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Please call Val Shingledecker at 817.783.5600 extension 316 to request a Judge's Application Packet.


The following is information involved in applying to become an AMHA Carded Judge. Apprentice Applicants are those individuals who do not currently hold a National Equine Card. Carded Applicants are those individuals who do currently hold a National Equine Card. If you have any questions about judge requirements or about completing these forms, please call the AMHA office at 817.783.5600. Reference LO-020 in the AMHA Rulebook for Carded (Approved) & Apprentice Status Rules.

If you are interested in becoming an AMHA International Judge, please complete the International Judge's Application below.  AMHA offers residents outside of North America two ways to become a judge; International Judge or Approved Judge. International Judges can complete the process without coming to the United Stated to apprentice. If you wish to become an AMHA Approved Judge, you will be required to attend a US based Judge's Seminar and apprentice at three AMHA Approved shows in the United States. Because of their more extensive training, Approved Judges can judge a Regional Championship show and be promoted to Senior Judge, International Judges cannot.  All judges are considered professionals and cannot have an Amateur card. AMHA membership is required to be an AMHA judge (International or Approved).

  • Applicants must submit a complete application with appropriate non-refundable fees (see application for fee schedule) and references.

  • Applicants must be 19 years of age in order to apply.

  • Provide a recent photo of yourself in the attire you would wear to judge a horse show. (The photo will remain with AMHA)

  • All completed references must be received by the AMHA before your application can be submitted to the Licensed Official Committee.

  • Applicants are required to complete an Approved AMHA Seminar within twelve (12) months of the application being received in the AMHA Office. Please check the AMHA website at for the complete list of AMHA Judge Seminars. Anyone submitting an application to AMHA will receive seminar information. (see below for seminar information)

  • During the seminar, applicants are required to complete an AMHA Rulebook Test, Interviews conducted by the Licensed Official Committee and the AMHA Seminar Session. At that time, the committee determines:

    1. If an Apprentice Applicant is approved he/she must apprentice three (3) AMHA approved shows, unless LOC issues an exception.

    2. If a Carded Applicant is approved he/she must apprentice a minimum of one (1) and up to three (3) AMHA shows. The number of shows to apprentice will be determined by the Licensed Official Committee.

    3. Or if the application will be denied approval.

  • Applicants must complete apprenticing requirements within twelve (12) months from the date of notification. Failure to complete the application process will result in the file being declared void and require that the application process including repayment of the application fee, be started over.

  • Applicants will be notified by mail with all appropriate information required to apprentice the required number of AMHA Approved Shows. Refer to LO-020-D in the AMHA Rulebook for all rules regarding Apprentice Judging Requirements.

  • Once the apprentice applicant's references have been received from the AMHA Judges he or she apprenticed with, the file will be reviewed at the next scheduled Licensed Official Committee meeting to determine if the applicant is accepted as an AMHA Approved Judge, or if the application will be denied approval.

  • If you are accepted for Approved Status judging status your name will appear ion the AMHA Website as an Approved Judge. All Approved Judges must maintain their membership in the AMHA. Your name will be added to the list provided to Show Managers/Secretaries seeking the names and addresses of Approved Judges. The list of Approved Judges is posted on the AMHA web site.

  • Call AMHA at 817.783.5600, extension 316 to request an AMHA Judge Application or email

  • How to Reapply See LO-010-C


“The Licensed Official Committee will post scoring forms for judges to use as a tool for judging classes. They are suggested forms only (not mandatory). The completed forms at an AMHA Approved Show will not be posted for public use as they are tools only for class judging.”


If you need to fulfill your three-year seminar requirement or just sharpen your judging skills, mark your calendar for the following AMHA Approved Clinics.
AMHA Judges must attend the seminar in the year required, carry over into the next year for CBC will no longer be allowed.
AMHA Approv
ed Judges are required to attend the complete seminar. Effective 2004, AMHA Approved judges must be reviewed every six (6) years by the Licensed Official Committee while in attendance of an approved AMHA Judges Seminar (Ref: LO-020-B-4).
AMHA Judge Applicants must participate in an AMHA Closed Rulebook Test, Interviews, and attend the complete seminar.


2024 AMHA Judge's Clinics


Held in conjunction with the AMHA Annual Meeting, the second week of November of 2024 in the Reno, NV. Details to be announced. Please visit the AMHA Annual Meeting page for more information.

Please do not hesitate to contact the AMHA office if you have any questions. 817.783.5600, ext. 316 or email

Approved International Judges

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of these listings, the AMHA assumes no responsibility for errors. Comments regarding the AMHA Judges List should be directed to the L.O.C. Coordinator, 5601 S. Interstate 35W, Alvarado, Texas 76009.


International Judge's Page

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