Youth World Show Judging Contest

Youth Judging Contest!

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2020 Judging Contest Information:

When: Monday July 20, 2020

Time: 7:30 am

Where:  Tulsa Expo - Built Ford Tough Arena  

Entry Fee: $100 per Team or $25 - Individual

This includes a 2020 ABRA Membership for each judging contestant. 

Contest Prep Information:


  • Riders warm-up time TBD.

  • Casual dress-no hats required or formal wear; jeans/t-shirt/boots/English pants

  • Numbered orange vest  will be provided to go over your clothes

  • Patterns will be provided the day of the contest

  • Contest begins promptly at 7:30 am & typical runs 3-4 hours

Coaches’ Meeting and Roster Changes

A Coaches’ meeting will TBD on Monday, July 20 in the Livestock Arena Exhibit Hall. Coaches should plan to pick up their team packet and make any necessary contestant substitutions/team changes at this time. 


Youth 18 & U and Individual

Contest Procedures

Timing and conduct of classes will be conducted under the guidelines of the National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association.  All horses will be considered sound of mouth, wind and limb in halter and judged as they go in performance.  All tack and attire will be considered legal. 


  • Each class will consist of four horses. 

  • Handlers/Riders will be identified with numbered vests.

  • Placing cards will be provided.

  • Contestants must provide their own writing materials (pen or pencil).

  • Contestants may use clipboards, notebooks, plain paper, official ABRA/NRHA score sheets and the 2019 Rulebook so long as these items are clean and free of marks. 

  • Contestants may not have in their possession horses judging manuals, texts or lists of terms. Violation of this rules will result in disqualification.  

  • A group leader will be placed in charge of each group of contestants. 

  • Contestants are responsible for turning in their cards to the group leader when time is called.  Late cards will not be accepted.

  • While the contest is in progress, there will be no talking between contestants or anyone else except as directed by contest officials.

  • No Pagers, cell phones or other forms of communication will be allowed on any contestant. Violation of this rule will result in disqualification.

  • Coaches will not have contact with their contestants at any time during the Judging and Question sessions.  Violation of this rule will result

  • in disqualification.  


Fifty points will constitute a perfect score in placing the animals and fifty points will constitute a perfect score for Reasons.


The low score will be discarded in each category (Placings, Reasons, Overall).  Placings cards must be completed in full to be tabulated.  Cards that are blank, illegible or marked with more than one placing will receive a zero score.


All tabulated results of the contest will be considered official and no change will be made unless an error is made in entering a score or placing by contest official. Errors made by contestants will not be corrected once the placing card has been delivered to a contest official, including a group leader.

Ties will be broken as follows:

Scoring and tie-breakers for an overall placings (non-reasons scores):

  1. Highest total score overall wins, if there is a tie then,

  2. Highest total reasons score breaks the tie, it there is still a tie then,

  3. Lower placings in reasons class(es) wins (the rationale is that the contestant with the lower placings in the reasons class(es) had to “talk” harder to get the same reasons scores and tie above, so they likely did a better job of reasons justification.


Scoring and tie-breakers for Reasons section score:

  1. Highest total score in the Reasons class(es) wins, if there is a tie then,

  2. Lower Placings in reasons class(es) wins, if there is still a tie then, 

  3. Highest total overall score wins.


Scoring and tie-breakers within a species/category:

  1. Highest total score within the species/category wins, if there is a tie then,

  2. Highest total reasons score within the species/ category wins, if there is still a tie then, 

  3. Highest total reasons score overall wins, if there is a still at tie then, 

  4. Highest total score overall wins.


Contestants will be giving 2-4 sets of oral reasons. Contestants will have two minutes to give their reasons to the official. 


Performance reasons may be chosen from any of the classes listed above.  


Oral reasons are expected to indicate the contestant’s justification for their placement of the class.  Contestants will not be permitted to use notes while giving oral reasons.

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Tulsa, OK  74135

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