Become an Official


HCBC Officials Program Application

All Provincial Recognized Officials must attend an approved updating clinic every three year period and be members in good standing of Horse Council BC at all times.

HCBC offers a Provincial Recognized Official program for 9 categories. A Provincial Recognized Official may judge at any HCBC sanctioned competition and unsanctioned competitions in BC. Designation as a certified official is a privilege, not a right, bestowed to individuals whose equine expertise and personal character merit the honor. The individual’s conduct as a member, and as an official must be exemplary and is continuously subject to review. An Official is expected to be proficient in the divisions certified, and possess a thorough knowledge of the current rules of the category certified as an official.

It is imperative that certified officials exhibit the highest standard of integrity at all times. The decisions of the official constitute solely their individual assessment and not the opinions of or decisions of Horse Council BC.

Horse Council BC is pleased to offer members a credible Provincial Recognized Official program in the following categories:

  • Hunter Judge
  • Jumper Judge
  • Hack Judge
  • Western Judge
  • Basic Dressage (See additional criteria)
  • General Performance
  • Course Designer – Hunter Jumper
  • Driving Judge
  • Vaulting Judge


The names of all current Provincial Recognized Officials are published on our web site under Competition Officials.

Provincial Recognized Officials are eligible for the HCBC group insurance policy rates for additional coverage while officiating through CAPRI Insurance.


  • Complete and return the Provincial Recognized Official application form that is available on this webpage by mail or email prior to October 15th of the current year. Include the names and email addresses of four sponsors for each application. Only one category may be applied for on an application at one time. At least two of the four sponsors must be certified officials. All sponsors must be members in good standing of their provincial and or national equestrian federation. Sponsors should be currently active in the horse industry.
  • Upon successful completion of the application, officials certification clinic, and written exam specific for the category applied for, a panel established by the HCBC Director of Competition and Sport will conduct a review of applications, qualifications, requirements completed, and references. At least three of the four references must be favorable for an application to be approved. Written notification to applicants of certification status with any comments or conditions required following Competition Committee review of applications, will be completed not later than December 31 of the current year.
    Successful applicants will be listed in the Officials Directory on the HCBC Website.
  • Applicants must remain active current senior members in good standing with Horse Council BC.
  • This program is designed to introduce judging principles and standards to aspiring officials and provide provincial sanctioned competitions in BC with qualified trained Officials.
  • There are three levels of certification:  Learner ( L ) Primary ( P ) Senior ( S )
    • Learner: A Learner official is an individual who is new to the judging arena, may have minimal judging experience in the specific category, but will have a background in the discipline category having participated extensively in competitions and is currently active in the horse industry. Applicants must attend a recognized Officials clinic in the year of application and pass the written exam with a minimum score of 80%.  Applicant must complete the Officials application and submit by Oct 15th including 4 references of which two references must be certified Officials.  Applicants must be a member in good standing of HCBC.  Learner Officials must complete a minimum of 4 Shadow Judging competitions with a senior certified Official in the applicable category, and submit Shadow Judging Reports signed by Senior officials to be approved for upgrading to Primary status.  Learner officials must attend a minimum of one recognized Officials Clinic every three year period to remain a current. Applicants must re apply for certification if they do not complete the shadow judging requirements within a 3 year period.
    • Primary: Officials must have completed all the requirements of a Learner Official and be considered by Senior Judge evaluations to have the knowledge to judge independently at provincial recognized competitions.  Must have taken the provincial Officials exam and passed with a minimum of 80% in the specific category.  Must remain a current member in good standing of HCBC.  Must attend an approved Officials clinic within each three year period to remain current and listed in the HCBC Officials Directory.
    • Senior: Officials must have met all the requirements of the Primary status and have over five years of judging experience as either provincial or national officials in the category of certification.  Senior National Federation or Breed Organization certified Officials may be included in program as Senior officials upon application and verification of NSO certification.  Equivalent certification is approved once verified and effective immediately at the equivalent level of certification with the National Federation or Breed Organization. Senior officials must remain current members in good standing of HCBC and attend a minimum of one Officials updating clinic each three year period to remain current and listed in Officials Directory.


  • Provincial Recognized Officials certification is only applicable within the Province of British Columbia.
  • Provincial Recognized Officials must agree to the HCBC Officials Code of Conduct Disciplinary Policy.
  • A Provincial Recognized Official is an Independent Contractor not restricted to hold officials certification with other equestrian organizations.


  1. A Provincial Recognized Official must be a Senior member in good standing with Horse Council BC.
  2. A Provincial Recognized Official cannot be under suspension from any other equestrian organization.
  3. A Provincial Recognized Official must attend one National, International, or Provincial recognized officials clinic within each three year period to remain a current certified official.


A Provincial Recognized Official’s conduct and ability must be exemplary and is subject to continual review. The accreditation is revocable at any time by the Competitions Committee that is appointed by the HCBC Director of Competition and Sport, with written notice served by registered mail or courier to the last known address of the Official.

Appeals of such decision may be made in writing and accompanied by a one hundred dollar deposit to the President of Horse Council BC, who at their discretion may or may not call for a formal review before a panel of peers not in excess of four (4) members. If the formal review finds in favor of the Official the one hundred dollar deposit will be returned. If no reversal of decision results after review the one hundred dollar deposit will be retained.


  • The HCBC Officials application must be submitted by deadline to Horse Council BC.
  • The applicant must be Horse Council BC member in good standing.  Of the four references, three must be accredited Dressage judges of Senior Basic status or higher, from any nationally recognized federation.
  • The applicant must have competed at a minimum of Second Level in recognized competitions. Please list competition name, location date, and technical level competed at the competitions.
  • Applicants must attend and be evaluated at a Horse Council BC Dressage Officials clinic and be evaluated as a competent judge by the Senior Clinician. Please include any recognized Officials Clinic Certificate of Completion for verification with your application.