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Open Horse Show Judging Certification Clinic in NC

A horse show judging certification clinic designed to provide hands-on horse show judging experience is Feb. 3-4 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in
Raleigh. The early registration deadline for the clinic is Jan. 3.

The annual Open Horse Show Judges' Certification Clinic is presented by
North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the North Carolina Horse Council and the North Carolina State Fair. It is sponsored by Southern States

The clinic, an annual event since 1986, is designed to give people who are or aspire to be horse show judges practical experience judging saddle, hunt seat, non-trotting and western horse show classes. Participants will judge 22 to 26 conformation and performance classes, complete a 50-question exam in each of the four riding divisions and receive certification in the four divisions.

A panel of breed-recognized professional judges will discuss the class placings and present lectures on judging procedures. People who complete the clinic will be included on a list of suggested horse show judges that is revised annually and distributed to open horse show organizations in
North Carolina and surrounding states.

The registration fee is $85 through Jan. 3, after which the fee rises to $110. Spectators may watch the judging and listen to judging critiques. Spectator admission is $10 for people 19 and older and $5 for those under 18.

More information is available from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension horse husbandry program office at N.C. State University at 919.515.5784, online at  
or from Dr. Bob Mowrey, Extension Horse Husbandry coordinator, at (919) 515-7871 or  

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational agency supported by county governments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and NC State and North Carolina A&T State universities. County agents, backed by specialists at the two land-grant universities, conduct educational programs related to agriculture and forestry, family and consumer sciences, 4-H, community and rural development and other issues.

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