Susan Humes is a celebrated US Equestrian (USEF) “R” rated judge with a career spanning over four decades. Humes’ judging resume includes many of the country’s most prestigious horse shows such as the National Horse Show, the Devon Horse Show, the Los Angeles National Horse Show and the Hampton Classic, the Winter Equestrian Festival, to name a few. Humes also judged all of the major national equitation finals, including the Pony Medal Final, the AHSA/ USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, the ASPCA Maclay and the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Final. Humes is also the Vice Chairman of the National Horse Show.
Humes’ philosophy is that form follows function. Her primary goal of training is to improve horse and rider performance, followed by quality horse care and safety. Her insightful observations along with her professional advice and guidance have given her students the winning edge in the show ring for decades, with students winning each major equitation final. Fueled with a passion for horsemanship and education, Humes is dedicated to giving back to the sport that has given her so much.
Ken Smith owns and operates Ashland Farms in Wellington, Florida with his wife Emily. Since starting business in 1992 they have trained many national champions at major shows such as Devon, Harrisburg, Washington, and the National Horse Show. They have had top ten finishes in all three of the equitation medal finals and have trained students to both gold and silver medals in the FEI North American Young Rider Championships. Ken has judged many of the country’s top shows, including the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), the Northeast Maclay Regionals, the New England Medal Finals, and the Junior Hunter Finals. Ken has also served on the equitation and junior hunter committees for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
Kathy Newman, along with her husband Gerry and daughter Katherine, are the trio behind the successful Allwyn Court Farm and top hunter mare Dandelion. Kathy's great eye for detail when coaching has brought many inexperienced junior riders to the winner's circle of the professional ranks. Throughout her riding and coaching career Kathy's horses have earned many Horse of the Year (HOTY) awards, WEF Circuit Championships and International Hunter Derby titles. In 1992, she was recognized as Virginia Horse Show Association VHSA Horsewoman of the Year and in 2013 she was inducted into the VHSA Hall of Fame. Kathy has supported the industry as a USEF recognized judge with an “R” in hunter breeding, a member of the USEF International Derby Committee and sits on a multitude of USHJA committees.
Karen Healey began her professional career working for George Morris at Hunterdon from 1971-9174. She moved to California in 1981 and began her business at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. In the following years, she developed riders such as Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and 1998 AHSA Jr. Horsemen of the Year Jill Prieto. She is currently based at Whitethorne Stables. Healey’s riders have won over 100 medal finals and she has trained numerous champion hunters and jumpers at indoors. Her riders have also won many medals at the NAYRC and the Prix de States.