Judges Training & Exams

National Judge Training Schedule 2020

List Date Venue Application form and fee due before
6 and 5 Monday, 3rd February, 2020 Skevanish EC Inishannon, Co.Cork Extended to Friday, 31st  January, 2020
6 and 5 Interactive Saturday, 22nd February, 2020 Spruce Lodge Training Facility. Co.Wicklow Tuesday, 18th February, 2020
6 to 3 Monday, 24th February, 2020 Clonlara EC, Co.Clare, near Limerick Tuesday, 18th February, 2020
6 to 3 Friday, Saturday, 6-7th March, 2020 Prestige Equestrian Summerhouse EC, Gloucester, UK Due now
2 and 1 Friday-Sunday, 6-8th March, 2020 Myerscough PL, Preston UK Due now
6 and 5 Interactive Sunday, 15th March, 2020 Portmore EC, Craigavon, Co.Armagh Tuesday, 10th March, 2020
6 to 2 Sunday, 5th April, 2020 Nat’l Winter Finals, Cavan EC Tuesday, 24th March, 2020
2 and 1 Friday-Sunday, 24-26th April, 2020 College EC, Keysoe, UK Tuesday, 31st  March, 2020
2 and 1 Tuesday, 28th April, 2020 BD List 1&2. Tetbury, UK Apply to BD
6 to 3 Thursday 28th May, 2020 Tattersalls International Horse Trails Tuesday, 20th May, 2020


Please remember:

  • It is compulsory for a judge to attend one National Judge training per year.
  • If a judge has not attended a Judge Training day for one year, he/she is hidden from the Judges List and must attend two Judge Training days in the subsequent year in order to be re-instated on the Judges List.
  • After a period of two years without attending National Judge training, a judge will be required to attend two National Judge training sessions and judge at a level below their current list or, alternatively, sit the exam appropriate to their level before re-instatement can occur.
  • If a judge has not attended National Judge training for more than two years, the judge is removed from the list and must apply to the Judges Committee for re-instatement.


Upgrading Exams 2020

To List Date Venue Fee and Practice Judging Paperwork due before
6 Saturday, 4th April, 2020 Nat’l Winter Finals, Cavan EC


Tuesday, 24th March, 2020
2 and 1 Thursday-Friday 9-10th July, 2020 Hickstead Premier League show, UK Tuesday, 23rd June, 2020
5 to 3A Friday, 4th September, 2020 Nat’l Championships, Cavan EC Tuesday, 25th September, 2020


Important Exam Information

  • Please note, all places for the List 6 exam on 4th April have been filled.  Due to increased interest, there are plans to hold a second List 6 exam later in 2020 – details to follow.
  • Upgrading forms are due Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 for List 3A to 5 and for the second List 6 exam.
  • The fee for List 3A to 6 exams is €120.
  • As exam places are limited, upgrading applications are taken on a first come, first served basis.
  • Exams will consist of judging 6-8 horses plus a written paper, DI Rule Book may be used.
  • Correct practice judging paperwork is to be submitted on or before the specified date.
  • List 1/2 Upgrading forms are due on 1st February, 2020.

Log Book

The updated Dressage Ireland Judges Log Book can be found at the bottom of this page for download along with print instructions.  It is important for judges to get their Log Book signed as proof of attendance of National Judge Training.


Judge Training and Exams in 2020

Please note that starting from 1st January 2020, any late application for Judge Training or Upgrading Exams will incur a late fee.


Reminder - Test Sheets

On several occasions, it has been noticed that some sheets have been marked without whole numbers (6.0, 7.0, 8.0) being written in. When reviewing your sheets before sending them to the scorers, please be aware of this and instruct your scribe to always write whole numbers.


Trainee Judges

Trainee judges whose application was approved in 2018 and have not taken the exam, need to re-apply for another 2 year cycle in 2020.

Trainee judges, please take note of Exams section above.