Laura Kelland-May, hunter judge canada, hunter judge, hunter judge USA, horse training, horse training ottawa, horse training ontario

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Laura Kelland-May 

is a Sr. Judge in Hunter Jumper Hack and Equitation and founder of the Thistle Ridge Skill Builders Series © of Horse Show Clinics and Thistle Ridge Skill Builders©.  She is available for judging and developing clinics and riders in your area.

A well thought of and ‘in demand’ coach and trainer with 20+ years of experience Laura continues to develop and brings her experience online and  has been featured guest with “How to Market Your Horse Business” (Facebook discussion) and Featured Guest with “Horse Family Magazine” on #horsechat. In addition Laura offers weekly lessons on her weekly live Q & A session.
Laura is a mother, loves to ride and enjoys a quiet paddle down the river.  

With 19 years of judging experience, you will get some tips to improve your placings and insight into common mistakes and things that you should NOT do in the ring. You can get the inside scoop on what H/J judges think and what they want to see. 

Have you ever wondered – What Was That Judge THINKING?! 

Stay tuned because you will find out. 

You will hear some of the good things that competitors have done and some not so good things that should never be done. You will learn some important exercises that will improve your horses jumping ability and form over fences. With these exercises and the knowledge that is shared you will get into the show ring and be a successful competitor. 

Learn what the judge is looking for from a SENIOR Judge:  

  • Senior Judge 20 + yrs:
  • Senior Judge Hunter
  • Senior Judge Jumper
  • Senior Judge Equitation
  • Senior Judge Hack
  • Recorded Steward Equine Canada Hunter/Jumper
  • National Coaching Certification Program Level 2 coach 

    I love judging hunters and as a H/J judge, I know what you’re trying to accomplish – and I know a better way to get there” 

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    14 Responses to About

    1. Hunterrider says:

      I searched for critiques and I found your blog. I really like it. Keep going – well done!

    2. Babs Piatt says:

      You might want to look at this website. A group have interviewed some of the top USEF hunter judges to see if they might describe what they like and what wins when they are judging. It’s a very interesting insight with lots of information. For example, one judge won’t pin an equitation rider that is not wearing gloves. Check it out. http://www.askthehorseshowjudge.com

    3. Laura says:

      Thanks for the link and website. This is very informative and a valuable resource for people who want to know what the judge is looking for.


    4. Hello, would you consider doing a review on my product? It is directly related to those who show. It is the Complete Equine Organizer and is an easy storage solution for all your horses information. One of the 9 files (16 categories) is Show and Competitions. Jody Lyons now uses CEO for all their horses paperwork because they are on the road so much, she feels having all the papers in a portable tote is invaluable.
      If you like to view the website, please do and if you would like me to send one out to you, provide an address. thanks, have a great weekend Cynthia Riegle

    5. As a former judge I want to commend you for what you are doing. So many people waste so much $$$$ when competing as they do not know what the judge is looking for, or what they are seeing. Keep up the great work.

    6. Liv Gude says:


      You are tapping into something really great here – teaching horsemanship from the judge’s viewpoint. So excited for your future, and glad to be along for the ride!


    7. Lisa says:

      Do you ever hear about anyone looking for a great horse for pony club or eventing? We have a retrained OTT that loves to be successful, who is very bold over jumps and has cleared 5.3, has been used in lessons and takes care of his rider. The market is pretty down so I’m reaching out and networking. Thanks again for your great postings.

    8. Gaia says:

      Hi from Italy Laura =)
      thank for your advice, I will follow your blog updates 😉
      If you want visit my show jumping blog: http://www.iconadeironchi.blogspot.com
      and keep in touch also on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IconaDeiRonchi

      x x

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