Got Gait – Go FOSH
A Champion for All Gaited Horses

IJA Judging Program

2016 IJA Judges

Christine Beasley
147 Dobson Road
Troy, MO 63379
636-528-7656
spottedpony@centurytel.net

IJA

Chris Beasley


Martha Chatten
PO Box 41
Tuckahoe, NJ 08250
609-743-1094
mchatten_gm@hotmail.com

IJA

Martha Chatten
I was raised on a small farm in southern New Jersey. My family has raised TWH for many years. I was fortunate enough to work with gaited horses and non gaited breeds as well. It was a TWH that taught me how to jump and it was a warmblood that I continued with. We advocated sound and naturally gaited horses and have always supported organizations that do the same. To this extent, when I turned 25, I became a licensed judge through IJA, a subsidiary of FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses).


Robin Clifford
8024S Lodgepole Dr.
Sandy, Utah 84094
801-651-6555
redfeatherranch@hotmail.com

IJA
MFTHBA Performance & Versatility
UFTHA

Robin Clifford
Robin Clifford has a passion for judging and enjoying all breeds of gaited horses. Her specialty is breeding and showing rare colours and curly coats of the naturally gaited Missouri Fox Trotters. Robin loves the hardy yet sweet nature of the gaited breeds, a bonus to the versatility of the gaits that are great for all chosen riding disciplines. She feels honored to judge and ride these amazing animals.


Suzanne E.B. Cobb
30 Neale Rd.
Royalston, MA 01368
978-249-9880
suzannagaits@gmail.com

IJA
IJA Gaited Dressage

Suzanne Cobb
I grew up in Connecticut among Saddleseat Morgans and camp horses. In 1983 I was introduced to Tennessee Walking Horses by my husband whose boyhood of bareback rides on foundation stock set my expectations high. We have been breeding, training and promoting the breed ever since. Since the age of 16, I have been a teacher in several disciplines. I have been sharing sound practices and good horses under saddle and in harness through FOSH since 2001.


William B. Coon
31 Canyon Rd.
Herriman, Utah 84096
801-254-9369
wbotis@gmail.com

IJA
IJA Gaited Dressage
UMH –“A”
Steward - NAPHA

Bill Coon
Trail riding and showing TWH’s Tennessee Walking Horses have been a major part of Bill and his wife Donna’s life for 43 years. They rode gaited breed in the mountains of California and Utah. They began a shift toward more natural management of horses in 1995. In 2001 they attended the FOSH championships in Denver, liked what they saw and Bill joined the FOSH Board. They are proponents of Natural-Horseman-Ship as prescribed by Pat Parelli. Since 2005 they have taken their horses as natural as possible moving to barefoot. Currently an EAC member, Bill is a Past President of FOSH and past President of the Back Country Horsemen of Utah.


Keith Dane
12809 Clarksburg Square Rd.
Clarksburg, MD 20871
410-258-8318
djuj@aol.com

IJA
KMSHA/SMHA
RMHA (SR)
UMH - (AAA)
NAPHA
PFHA
USEF - Paso Fino (r)
Steward - NAPHA

Keith Dane
Keith Dane has been involved with TWH’s for most of his life, and showed extensively in the eastern U.S. Currently he enjoys trial riding and judging shows for most gaited breeds. He was IJA Director of Judges and FOSH President from 2002 – 2003 and currently serves on FOSH’s Executive Advisory Committee and as its USDA liaison on HPA issues.


Mimi Busk Downey
PO Box 449
Acme, Alberta
CANADA T0M 0A0
403-546-4331
soberano31@gmail.com

IJA
NAPHA

Mimi Busk Downey
Mimi Busk-Downey has been involved with gaited breeds since 1974 in the US and Canada. She has been a judge since 1992. She show in Peruvian and FOSH shows, and have raised Peruvians and Single-Footers. She is on the Board of PHAC, and serves in NAPHA on the Rules Committee and as Chair of the Judges Accreditation Committee. She writes articles and has done seminars on gaited horses in the US, Canada and Australia.


