• A horse judging contest consists of six classes. Three of those being halter and the latter being performance. Also, there is usually a team quiz which contains ten questions corresponding to equine nutrition, equipment, and other horse-related matters. In the halter classes, they will give you four horses in which you judge conformation, breed character, and style. One of the classes will be set aside for giving reasons, while the other two just require you to fill out a placing card. Performance classes are not only fun to judge, they are also fun to watch. Horse and rider are working together to complete a pattern faultlessly and under a certain time limit. Some of the performance classes judged are western pleasure. All of these events have a certain pattern that must be followed. Contestants judge these classes by how the horse responds to the rider's commands and how athletic and agile the horse is. Horse judging is a great contest if you like to judge and your favorite animal is of the equine species. I've had a lot of fun with this contest and encourage everyone to give it a try.