University of Maryland Extension

MD 4-H State Horse Judging Clinic


The primary objective of the Maryland 4-H State Horse Judging Clinic is to provide an opportunity for Maryland 4-H youth, Maryland 4-H volunteers, and UME Educators to acquire skills and knowledge about conformation and judging of horses. Individuals receive classroom instruction as well as participate in live horse judging of conformation and performance classes. Participants learn valuable information that they can use when showing their own horses, as well as in horse judging competitions. Adults interested in coaching judging teams are also encouraged to enroll in the Coach/Volunteer track. This clinic is offered bi-annually.

2017 Horse Judging Clinic:
Carroll County Ag Center
Westminster, MD 
Sunday, April 2, 2017

Registration at 8:30 a.m., Sessions from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 


Participants will hear talks from Extension and industry professionals with special breakout sessions for 1) beginners, 2) advanced, and 3) volunteer/coach tracks.  We will be utilizing video classes to practice judging skills and preparing reasons after attending the morning workshops. 


Registration for the clinic is $10.00, which includes snacks and materials.  Registrations are to be submitted by Monday, March 27, 2017.  Registrations submitted after the due date will be charged an additional $5.  Register online using the link above. You may pay online or mail your check payable to “Maryland 4-H Foundation” to Chris Anderson, Maryland 4-H Center, 8020 Greenmead Drive, College Park 20740.  Registration fees will be refundable if notification is given one week in advance from the event.


  • Beginners – 0 to 2 times participating in the Maryland Horse Judging Contest
  • Advanced – 2+ times participating in the Maryland Horse Judging Contest
  • Coaches/Volunteers - Coaching a team or thinking of starting a team? This is the track for you!


All sessions will be held in indoor classrooms, so wear clothes that will keep you comfortable indoors. 


Please come prepared with a notebook, pens/pencils. A snack will be served, but you should plan to eat lunch on your own after the clinic ends.


If you or your child needs special assistance to participate in the Maryland 4-H Horse Judging Clinic, please contact Chris Anderson, Maryland 4-H Center at or 301-314-7187 by March 27, 2017.


  • Quick Tips for Horse Judging
  • Judging Performance Horses
  • Evaluating Halter Horses
  • Building a Winning Set of Reasons
  • Fundamental skills to becoming a successful judging coach
  • Reinforcing positive coaching

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