Cheyenne Dunham
2656 NE State Route U
Hamilton, MO 64644
816-284-3196
crdp77@mail.missouri.edu

IJA


Alece Ellis
1640 McKelvey Road
Greenback, TN 37742
913-515-4850
alece@arthlink.net

IJA
MFTHBA
RMHA – Senior
UMH
IJA Gaited Dressage

Alece Ellis "IJA Judge"
In addition to her IJA Judges' License (including IJA Dressage), Alece holds judging cards for multiple gaited breeds. She scribes for USEF Judges (from L – S) at local to national championship level shows which has enhanced her eye for correct dressage riding in any breed. Alece believes correct use of the training pyramid is important for any breed or discipline and is committed to building a solid foundation of rhythm and relaxation.

Alece teaches riders the importance of equine biomechanics and how to assist the horse to become balanced and supple with the use of this knowledge in their ground and under-saddle work. Alece says "the relationship between form, function and gait is my passion” and to that end works to help riders and their horses develop a relaxed, soft and unified relationship. Alece is from east Tennessee with her 2 Rocky Mountain Horses and 1 Tennessee Walker.


Richard (Rick) Evans
PO Box 249
Kiowa, CO 80117
303-646-0919
rick@evansgait.com

IJA
IJA Gaited Dressage

Rick Evans
Rick Evans has raised, trained, and exhibited naturally gaited horses since moving to Colorado in 1999. “At EvansGait in Kiowa, CO, we believe that gaited breed horses are well suited to almost any equine activity including rail, trail, packing, drill team, driving, parade, gymkhana, roping, sorting, and dressage. We strive to achieve a well rounded horse and rider using classical and natural training techniques”. Rick has been involved in 4-H activities since 1989 including livestock judging and exhibiting, and shooting sports. Rick currently serves as President of the Rocky Mountain Region Rocky Mountain Horse Association.


Sally L. Frones
2290 Schelinder Road
Carlton, MN 55718
218-389-6302
sallyfrones@yahoo.com

IJA
KMSHA/SMHA
UMH - “AA”
RMHA
Steward - NHPHA

Sally Frones
Sally has 35 years experience with TWH and 20 years experience in the judging arena with NHSC, IPWAH and IJA. Sally trained and showed 3 TWH to Supreme Versatility champions and Youth Superior Champion as well as many to Tri-State Championships. She has judged Mountain Horse for 12 years. She has experience in hosting clinics, organizing schooling shows, managing shows and organizing trail trials. She currently owns 12 TWH and 1 Kentucky Mountain Horse.


Nola Giddings
887 Solano Ct.
El Sobrante, CA 94803
510-758-7786
Dorado887@yahoo.com

IJA


E. Gene Holloway
8009 Morningside Drive
Erie, CO 80516
303-909-5222
303-776-3346 *9 fax
janwayhh@gmail.com

IJA
Fjord Horse Association
KMSHA/SMHA
UMH A– “A”
USEF- Arabian (R)
USEF - ½ Arabian (R)
USEF - Andulusian (R)
USEF - Fresian (r)
USEF - National Show Horse Registry (r)
USEF - Western & Stock Seat Equitation(R)
AMHA - Senior A (Miniature)
FjordHarse Association

Gene Holloway
As a farrier, judge, ringmaster, announcer and instructor, Gene has developed an excellent eye for assessing conformation and performance in many breeds of horses. He enjoys their beauty and intelligence. He began training, horse shoeing and showing in 1965. He began judging in 1970 and now judges 10 to 20 shows a year in many disciplines including numerous National Shows. In his career he has judged over 12 different breeds and is pleased to be a member of IJA. He has worked with youth of many breeds and is especially proud of the times his students won National Championships in Equitation.


