It provides a network to all other judges in the AQHA judge community.

  • Could potentially be considered by the Judges Committee when applying to test for all-around judge credentials. 

If someone you know is interested have them review AQHA's requirements and submit a Specialized Judge application.

Judges Qualifying Exam
Denton, Texas
May 23-25, 2022

AQHA hosts the Judges Qualifying Exam in conjunction with APHA, WCHA and ApHC. All approved applicants will receive registration information following the 2022 AQHA Convention. 


In-Person Judges Seminar
Hyatt Regency DFW
December 12-14, 2022

Registration information and room block will be available Spring 2022.