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)

Download Scheme details       
Download the Application form
PDF or Word (editable)

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. When it is NOT a TSR event please contact the organiser

New for 2018 – TSR Judges Debates
We want to know YOUR OPINION!

TSR are running a series of regional forums/debates for existing panel Judges, trainee Judges and Probationary Judges. Come along to discuss common interests within a small group. Tell TSR what you think about current judging trends. Get updated on the latest HOYS guidelines/rules & the latest research on the widely debated issue of Rider Weight.

What is your opinion on:
1. ‘Should Judges compete and judge in the same section in the same year?’
2. Dope testing penalties; are they to lenient, are they fair, what is the way forward?

If you have a specific topic you would like to discuss then email TSR at or before the day or feel free to raise any questions at the forum.

2018 Dates

3rd Feb BSPS Judges Conference
Marriott Hotel, Leicester

11 Feb TSR Judges Debate
at Warren Farm, Formby, Lancs 12.30pm to 2.30pm FREE
Contact TSR

17 Feb TSR Judges Debate
 at Minety, Wilts 12.30pm to 2.30pm FREE

17th Feb Stewards Training Day at Minety, Wilts – FREE
Contact Debbie Spears or on  FB

18th Feb TSR Judges Debate
at Hargate Hill Eq, Glossop, SK13 6JL – 2pm – 4pm FREE

18th Feb TSR Potential Ride Judges Training Day
at Hargate Hill Eq, Glossop, SK13 6JL 10am to 4pm
£30 TSR/BSHA/SH(GB) Members £36 Non Members

18th Feb TSR Conformation Study Session
at Hargate Hill Eq, Glossop, SK13 6JL – 2pm – 4pm
£12 TSR/BSHA/SH(GB) Members £18 Non Members

18th March TGCA Judges Day
Contact TGCA

24th March Highland Pony Society Study Day
at Adlington Equestrian Centre 9.30am 
Contact: Alison Payne 

31st March Dales, Dartmoor & Exmoor Judges Seminar
10am to 4pm at WHW, Kingsdon, Somerset
Contact Jacky Newbury Tel: 07796131280

8th April TSR Potential Ride Judges Training Day
at Follyfields Farm, Nr Milton Keynes, Northants 10am to 4pm
£30 TSR/BSHA/SH(GB) Members £36 Non Members

14th July TSR WH/WH Course Walk
6pm at Onley Eq Centre, Rugby, Warks – FREE

14th July TSR Judges Debate
at Onley Eq Centre, Rugby, Warks 6pm to 8pm  FREE

3rd Aug TSR Traditional Gypsy Cob Study Session
at TOYS, Onley Eq Centre, Rugby, Warks –  FREE

11th Aug TSR Judges Debate
at Equifest, East of England Showground, Peterbrough – 2pm – 4pm FREE

11th Aug TSR Study Session on the Performance of the Show
at Equifest, East of England Showground, Peterborough – 11am to 1pm FREE

1st Sep TSR Judges Debate
at Broomes Event centre, Chepstow, NP26 5XP – 6pm to 8pm FREE

2nd Sep TSR Session on the Performance of the Show
at Broomes Event centre, Chepstow, NP26 5XP – 11am to 1pm FREE

15th Sep TSR Session on the Performance of the Show
at Sunshine Tour, Hickstead, Sussex, RH17 5NU – 1pm to 3pm FREE

16th Sep NPS Judges Conference
Moreton Morrell College

22nd Sep TSR Judges Debate
at Ingliston, Bishopton PA7 5PA – 6pm to 8pm FREE



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