is a detailed explanation of the application
process that must be completed to become an
approved Appaloosa Horse Club European Judge.
An applicant must be a current ApHC member
in good standing prior to testing to become
an ApHC European Judge.
Age: An applicant
must be at least 25 and not over 70 years
Application Fee: An application form
must be completed and the application fee
of $100 (U.S.) must be received prior to testing.
Two (2) personal references must be submitted.
Junior Judging References:
All applicants will be required to junior
judge three (3) ApHC shows with three different
regularly carded ApHC judges. Junior Judging
may be done before or after an applicant successfully
completes the European Judges Seminar. If
the applicant chooses to wait and junior judge
after completing and passing the judges seminar
testing, he/she will have two (2) years to
complete his/her junior judging requirement.
When junior judging,
the applicant must judge the entire show
and review their placings with the official
judge. The official judge must complete
the Junior Judge Evaluation Form and ApHC
Field Exam and submit it to the ApHC.
It is the policy of the
ApHC to instruct all judge applicants
to first contact the ApHC Judge to obtain
permission to junior judge with them.
After arranging a junior judging assignment
with the official ApHC Judge, the applicant
must then contact the show committee,
show manager or show secretary to obtain
permission to junior judge at their show.
A list of shows and their
judges is available on the ApHC Web site
at www.appaloosa.com <https://www.appaloosa.com>
or you may contact the ApHC Show Department
or Judges’ Department for more information.
A show calendar is also published monthly
in Appaloosa Journal.
Applicants may only junior
judge with regularly carded ApHC Judges,
not ApHC European Judges.
There will only be one
junior judge allowed per ApHC Judge per
Upon arrival to the show,
applicants should supply the official
ApHC Judge with a Junior Judge Evaluation
Form and ask that they complete and mail
it to the ApHC office after the completion
of the show. These forms are available
through the ApHC Judges’ Department.
When junior judging,
the applicant should act as if he/she
were the official judge and follow all
judging rules and procedures. For example,
the applicant should not junior judge
if a member of his/her family is showing
at that same show, etc.
Junior Judges are not
to discuss anything with the official
ApHC Judge until the class is complete
and the judge’s card has been turned in.
In between classes, the Junior Judge should
discuss their placings with the official
At the judge’s seminar, applicants will be
video tested and be required to live judge
halter and performance classes. The applicant
will also be interviewed and evaluated by
a panel of ApHC-approved judges. A written
rulebook test will also be issued consisting
of approximately 50 true/false and multiple
Final Review: The
applicant’s file will be reviewed by the ApHC
Judges’ Committee after completion of the
seminar. After successful completion of the
seminar, the applicant will have two years
to complete the junior judging requirement.
After junior judging is completed, the applicant’s
file will be reviewed by the ApHC Judges’
Committee once again. At this time, the ApHC
Judges’ Committee will make the final determination
and award ApHC European judges cards to those
individuals whose conduct, ability and performance
warrant the privilege.
For more information, please contact:
ApHC International Delegate
9365 Te Niebert
ApHC Judges’ Coordinator Holly Nelson at (208)
882-5578, ext. 244,