About the AQHA Professional Horsemen Association

Check out what the members of the AQHA Professional Horsemen Association can do to help you and your American Quarter Horses.

AQHA Professional Horseman Al Dunning conducts a cow work clinic at the Arizona Sun Circuit (Credit: Journal)

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AQHA Professional Horsemen are qualified trainers who can help you and your horse establish a productive relationship with each other. These AQHA member trainers specialize in preparing you for entering your horse into competitions.

When working with an AQHA Professional Horseman, you can have peace of mind knowing these professionals have demonstrated the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. We only refer qualified members  who have met the qualifications of the AQHA Professional Horsemen Association and have agreed to be bound by its code of ethics.

AQHA Professional Horsemen Council Members

Gene Spagnola - Chairman                                              
GR Carter
Tom Crowley
Jerry Erickson
Robin Frid
Robbin Jung
Whitney Lagace
Gretchen Mathes
Kelly McDowall
Gary Roberts
Pam Scott
Jim Searles
Michelle Tidwell

2020 AQHA Professional Horsemen Crisis Fund Benefit Internet Auction - seeking donations!

The Professional Horsemen Council is looking for assistance with the 2020 AQHA Professional Horsemen Crisis Fund Online Auction which will be held November 15-19, during the 2020 AQHA World Championship Show.

We are seeking donations of tack, sports memorabilia, clothing, gift baskets, services, clinics, any items that you may have that would help raise money for a good cause. Nothing is too big or too small. We would like to exceed last year's auction that was a huge success!

Donate by completing the Online Auction Donation Form.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen McCuistion, or any member of the Professional Horsemen Council. 

AQHA Professional Horsemen's Crisis Fund

Renew Professional Horseman Membership

Download and complete the Professional Horseman Renewal form to renew your membership.

Professional Horseman Applicants

Download the AQHA Professional Horseman Application and Code of Ethics.

Application deadline is the 1st of each month. Applicants must have their names posted online for a minimum of 30 days, and all references must be on file with AQHA to be eligible for consideration by the Professional Horsemen Council.  

Any AQHA member who wishes to comment on an applicant may direct correspondence to the Professional Horsemen Council by contacting Karen McCuistion, Sr. Director of Member Programs at kmccuistion@aqha.org.

Brian Bernatowicz - Canal Winchester, Ohio
Sarah Bernatowicz - Canal Winchester, Ohio
Marleen Coppens - Netherlands
Lillian Evaniew-Phelan - Riverside, Washington
Chris Jones - Reelsville, Indiana 
Robert King - Tioga, Texas
Ashley Lakins - Wilmington, Ohio
Kenny Lakins, Jr. - Wilmington, Ohio
Troy Lehn - Aubrey, Texas
Anthony Montes - Aubrey, Texas
Bradley Ost - Aubrey, Texas
John Roberts - Woodlawn, Virginia 
Nancy Sue Ryan - Nocona, Texas
Dale Sullens - Aubrey, Texas
Blair Townsend - Tioga, Texas
Craig Vicars - Cleburne, Texas
Bruce Vickery - Aubrey, Texas

List of Professional Horsemen

AQHA is dedicated to helping horse owners find the right trainer for their specific needs, from general training assistance to professionals specializing in specific disciplines, such as cutting, barrel racing, western pleasure, working hunter and racing. Contact AQHA to find a Professional Horsemen in your area.

View the list of AQHA Professional Horsemen.


Looking for a horse trainer?

Use these links to learn more about the AQHA Professional Horsemen Association and find a trainer to suit your needs.