We welcome a wonderful lineup of qualified judges for the 2018 National Sport Horse Show. Read all about them below!
Shane Ledyard – Hunter/Jumper & English | Sue Madden Mandas – Dressage
Halter Judging Panel: Carolin Walz | Grace Greenlee | Ray Miller
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 newly named president of the Western Dressage Association of America. 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.
Halter Judging Panel
The National Show is pleased to present a panel of three judges, whose cards will be completed and submitted independently. Their separate placings will be combined for one set of ribbons for each class, but all three cards will be posted and pointed separately for HCC tallies!
Carolin Walz – Halter
A native of Germany, Carolin Walz is a lifelong horseperson who first became fascinated with horse breeding while in her teens. An equestrian rider since childhood, Judge Walz’s most notable riding and training influence was Dr. Reiner Klimke, with whom she had the good fortune to train during her university days in Münster. As a competitor, she became successful through FEI level, earning the USDF Silver Medal in the United States.
In Germany, she immersed herself in all things breeding — attending and exhibiting at stallion and mare inspections as well as the Bundeschampionat. Her interest in horse breeding led her to earn her USEF “R” Dressage Sporthorse Breeding license and judging, among others, the Majestic Farm Championships North Central USDFBC Finals, Serenity Park Breeders Classic Mid-States Region IV Qualifier & USDFBC Final, Arabian & Half Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, Morab Sport Horse Nationals, Dressage Under the Oaks IV & Southeast USDF Finals. Her work as judge culminated with judging the DSHB division at Dressage at Devon.
Together with her best friend, she started DreamTime Farm, a successful warmblood and thoroughbred breeding farm located in Lexington, KY. There, she serves as trainer, farm manager, and warmblood breeding consultant while being dedicated to producing superior sport horses, including one World Equestrian Games competitor, from DSHB to FEI level.
Grace Greenlee – Halter
Grace Greenlee is an internationally known and respected United States Equestrian Federation judge of over 28 years, having cards in Arabian, Andalusian, Friesian, and Saddle Seat Equitation. She has judged horse shows in most of the 50 states and in several foreign countries, including Australia, Canada and Brazil. In 1997, 2007 and 2016 she was selected as one of the judges for the U.S. Arabian and Half Arabian National Championships, a competition of well over 2,000 horses. She also judged the Canadian Arabian National Championships in 2005 and the U.S. Arabian Youth Nationals in 1995, 2002 and 2012. In 2016 she was one of the judges for the Andalusian World Cup. Judge Greenlee has judged national show divisions from Breeding/Halter to English, Western, Hunter Pleasure, Pleasure Driving and Working Western. Additionally, she has served as a Registry Evaluator for the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society since 2013. Judge Greenlee is also an active equine lecturer. She has taught numerous judging seminars at N.C. State University and in 2007 she was invited by the Arabian Horse Society of South Africa to travel to Capetown and Johannesburg to teach seminars on judging to the Arabian horse breeders and judges of South Africa.
Grace Greenlee is the owner and operator of Sans Souci Show Horses in Marion, North Carolina. Throughout her 25 years as a successful trainer and equitation coach, her won numerous National Championships, and her riders ranked among the top competitors in the nation. Although Judge Greenlee is no longer training for outside clients, she continues to own and manage an Arabian and Friesian breeding farm. She is also very active in the breed organizations for Arabians and Friesians. She has served on the United States Equestrian Federation’s Friesian Committee. She served for nine years as one of a six-member National Show Commission for the Arabian Sport Horse National Championships and also served as Chairman of the Arabian Sweepstakes Commission. She has served on The Arabian Registration Commission and the International Arabian Horse Association’s National Board of Directors and has been recognized by her peers on multiple occasions for her contributions, including receiving the prestigious AHA President’s Award.
Ray Miller – Halter
Ray Miller of Dundee, Ohio, has been a lifelong horseman. He grew up working with Belgian horses in the fields of Ohio, and then eventually seeking show hitch horses. When there wasn’t enough room left in the barn, he was encouraged to look into a more compact horse – the Haflinger. He went on to purchase his first pair of yearling fillies from breeder and importer, Robert MacArthur, in 1983.
Since that time, Judge Miller has become a reputable breeder in his own right. Owning as many as 20 registered Haflingers at one time, he became well known for his careful selection and impeccable preparation of young stock, making Mini Mountain Haflingers (MMH) a sought-after brand name and suffix by buyers of quality Haflinger horses.
One of Judge Miller’s most memorable accomplishments was producing, raising, and winning the AHR National Grand Champion Halter and Pleasure Driving classes the same year with his gelding, Wild Gold MMH. The selection and purchase of a young filly, Flawless WSF, was another highlight, as she went on to become an 81-point AHR Gold Classified mare.
Judge Miller first became interested in judging as he became more involved in the Haflinger breed, finding that he wanted to learn and offer more. Since that time, he has completed the requirements set forth by the American Haflinger Registry (AHR) to earn his “Senior C Level” judging status, the highest level possible within the American Haflinger Registry. Judge Miller is sought after as both a halter judge and an AHR Inspection & Classification judge and has officiated at the AHR National Futurity as well as open, miniature, and regional Haflinger breed shows for over 20 years.
After years of owning and operating his own farrier business, shoulder surgery forced Judge Miller to hang up his hammer and reduce his herd. However, his enthusiasm and commitment to the breed is forever strong as he continues to serve on several national and local committees, attend shows and sales, and occasionally prep horses for sales, classification, and competition.