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Meet the 2022 POAC National Congress Judges

Meet the 2022 POAC National Congress Judges
Meet the 2022 POAC National Congress JudgesPOAC News

National POAC is excited to share the list of Judges at this years POAC Congress

Dawn Scully has been involved in the horse show industry all her life ranging from showing National breed shows to open shows as well as being a show manager, ring steward, scribe and board member.  Dawn resides in Helenville, Wisconsin where she owns and runs her own salon. Dawn has 10 years of experience, holding cards with IBHA, ABRA, POAC, WIHA, WSHC, and Wisconsin 4H. Dawn is very excited and looks forward to judging everyone at the POAC National Congress for 2022.

Dan Grunewald, from Jefferson, Wisconsin, has been involved in the horse industry his entire life. Owner and Trainer of Dan Grunewald's Versatile Training and Clinics LLC. Dan has trained and shown numerous local, National & World Championships from Western Pleasure, Western Trail, Western Riding & Multiple Ranch Horse Classes.  He has also always believed in setting the equine and rider up for success in his numerous clinics that he provides around the country. He is also recognized and honored to hold National judges cards in POAC, NSBA, IBHA, ABRA,PtHA PHBA,ARHA, FQHR, NVRHA. "Dan would like to  personally wish everyone a fun, safe  and successful Show."

Stephanie McConnell lives in New Trenton IN where she owns McConnell Performance Horses, one of Indiana's premier mare management facilities for running Quarter Horses.   She is also the Equine Farm Manager and Equestrian Coach at Wilmington College.

Along with her POA card she  holds her APHA , ApHC, PHBA, PtHA, NSBA, ARHA,  IBHA, ABRA , NASMA and ASHA cards. Having previously judged the German Appaloosa Championship Show, ABRA World, Color Breed Congress, PHBA Youth World, IBHA World, Buckskin Congress and Appaloosa Congress Stephanie is excited to be judging the POA  Congress and wishes everyone good luck and to enjoy their time in Tulsa.

Dennis L. Clement has been involved with judging equine shows for 33 years. Dennis is certified to judge 4-H youth equine shows for Michigan and The Ohio State Universities. Dennis also holds national breed association judges’ cards with the Pinto Horse Association of America (PtHA), International Buckskin Horse Association (IBHA), American Buckskin Horse Registry (ABRA) and Ponies of America (POA). Over the past 33 years Dennis has judged well over 900 open, 4-H and breed shows. Dennis has judged at the All-American Youth Horse Show (2000 and 2003), Michigan State 4-H Show (junior and senior divisions), Ohio State Fair Production Show, East Regional Miniature Horse Championship Show (jumping, obstacle and liberty divisions) and the 2017 Warm-Up to the World IBHA Show. Dennis is employed with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in Columbus, Ohio.

Jeff owns and operates Jeff Ray Show Horses. He moved his business in 2018 from Rochester, Minnesota to Owasso, Oklahoma. He specializes in Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, and all around events. Jeff has trained and coached numerous world and national champions in ApHC, APHA, PtHA, ABRA, and has judged ApHC and ABRA World Show, ApHC Youth World, ApHC Nationals, Appaloosa European Championship, Canadian Appaloosa Nationals, and the Reichert Celebration.

I have been involved in the Horse industry all my life. Started showing ponies when I was 10 and progressed from there. From that beginning I started Judging shows in 1976 and went on to become carded with a total of 7 different breed associations. I have been fortunate enough to have Judged a show in all 50 states of the United States and 28 foreign countries. I have Judged World Shows numerous times for 4 of the breeds and almost all the major circuits in the country. I have a multi-line Insurance Agency that allows me to travel.  I enjoy good horses and good people, and usually find them both together.

Amanda Jones is from a small town in Northeastern Oklahoma. She lives with her husband, Reid Jones, and four-year-old son, Ryder Jones where they run a small commercial cow/calf operation. Amanda just completed her third year as the Agriculture Education Teacher at Ketchum Public Schools. Prior to working at Ketchum, Amanda was a college instructor for seven years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where she coached the collegiate horse judging and equestrian team. Amanda enjoys judging in her free time with multiple associations such as IHSA, YEDA, IEA, ABRA and Level 1 AQHA shows. Amanda truly has a passion for the horse show industry and is honored to be judging at the POAC National Congress.

Josh Tjosaas has been a certified horse judge for over 25years starting his certified judging in the Minnesota 4-H Horse Association. He expanded his cards to the Western Saddle Club Association of Minnesota and Wisconsin along with Pony of the America, Pinto Horse Association of America, National Snaffle Bit Association, American Paint Horse Association, Palomino Horse Breeders of America Association and American Stock Horse Association. His judging highlights judging the 2019 Color Breed Congress show along with being able to judge. He has also judged the WSCA Championship Show (largest open show in the USA) 10 times along with the Minnesota State 4-H Show 8 times. He has also been involved with the National FFA Horse Career Development Event Committee for 10 years and will serve as the committee chair starting in 2022.

He began his Josh horse showing career competing in game/speed events at age 2 through the MN WSCA and when he was old enough in the MN 4-H program. Now, Josh along with his wife Alyssa show their AQHA, PtHA and WSCA shows in MN and ND and also have two miniature horses, Juan and Jax that they show at PtHA shows.

Josh works as a Farm Business Management Instructor for Northland Community and Technical College out of his office in Moorehead, MN as well as serving as the Minnesota State Farm Business Management Database leader. Prior to working as a FBM instructor, he taught high school agriculture in Hector, MN for 13 years.

Josi Reed, of Okmulgee, OK, earned her masters degree in Agriculture from West Texas A&M University. Josi has been a member of, and later coached, multiple world and national champion horse judging and equestrian teams at West Texas A&M University and NEO A&M College. Josi is also an approved AQHA Level 1 judge and enjoys traveling to judge and ring steward at shows across the US.

My life long love affair with horses began when I was just four years old.  With my horse training career began at the ripe age of 15 with the purchase of a horse from the sale barn.  I rode, trained and showed her in local 4-h clubs, as well as competing in judging contests with 4H.  

Since the time of my training beginnings I have been blessed to train and show many world and reserve world champions in various events.  Training horses and giving them the confidence to do their jobs is but one part of my training career.  My real love is coaching and teaching people to be successful with those horses with which I have trained.  I train HUS, Jumping, Western Riding, Trail as well as pleasure.  

I have an affinity for color bred horses and in such have the pleasure of holding judging cards in various color breeds.  Currently with POAC & ABRA while pursuing several other color breed judges cards.

I am always excited to continue learning from horses as well as other competitors, while continuing on this journey that began at 4 years old, called “My Love of Horses”!

Congress Judge list continues with...

Jill Paxton

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