Horse Show Judge

Rank and rate horses and riders in various events.

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Salary Range
$16,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Horse Show Judges do?

A Horse Show Judge officiates horse competitions, ensuring that all rules and regulations are followed. As a Horse Show Judge, you have vast knowledge of proper riding form, and you have the authority to evaluate and decide the winners and losers of the highly competitive field of horse riding and tricks.

Equestrian sporting events are large and occur all over the nation and the world. Therefore, you’re unlikely to be the only Horse Show Judge making decisions. Officials like yourself and your coworkers have several responsibilities at a competition: keeping track of event or race times, catching and resolving infractions or claims of cheating, and inspecting equipment and players before and after the competition. It’s your responsibility to rank and rate each participant, the quality of their riding, and the behavior and stature of the riders’ horses.

Beyond your love of horses and riding, you need certain other qualities. For example, your eyesight has to be good because details at a distance can mean the difference between a winner and a runner-up. Often, you need to defend your decision, so be prepared to express yourself to a crowd or other Judges. The rules and regulations change often, so you must keep up to date on all the intricacies of riding and horses.

Most importantly, this job requires an appreciation for the equestrian sport and an ability to judge, without bias, the skills of countless riders around the country.


Should I be a Horse Show Judge?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Equestrian Competitive Horse Show Judge, United States Equestrian Federation Hunter and Hunter Seat Equitation Judge See More

    How to become a Horse Show Judge

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