Judges

We’re currently in the process of contracting a fabulous team of highly qualified judges who are experts in their respective disciplines. Watch here for updates – we can’t wait to share our panel with you!

Debbie Banfield – Driving    |    Cindy Butler – Western, Western Dressage, Showmanship, Games, Trail
Shane Ledyard – Hunter/Jumper & English    |    Sue Madden Mandas – Dressage

Debbie Banfield – Driving

With a driving career spanning decades, Judge Banfield has successfully competed in single, pair and four-in-hand at Combined Events and Pleasure Driving Shows around the country. In the late 1970’s she was short listed for the World Pairs, and she managed both entries of four-in-hands competing in the 1980 World Championship for the USA.

A Registered Licensed Official with the American Driving Society, United States Equestrian Federation and the Federation Equestre Internationale, Judge Banfield is a Registered Judge in the categories of Combined Driving, and Pleasure Driving, and has been an official for more than 25 years.

She currently serves on the USEF Carriage Pleasure Driving Committee and volunteers for the ADS Events Standards Committee. Judge Banfield has a passion for helping drivers with disabilities and was President of the United States Driving for the Disabled for 8 years. She has also been very involved with the American Driving Society, serving on multiple committees and as the Central Regional Representative. Along with her husband Dana, she has managed the Gayla Driving Center in Georgetown, KY for close to 30 years, teaching drivers, training horses, and sharing her knowledge of the sport.

Judge Banfield has earned immense popularity as an official due to her extensive experience, compassion for people, and the ability to organize both Combined Driving Events and Pleasure Driving Shows. For her enthusiasm and encouragement helping people and dedication to the Sport of Carriage Driving, she was awarded the Presidential Trophy in 2001, given by the President of the American Driving Society. In 2014, Judge Banfield was also awarded the prestigious ADS 40 x 40 Award, honoring 40 individuals in the last 40 years who have made a difference for the Society, and who have also worked diligently with related associations, breeds, disciplines, education and outreach.

Cindy Butler – Western, Western Dressage, Showmanship, Games, and Trail

Cindy Butler has been a carded horse show judge for over 20 years. She is a USEF R Western and r Western Dressage judge, and also holds cards from the NSBA, ABRA, IBHA, POAC, AMHA, AMHR (R), ASPC Modern (R) and Classic (R), and ASPR (R). Additionally, she is the founding and current President of the Western Dressage Association of Illinois and serves on the Western Dressage Association of America Board of Directors. In 2016 she was selected to judge the WDAA World Championship Show.

Bringing vast experience from her varied background, Judge Butler received her bachelor’s degree in Equestrian Science and Business Administration from William Woods College. She has shown horses most of her life, competing in everything from park harness to pole bending, jumping to five gaited classes, and western pleasure to competitive trail riding. She has earned multiple World Championship titles and high point awards in the show ring and on the trail. Along with her husband Andy, she currently operates a small stable near St. Louis, where she teaches riding in between judging shows and conducting horsemanship clinics. She also works full-time as an epidemiologist.

Shane Ledyard – Hunter/Jumper and English

Shane Ledyard grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with an interest in the outdoors, traditional sports, and horses. Surrounded by the rich history of the area, he was influenced by the deep cultural values of Bucks County and made it home to his successful career as a rider, instructor, trainer, and judge. He has judged hunters and equitation for USEF, IHSA, NCAA, and IEA shows, among others, and is a USEF “r” Judge and USHJA Certified Trainer. A well-respected coach, clinician, and motivator specializing in IHSA and IEA horse show preparation, Judge Ledyard uses proven, winning, classic American horsemanship training combined with compassion, humility, perseverance, faith, discipline and integrity. Author of the inspirational novel Horse Gone Silent, he currently resides in Bucks County with his wife and two children. We welcome Judge Ledyard as our hunter/jumper judge and as one of our featured mini-clinic presenters on Saturday, July 7th. Visit www.shaneledyard.com to learn more about Judge Ledyard.

Sue Madden Mandas – Dressage

Judge Mandas has been involved in the sport of Dressage as a competitor, trainer, breeder and instructor for over 40 years. She is a USEF S dressage judge, an R Sport Horse Breed judge, and an FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Judge. A longtime member of the USDF Sport Horse Committee, she currently also serves as an At-Large Director on the USDF Executive Board. Involved with breeding warmblood sport horses for many years, her first Grand Prix horse was one she bred, raised and trained herself, with instruction through clinics. Judge Mandas is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and earned the Silver and Gold Freestyle Bars. She has trained many horses to the FEI level, winning Regional Champion or Reserve Champion at every level, Second through Grand Prix, and making the USET longlist several times. Judge Mandas currently lives in Centerville, Ohio, where she rides, trains and teaches.