NHJTCA Equine Management & Evaluation Certification
The National Horse Judging Team Coaches’ Association (NHJTCA) Equine Management & Evaluation Certification verifies individuals are prepared to pursue a career in the fields of equine evaluation, management and production.
Meeting the Industry Need
The certification assesses industry-valued and industry-recognized standards produced by NHJTCA. Comprised of coaches from across the country, NHJTCA serves as an official voice for horse judging team leaders who set industry standards for equine evaluation and selection.
The certification validates the knowledge and skills needed to begin equine-related careers in evaluation, breeding, handling, stable management and more. Those who earn the certification are more qualified and prepared to enter a variety of roles within the industry. Additionally, the certification allows employers to identify and connect with more skilled candidates in a highly-specialized industry.
The certification exam consists of 100 questions and assesses knowledge and concepts from the following weighted industry standards:
- Health & Safety Practices
- Employability Skills & Resources
- Selection & Breeding
- Industry Concerns
(Origin, Physical Characteristics, Temperament, Breed Association)
- Light Breeds
- Draft & Coach Horses
- Horses Less Than 14.2 Hands
- Donkeys & Mules
Anatomy & Physiology
- External Anatomy Identification
- External & Internal Parts of the Hoof Identification
- Mouth Parts Identification
- Housing Considerations
- Barn Design & Flooring
- Common Facility Equipment
- Nutrition & Health
- Halter Evaluation
- Western Pleasure
- Western Horsemanship
- Hunter Under Saddle
- Hunter Hack
- Hunt Seat Equitation
Optional Certification Preparation Materials
The iCEV online curriculum platform offers a variety of preparatory content and resources designed to prepare individuals to earn industry certifications.
Featured Support Letters
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About the National Horse Judging Team Coaches' Association
The National Horse Judging Team Coaches’ Association is dedicated to promoting, encouraging and aiding the training of coaches and evaluation teams to strengthen employment skills of the students participating in horse judging contests nationally. By providing and enhancing communication and networking among coaches, NHJTCA encourages consistency among the equine evaluation industry.
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