TSR Judges Training Scheme

The TSR Judges Training Scheme is ideal for anyone thinking about becoming a judge, you can be inexperienced or already on a panel and wish to prepare for further assessments. The scheme is for everyone at any level from the age of 14 years & over.

The scheme will assist you to gain experience without any pressure.

  • Introduction to Judges willing to mentor trainees
  • Stewarding Opportunities
  • Approved Training Days
  • Assess your progress using the TSR Scoring System
  • Judges Assessment Preparation
  • Digital Information Packs on Judging & Stewarding

The scheme is accredited by TSR & the British Show Horse Association. The training will count towards your CV when you apply for TSR or BSHA panel status.

shgb-logoBSHA LogoAccredited by BSHA & Sport Horse (GB)

How does it work?

Fill in the registration form and return by email or post, you will be given a Trainee Judge Registration number. You only have to register once, you can stay on the scheme for as long as you wish. Registration is FREE for TSR Members and £20 for Non Members.

Trainees will receive assistance as follows
1. Introductions to judges who are willing to mentor trainee judges
2. Introduction to shows willing to accept trainee stewards & judges
3. Training Days & events
4. TSR Judges Mock Application Form to assess your progress
5. For existing panel judges training for a new category opportunities to judge
6. Information packs on Judging & Stewarding
(all information will be in a digital format not print)

Introductions to Senior Judge/ Mentor – TSR will supply a list of Mentors that would be happy for you to contact them for advice or stand in with them when judging. It is then up to you to contact the judge and arrange with them when it might be possible to meet at a show. It is your responsibility to make the arrangements and obtain approval from the show. Trainee judges will not be able to stand in on classes that are HOYS qualifiers.

How to Steward – TSR will provide a list of shows, contact the show off the list and give them your contact details, Trainee Number and the day you can volunteer. It is vital that you do not let shows down, make sure you can attend before offering your services.

Training Days – TSR with their partners will endeavour to hold events across the country. However this cannot always be in a convenient location for everyone so be prepared to travel and demonstrate your commitment to becoming a judge. Booking details will be individual for each event.

Progression – TSR & their partners will provide the opportunities to gain experience however it is up to the Trainee how much they take part in the scheme and progress. You can measure your progress/ experience by using the TSR Scoring System that is applied to TSR Judges Application Forms. When you start the program fill in the Judges Mock Application form and email to the office and it will be scored. You can then fill it in after you have gained further experience to reassess your score.

Judging Opportunities – For judges already on an existing panel there are opportunities to judge at TSR Shows & Regional Finals.

Conduct & Etiquette – Trainee Judges will be bound by TSR Rules & Regulations including good conduct. Trainees should always conduct themselves in a polite and friendly manner and be dressed correctly as for judging.

Trainee Judges MUST adhere to the following
1. Confidentiality is vital as a judge, trainee judges MUST NOT discuss any comments made or comment on any individual competitors when outside of the ring.
2. Trainee Judges should advise the senior judge if an exhibit comes under them that they have had a connection with, or they have a connection with a particular exhibitor. It will then be for the senior judge to determine whether they should stand down from that particular class
3. Trainee Judges will not be able to compete under a Judge they have been mentored by in the current year at any show.
4. Trainee Judges will not be able to train and compete at the same show
5. Trainee’s must have their own public liability insurance.

Any trainee found to be bringing the program into disrepute in anyway will be removed from the programme.

Age – Trainees must be 14 years old as of the 1st January in the current year. Trainees between 14yrs & 17 yrs must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all events.

TSR Judges & Stewards Events

ALL TSR organised events are FREE to attend (unless otherwise stated) for TSR Judges, Members & Trainees. To book a place please email Heather at Numbers will be limited & priority will be given to candidates on the TSR Potential Judges Training Program.

2017 Dates

2nd March Yard Visit to John Harvey’s, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire – Session FULL

4th March – Highland & Exmoor Study Day
Organised by the Highland & Exmoor Societies Everyone is welcome  to be held on East of England Showground, Peterborough Contact Debbie Spears for more information.

4th March Coloured Native & Traditional Study Session – Peterborough Session FULL

5th March Yard Visit to Robert Oliver’s Newent, Glos from 2pm – Session FULL

5th March Coloured Traditional & Native Evening Study Session – Venue TBC near Gloucester Session FULL

11th March Yard Visit to Mill House Stud (Steve Pitt) Newmarket, Suffolk – Afternoon Visit from 1pm

12th March Yard Visit to Billy Moran’s plus Trad/Native study evening session. Homer Hill Farm, Piƫngton Lane, Rainton Gate, Co Durham, DH5 9RG. Session FULL

13th March Coloured Native & Traditional Study Session Lancashire – Venue TBC, Session FULL

19th March BSHA Conformation Workshop venue TBC

19th March Stewards Training Day with ICENI at The Coach & Horses, Lubenham, Market Harborough.
FREE to attend contact

2nd April – Potential Ride Judges Training Day – Folly Fileds Farm, Wicken, Milton Keynes – £12 per candidate
For ANYONE considering becoming a ride judge. Mock ride assessment & interview.
Advice from senior judges on ride judging. Meet representatives from BSHA, SHGB etc.

2nd April M&M Study Day with ICENI at World Horse Welfare, Snetterton, Norfolk £10 per person contact to book your place

15th July Coloured Native & Traditional Study Session TSR Summer Show, Onley Eq Centre, Willoughby, Rugby


TSR Digital Information Guides for Judges & Stewards

General Do’s & Do Not’s for Judges
What to Wear
M&M Breed Standards
Guide to Plaited Types
Foreign Breeds
Coloured Types
Set Shows or Not!
Guide to Social Media & Judging
Using Marks & Example Mark Sheets
For Mark Sheets go to the Downloads page