New England 4-H Judges School

New England 4-H Judges School


I want to just thank the entire New England 4-H Horse Show Judges Committee. Everyone worked so hard to make this weekend enjoyable and educational. I am honored to be a part of this group and I am so glad I was able to share a little piece of home with you. Every single person that ran this or attended it has worked so hard, and it is evident that you have the youth at heart and want to do right by this industry. Thank you all for coming and we hope you enjoyed your stay
We are exactly 2 months away from our Judges School! Packets and schedules have been emailed. Please let us know if you have any questions :)
Do you know when the judges list will be updated for 2017?

The New England 4-H Judges School is an event run by the New England 4-H Horse Committee for the purpose of educating and carding 4-H Horse Show judges.

Operating as usual

[07/14/20]   We are starting to plan Judge's School 2021!!! What would you all be interested in hearing or interacting about??? Let us know!!

[07/02/20]   All renewals are completed. Please plan to join us in 2021for Judges school!!! We appreciate all your support this year, may you find a horse show to bring a smile to yourself and the competitors as well!!! Stay safe and healthy!!!

[05/27/20]   Renewals are due by the 30th of May for those of you who have not renewed.

[04/23/20]   Due to the Corona virus we are extending the due date for judges renewal to May 30th. Stay safe everyone. Thank you to all who are working as essential workers.

New England 4-H Judges School's cover photo

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Your judge’s card must be renewed annually to remain a current New England 4-H Horse Show Judge.
Renewal deadline is April 20, 2020

We accept attendance at multiple 4-H judges’ schools. To find out if your attendance at another judge’s school would qualify for renewal here in New England please call (207-341-7848) or Email ([email protected] ) Sherri for verification.

 RENEWAL $35 includes annual card fee. Verification of accepted alternate school attendance (attendance must have occurred between 2017 and 2019) must be provided with renewal application.
 If you miss the deadline of April 20th, we will allow late applications until April 30th if they are accompanied with a $100.00 late fee. No applications accepted after April 30th.

The New England 4-H Horse Program Committee will be hosting the 2021 New England 4-H Horse Judge’s School, location in New England TBA. We hope you will join us. Education is our focus and we believe that a consistent educational message will provide 4-H exhibitors throughout our region a professional, fair and top-quality evaluation of their equine skills.

Judges who last attended an accepted school in 2017 or before MUST ATTEND in 2021 to remain eligible for the New England list. Our judge’s school is approved for application for a POAC national judge’s card.

The judge’s list is found on any of the 6 New England states Cooperative Extension websites under the 4-H section, i.e.

For More Information Contact:
Sherri Thornton: [email protected] or 207-341-7848
Carol Birdsey: [email protected] or 860-344-1804
You can also check for updates on our Face Book page: New England 4-H Judge’s School

All communication will be via Email unless you specifically request communication via United States Post Office

[02/22/20]   Happy winter everyone! Thought we would let you know that judge's card renewals will be coming out soon. Rulebook update will be electronic, minimal changes. Changes will be highlighted. Check for renewal deadlines in posting and email. If you have contact changes let us know so you don't miss any information updates!!! Show season isn't far away!!🤠🐎🌻🌷🎡🎠

[12/16/19]   The New England 4-H Horse Program Committee wishes to send it's condolences to Dan Grunewald on the passing of his Dad. 😢

Events Live streaming page

Anyone who would like to watch the classes the 4-H Regional Show at the Big E has there will be live feed of the classes that are in the Coli. the link is:

It will only show the classes that are in the coliseum and may or may not show practice sessions of 4-H.

It will also cover all the open horse show classes

Events Live streaming page
STREAMING VIDEO of events & sports around Massachusetts & Southern New England

[08/28/19]   We are hoping everyone has had a safe, fun, successful show season!! If you are looking for judges for next year go to The Big E website/agriculture/competitions/4-H and under packets you will find our judges listing. We are working on posting it here on our page. Our regional annual competition is coming up in 21 days!!! Join us at The Big E Sept 18 to the 22. New program this year for youth to explore equine professional life skills with public interaction!!!

