AQHA Approves New Judges

AQHA Approves New Judges

The AQHA Judges Committee recommended and AQHA Executive Committee approved new AQHA judges.

AQHA judge examines horses in a halter class at the 2014 AQHYA World Show (Credit: Journal)

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The American Quarter Horse Association Executive Committee recently approved new judges that will be held to the highest standards when judging American Quarter Horses at AQHA-approved events.
The following judge applicants were approved by the AQHA Judges Committee to take the 2022 judges qualifying exam in May. Based on their test scores and additional criteria set by the Judges Committee, a list of prospective new judges was reviewed and approved by the AQHA Executive Committee, making these individuals eligible to judge AQHA-sanctioned shows effective immediately. Their names have been added to the approved list of AQHA judges at



  • Jake Hartman of Advance, North Carolina

  • Michael Rapley of Simcoe, Ontario

  • Josh Tjosaas of Barnesville, Minnesota

  • Shane Young of Yadkinville, North Carolina

Specialized Versatility Ranch Horse

  • Tammy Braham of Grove City, Pennsylvania

  • Kelley Stone Wainscott of Sanger, Texas

Approved specialized reining judges are credentialed through the National Reining Horse Association before they can apply to become a specialized AQHA reining judge. The following judge was approved:

Specialized Reining

  • Jeff Buckley of Anna, Texas

To be recognized as an AQHA-approved specialized over fences judge, applicants must be recognized as an  â€˜R’ judge with the United States Equestrian Federation, as well as being approved by the AQHA Judges Committee. The following judge was approved:

Specialized Over Fences

  • Kay Altheuser of Calabasas, California

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