Ottis Jean Lane
2216 Hwy 1569
Wellington, KY 40387
606-768-3734
ottisjeanlane@yahoo.com

IJA
IJA Gaited Dressage
KMSHA/SMHA - “AAA”
MPHA
RMHA Senior
UMH - “AAA”

Ottis Jean Lane
I have been involved with and owned horses for almost 50 years. I have shown and trained Mountain Horses, American Saddlebreds and TWHs. I began judging horse shows about 10 years ago with the Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Assoc. A couple years later, I became licensed with IJA, the Mountain Pleasure Horse Association and the Rocky Mt. Horse Association. Since then I became licensed with the United Mountain Horse as well as renewing with the KMSHA. I no longer show, but breed for trail and show prospects. Ottis is currentlyserving her second year as president of the Mountain Pleasure Horse Association and sits on the Kentucky's Farm Bureau Equine Advisory Committee. In November 2011 Ottis Jean was elected to the Kentucky Horse Council Board of Directors for 2012 t0 2014. She owns nine MP, KM and RM horses age yearling to 18 years.


Laurie A. LeRoy
436 Wilderness Trail
Jamestown, TN 38556
931-397-7527
LeRoy.Laurie@gmail.com

IJA
RMHA - Senior
MPHA
ACTHA (All rated Trail Program)

Laurie LeRoy
Laurie's background includes experience with Quarter Horses, Paso Finos, and Rocky Mountain Horses as a member of a very active Mounted Posse Unit in Florida. She served on the HCMP board, attended many police trainings, natural horsemanship clinics, police competitions, as well as supporting their horse shows and youth programs. Laurie and her husband, Paul, owned a horse ranch/boarding facility in Florida and are long time proponents of the sound and natural horse. Owning Rockies for over 10 years, she is a RMHA Examiner, and a founding member, past President and Board Member of the Florida RMHA. She has experience as a show manager, announcer, equipment steward, and ring judge. Laurie now lives in Tennessee, and enjoys trail riding in the mountains.


Betsy McHugh
1108 W Tri Oaks Ln #147
Houston, Texas 77043
801-440-9172
betsymchgh@gmail.com

IJA
UMH
PFHA - senior
International Confepaso - all modalities
Paso Division - Intn H
USEF - Paso Fino Division - R

Betsy McHugh
Betsy McHugh is a professional horseman with over 35 years of industry experience. After completing a five year apprenticeship in Equine Studies/Training/Farm Management Betsy pursued a career as a full service professional. Training and showing horses at the national and international level, instructing riders to championship achievements, Betsy is a noted horseman. Earning a national and international license to judge and proving competence and honesty she was invited to judge the Mudial (World Cup) on two occasions. In 2010 Betsy was awarded the peer award PFHA Trainer of the year. As a dedicated horseman Betsy continues to serve the horse industry as a train/instructor/mentor, judge, clinician and consultant.


Julianne (Julie) Moore
381 Audubon Road
Rogersville, MO 65742
417-753-4527
941-356-9525
Jmoore11199@earthlink.net

IJA
MFTHBA

Julie Moore
Julie Moore grew up riding and training Tennessee Walking horses for Versatility events in eastern Oregon. She moved to Florida in 1972 where she spent several years training and instructing in the Hunter/Jumper and Dressage disciplines. Julie has been a professional trainer for over 35 years in multiple equine disciplines including Combined Driving. She won the 2003 World Grand Champion Versatility award at the MFTHBA’s annual Celebration and the 2009 MFTHBA Boss Man Versatility Futurity World Championship. She has been a MFTHBA Judge since 2001, specializing in Versatility and Judged gaited horse shows across the country and in Germany. She also conducts gaited horse clinics across the country using natural horsemanship and dressage principles to develop natural gaits and enhance the relationship between riders and their horses. Julie is now living and training Missouri Foxtrotters at Mille-Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Bobbie Clark Rapp
5286 South Plantation Street
Pahrump, NV 89048
775-727-0794
bsillyfilly@yahoo.com

IJA

Bobbie Clark Rapp

I started showing horses at the age four. Through the teen years, I showed Quarter horses, (western on the rail, equitation); reining, (worked for Ronnie Richards); Thoroughbreds, (English rail work, equitation, and over fences on hunters): Arabians: Saddlebreds (both 3 gaited and five gaited); worked at the Polo. After I was injured in a car wreck and unable to ride walk-trot horses for any length of time, I remembered a ride on a Walking Horse. I bought my first Walking Horse in 1964. I opened the boarding and training Silly Filly Stable in 1965 in Corona, CA. After an apprentice ship, I trained both Walking Horses and Fox Trotters and taught the owners how to ride. In 1993, my husband and I closed the Stable and relocated to Pahrump, NV.

