William Woods Horse Judging Team to Host Clinic for Youth

AQHA World Championship judging contest in November in Oklahoma City.
AQHA World Championship judging contest in November in Oklahoma City.

The William Woods University Horse Judging Team will host a judging clinic Saturday to teach youth 4H and FFA judging teams to be better judges. Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the clinic runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in UPHA. It is free and open to the public.

According to Ashley Sundin, a graduate assistant in the equestrian studies division, the clinic is a great opportunity for both first-time judges and seasoned competitors. Because William Woods has multiple horses, the young judges will be able to gain experience judging a wide range of horses.

The clinic will include a halter section in the morning, featuring how to judge balance, structure, muscle, quality, type and travel.  There also will be judging demonstrations for pleasure and horsemanship classes.

After lunch, breakout sessions will emphasize how to set up and give oral reasons. The clinic will conclude with a mini judging competition consisting of five different classes for the youth to practice their newly learned skills.