Judges Certification

In Canada, we have Provincial and Equine Canada Judges. Provincial Judges can judge provincial events as well as Equine Canada divisions up to and including Canter B. Equine Canada Judges can judge Provincial events and all Equine Canada divisions.

Approval Status

This is the official program document. This document was approved by the VaultCanada Sport Committee on 2012-02-01.

At this time the agreements with each of the Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) have not all been finalized, and they will have further input into this program in their provinces. The status of each of these will be tracked and kept up to date right here.

This program has now been approved by the following PSOs:

  • HCBC
  • AEF

Program Definitions

Provincial Judges

The Provincial Judges Program is designed to provide individuals with no previous judging experience with the skills and knowledge to begin their development as a judge. It is intended as entry level training which will prepare individuals to proceed with VaultCanada Judges training and development if they choose to in the future. It will license and certify that individuals have an understanding of the rules and standards of vaulting, and permit individuals to judge at Equine Canada Bronze level competitions and classes.

Equine Canada Judges

The Equine Canada Judges Program is designed for judges who are current Provincial Judges and wish to work towards being able to judge the highest levels of National competitions and classes. It will license and certify that individuals have an understanding of the rules and standards of vaulting, and permit individuals to judge at any level of Equine Canada competitions and classes.

FEI Judges

The FEI Judges Program is outside the scope of Equine Canada, and is administered by the FEI. With that said, the FEI does require that Equine Canada approves and/or put forward individuals for the FEI Judges Program, and as such, those individuals must be current Equine Canada Judges. FEI Judges are permitted to judge at any level of Equine Canada competitions and classes.

Program Requirements

Provincial Judges

To become a Provincial Judge, individuals will:

  • Be of at least 21 years of age.
  • Hold a Gold Sport License.
  • Take one clinic approved by VaultCanada, given by an official approved by VaultCanada. This may be organized by a PSO, the Provincial Vaulting Body, VaultCanada or another National Federation.
  • Write and pass an exam as approved by VaultCanada.
  • Provide three reference letters, at least two of which will be from industry professionals or Equine Canada Judges, or judge who would qualify for a Vaulting Guest Card, and one additional character reference. Nationally standardized reference letter templates will be provided by the PSO.
  • Remit the first annual fee to the PSO for registration in the program.

Once these are accomplished:

  • Candidates will shadow judge 25 hours, with minimum of two EC, FEI, or USEF guest carded judges. Candidates may shadow at competitions outside of Canada with permission of VaultCanada. Candidates must shadow at least one class of individual, pairs and team classes, and one class in all 3 gaits. (This is may be as few as 3 classes for instance a walk team, pairs and canter individual, or any other combination.)
  • The shadow judging must take place at Equine Canada Bronze Competitions or Classes, or if outside of Canada, at their equivalent levels.
  • Non-Sanctioned Classes, such as Barrel classes, may not be used towards the shadow judging requirements.
  • The shadow judging must be arranged with the prior written permission of the judge and the competition organizer.
  • These judges will verify that the individual has spent the time with them, and make comments on the individuals capabilities to the PSO on the forms provided to them by the PSO.

Maintaining Judges Status:

  • Individuals must remain active, attending at least one updating clinic every year.
  • Individuals must work at least two competitions in a two year period, and one of these competitions must be in Canada.
  • Individuals must maintain an Equine Canada Gold Sport License and be a member in good standing with both Equine Canada and the PSO.
  • Remit the annual fee to the PSO for continued administration under the program. The amount of the annual fee is set by VaultCanada and is currently $50.

Reinstatement for Non-Current Status:

If an individual does not meet the above requirements, in order to be reinstated he/she must:

  • Write and pass en exam as approved by VaultCanada.
  • First attend one updating clinic.
  • Then, shadow judge for at least 6 hours under one or more EC, FEI, or USEF guest carded judges. The competitions may be outside of Canada with permission from VaultCanada. The shadow judging must include at least one class of individual, pairs and team classes, and one class in all 3 gaits.

Equine Canada Judges

To become an Equine Canada Judge, individuals will:

  • Be a Current Provincial Judge and have maintained that status for at least the most recent 12 months.
  • Write and pass an exam as approved by VaultCanada.
  • Provide three reference letters, from competition organizers whom the individual has judged for, two of which must be from within Canada. Reference letter templates will be provided by Equine Canada.
  • Remit the first annual fee to Equine Canada for registration in the program.

