AQHA Judges Announced

These previously retired all-around judges, plus new specialized and international judges join the AQHA roster.

The American Quarter Horse Association

To learn how to apply to be an AQHA judge and help improve the quality and welfare of registered horses in AQHA-approved competition, visit www.aqha.com/judge. (Credit: Journal)

Previously retired American Quarter Horse Association all-around judges, plus new specialized judges and international judges for Oceana were recently approved by the AQHA Judges and Executive committees.

In May, the AQHA Judges and Executive committees voted to remove Rule SHW910.12: “A judge shall accept mandatory retirement at age 75.” For recertification, these individuals were required to make scores above 75 percent on video judging and above 80 percent on the rulebook exam. 

The following individuals are the previously retired all-around judges who passed the recertification exam: 

  • Gene Carr of Hayti, South Dakota
  • Kenneth Copenhaver of Myakka City, Florida
  • Bill Englund of Cashion, Arizona
  • Mike Perkins of Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Billy Steele of Stephenville, Texas
  • Maryann Willoughby of Hugoton, Kansas 

The six previously retired AQHA all-around judges shared their favorite memories of judging Quarter Horse shows. Read their stories.

The following are the newly approved international judges for Oceana:

  • Leanne Bartlett of Australia
  • Fiona Mapp of New Zealand
  • Sarah-Jane McCrindle of South Africa
  • Janette Robinson of New Zealand
  • Pauline Stuart-Fox of Australia
  • Glenn William Wyse of Australia 

The following are new specialized judges:

Cutting

  • Hiram Resende da Silva Filho of Brazil
  • Leslie Timmons of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Reining

  • Leanne Bartlett of Australia
  • Robert Dygert
  • Hiram Resende da Silva Filho

Roping

  • Hiram Resende da Silva Filho
  • Pam Rose of Pilot Point, Texas

Speed Events

  • Pam Rose

Versatility Ranch Horse

  • Brad Kelsall of Ocala, Florida
  • Pam Rose
Working Cow Horse
  • Billy Prather of Camden, South Carolina
  • Pam Rose
  • Leslie Timmons 

“American Quarter Horse judges are held to the highest quality of standards,” said Alex Ross, AQHA senior director of judges and stewards. “To pass the AQHA judges exam requires individuals to be highly educated on AQHA rules, as well as possess an ‘eye’ for judging horses and riders. It’s a challenging process, and that’s why it’s an honor to have this card.”

To learn how to apply to be an AQHA judge and help improve the quality and welfare of registered horses in AQHA-approved competition, visit www.aqha.com/judge.

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