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Judges and Officials

Carlucho Arellano Jr., Polo Judge

Carlucho Arellano, Wellington, FL, is the executive director of services for the U.S. Polo Association. Originally from Nicaragua, he came to the U.S. at the age of 1. He was a professional polo player and president of Capataz Polo for 16 years. He played polo at the University of Virginia and was Intercollegiate Player of the Year in 2000.

 

Cathy Auge, Show Jumper Steward

Cathy Auge, Spencer, NY, is owner of Willow Hill Stables, and trains and teaches at several other local barns. She has been training professionally since getting her start on a Morgan farm at the age of 16. She currently specializes in retraining OTTBs with the principles of classic dressage.

 

Melia Blakely, Competitive Trail and Ranch Work Steward

Melia Blakely lives on her family farm in Coldwater, Ontario. She is a speech therapy assistant and teaches English as a Second Language classes online to children in China. She has been riding and showing horses for 20 years, from western pleasure, showmanship, and trail to hunter/jumpers, reining and extreme cowboy. She earned a top 5 title in the National Reining Horse Association and champion and reserve champion extreme cowboy titles in Ontario and Manitoba. She also competed in the 2016 and 2017 Thoroughbred Makeovers.

 

Joe Carr, Eventing Dressage Steward

Joe Carr, Lexington, KY, got his start working at racetracks, and later branched out into the world of show horses. He is a past president of the American Medical Equestrian Association, an organization devoted to developing safe standards and practices in the field of show horses, as well as a past member of the Safety Committee of the United States Pony Clubs. He is an FEI Level 2 eventing steward, and has officiated/volunteered at regional and international competitions, including the Olympic Games in Hong Kong and Atlanta, the Pan American Games at Fair Hill, the New Zealand National CCI*** Championships and the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. He is the USA/Canada sales executive at Duralock UK, a provider of fencing solutions, and is an owner, and breeder of Irish Sport Horses under the Lord Baganal Farm name. His daughter, Megan, is also officiating at the Makeover.

 

Megan Carr, Eventing Dressage Judge

Megan Carr, Louisville, KY, is marketing manager for KPFF Consulting Engineers. She is a Mid South Eventing and Dressage Association licensed dressage and eventing judge, and officiates at 12-20 competitions in various disciplines each year. She also sits on the board for several local non-profits, and has won the MSEDA volunteer award multiple times, as well as the Kentucky Dressage Association award in 2016. In her rare free time, she loves to cook and enjoy Kentucky’s great parks.

 

Christy Clagett, Field Hunter Judge, and Freestyle Steward

Christy Clagett owns and operates Larking Hill Farm and Training Center in Harwood, MD. She is a trainer, owner and breeder of racehorses, an ex-amateur jockey, and an active member of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association and the Maryland Horse Council. Christy is also joint master of foxhounds of the Marlborough Hunt Club and competes in show jumping.

 

Tony Coppola, Polo Judge

Tony Coppola, Wellington, FL, was elected president of the U.S. Polo Association in 2017. He is a former professional player, polo announcer, and owner of The Tackeria, a polo-centric tack store.

 

Carrie Dahmer, Show Hunters Judge

Carrie Dahmer, Georgetown, KY, is a USEF “R” judge for hunters/equitation/hunter breeding, and a U.S. Hunter Jumper Association certified trainer. She was the hunt seat coach for Midway College during the 2010-2011 academic year, and now operates Alta Vista Equestrian Training at Owen Brown Jr.’s Brass Lantern Farm.

 

Ernie Dowell, Ranch Work Judge

Ernie Dowell, Irvington, KY, is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association and American Ranch Horse Association. He is an ARHA judge and chairman of the ARHA judges committee. He’s also a two-time president and director emeritus of the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association.

 

Lt. Col. Dennis Foster, Field Hunter Judge

Lt. Col. Dennis Foster (U.S. Army, retired), Millwood, VA, served as executive director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association for 24 years, retiring in April 2017. He’s an ex-master of foxhounds, author of the book Whipper-In, and has hunted with hundreds of different hunts around the world.

 

Nancy George, Show Jumpers Judge

Nancy George, Nicholasville, KY, is owner/manager/trainer at Greyhorse Farm in Waynesburg, KY. She is a USEF “r” judge for show jumping. She started in 4-H, and has shown in dressage, hunter/jumper and eventing, primarily on Thoroughbreds. She competed in the midwest and Florida in the jumpers under Diane Carney for about 10 years before moving to Kentucky in 1997. She started judging in 2008 and received her “r” license in 2011.

