Judge’s Certification Program


The next judges certification will be held in the Fall of 2019.  Any questions contact Lary at lary@abga.org.


Judge Certification Program

The American Boer Goat Association conducts a judge certification program for individuals that desire to judge for ABGA and the goat industry. The 2½ day program consists of classroom, class placing, oral reasons and a final exam. The program is designed for individuals with prior livestock judging experience and/or strong knowledge of goat production. The program is not a training course due to the nature of the practice placing, oral reasons, final testing, methods and materials covered. Each program is limited to 40 students.

Judges Certification Program Committee
The 2017-2018 Judges Certification Program Committee consists of the following members: Dr. Shelby Armstrong, Kurt Henry, Eddie Holland. The committee will conduct a Judges Certification training on June 21-23, 2018. 40-45 applicants will be able to participate in the training, and possibly attain certification as ABGA judges.

Effective January 1, 2009 all ABGA certified judges must be active ABGA members in order to judge ABGA sanctioned shows or perform inspections.

March, 2014 Judges Certification Class Results
It is with a great deal of satisfaction that we, the Judge Certification Committee, are allowed to present to the Board of Directors of the ABGA a list of judge candidates to be approved.

This year’s course marked a new and challenging direction for the program. A large portion of the objective was to be mobile, an “ABGA On The Go” concept. We feel that this program was proof positive that this model could effectively and efficiently be accomplished, and a direction well worth pursuing. Other goals that met or exceeded expectations included being highly interactive, one-on-one instruction opportunities, and education. Education played the highest value card. We have been humbled by the quality and talent level of the judge applicants that chose to share their skills at the 2014 ABGA Judge Certification Course.

As with anything that involves the human element, opinion, controversy, and opposition will always be variables in a complicated equation of equality and fairness. Our certification course proved to be no exception. Through no lack of effort or expertise of a highly skilled and esteemed judge/instructor panel there still was present an element of debate, albeit unwitting, that presented itself during the final evaluation portion of our program. In order to maintain a fair and level field of play, the judge committee removed any negative effect that this singular situation might have played in the overall evaluation of the candidates. The fair and correct resolution brought forward deserving individuals as judge candidates to the Board of Directors.