Independent Judges Association

2016 Annual Judges Clinic

 May 19 to 22, 2016

Los Angeles Equestrian Centre – Burbank, California

 The Independent Judges Association (IJA), a subset of The Friends of Sound Horses, Inc. (FOSH) announces the annual Judges Training Seminar May 19 to 22, 2016.  This intense and comprehensive clinic consists of classroom instruction, detailed information on IJA standards for judging all gaited horses, active discussion and live judging.

The clinic is held in conjunction with a horse show hosted by the National Plantation Walking Horse Association.  The Spring Fling and Futurity is an all Gaited Breed Show comprising breed specific and Open Gaited Breed classes held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Centre in Burbank, California.  Founded in 1979, NPWHA is one of the oldest organizations to recognize and promote the natural Tennessee Walking Horse.  To quote from the NPWHA Mission statement: NPWHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sound and natural Tennessee Walking Horse. No chains, pads, stacks or artificial training devices allowed. We are FOSH compliant and promote the NATURAL GAITED TWH! 

Education at IJA clinics is focused on judging gaited breeds through a combination of classroom instruction and practical application.  Thursday is spent in the classroom devoted to: the philosophy, values and ethics of the IJA program; class procedure; penalties; and Open Gaited Breed etc.  The guest breed for 2016 is the Tennessee Walking Horse.  The TWH standards will be presented by IJA Judges with over 100 years of experience with sound and natural Tennessee Walking Horses.  The show provides Judges, apprentices and auditors the opportunity to turn theory into practice during a scheduled show.

FOSH/IJA focuses on the whole horse – emotionally, mentally and physically.  As stated in the FOSH Mission statement, “Importance is placed on education regarding the humane care for the emotional, mental and physical well being, training and treatment of all gaited horses.”  As knowledge of the horse expands, the education of judges and owners and trainers must expand to include the new knowledge.  The better our understanding of the horse, the better horsemen and judges we become.

In addition to judges and prospective judges, the Annual IJA Training Seminar welcomes anyone with an interest in expanding their knowledge of the horse. Registration is limited and is required for all attendees.

For further information contact Dianne Little at