Mid-South Eventing & Dressage Association

Officials Training & Certification

Have you ever thought of becoming a MSEDA Judge or Technical Delegate? 

In 2005, the MSEDA Official's Committee redesigned the Training Program for those individuals interested in obtaining a MSEDA license as a judge or technical delegate.

We invite you to look over the program and encourage everyone who is interested to apply. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you get started!

MSEDA is currently the only regional association in the country that conducts and maintains a licensing program for Eventing and Dressage officials. The program is modeled after the US Equestrian Federation and USDF-L programs in which the candidates must exhibit a level of proficiency and a knowledge base by completing practical skill requirements, apprenticing under USAE officials and taking a final written and oral exam. Each year, MSEDA officials are required to attend continuing education forums.

This program ensures that our regional competitors receive the benefit of trained judges and technical delegates at all of the MSEDA sanctioned shows. Additionally, by licensing officials and maintaining a sanctioning process for competitions, MSEDA helps ensure that competitors are provided with competitions whose standards and rules that are up to date and comparable with national standards. If you are interested in becoming a MSEDA licensed official, please read the following information.  

The goals of the program are:

  • To allow for flexible scheduling on the applicant's part in order to facilitate their acquiring a MSEDA Official's License.
  • To provide a program to satisfactorily prepare applicants for MSEDA licensing.

Program Overview: 

  • Applicants must first complete an application and submit the required fees.
  • They must fulfill prerequisites for enrollment prior to their acceptance into the program.
  • It is suggested that these prerequisites be met prior to sending in an application but not required.
  • Field work and on site requirements must be met by all applicants prior to taking the final exam
  • The final written and/or practical exam must be completed and passed to obtain a MSEDA license
  • Applicants must complete the licensing program within 24 months of their application to be considered
  • Any and all requirements of the program may be waived by the Officials Committee for special circumstances.

Prior to being accepted into the Training Program, all applicants must meet some specific prerequisites regarding their experience level. Riding proficiency is not required for all licenses. Alternative sources of experience are also valid and should be considered as valuable by all applicants. 


Please click the links below to view more information about each program.


Ready to apply? You can apply online here!




Midsouth Eventing & Dressage Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

MSEDA’s mission is to promote and preserve the sports of Eventing and Dressage in the Mid-South area, by providing leadership and education to its members and the community at large. To further these goals, MSEDA will provide educational opportunities, fair and safe competitions, promote the welfare of the horse and rider and reward the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the FEI level.

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