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TSR Potential Judges Training Scheme

This is an ideal programme for anyone thinking about becoming a Judge, you can be inexperienced or already on a panel and wish to prepare for further Assessments. The programme is for everyone at any level from the age of 16 years & over.

The Programme will assist you to gain experience without any pressure:

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

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

Why Should I Register?

If you would like to become a judge in the future, by registering your intent and using the TSR Judges Record Booklet, this will demonstrate your commitment. The Judges Record will be able to be used to support your Official Judges Application when you decide to apply. As a registered trainee, you can contact TSR for advice and information on your journey to becoming a judge.

How Does It Work?


Fill in the Registration Form and return by email.  You only have to register once, you can stay on the scheme for as long as you wish. Registration is FREE. The onus is on YOU to gain experience and organise yourself, TSR is here to support you through the following:

Trainees will receive assistance as follows:

  • List of Judges who are willing to act as Mentors
  • Judges Training Record Booklet (Free digital copy or £5 by post)
  • Priority Booking for Training Days & Events
  • Information on Judging & Stewarding
  • Stewarding & Shadow Judging opportunities at TSR Shows
  • Opportunity to complete a Mock Assessment

Judges Mentor List: 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. 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.

Training Record: The Training Record Booklet is for you to officially record your experiences and preparation on your journey to becoming a judge. This booklet of experience will contribute towards your TSR Judges Application.

Training Days: Priority booking for TSR 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.

Information: Download advice guides on Stewarding & Judging

Stewarding & Shadow Judging Opportunities: Opportunity to steward and shadow judge at TSR Shows. For Judges already on an existing panel there maybe opportunities to judge at TSR Shows & Regional Finals.

Mock Judges Assessment: Trainee Judges can apply to take part in a Mock Assessment to be held at a TSR Assessment Day, at a cost of £40. 

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trainee Judges will not be able to compete under a Judge they have been mentored by in the current year at any Show.
  • Trainee Judges will not be able to train and compete at the same Show.
  • Trainee's must have their own public liability insurance.

Any trainee found to be bringing the scheme into disrepute in anyway will be removed. 

Age: Trainees must be 16 years old as of the 1st January in the current year. Trainees aged 16yrs or 17 yrs old must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all events.

Application Form

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  Download TSR Judges Application Form

Study Events

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