 

Robin Gollehon, Ranch Work Judge

Robin Gollehon and her husband, Roger, own and operate Gollehon Quarter Horses in Versailles, KY. An AQHA Professional Horseman and Trainer of the Year, some of Gollehon's accomplishments include wins at the ARHA World Championship, the Quarter Horse Congress, the NSBA World and the PBHA World Championship. She is the head coach of the Midway University western equestrian team.

 

Ashley Gruber, Competitive Trail Judge 

Ashley Gruber, Lisbon, Ohio, got her start in 4-H and Future Farmers of America judging competitions and horse shows. She’s a graduate of the University of Findlay’s four-year Western Equestrian Program, where she received a dual major in equine business management and western equestrian teaching and training. She has been a carded judge for 15 years with several organizations, including Ohio and Pennsylvania 4-H, the Pony of the Americas Club, and the International Mountain Trail Challenge Association. She competes in ranch horse, western dressage and obstacle trail challenges.

 

Robin Hannah-Carlton, Show Hunters Course Designer

Robin Hannah Carlton is coach/trainer at Sherwood Farm in St. Catherines, Ontario. She was one of the 26 trainers (and only Canadian) selected for the very first Thoroughbred Makeover, held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, MD, in 2013. She has retrained more than 35 off-track Thoroughbreds for competitive careers, and has trained, shown and coached at the top levels across Canada and the U.S.

 

Bill Kraatz, Chief Steward

Bill Kraatz, Florence, KY, is a realtor with Coldwell Banker West Shell. He is an FEI Level 1 dressage and eventing steward and Level 2 driving steward, and is vice president of the Kentucky Dressage Association.

 

Alyssa Myatt, Show Hunters Steward

Alyssa Myatt, Chesapeake, VA, is in healthcare management at Sentara, a large non-profit hospital based in Norfolk, VA. She rode on the intercollegiate team at the University of Pittsburgh, and competes in the hunters as an amateur aboard her 2015 Makeover graduate, Star Factor. She is also involved with her barn’s Intercollegiate Eventing Association and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association teams, and organizes and runs local horse shows.

 

Richard Lamb, Eventing Show Jumping Judge

Richard Lamb, Aiken, SC, is a coach and clinician whose students have competed through the four-star level of eventing. He is a U.S. Pony Clubs graduate A, British Horse Society Level 1 instructor, and has his U.S. Eventing Association Instructor Certification Program Level III certification. Since 2002, he has served as the chef d’equipe and/or coach for the USPC team at the USEF National Pony Jumper Championships. He has been the show jumping course designer for the USPC Championships for more than 20 years, and helped organize the equestrian competitions at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, where he was technical coordinator for show jumping.

 

David Loman, Show Jumpers Judge and Course Designer

David Loman, Bluffton, SC, is a USEF “r” judge for hunters and hunter/jumper equitation. He was first introduced to horses by a middle school teacher who started a riding club for her inner-city students in Washington, DC. After completing a 10-week lesson program at the Rock Creek Park Horse Center, he continued volunteering with the program through high school, mucking stalls and grooming horses in exchange for lessons and trail rides. When he graduated, he turned down a nomination to West Point and instead began grooming at horse shows. He worked and learned from Joe Fargis, Conrad Homfeld, Eric Hasbrouck, Eddie Huber, Aaron Vale, David Raposa, John and Beezie Madden, Buddy Brown, and David Hopper. In 1991, he founded Cornerstone Show Stables in Maryland and coached many students to year-end and equitation championships. He was selected to participate in the inaugural Thoroughbred Makeover at Pimlico in Baltimore, MD, in 2013. He served as the equitation chairman on the Maryland Horse Show Association board of directors and was an equestrian coach at Albion College in Michigan before moving south and joining Swamp Fox Farm in 2017.

 

Lindsey Partridge, Freestyle Judge

Lindsey Partridge, Pontypool, Ontario, has participated in all three Thoroughbred Makeovers held in Kentucky, earning top-three placings each time and winning the 2015 America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred title with Soar. She began studying natural horsemanship in 2000 with Gary Convery, and has also worked with Don Halladay and the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program. She has also studied Centered Riding, and is a Level 1 instructor, and teaches her own Harmony Horsemanship technique.

