STILLWATER — Horse enthusiasts looking to develop their horse judging skills can pick up performance-enhancing tips at the annual Oklahoma State University Horse Judging School.

“We’ll provide techniques to evaluate current horse show classes in ways that help participants, regardless of background or experience,” said Dave Freeman, OSU Cooperative Extension equine specialist.

Sessions will be led by Freeman; Steve Cooper, OSU Horse Program leader and a judge with the American Quarter Horse Association; Amy Brown, OSU graduate student and OSU Intercollegiate Horse Judging Team assistant coach; Meriruth Cohenour, Pinto Horse Association director of youth and amateur activities; Madelyn Randolph, Oklahoma 4-H’er; and members of the OSU Horse Judging Team and OSU Women’s Equestrian Team.

A registration fee of $10 for adults and $5 for youth must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 3. If received after Feb. 3, the cost will be $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Registration forms are available through all OSU Cooperative Extension county offices.

“Participants will be able to gain oral reason skills and experience for competitive judging,” Freeman said.

The school will open for on-site registration at 8:15 a.m. in the OSU Animal Science Arena, located west of campus on McElroy St. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and will run through mid-afternoon.

Morning sessions will feature a course on halter class judging, a workshop for youth that will focus on developing oral reasons and a workshop for adults on how to instruct youth in developing oral reasons.

Afternoon sessions will focus on judging rail classes, western pleasure criteria, and judging pattern classes, western riding criteria.

"This is a great opportunity to learn to evaluate the performance of a horse, which is very important to be successful in the equine industry,” Freeman said.

For more information about the Feb. 11 school, phone Freeman at (405)744-6058.