My interest in Gypsy Cob and Drum Horses led me to serve as a planning and show committee member for A North American Gypsy Affaire (ANAGA). The show provided me with an opportunity to ringmaster and participate in the inspection process with Judges Brian Cash and James Taylor. This sparked an interest in becoming a carded Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Judge. Following the ANAGA show, I attended the GHRA Judging and Inspection Clinic held at Aunique Ranch in New Waverly, Texas. I apprentice judged the GHRA World Show with Art Perry in Fort Worth, Texas. The following year I was the Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Judge during the multi breed Far West Championship Show in Redmond, Oregon. In addition, I judged the Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse division of the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Oregon. I worked with well-known Gypsy breeders in the United Kingdom to further my knowledge of breed standards by evaluating horses in the field.
My successful fifty year contribution to the equine industry includes horse show management responsibilities and various Board member positions while owning and showing a variety of breeds including Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, Arabians, Miniature Horses, Saddlebreds and Morgans. My passion for judging started in 4-H, progressing to the Washington State University Meats and Livestock Judging Team, which led to over thirty years of judging open horse shows as a carded Senior Oregon Horsemen’s Association Judge. I am a certified member of the American Society of Equine Appraisers in addition to serving as a licensed multi-breed Judge and a United States Equestrian Federation Morgan Judge.