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How to Become a CHAPS (UK) Judge

Individuals may have a wide range of experience, from stewarding and judging at local shows to already being experienced judges with other showing societies. The assessment process is intended to be as fair and as consistent as possible, but particular circumstances may sometimes mean that an assessment day runs in a slightly different way from the description in the download document below.


Saturday 2nd November  - Hargate Hill Equestrian Centre, Hargate Equestrian, Hargate Fields Farm, Egginton Road, Hilton, Derby DE65 5FJ  

Deadline: 15th October 2019

To book your place please complete the Judge Assessment Day Application Form Here or for further details contact Emma at

How do I apply to become a CHAPS panel judge?
1) Get some experience
Firstly you should have some sort of experience that equips you for the task. This might include some or all of the following:
  • Judging for another showing society panel
  • Judging at local/unaffiliated shows
  • Stewarding in showing classes
  • Competing in CHAPS classes
There is no stipulation of how much experience you should have, but generally it’s a case of the more, the better.
2) Make an application for assessment
All prospective judges must submit an assessment application to the CHAPS Judges’ Co-ordinator. Assessments are advertised in the CHAPS Journal and normally take place annually in the autumn ( The next assessment will take place in November). Application forms are published on the CHAPS website during the period preceding each assessment. The application must include:
  • Details of relevant experience
  • A cheque for £50 payable to CHAPS (UK) for the cost of the assessment.
Confirmation and details of the assessment day will be sent to you about a week before the event is to take place. Judges must be paid up CHAPS members. Membership for judges runs from October and at the assessment day you will normally need to pay membership for the coming year.
3) Prepare for the assessment
Generally it is not enough just to turn up on the day and see how things go – you will need to do some preparation. Even candidates with a lot of experience of judging and of attending assessment days with other showing societies will need to swot up on the rule book and make sure they know exactly what is expected on the day. Candidates with little experience and who have not attended an assessment day of this sort will want to prepare more thoroughly. The notes in section 5 of the download below give some ideas for how you can do this.
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