Debbie Rash
12816 La Brida Avenue
Chino, CA 91710
909-247-8733
909-591-4216 fax
debrash21@gmail.com

IJA
USEF - Paso Fino
WPCSA - “gold”
MFTHBA
RMHA - junior
ASAC/AMHR/ASPR - Miniature, Shetland

Debbie Rash
I have owned horse for 42 years. Some of the breeds I have been involve with are Quarter Horses, Morgan horses Saddlebred horses Welsh Pony, Hackney Pony and Tennessee Walking Horses. I feel that horse showing is an art and one can never stop striving for the best performance. I love every aspect of showing, whether it be competing or judging.


Diane J. Sept-Sutton
855 Greenville Rd
Denver, PA 17517
717-336-6346
Fax 717-392-8271
dianesept@aol.com

IJA
IJA Gaited Dressage - Senior Judge
PA4H
UMH - “A”
Steward - NAPHA

Diane Sept-Sutton
Diane J. Sept has been involved with Tennessee Walking Horses since 1971 in Montana where she rode Walkers for ranch work, rodeo and show. Diane had her first judge's license in 1980. Her profession revolves around horses and all breeds are a part of her life. Several students and horses have won national versatility titles. Diane owns Back To Basics Equine Awareness where she teaches and works with horses from her home base in Denver, Pa. She travels around the country teaching Connected Riding clinics on smooth gaited and walk/trot horses.


Pauline Stotsenberg
40730 Calle Bandido
Murrieta, CA 92562
951-461-6587
ps@yesteryearfarms.net

IJA

Pauline Stotsenberg
In 1987 a black Tennessee Walking Horse - Midnight Shamen was born. My love affair began and I’ve never turned back. As I became educated about the TWHs, my passion for this gaited breed consumed me, unfortunately so did the truths about how a large portion of the breed spend their lives in pain and suffering for the sake of a ribbon in the show ring. When FOSH was being formed, it was clear to me that its founding principles were in alignment with mine. I became involved and was licensed as a judge through FOSH with the first group of IJA Judges. I enjoy Judging in situations where correctly gaited, freely moving and versatile horses are rewarded in conjunction with the Rules and Regulations as defined in the IJA Rule Book. Midnight Shamen died in 2010, he is buried in my back yard. While I miss my dear friend and teacher, the seeds of hope that he planted and legacy he leaves behind will never die.


Gina Vehige
115 West Lincoln Lane
Winfield, MO 63389
636-566-8279
gvehige115@gmail.com

IJA

Gina Vehige
For the past several years Gina has been the president of GaitWay Horse Association (GWHA), a recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit equine organization dedicated to the humane training, showing, and promotion of gaited horses. GWHA sponsors numerous shows, clinics, sound horse demonstrations, and equine events in Missouri including the North American Pleasure Gaited Horse Championships in 2005 and 2009. Gina publishes a weekly column (Horsen’ Around Lincoln County) to give a voice to local equine events, topics of interest, and to advocate for the humane treatment of all equines. She also serves as a judge for the local rodeo queen crowning event where exhibitors are judged on their knowledge of the equine industry and horsemanship skills. Gina has a particular passion for the “using horse”; one that can be enjoyed on the trails as well as in the show ring and believes almost every horse has the potential to succeed in the right environment and the right show division. After showing her own horses for over ten years at the local, regional, and national level, she has a unique appreciation and respect for the hard work of the exhibitor and considers it an honor to be asked to judge a horse show. Gina resides in Winfield, Missouri with her husband and “built-in ringmaster” Darryl, four horses, three cats, three dogs, and seventeen chickens.


