Judging Contest

Region 10 Judging Contest

Region 10 hosts an annual Youth Judging Contest for 4-H/FFA, Arabian Horse Association (AHA), and Collegiate teams. The contest was previously held in conjunction with the Sahara Sands Spring Classic Show, in 2016 moved to Cedar Ridge Farms in early April, and in April 2017 was held at Conway Arabians and attracted 20 teams totaling 75 participants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

Contestants are judged both on halter and performance classes and place each horse, and then defend placings by giving their reasons to an official judge. It’s a great introduction to the Arabian horse for many, and it’s an educational activity for youth and college students that help build life skills in many areas, including:

  • Communication and public speaking
  • Decision making based on facts and observations
  • Competing with a sportsmanlike attitude
  • Teaches the ability to express ideas and critical thinking
  • Develops self confidence and teamwork skills

Our contest uses the National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association‘s judging contest rules in which team coaches verify contestant eligibility at time of entry, including verifying that no contestant holds a judges card in any division or is recognized as a judge by any breed association.

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 2017 Judging team results
  • Awards and cash prizes were distributed to teams and individuals in multiple categories, including:
    • Overall 4H/FFA Team: Corridor Competitive Equine
    • Overall AHA Team: Minnesota Half Arabian Horse Association
    • Overall Collegiate Team: Multi College Team
    • Overall 4H/FFA Individual: Maquelah Schueler
    • Overall AHA Individual: Katie Treadwell
    • Overall Collegiate Individual: Andrea Lowen
    • Overall High Point Champion: Maquleah Schueler, 4-H

Attendee survey results

Survey results from the last two years indicate:

  • The average distance traveled was 3 hours
  • The ribbons, prize money, plaques, door prizes, judges, lunch, and horses are nice
  • The event was well run and managed
  • Providing reasons from officials at the end is helpful

One attendee even commented: “This is the best Arabian Judging contest I have ever attended.”

Events such as these would not be possible without veteran judging team coaches Rae Ann Bartz, Cindy Schneider, Hesten Park, Westridge Farms, and Conway Arabians for donating their time and facilities for judging activities throughout the Spring, and various volunteers, and of course the coordination by Debbie Treadwell.

See more than 70 pictures from the 2017 Judging Contest on the Region 10 Arabian Horse Association Facebook page.

If you would like to help volunteer your time or talent for the 2018 Judging Contest, please contact event Coordinator Debbie Treadwell.


Judging clinics

In 2017, leading up to the Youth Judging Contest, Region 10 coordinated two Judging Clinics:

  • A View From Center Ring at Hesten Park in early February that helped youth better understand what a judge is looking at in Arabian & Half-Arabian halter, Western pleasure, English Pleasure, and Equitation classes.
  • Perfecting Oral Reasons at Westridge Farms in mid March that helped prepare Region 10’s youth to give “oral reasons” at a judging competition.