Over the last thirty years Mario has officiated at horse shows on five different continents. His judging assignments have included the US Arabian Nationals, the AQHA World, Amateur World, Select World and Youth World, NRHA Futurity and Derby, All American Quarter Horse Congress, International Quarter Horse Championships, Italian Reining Derby, European Reined Cow Horse Derby, and Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Mario is an AQHA, APHA, NRHA, NRCHA, NSBA, PtHA, POAC, ApHC, ABRA, USEF Western & Reining, FEI and EQUINE CANADA, approved Judge, and AQHA and NRHA approved Steward.
James Gholson was born and raised on his family’s ranch in Aspermont, Texas. He has worked full or part time on just about every ranch in the area from Aspermont to Matador, Texas. While working for the Matador’s, he met and married June Sandefer, his wife and best friend of 43 years. They have two sons, Carl and Jay, one daughter, April Dingman, and seven grandchildren. Horses have been a big part of James’ life. His joy and love for riding good horses has made him a full time student of horsemanship. He has been successful in showing in RHAA, RCHA, NCHA, and Team Roping.
Lance Treptow of Omro, Wisconsin, is an approved judge with the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Snaffle Bit Association who has judged throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has judged such shows as the AQHYA World Show, the Italian National Championships, the Swedish National Championships, the Florida Gold Coast, the Scottsdale Classic and the Pacific Coast Championships. Lance has trained and shown quarter horses for more than 40 years and has multiple AQHA championships, Superior Event earners, Congress winners and top 10 World Show horses to his credits.
Courtney Fuller is originally from Alberta, Canada and grew up showing Quarter Horses in all around events. She showed with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association while attending West Texas A&M University. As Courtney was completing a Masters degree in Animal Science, she was the Assistant Horse Judging Coach for WTAMU. After college, she obtained both her NRHA and AQHA judge’s cards. Courtney and her husband live in McLean, Texas where they raise registered Black Angus cattle and show and raise a few ranch, roping and cow horses; all while having day jobs as instructors at a junior college.
Dr. Jim Heird recently relocated to College Station, Texas, where he will oversee a new equine initiative at Texas A&M University. He was previously Director of Teaching and Outreach for the Equine Center at Colorado State University, where he directed the Colorado Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program. An approved judge for the
American Quarter Horse Association, Dr. Heird judges and holds clinics locally, nationally and internationally.
Linda Long has been judging since 2000, and trained horses for over 40 years. She has trained, coached World Champion horses, youth, non-pro. Linda also coached the Israel youth team and the Australian youth team. She judged the 2012 Aphc World Championship, the 2011 Apphc futurity held during the World Show, the 2011 Australian Nationals, European Pleasure Celebration. Linda specializes in all-around events. She has trained, showed World, National and European Champions in just about all events from western pleasure, trail, western riding, hunter under saddle, pleasure driving.
Tommy Houston of Bluff Dale, Texas, has been involved in the horse industry for many years. He began judging over 25 years ago and holds cards in the NCHA, AQHA and APHA. Tommy has judged five AQHA World Shows in youth, amateur and open events. Besides judging, he is a 48-year AQHA breeder and has produced horses with honor roll titles in cutting, team roping and calf roping.
Richard has ridden, trained and judged dressage for over 40 years. He was fortunate to come under the tutelage of Franz Rochowansky, former senior Oberbereiter at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, early in his dressage career, and privileged to work with “Rock” for over 25 years in Texas and in Europe. Richard has also ridden with Mr. Hans Biss of Hamburg, Germany, for the past 28 years, hosting numerous clinics at Reiterhof. Richard has competed through Intermediare II and has trained a number of horses and riders to successful Grand Prix competition. Richard has also been instrumental in furthering the careers of several young dressage professionals in Regions 9 and 10.
Born into a family of horse enthusiasts in 1955, Terry Helder has been involved in the horse industry practically all his life. Since 1986, along with Peg, his wife of 38 years, their daughter Diane, her husband Bryan Richard and their granddaughter Teah, Terry has owned and operated Evergreen Farm, an APHA /AQHA breeding, training and showing facility in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Evergreen Farm has become one of the largest all around performance horse breeding programs on the East coast. Horses carrying their brand (Ef) can be seen competing in every venue from dressage rings to rodeo arenas. The Helders’ training program has produced 13 National and World Champions and 11 Reserve Champions.
Sherrye Johnson Trafton is the first carded judge for the Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Inc. She is an AQHA Judge, a NRHA judge and an All Breed/All Discipline Open Show Judge. Sherrye serves on the AQHA Youth committee and holds memberships in NSBA, NRHA, NCHA, NBBHA, USDF, USET, USEF, NEHC, AQHA Pro Horseman and GCSA. Reference to shows: Ohio State Fair; Skovde, Sweden; Sorel, Quebec; Farmington, New Mexico; Owoso, MI; Winona, MN; Tampa, FL; Cobleskill, NY. Sherrye has served as a judge’s steward for the All American Quarter Horse Congress, AQHyA World Championship Show and paddock judge at the All American QH Congress.