 

Susan Posner, Dressage Judge

Susan Posner of Lexington, KY, is a USEF “R” judge for dressage and western dressage. She has earned her U.S. Dressage Federation bronze, silver and gold medals, and has been riding at the Grand Prix level for 30 years. She is a past vice president of the Kentucky Dressage Association and a past vice president for dressage for the Mid South Eventing and Dressage Association.

 

Justin Powers, Polo Steward

Justin Powers of Pittsburgh, PA, is director of club development for the U.S. Polo Association. He’s the third generation of his family involved in polo and the fourth generation involved in horse racing. He has retrained dozens of OTTBs for polo, primarily from Mountaineer Racetrack, and was the 2016 USPA Mid-States Circuit Equine Welfare Award recipient. While polo takes up most of his time, every hear he and some college buddies pool funds and spend two days watching and betting on the Breeders’ Cup.

 

Julie Robins, Freestyle Judge

Julie Robins of Aiken, SC, is the founder and CEO of Aiken Horsemanship Academy. She has worked with Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman, Dave Seay, Pat Parelli, and Del Wideman, among others, and is also a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association advanced instructor.

 

Jamie Shetzline, Dressage Steward

Jamie Shetzline of Fairfax, VA, has a Ph.D. in chemistry and is a regulatory scientist at Technology Sciences Group. She’s been riding since the age of 5, only owning OTTBs throughout her life. She placed 13th in dressage on Strategery at the 2017 Makeover.

 

Sissy Wickes, Show Hunters Judge

Sissy Wickes of Unionville, PA, is a USEF “R” judge for hunters/equitation. She grew up showing ponies and junior hunters, fox hunting, was in Pony Club and galloped horses at the racetrack. She trained with Louise Serio and Gerry Goldman, and later worked under Peter Wetherill and Tim and Michelle Grubb before running her own training operation. She has been editor of The Plaid Horse since 2016 and sits on the USHJA board of directors.

 

Laura Wiencek, Barrel Racing Steward and Competitive Trail Judge

Laura Wiencek of Cortland, OH, is owner of Win-Seek Performance Horses. She is one of the founding members of the Thoroughbred Barrel Racing Association, and is a certified judge with the International Mountain Trail Challenge Association. She has won various awards in barrels and team penning, including placing at the Josey Junior World Championships, Quarter Horse Congress, and Quarterama. She developed an interest in OTTBs after participating in the Extreme Retired Racehorse Makeover in Negley, OH, in 2013.

 

Cathy Wieschhoff, Eventing Cross Country Judge and Course Designer

Cathy Wieschhoff, Lexington, KY, has competed at the Kentucky CCI4* and Burghley CCI4* in England. She is a USEA ICP certified Level IV instructor and holds her USEF “r” course design license. She’s a graduate A member of the U.S. Pony Clubs. She’s a past president of the Mid South Eventing and Dressage Association, past secretary and member of the board of governors of the U.S. Eventing Association, and she currently sits on the USEF licensed officials committee.

 

Karen Winn, Dressage Judge

Karen Winn, Lexington, KY, worked in the Thoroughbred industry for many years, breaking yearlings, working as a show person at the sales, galloping and training at the track and running a small breeding operation. She earned her U.S. Dressage Federation bronze and silver medals on Thoroughbreds, competing to the FEI Intermediaire I level. She has her USEF “R” license in dressage, her “S” license in eventing, and “r” in western dressage. She is also a USEF “S” eventing technical delegate, FEI 3*/4* eventing judge, FEI 1*/2* eventing technical delegate, and a Level 2 FEI eventing steward. She was formerly the executive director of the American Saddlebred Horse Association, and also served more than 14 years in a variety of roles for the United States Pony Clubs, including activities director, finance and administration director, interim executive director and chief operating officer. Prior to her tenure at the Pony Club, Karen served as the business manager for the American Hanoverian Society for five years. When her schedule permits, she competes her homebred Thoroughbred in dressage and eventing.

 

Maggie Wright, Field Hunter Judge and Field Hunter Course Designer

Maggie Wright, Lexington, KY, is the owner of Champagne Run Farm. She grew up riding and showing hunters, but was also involved in Pony Club and eventing. She has been teaching for more than 25 years, and coaches through the 2* level of eventing. She has developed the Champagne Run at the Park Horse Trials into one of the largest events in the United States, and organizes several other horse trials at the Kentucky Horse Park, Masterson Station Park and Champagne Run. She is also a member of the Iroquois Hunt Club.

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