This handbook was designed and developed to aid members of the National Horse Judging Team Coaches’ Association and other interested horse people in the proper management of a horse judging contest. The handbook provides guidelines on conducting a contest, description of cuts and guidelines for reasons judges. The contents of this handbook were designed to provide a more uniform set of standards utilized by horse judging contests across the nation. The association, through its handbook, is not attempting to dictate how a horse judging contest should be conducted, but merely to provide guidelines, suggestions and services to its membership.