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 Jr.
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 was a success!

On behalf of the Professional Horsemen's Council, we would like to thank the Professional Horsemen who helped solicit donations, the many donors who submitted goods and services, and last but now least, those of you who purchased these items. The efforts of so many helped raise over $31,000 for the Professional Horsemen's Crisis Fund. Even during a most uncertain year and pandemic, the kindness of AQHA members never ceases and for that we are grateful. If you'd like to help us this year, please check back here as we will soon be posting information about the 2021 AQHA Professional Horsemen Online Auction benefiting the Crisis Fund.  Thank you! 

AQHA Professional Horsemen's Crisis Fund

  • Learn about the AQHA Professional Horsemen's Crisis Fund, established to help professionals in time of need. 
  • Find out how to donate to the AQHA Professional Horsemen's Crisis Fund.
  • As of March 1, 2021, donations to the Crisis Fund will be applied to the endowed portion of this 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.

Shawn Alter - Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
Mary Elizabeth Larcom - United Kingdom

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.