Provisional and Pending

Jayme Anderson
PO Box 631
Wildomar, CA
951-544-5760
justamazing@aol.com


Norma Angele
92376 Dog Lake Lane
Lakeview, OR 97630
503-819-0820
horsetrax@hotmail.com


Lynn Gallup
1351 Dowd Road
Carthage, NC 28327
919-961-0675
gracewoodfarmretreat@gmail.com


IJA Judges for Dressage with Gaited Horses

Senior Gaited Dressage Judge & IJA Judge

Diane J. Sept-Sutton
855 Greenville Rd
Denver, PA 17517
717-336-6346
Fax 717-392-8271
dianesept@aol.com

Senior Gaited Dressage Judge

K C Parkins-Kyle - Senior Judge
2870 Flintwood Rd
Franktown, CO 80116-9324
(303) 841-9953
murphyhors@aol.com

Learner Gaited Dressage Judge & IJA Judge

Suzanne E. Cobb
30 Neale Rd.
Royalston, MA 01368
978-249-9880
suzannagaits@live.com

Martha Chatten
PO Box 41
Tuckahoe, NJ 08250
609-743-1094
mchatten_gm@hotmail.com

William B. Coon
31 Canyon Rd.
Herriman, Utah 84096
801-254-9369
wbotis@gmail.com

Alece Ellis
1640 McKelvey Road
Greenback, TN 37742
913-515-4850
alece@arthlink.net

Rick Evans
PO Box 249
Kiowa, O 80117
303-646-0919
rick@locktrack.com

Nola Giddings
887 Solano Ct.
El Sobrante, CA 94803
510-758-7786
Dorado887@yahoo.com

Ottis Jean Lane
2216 Hwy 1569
Wellington, KY 40387
606-768-3734
ottisjeanlane@yahoo.com

Pauline Stotsenberg
40730 Calle Bandido
Murrieta, CA 92562
951-461-6587
ps@yesteryearfarms.net

Learner Gaited Dressage Judge

Julie Dillon
422 Riverdale Road
Goffstown, NH 03045
603-497-5844
603-289-1174 (cell)
horsefeathersnh@comcast.net

Lynn Gallup
PO Box 271
New Hill, NC 27562
919-961-0675 (cell)
info@gracewoodpasos.com

Kirsten Kuzmanic
PO Box 2848
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
951-440-4615
kirstenk38@gmail.com

Christy Taylor - Learner Status
1352 W. Syphon Road
Pocatello, ID 83204
208-637-2755
sherchri@isu.edu

*Associations

ABRA – American Buckskin Registry Association
AHR - Haflinger
AMHA - American Morgan Horse Association
AMHA American Miniature Horse Association
AMHR – American Miniature Horse Registry
APHA - Paints
ASPC – American Shetland Pony Club
IAHA - International American Horse Association
IJA – Independent Judges Association
KMSHA – Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association
KNGHA – Kentucky Natural Gaited Horse Association
MFT – Missouri Fox Trotters
MPHA – Mountain Pleasure Horse Association
NEHC – New England Horseman’s Council
NAPHA – North American Peruvian Horse Association
PFHA – Paso Fino Horse Association
POAC – Ponies of the Americas Club
PPHRNA - Peruvian Paso Horse Registry of North American
PtHA – Pinto Horse Association
RMHA – Rocky Mountain Horse Association
UMH – United Mountain Horse
USEF – United States Equestrian Federation
WPCSA – Welsh Pony and Cob

The Independent Judges Association

The Independent Judges Association was founded in 1998, as a subset of Friends of Sound Horses, to provide a source of trained and qualified gaited pleasure horse judges to preside at open, saddle club and gaited breed specific shows.

General Requirements to Hold an IJA License

Restrictions on Personal Conduct as a Condition of Licensure

Relationships between Judges and Exhibitors - Conflict of Interest

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