Judges Committee

Committee Purpose:

  • To provide guidance to NRHA Judges so they can consistently and accurately evaluate reining horse competition and meet the highest of standards.

  • Develop, refine and distribute methods to train and educate NRHA Judges in a manner consistent with opportunities identified in the long-range plan.

  • Develop and implement seminars to qualify and educate NRHA judges.

  • Manage and enhance the Judges Education and Evaluation Program to review and improve the work of judges.

  • Responsible for retaining and developing major event judges.


Chair: Eugenio Latorre, St Esteve De Palautordera, Spain

Vice Chair: Mike McEntire, Plymouth, California

Bob Kail, Scottsdale, Arizona 

Bub Poplin, Fruita, Colorado 

Craig Schmersal, Scottsdale, Arizona

Doug Allen, United Kingdom

Jared LeClair, Tioga, Texas

Maik Bartmann, Osthofen Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Margaret Fuchs, Canfield, Ohio

Matt Lantz, Fremont, Michigan 

Patrick Wickenheiser, Agua Dulce, California

Reid Fady, Collinsville, Texas

Sebastian Petroll, Whitesboro, Texas

Todd Sommers, Whitesboro, Texas


Judges Committee Teaching Panel

Bob Kail, Scottsdale, Arizona

Bub Poplin, Fruita, Colorado

Doug Allen, United Kingdom

Eugenio Latorre, St Esteve De Palautordera, Spain

Maik Bartmann, Osthofen Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Manuela Maiocchi, Italy

Margaret Fuchs, Canfield, Ohio

Mike McEntire, Plymouth, California

Ollie Griffith, Sarasota, Florida

Steve Ross, Scottsdale, Arizona



Stewards Committee

Committee Purpose: To protect the welfare and integrity of reining horses, as addressed in the long-range plan, while providing for a better showing experience for the membership

  • Responsible for the education and certification procedures of NRHA Stewards including developing and refining rules and policies for stewards.
  • Create educational materials on the acceptable training methods/practices of reining horses.
  • Responsible for assisting with the selection of NRHA Stewards at NRHA-owned events.


Chair: Van Luse, Whitesboro, Texas

Vice Chair: Walt Larson, Gilbert, Arizona

Alessandro Dezzutto, Rivarolo Canavese, Italy

Lyle Jackson, Alberta, Canada

Matt Lantz, Fremont, Michigan 

Richard Pokluda, Whitesboro, Texas

Sandy Jirkovsky, Whitesboro, Texas

Shane Brown​​​​​​​, Aubrey, Texas