We understand there are questions about the recently approved rule change allowing regional clubs to utilize guest judges beginning in 2016. To be clear, this is a provision for regional clubs and international affiliates only. Guest judges will not be an option for ApHC-sponsored shows, i.e., the Youth World Championships, National Show or World Show. The intent of this change is actually two-fold; the first goal is simply to reduce the financial impact of hosting a horse show at the regional level. Secondly, it has the potential to encourage individuals to subsequently apply and go through the regular process to become an ApHC-carded judge. Guest judges may judge a maximum of two single-judge or multi-judge ApHC-approved shows. Thereafter, they must apply for ApHC judging credentials in order to continue judging ApHC-approved shows. To receive guest judge status, the individual must be a current ApHC member and must pass a written ApHC rulebook test. The ApHC will also verify the judge’s existing credentials with an appropriate organization. Guest judges may only be contracted to judge shows sponsored by an ApHC regional club or international affiliate. Clubs and affiliates are limited to contracting a maximum of three guest judges per year.
NOTE: In conjunction with this rule change in 2016, the option of having a “double-pointed” judge is eliminated.