Become a Judge

Become a Judge

Make your mark on the industry as an AQHA-approved judge.

American Quarter Horse judges are held to the highest quality of standards. Apply to be an AQHA-approved judge and help improve the quality and welfare of registered horses in AQHA-approved competition.

AQHA has three unique types of judging positions. 

  • AQHA All-Around Judge -- These judges are approved to judge any AQHA-approved event.
  • AQHA Specialized Judge -- These judges specialize in specific areas, including: cutting, reining, roping, ranch riding, over fence, team penning, speed events, dressage, halter, Level 1, versatility ranch horse, working cow horse, western dressage and cowboy mounted shooting.  
  • AQHA International All-Around Judge -- These judges are from outside the U.S. and are approved to judge the classes approved for their country or region.

AQHA Judge Applications are located at the bottom of this page. All AQHA Judge Applications must be submitted through the online forms. Please email judges@aqha.org with any questions. 

 

AQHA All-Around Judge 

A complete list of mandatory criteria is included in the judges application information.

  1. Have individual, current-year AQHA membership and be a member in good standing.
  2. Be at least 25 years of age.
  3. Each applicant's name must be listed on the AQHA website or appear in at least one issue of the Quarter Horse Journal prior to review by the Judges Committee.
  4. Receive approval from AQHA State Selection Committee for judges.
  5. Receive approval from AQHA Judges Committee.
  6. Receive approval from AQHA Executive Committee.
  7. Receive notification from AQHA that applicant may attend the next Judges Qualifying Exam.
  8. Pass final review and approval by Judges Committee and Executive Committee.
  9. Required to complete re-certification and/or a rulebook test each year via online testing.

All-Around Judge Application Information

 

AQHA Specialized Judge

A complete list of mandatory criteria is included in the judges application form.

  1. Have individual, current-year AQHA membership and be a member in good standing.
  2. Be at least 25 years of age (except Level 1 applicants who must be at least 21 years of age).
  3. Each applicant's name must be listed on the AQHA website prior to review by the Judges Committee.
  4. Receive approval from AQHA State Selection Committee for judges.
  5. Receive approval from AQHA Judges Committee.
  6. Receive approval from AQHA Executive Committee.
  7. Receive notification from AQHA that applicant must attend the next new judge orientation, complete mandatory testing and agree to the Judges Code of Ethics and Social Media Guidelines.
  8. Required to complete re-certification as determined by the Judges Committee and Executive Committee.

Specialized Judge Application Information

 

AQHA International All-Around

A complete list of mandatory criteria is included in the judges application form.

  1. Have individual, current-year AQHA membership and be a member in good standing.
  2. Be at least 25 years of age.
  3. Submit application by designated deadline.
  4. Complete interview with the Judges Committee.
  5. Complete the required testing online and scores to be reviewed by Judges Committee.
  6. Receive approval from AQHA Judges Committee.
  7. Receive approval from AQHA Executive Committee.
  8. Required to complete re-certification as determined by the Judges Committee and Executive Committee.

International All-Around Judge Application Information

 

Providing a reference for a judge applicant? Click here for Judge Reference Information

 

The following individuals have applied for acceptance as an AQHA judge. Any AQHA member who wishes to comment on the following should write Judges Department, American Quarter Horse Association, P.O. Box 200, Amarillo, TX 79168 or email judges@aqha.org. Only comments in writing and signed will be reviewed.

 

All-Around

John Andersen- Broomfield, Colorado 

Christie Arrington- Graceville, Florida 

Logan Bitz- Bentley, Alberta, Canada 

Christina Brantner- Piqua, Ohio 

Kyle Brenner- Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Amber Clark- Jefferson, Ohio 

Matthew Claypool- Xenia, Ohio 

Ryan Cole- Downs, Kansas 

Michael Colvin- Frederick, Maryland 

Jason Contreras- Sanger, California 

Chris Dalton- Whitehall, Michigan 

Adrienne Dickerson- Enola, Pennsylvania 

Ashley Dunbar-Clock- Pilot Point, Texas 

Eric Felt- Whitesboro, Texas 

Amy Franks- Paw Paw, Michigan 

Amanda Gately- Shelbyville, Tennessee 

Kristen Gonsoir- Groton, South Dakota 

Sonnesa Gooding- Fennville, Michigan 

Kevin Hood- Arkansas City, Kansas 

Michael Hunsinger- San Antonio, Texas 

Amanda Jackson- Tioga, Texas 

Carmen Mayabb- Ocala, Florida 

Stephanie McConnell- New Trenton, Indiana 

Farley Mclendon- Whitesboro, Texas 

Andrea Momesso- Italy 

Anthony Montes- Aubrey, Texas 

Paul Myers- White City, Oregon 

Ryan Painter- Ocala, Florida 

Santana Poteet- Lincolnton, Georgia 

Sara Reuvers- Pilot Point, Texas 

Amanda Ringer- Ocala, Florida 

Tyler Schultz- Tiffin, Ohio 

Leigh Ann Skurupey- Fargo, North Dakota 

Jay Southerland- Cabot, Arkansas  

Melissa Thyfault- Shelby, Ohio 

Heather Young- Gainesville, Texas 

 

International All-Around

Juan Ache- Uruguay 

Adrianna Kapla- Poland 

Julie Quinot- France 

Iris Van Rompaey- Belgium 

 

Level 1

Makenzie Knipe- Canyon, Texas 

 

Over Fences

John Abbott- Aiken, South Carolina 

 

Ranch Riding

Darren Miller- Corrales, New Mexico 

Marty Simper- Tremonton, Utah 

 

Reining

Serafina Gagliardi- Lexington, Oklahoma 

 

Roping

Kolton Hunter- Roosevelt, Utah 

Clay Logan- Granbury, Texas 

Kelsey McClure- Fairfield, Nebraska 

Marty Simper- Tremonton, Utah 

 

Speed Events

Kolton Hunter- Roosevelt, Utah 

 

Versatility Ranch Horse

Ryan Cole- Downs, Kansas 

Shannon Curl-Holbin- Vero Beach, Florida 

Becky George- Hockley, Texas 

Jamieson Gross- Concordia, Kansas 

Sylvia Katschker- Austria 

Valerie Kearns- Richmond, Illinois 

Darren Miller- Corrales, New Mexico 

Morgan Pennington- Cheyenne, Wyoming