Becoming an Approved APHA International-only Judge

Here are the steps involved in becoming an APHA-approved International-only judge, as well as the necessary forms. If you have any questions about judging requirements or about completing these forms, please contact APHA Senior Director of Judges, Shows & Education, David Dellin.

How to Apply
  • Submit your APHA International Judges Application to:
    Attn: Judges Department
    PO Box 961023
    Fort Worth, TX 76161-0023
  • Include a recent photograph in the attire you would wear to judge a horse show (photograph becomes property of APHA).
  • Provide proof of current APHA membership.
  • If you have any judging experience, include reference letters from show management or judges who have witnessed you judging.
  • Pay the application fee of $100 USD by credit card or Paypal.
  • Attend one of APHA’s approved educational seminars and complete the judge applicant testing there. The next seminars can be found on the Judge Seminar page.
After You Apply
  • All applicants’ names will be submitted to the Paint Horse Journal after completion of the approved educational seminar and testing and prior to presentation to the Judges Committee.
  • An incomplete file will not be presented to the Judges Committee for consideration.
  • The scores earned at the clinic will be presented to the Judges Committee at their next scheduled meeting. At that time, the committee determines if an applicant is approved for judging on temporary status or if the application will be denied approval. The Judges Committee meets twice a year at the APHA Convention in Feb/March and at the APHA Judges Applicant School in May.
  • If you are approved for judging status, your name will appear in the Paint Horse Journal as an approved International-only judge. Your name is also added to the list provided to those who are seeking the names and addresses of approved judges. The list of approved judges is also printed in the Paint Horse Journal each January.
  • All approved judges must maintain a current APHA membership. International judges must also attend one of our approved educational seminars held every two years to maintain their status.
  • If your application is denied, you may resubmit an application one year from the date of denial.  A second filing fee must be paid at that time.


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