2021 Iowa Horse Judges Directory

The judge’s directory provides a list of potential judges for committees to consider when selecting judges for open and 4-H shows in Iowa. 

Judges appearing on the list have met the following minimum requirements:

  1. Received a minimum grade of 85% on practical judging classes and 80% on a written examination.
  2. Attended a horse judge’s certification clinic at least once every three years.
  3. Completed an approved application form.
  4. Exception:  Judges who hold national breed judging cards and/or are approved 4-H judges from other states have completed the application form and have been approved by the state 4-H horse program committee.

To use the directory:

  1. Judges are listed as Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3
    1. Level 1 - judges must have 5 years judging experience or hold a national breed card.
    2. Level 2 - three years judging experience and/or collegiate judging experience.
    3. Level 3 - judges have recently started attended and passed the judges certification clinic and exam.
  2.  Show size indicates the size of show the judges are comfortable judging.
    1. Small Shows (classes of 15 horses or less)
    2. Medium Shows (classes of 35 horses or less)
    3. Large Shows (classes of 35 horses or more)
  3.  Judges were asked to rate their experience/preference for judging in the following categories. A is the most experienced or preferred classes, and F is the least experienced or preferred classes.
    • A = Most experienced/preferred class, extensive experience with judging classes
    • B = Class requirements well known, several experiences with judging classes
    • C = Familiar with class requirements, some experience with judging classes
    • D = Familiar with class requirements, a small amount of experience with judging classes
    • E = Somewhat familiar with class requirements, very little judging of these classes
    • = Unfamiliar with class requirements – have not judged these classes
  4. Judging team experience indicates the judge was on a 4-H/FFA or collegiate judging team.

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To view the directory click on City, Name or Experience Level to sort the list. Click on the individuals name to view information on the judge.


Horse Judges Directory

State Citysort descending Name Experience Level
MN Albert Lea Jodie Distad Level 1
IA Algona Heather Faber Level 1
IA Ames Caitlin Crine Level 3
IA Ames Jillian LaRue Level 1
IA Ames Meredith Behr Level 2
IA Ankeney Sierra Daniels (Rauch) Level 3
IA Ankeny Jill Paxton Level 1
IA Ankeny Martha Loney Level 2
MN Austin Kathryn Schley Level 1
IA Bedford Theresa Scheel-Davison Level 1
IA Bellevue Jessica Hingtgen Level 1
IA Bennett Katie Hall Level 2
IA Bernard Katie Connolly Level 2
IA Bernard Hillary Lynch Level 1
IA Boone Verlin Potts Level 1
IA Calamus Brodina Bousselot Level 3
IA Calamus Clark Darien Level 1
IA Cedar Falls Judi Nelson Level 1
IA Cedar Rapids Angela Buchhop Level 1
IA Charles City Lee Hoeft Level 3
IA Colo Emily Miller Level 1
IA Cresco Darlene Vsetecka Level 1
MN Currie Sam Jens Level 1
IA Decorah Tom Shroyer Level 1
IA Decorah Jen Soland Level 2
IA Decorah Sara Novotny Level 1
IA Duncombe Kris Fleener Level 1
NE Dunning T.L. Meyer Level 2
IA Elberon Myra Crawford Level 3
IA Eldora Natalie Cooley Level 3
IA Eldridge Gail Stevens Level 1
IA Ely Tory Wells Level 3
MN Eyota Teresa Lauth Level 1
IA Fort Dodge Mardi Ratzlaff Level 2
IA Glenwood Denise Jens Level 3
IA Gowrie Trevor Kalahar Level 3
IA Grand Junction Nikki Ferwerda Level 1
IA Grimes Cassie Willis Level 2
IA Grinnell Saundy Anderson Level 1
IA Grinnell Amy Jordan Level 2
IA Grinnell Stephanie Patterson Level 2
IA Hinton Sheila Smith Level 3
IA Holstein Keith Byers Level 3
IA Huxley Nora Beving Level 3
IA Iowa City Cheyenne Flory Level 3
IA Iowa Falls Megan Humphrey Level 1
IA Iowa Falls Joe Humphrey Level 1
IA Jewell Jerry Sharer Level 1
IA Knoxville Liz Spring Level 2
IA Knoxville Camryn Norton Level 3