FOSH is the only international organization dedicated to the promotion of the sound-gaited horse emotionally, mentally, and physically.
FOSH’s judging program, Independent Judges Association (IJA), involves judges and professionals who have multi-breed licenses on top of being gaited horse specialists. Please check out the links below to learn more about IJA. You can also visit our IJA Rule Book page to learn about the programs’ rules and standards.
Robin Clifford is passionate about judging and enjoying all breeds of gaited horses. She specializes in breeding and showing rare colors 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.
Keith Dane has been involved with TWHs for most of his life and has shown extensively in the eastern U.S. Currently. He enjoys trail riding and judging shows for most gaited breeds. He was the IJA Director of Judges and FOSH President from 2002 to 2003.
Mimi Busk-Downey has been working with gaited breeds since 1974 in the U.S. and Canada. She has been an IJA judge since 1992. Mimi has been in Peruvian, and FOSH shows and has raised single-footers and Peruvians. Aside from being a board member of PHAC, she also serves in NAPHA on the Rules Committee and as Chair of the Judges Accreditation Committee. Mimi also writes articles and has done seminars on gaited horses in Canada, the U.S., and Australia.
Rick Evans has raised, trained, and exhibited naturally gaited horses since moving to Colorado in 1999. “At Evans Gait in Kiowa, CO, we believe that gaited breed horses are well suited to almost any equine activity, including rail, packing, trail, driving, drill team, parade, roping, sorting, gymkhana, and dressage. We strive to achieve well-rounded horses and riders with the use of natural and classical training techniques.” — Rick.
He has also been involved in 4-H activities since 1989, including livestock exhibiting and judging, and shooting sports. Rick currently serves as the Rocky Mountain Region Rocky Mountain Horse Association president.
Sally has a 35-years of experience with TWH and 20 years of experience in the judging arena with the IJA, NHSC, and IPWA. She has trained and shown 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. Sally is also experienced in hosting clinics, organizing schooling shows, managing shows, and organizing trial trials. She currently owns 1 Kentucky Mountain Horse and 12 TWH.
Betsy McHugh is a professional horseman with over 35 years of experience in the industry. After completing a five-year apprenticeship in Equine Studies/Training/Farm Management, Betsy pursued a full-service professional career. Training and showing horses at the national and international level, and instructing riders to championship achievements, Betsy is a noted horseman. After Betsy earned a national and international license to judge and proved her competence and honesty, she was invited to judge the Mundial (World Cup) twice. In 2010, she was awarded the peer award PFHA Trainer of the Year. As a dedicated horseman, Betsy serves the horse industry as a trainer/instructor/mentor, clinician, consultant, and judge.
Julie Moore grew up riding and training Tennessee Walking horses for Versatility events in eastern Oregon. In 1972, she moved to Florida and spent several years instructing and training 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 2009 MFTHBA Boss Man Versatility Futurity World Championship and the MFTHBA’s annual celebration.
Julie has been an MFTHBA judge since 2001, specializing in Versatility and judging gaited horse shows across the country and in Germany. She also conducts gaited horse clinics across the U.S., using natural horsemanship and dressage principles to develop natural gaits and enhance the relationship between horses and their riders. Julie is now training Missouri Foxtrotters at Mille-Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she currently lives in.
Since 1971, Diane J. Sept has been involved with Tennessee Walking Horses in Montana, where she rode Walkers for ranch work, shows, and rodeo. She had her first judge’s license in 1980. Her career is all about 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 America teaching Connected Riding clinics on smooth gait and walks or trot horses.
In 1987, a black Tennessee Walking Horse — Midnight Shamen, was born. Pauline’s love affair began, and she has never turned back. As she learned about the TWHs, her passion for this gaited breed consumed her. And so did the truths about how a large portion of the breed spend their lives in suffering and pains — all for the sake of show ring ribbons.