The Judges

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David Denniston

Returning to judge the European Paint Horse Championships once again is Colorado State University Associate Professor David Denniston. Currently, he serves as the director of the Legends of Ranching Program for the CSU Equine Sciences Program. 

The Colorado native has been an approved judge with APHA for 15 years and also holds cards with AQHA and NSBA. Over his career, Denniston has judged at many major events including the APHA Youth World Show, All-American Quarter Horse Congress, and NSBA World Championship Show. 

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Louis Hufnagel

Louis Hufnagel hails from Mounds, Oklahoma, where he enjoys training, showing, and marketing performance horses.

In addition to his APHA credentials, Hufnagel is a carded judge with PHBA, AQHA, NSBA, and POAC. He obtained his first breed association judging card in 1971 and has since judged in 48 states and 11 countries.

Some of these notable events include the APHA World Show,PHBA World Championship, PHBA Youth World Championship, IBHA World Show, AQHA World Show, AQHA Youth World Show, and All-American Quarter Horse Congress.

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Tim Jedra

Originally from upstate New York, Tim Jedra is the Academic Success Coordinator for Colorado State University’s Animal Science Department. In addition, he coaches the CSU Horse Judging Team where he enjoys mentoring students who are interested in becoming breed association judges.

He holds judge’s cards for a variety of associations including AQHA, PtHA, PHBA, NSBA, and POA.

Jedra, who successfully owned and operated a training facility focusing on youth and amateur all-around competitors, has judged at major events including the All-American Quarter Horse Congress, AQHA Stars & Stripes, and two APHA regional shows.

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Andrea Simons

Along with her daughters Sara and Jana, Andrea owns and operates Simons Show Horses in Aubrey, Texas, where they owned and stood APHA and NSBA Hall of Fame stallion Zippos Sensation.

Together they have trained and shown more than 100 World and Honor Roll Champions over the past 35 years.

In addition to her APHA judge’s credentials, Andrea holds cards with AQHA, ApHC, NSBA, NRHA, NRCHA, and FEI. She is also a member of APHA's Judges and World Show Advisory Committees.

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Leigh Ann Skurupey    

Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota, Leigh Ann Skurupey is the State Specialist in the Center for 4-H Youth Development at North Dakota State University.

She also chairs APHA's Equestrian Experience Advisory Committee and is a member of APHA's Youth Advisory Committee.

Leigh Ann has been an APHA-approved judge for three years and also holds judging credentials with the American Stock Horse Association and the Pinto Horse Association.