On-Demand: Provincial Foundations Officials Course

On-Demand: 5-10 hrs (self-paced)

NEW for 5 Provinces!

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Official recruitment and training is vital to the sustainability of our sport especially at the entry level.  The goal of the Provincial Foundations Officials Course is to provide opportunities for members across the province to be trained and be recognized as an Official.

Five provincial equestrian associations have partnered with Equine Guelph to offer online training for those interested in becoming horse show judges in grass roots circuits:

  1. Equestrian Nova Scotia*
  2. Alberta Equestrian Federation
  3. Island Horse Council
  4. Manitoba Horse Council
  5. Newfoundland & Labrador Equestrian Association

*The course content is based on an innovative online training model provided by Equestrian Nova Scotia (ENS) on TheHorsePortal.ca. You will see references to ENS/Scotia Series in the videos. Please check the course materials which will be flagged for differences amongst individual provincial rules.

There are two types of officials:

  1. Foundations Judge, and
  2. Discipline-Specific Judge


Provincial Foundations Official Training

Developed to be completed at your own pace, this on-demand online course provides one of several prerequisites and training required to receive recognition as an Official.

From the date of your registration, you have access to this course for 1 year. Contact [email protected] if you are seeking further information or require assistance registering for this course.

All content and curriculum rights reserved to Equestrian Nova Scotia.

Each course section includes an overview of the classes within the division; the class procedure; and basic scoring information.

The following are the main sections of the course:

  • Introduction to the Provincial Foundation Officials Course
  • Western Performance Division
  • Western Speed Division
  • Showmanship Division
  • English Flat Division
  • Hunter Division
  • Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences
  • Jumper Division
  • Basic Introduction into Course Design
  • Dressage Division
  • Driving Divisions
  • Maritime Bred Division

All content and curriculum rights reserved to Equestrian Nova Scotia.

Time Commitment:

  • Work at your own pace within the pre-determined course time-line
  • Course portal is available 24/7
  • Course is entirely online


  • All supporting documents are provided online for viewing or download


  • 19 years of age or older

Course Support

Certificate of Course Completion

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Course Completion Certificate from Equine Guelph.

Continuing Education Credits/Professional Development:

  • NCCP Coach/Instructor Professional Development Points (3 points)

The Provincial Foundations Officials Course is available to judges in five provinces due to the foundational funding that made this possible.  In addition to our partners, we thank Roz Moskovits, members of the NS officials’ community, and the Equestrian Nova Scotia Competition Committee for their assistance in the development of this program.

Federation Members – 25% Discount!

1 year of access

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