Become a Judge

Below we will walk through the steps of how to become an AHA Judge and once you are a judge, how to move up through the levels.


Where to Start? - How to Become a Small r Judge




1. Meet Membership & Age Requirement

  • AHA member for current year and at least two preceding years (3 years total)
  • 21 years of age or older




2. Attend Exhibitors/Judges School & USEF Licensed Officials Checklist

  • Attend all sessions of the AHA Exhibitors/Judges School
  • Initiate your USEF Licensed Officials Checklist




3. Complete Apprentice Judging

  • Apprentice at a minimum of 3 USEF/AHA shows with 3 separate USEF/AHA licensed Arabian judges
  • Upload apprentice evaluation forms through USEF Checklist




4. Submit Evaluation Application

  • Submit application for Evaluation, with fees and list of references




5. Successfully pass Testing & Interview

  • In-person Evaluation/Testing
    • Held in conjunction with Exhibitors/Judges School and Judges Seminar

    • Written exams

    • Video testing

    • Live judging

    • Interview

  • Complete USEF process


Earning a Large R Promotion



1. Judges Licensed Official Checklist

  • Start your USEF Licensed Official checklist

2. Officiate a minimum of 5 days

  • 6hrs each day
  • minimum of 2 USEF/AHA competitions within the past 4 years.
  • at least 1 show needs to be outside of applicants AHA region.



3. Judge a minimum of 440 horses/entries

  • within past 6 years



4. Complete Form and Take Exam

  • Submit Application & Officiating Reporting Form to AHA
  • Take AHA Large R Promotion Exam through USEF


  5. Await USEF Approval



Promote to a National/Regional Rating



1. Complete each of the following:

  • Must be current "R" registered judge with USEF or EC
  • Must have maintained "R" rating for a minimum of 6 years and attended a minimum of 2 judges annual seminars
  • Must have judged a minimum of 10 USEF/AHA or EC/AHA Recognized shows within the past 8 years, one of which must have been at least 150 horses or you served as a Mentor Judge




2. Submit Application and Intent to Interview

  • Submit forms before that years Judges School & Seminar



3. Interview

  • Interview with EEC during Annual Judges School & Seminar


Necessary Forms:


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