New AQHA Judges Announced

New AQHA Judges Announced

The AQHA Executive and Judges committees approve new AQHA judges.
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New AQHA judges were recently approved by the American Quarter Horse Association. Applicants were approved based on test scores and other criteria by the AQHA Judges Committee. After approval from the Judges Committee, a list of potential candidates were reviewed and approved by the AQHA Executive Committee.

The following individuals have received their AQHA judge’s card:

All-Around Judges

  • Mark Baus, Stillwater, Minnesota
  • Danielle Burns, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sandra Curl, Vero Beach, Florida
  • Robert Dehn, Loveland, Colorado
  • Michael Edwards, Monroe, Washington
  • Kristy Starnes, Summertown, South Carolina
  • Carly Veldman Parks, Colbert, Georgia

Progressive Judges 

  • Clint Ainsworth, Lithonia, Georgia
  • Jimmy Daurio, Pueblo, Colorado
  • Stacey Roberson, Byars, Oklahoma
  • Teresa Sullivan, Bonney Lake, Washington
  • Shane Young, Yakinville, North Carolina

Progressive judges are eligible to judge a show with 350 entries or less from the previous year, excluding the number of Level 1 and Rookie entries. For example, a 2015 show with 425 entries, with 80 of those entries being Level 1 and/or Rookie, would be eligible for a progressive judge to accept and judge in 2016.

European Judges

  • Stefanie Bubenzer
  • Cedric Leroux

Specialized Judges


  • Janis Anderson, Wilsall, Montana
  • Jay Dee Anderson, Wilsall, Montana

Team Penning and Ranch Sorting

  • Kim Baker, Waller, Texas
  • Lieb Werner, Germany


  • Kristen Gonsoir, Gorton, South Dakota
  • Lieb Werner, Germany

Working Cow Horse

  • Tom Buckingham, Bruneau, Idaho

Versatility Ranch Horse

  • Paul Zink, Otterville, Missouri

Level 1

  • Amber Clark, Jefferson, Ohio
  • Matt Claypool, Jamestown, Ohio
  • Jessica Daniels, Delaware, Ohio
  • Ashley Hansen, Muscatine, Iowa
  • Josi Reed, Canyon, Texas
  • Nikki Riddle, Gainesville, Texas
  • Tabatha Taylor, Amarillo,Texas

AQHA judges are held to the highest quality of standards. To learn how to apply to be an AQHA judge and help improve the quality and welfare of registered horses in AQHA competition, visit

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