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Equine Judging Team

Collegiate horse judging offers exciting and challenging opportunities for students seeking to further their knowledge of the horse industry. Judging team participation opens the door for students to become professional judges, ring stewards, college professors, educators and effective communicators.


Outside of learning to judge horses, students gain valuable tools that will be beneficial in personal growth and career success, including:

  • Development of public speaking skills
  • Interaction with horse industry professionals
  • Opportunity to travel
  • Team-building

Students enroll in two courses (two credits each). Course curriculum consists of weekly practices and learning all the major disciplines. Contests are a rigorous mental test and rulebook test of the student’s knowledge. Competitive judging prepares students well for the judges qualifying exam in the professional horse show industry.

2020 Equine Judging Team


Team members take part in training throughout the judging season. Judging begins in the spring with an introductory course and continues into the fall semester where competition schedule increases.


The OSU Equine Judging Team takes part in approximately eight contests annually.

  • View Contest List
    • Spring Contest, Oklahoma City, OK
    • Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa, OK
    • AQHA Congress Show, Columbus, OH
    • AQHA World Championship Show, Oklahoma City, OK
    • National Reining Horse Futurity, Oklahoma City, OK.
    • APHA World Show, Fort Worth, TX
  • Honors & Recognition
    • 9 AQHA World Championships
    • 4 AQHA Reserve World Championships
    • 6 AQHA Congress Championships
    • 3 National Reining Horse World Championships
    • 2 APHA Reserve World Championships
    • 2 National Western Championships
    • 2 Morgan National Championships
    • 3 Tulsa State Fair Championships
    • 3 Spring Sweepstakes Championships
  • All-Americans

    2008 - Amanda Burrows
    2008 - Kristi Wright-Burton
    2010 - Travis Timmons
    2011 - Carrie Doyle
    2012 - Emily Handke
    2012 - Lauren Wells
    2013 - Katie Jordan
    2013 - Sarah Schobert
    2014 - Jessica Neal
    2014 - Jenalee Nies
    2015 - Marissa Chapa
    2015 - Faith Onstot
    2015 - Hope Onstot
    2016 - Taylor Gilbert
    2016 - Rebecca Janes
    2016 - Jenna Kool
    2016 - Hana Murphy
    2016 - Macy Perry
    2016 - Dylan Price
    2016 - Garrett Reed
    2016 - Franchesca Rollerson
    2017 - Brooke Catterton

    2017 - Kayleigh Crane

    2017 - Emily Haak

    2017 - Karli Jones

    2017 - Mattie Lemmons

    2017 - Krista Rodney

  • Team Photos

    All of our judging team photos are available online on Flickr.

  • Scholarships & Aid

    There are multiple scholarship opportunities for judging team members, as well as potential funding for team travel expenses and practice resources.

  • Horse Judging DVD

    This horse judging DVD contains several example sets of reasons given by members of the 2015 OSU Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team.

    This DVD will prove to be a valuable tool in helping to train youth and collegiate judging team members as they work to improve their verbal communication skills.

  • Giving Opportunities

    Interested in supporting a judging team? View available giving opportunities on the OSU Foundation website.


    To have continued support towards the judging team and create a legacy where students who participate on the team can be supported with resources and scholarships, we have created the OSU Horse Judging Team Endowed Fund. We are planning to raise $50,000, which would be used to continually support judging teams, year after year. This will create long-term stability to the horse judging program.


    The OSU Horse Judging Team has a tradition of industry leaders and strong alumni. We would greatly appreciate your help and support to achieve our goal.


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