[06/01/19]   Please note I have sent an informational email to our current listed judges, please review. Sherri

2019 New England Judge's School

Event held at Mount Holyoke College

Event held at Mount Holyoke College

[04/15/19]   Letting all those that attended know we are still trying to get the email to you with information requested. It has been scanned but we are having trouble transferring from one email account to another. It will be sent as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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[04/01/19]   How do you thank such a wonderful group of committed volunteers!? You just say thank you with all the love in your heart and perhaps a tear in your eye. I see our just completed judges school as a huge success. It was a success not just because of those volunteers but also for those who want to learn more about judging, those who want to continue judging and those who want to be stewards and show managers. Without your interest and willingness to travel we could never have made this happen. Thank you New England Committee for your support and Mount Holyoke for a fabulous facility!!! Most of all thank you to the 4-H youth who want to learn, ride and compete for you are the reason we do this! 😘

[03/30/19]   Attention A card interviewers interviews for tonight will be slightly delayed

[03/28/19]   The final emails have gone out tonight. If you have registered and didn't receive an email PLEASE CALL right away so we can figure out what may have happened. Those going for your A card will have received a separate email with adjusted schedules for interviews. I have tagged it with a reply request. Please reply that you received the email. I have had to change days and times for interviews. We look forward to seeing everyone and have a full schedule planned for you all.
Sherri 🐴

[03/11/19]   Thank you for your interest in our 4-H judge’s and steward school. Our registration form does not separate your track intention so we ask that you please email Carol Birdsey at [email protected] with that information. If you are choosing the stewards track you still must take the test. There will also be a short “practicum” for those in the steward track on Sunday am in the same location as the live judging for those in the judging track. There will be evaluations to complete for each track; this will help us in future planning and to fulfill the 4-H motto to “MAKE THE BEST BETTER”. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and learning from each other!

[02/14/19]   The test accompanied by the rulebook have been sent out tonight to all via email. If you don't receive it you can let us know and we will send it directly to you. Please email: [email protected] or [email protected]

A few photos to show what this 4-H program considers priorities, and why we all volunteer!!!

[02/09/19]   Judges school is just around the corner! Registrations and applications have gone out. If you did not receive one please go to your state's 4H website to download. The hotel has 6 rooms for Fri the 29th and 16 for Sat the 30th left in the group block. They will honor the group rate until this Sunday night the 10th so you still have time to make your reservations!!! The test will be emailed out the beginning of next week. Rule books are on each state's 4H website. Hard copies of the rulebook will be available at judge's school. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones!!!

[11/17/18]   Super exciting news... New England 4-H Judges School which includes POA eligibility will be held at Mount Holyoke College in Western MA on March 29th, 30th and 31st in 2019! Save the date now! We will be ironing out details and will keep you posted here on our Face Book page. We are going to make this an incredible event and hope that many people can come who want to try to get any level of judges card. You are going to learn so much from the speakers and live judging, it will be an event you won’t want to miss!

[09/15/18]   You all can find us at The Big E in just 4 days!!!

[08/19/18]   Hoping any of you in the area during The Big E Sept 19 to 24 stop by and see us!!!😎

[07/12/18]   ESE coming soon! We welcome Tom Oneil and Jen Moshier as this year's judges. Come join us at the BIG E 4-H Horse event Sept 19 to the 24th!

[05/05/18]   Thank you to all of our Judges who have renewed this year. All judges cards have been mailed as of today. If you do not receive your card in a week please contact me.

[04/20/18]   Judging card renewals

[04/16/18]   Final reminder that all 2018 New England judge's renewals or applications for the fee of $30 must be postmarked by this Friday April 20th. Any applications or renewals after that must be accompanied by a $100 fee. If you fail to renew then you will need to complete the application as a new application in 2019. All "A" renewals that are not completed in 2018 will need to be re-interviewed when a new application comes in for 2019.

New England 4-H Judges School

There is still time to renew. If you didn't receive an application via email please message us and we will send one to you ASAP. If you need it hard copy just ask that can also be arranged.

[04/12/18]   There is still time to renew. If you didn't receive an application via email please message us and we will send one to you ASAP. If you need it hard copy just ask that can also be arranged.

[04/10/18]   A friendly reminder that you have 10 days left to send in your judge's applications. Deadline without late fee is April 20th.

[04/06/18]   Reminder to all 4-H Judges

[03/05/18]   Check your email for renewal information. I you do not have email and need it sent to you by snail mail let us know. Thanks to everyone who has inquired about renewals.

[02/27/18]   Renewal notices for New England Judge's cards will be arriving in your inbox soon. We are in hopes you will choose to continue on as part of our program. 🐎😊

[01/14/18]   Rulebook meeting tomorrow in Goffstown, NH. Looking forward to working with our awesome rulebook committee!!!

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