Once these are accomplished:

  • Candidates will shadow judge 25 hours, with minimum of two EC, FEI, or USEF guest carded judges. Candidates may shadow at competitions outside of Canada with permission of VaultCanada. Candidates must shadow at least one class of individual, pairs and team classes, and at least two classes each of Canter A and Canter AA.
  • The shadow judging must take place at Equine Canada Silver and/or Gold Competitions, or if outside of Canada, at their equivalent levels.
  • All other classes beyond those listed above may not be used towards the shadow judging requirements.
  • The shadow judging must be arranged with the prior written permission of the judge and the competition organizer.
  • These judges will verify that the individual has spent the time with them, and make comments on the individuals capabilities to Equine Canada on the forms provided to them by Equine Canada.

Maintaining Judges Status:

  • Individuals must remain active, attending at least one updating clinic every year.
  • Individuals must work at least two competitions in a two year period, and one of these competitions must be in Canada.
  • Individuals must maintain an Equine Canada Gold Sport License and be a member in good standing with Equine Canada.
  • Remit the annual fee to Equine Canada for the continued administration under the program. The amount of the annual fee is set by Equine Canada.

Reinstatement for Non-Current Status:

If an individual does not meet the above requirements, in order to be reinstated he/she must:

  • Write and pass en exam as approved by VaultCanada.
  • First attend one updating clinic.
  • Then, shadow judge for at least 6 hours under one or more EC, FEI, or USEF guest carded judges. The competitions may be outside of Canada with permission from VaultCanada. The shadow judging must include at least one class of individual, pairs and team classes, and may occur in either or both of Canter A or Canter AA.

Foreign Judges Equivalency

If an individual is a currently licensed judge outside of Canada, he/she may apply to VaultCanada to have the eligibility requirements be compared against those of their foreign license, along with their experience while licensed.

  • If each of the requirements can be reasonably correlated VaultCanada may approve the individual to be licensed as either a Provincial or National Judge.
  • The individual will be required to pass the same exam as approved by VaultCanada for the equivalent level approved above.
  • Once approved, the individual must maintain his/her Judges Status under the same criteria as all other Canadian judges.

Conflict of Interest Policy

  • No individual may compete in a class before a judge who has instructed, coached, or tutored (with or without pay) this individual within 30 days of the competition.
  • No individual may compete in a class before a judge who is a member of the individual's family, or compete on a horse owned by that family.
  • A judge may not, during a competition at which he/she is judging, be the houseguest of a person or any other family member who is competing at the competition.
  • A judge may not discuss the purchase, sale, or lease of any horse during a competition at which he or she is officiating.

Responsibilities of each Organization Involved

Administration and Records

The Provincial Judges program will be administered wholly by the PSO office, and Provincial Judges licenses will be granted by the PSO. The PSO will provide candidates with nationally standardized reference letter templates and judge mentoring forms; these will include checklists and tasks for shadow judges to perform. The PSO will maintain the records for the Provincial Judges, and provide a list of current Provincial Judges on the PSOs website. The Equine Canada office will not be expected to take on additional work related to this program.

The Equine Canada Judges program will be administered wholly by the Equine Canada office, and the Equine Canada Judges license will be granted by Equine Canada. Equine Canada will provide candidates with nationally standardized reference letter templates and judge mentoring forms; these will include checklists and tasks for shadow judges to perform. Equine Canada will maintain the records for the Equine Canada Judges, and provide a list of current Equine Canada Judges on the Equine Canada website.

Judges Clinics

VaultCanada will approve all Judges Clinics in Canada. The PSO will organize all clinics in their province. Individuals wanting to hold Judges Clinics will contact the PSO who will assist with organization. Application to VaultCanada for approval of the clinic must be made at least 2 months in advance of the clinic date.

The PSO will provide one updating clinic per year, to be run to VaultCanada's standards. Equine Canada and the PSO will provide reciprocal recognition for updating clinics, so that Equine Canada Judges may attend a Provincial updating clinic, and Provincial Judges may attend an Equine Canada updating clinic. This will promote standardization of judging, as well as encourage Equine Canada and PSO's to cooperate in developing judges.