Learner Judge and TD Training Program
Additional Information for Learners
The information here is to assist you in negotiating the rules, regulations, and forms to become or seek a promotion as an ADS official. While this information should assist you in the process, it cannot replace your need to review and abide by the ADS Rules, ADS Competition Guidelines and Requirements for Officials which includes Acceptance and Promotion Criteria (which can be found in the ADS Rulebook.)
The ADS welcomes your interest
The ADS needs members who desire to use their driving and competition experience to utilize their talents and interest in the sport as ADS officials. While officials are generally paid for their services and incurred expenses, the fees rarely meet the equivalent of a regular salary. In addition, ADS officials often incur the additional expenses of care for their own farms and animals while they are away. Being an official can be hard work under difficult conditions. Hours are long, from sunup to sundown. The job requires stamina and physical fitness, tolerance of adverse weather conditions and varying quality of accommodations and lots of "horse show food." In addition, while being an official can be fun and rewarding it can also be stressful when dealing with angry or rude competitors and disorganized show management.