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2022 Judges

Todd Allen

I'm Todd Allen, I have been involved in horses for the past 40 years.  Got my start in 4-H in Allen County, Ohio as a youth.  Built a foundation of experience training and showing Quarter Horses and Paints with a few influential trainers across Ohio.  At the end of my youth career, I showed on a national level representing Ohio at the AQHA Youth World Show.  I started judging in 2000 and have been on the Ohio

4-H Approved Judges list and been an active member of the Ohio 4-H Judge's Committee.  I have judged over 200 shows ranging from open shows to the Indiana and Kentucky State Fairs.  Ostrander, Ohio is home for me and my family.

Jamie Barkhau

Jamie Barkhau is owner and founder of Copper Top Farm Inc. and has been involved in the horse community for over 30 years.  As a junior rider she qualified and competed in all of the national indoor finals including the AHSA Medal and ASPCA Maclay.  She graduated from Miami University with a Bachelors in Zoology.  While at Miami she competed successfully on the ISHA team her Freshman and Sophomore years.  Freshman year she was part of the ISHA Reserve National Champion Team.  After college she worked for and trained with many top professionals.  Copper Top Farm was founded in 1998 and Jamie continued to compete as an amateur as well as beginning a Hanoverian breeding program.  At the same time, she also traveled to Germany many times to purchase young prospects for resale.  Many of the horses she has bred and sold have gone on to win at all major shows across the country.  She has been judging local hunter/jumper, IEA and ISHA shows since 1995.  She currently breeds and trains young warmbloods and stands the Hanoverian stallion, Santino.

Tony Burris

Professional Horseman and Judge Tony Burris of North Carolina has been active in the horse world as a trainer, judge and clinician for over 35 years.  He currently holds judges' cards with AQHA, NSBA, PHBA and Appaloosa Horse Club.  Tony has raised and trained several World, Congress and NSBA top contenders throughout his career.  Although his start was in Futurity, Western Pleasure and All-Around horses, over the past few years he has grown to enjoy Ranch Horse, VRH and cow horse events.  He continues to be an avid supporter of the horse industry by showing and training horses for Amateur and Youth exhibitors.  Recognized for upholding rules in the show arena, he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others through clinics, demonstrations and Ride The Patterns.  His passion for the horse and the industry is demonstrated by his continued dedication to the well-being of the horse and enjoyment for the exhibitor - whether through training or judging.

Nick Carden

Nick Carden, born in 1979, grew up on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Fayetteville, GA.  Beyond experiences with the family horses, Nick began his education through the State’s 4-H horse program.  He advanced into showing AQHA and following his youth career he attended the University of Georgia.  At UGA, he double majored in Animal and Dairy Science, and completed in intercollegiate horse judging.  Afterwards he attended graduate school earning a masters both in Agricultural Leadership and Equine Exercise Physiology.  While at UGA, he began a career in equine reproduction by working for the University’s breeding unit.  After graduating, he managed the University of Georgia’s Women’s Varsity Equestrian Team horses, moving on later to facility management and course instruction at the University of Florida’s research and broodmare unit located in Ocala, FL.  There he managed 30 AQHA mares and bred accomplished horses such as “Best Brew at the Bar.”  Nick continues to reside in Ocala, FL and trains privately on his farm.  Nick first acquired judge’s card was with the ABRA in 2012.  Shortly after, he earned a card with PHBA and NSBA.  His most recent accomplishment is earning a card with PtHA in 2022.

Stephanie McConnell

Stephanie McConnell is from New Trenton, IN, where she owns and runs McConnell Performance Horses, one of the top AQHA Racing Quarter Horse breeding facilities in Indiana.  Besides the breeding side of the equine world, she is carded with 9 breed organizations and has judged many shows such as PHBA World, IBHA World, ABRA World and the German Appaloosa Championship.  This is her 3rd time judging at the AAYHS and she wishes all the exhibitors GOOD LUCK!

Kay Tracy

Kay's horse career started several years ago in 4-H under guidance of her Dad, Lee Tracy, a trainer and longtime judge.  An OU graduate Kay has judged 40+ years, averaging 30 plus shows each year.  She loves working with the youth.  Kay has served on the State 4-H Judges Committee for Ohio and she has had the privilege and honor to judge at the All American Youth Horse Show.


In 2009, she judged at the Ohio State Fair and in 2010 judged at the Westerner Days Show in Alberta, Canada.  In 2012 she judged at the North American International Livestock Exposition, and in 2014. 2017 and 2019 judged at the Great Celebration in Shelbyville, Tennessee.  Kay is also an active member of the Tough Enough To Wear Pink Horse Show in Ohio where 100% of the proceeds go to the OhioHealth Cancer Care through the OhioHealth Foundation in Columbus, Ohio for Patient Assistance.  In those 15 years, this show has donated a little over $690,500.00 dollars to Cancer Patient Assistance.  The show this year will be held at the Champion Center, in Springfield, Ohio, on September 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2022.  We would love to see you come to the show and have a great time, while helping with THE CAUSE!!


Come be a part of our working on our 2nd Half Million Dollars in donations!!

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