Judges' - Bio's

Gabriel Armando, FEI 4* Judge  -  New Jersey, US

Gabriel is an  4* FEI judge (as well as a mentor FEI Judge) who has been involved in the equestrian sport since he was 8 years old. As a young rider, he competed in dressage and jumping. In 1982 and 1983, he was  Dressage National Champion in his native country, Argentina. In 1998, he won the Silver Medal in the South American Championship, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has been a member of the Argentinean team in the 2003 Pan American Games in Dominican Republic and in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, Brazil. He  has trained in Germany where he goes periodically since 1986.

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He has judged in 20 countries in International competitions including the NAJYRC (2006-2010-2011-2012-2014-2015), World Dressage Challenge (Region 9 and 2), Panam Games 2011 and  many World Cup Qualifiers.

As a trainer, he is an active clinician and he daily supervises the development of  20 riders/horses. Gabriel has students from various countries. He has also been the National Trainer and Technical advisor of the Puerto Rican Dressage Team as well as trainer of his native country dressage team. He is based at Diamond Creek Farm in Ringoes, New Jersey where he trains with his wife Suzanne Ross-Armando. Together they have helped many US riders to obtain their bronze, silver and gold medals from the USDF. They spend winters in Wellington, Florida. 

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Doreen Horsey, USEF 'S' Judge  - Calgary, Alberta 

Doreen is an Equine Canada Senior Dressage judge , a licensed USEF “S” judge and licensed USEF “R” Western Dressage judge.Her judging assignments take her across Canada and throughout the US.She was actively involved with Dressage Canada as a member of Equine Canada’s Official’s Committee

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Personnel riding accomplishments include Provincial and National awards andchampionships from  Basic through Grand Prix. She was long listed in 1989 & 1990.

Having trained and competed from basic through Grand Prix, she is cognizant of the time and expense involved in developing a competition horse at any level.

Doreen lives in Calgary Alberta.


2016 Judges

Marian Cunningham, FEI 4*, USEF "S"  -  Virginia, US

As a rider, represented Peru in 1983 Pan American Games and 1984 Olympic Games, having trained in Germany with George Theodorescu and competed in Belgium, Holland, Germany and Italy.

As a judge, became FEI “C” in 1996 and “I” in 2004. Judged in Europe, Australia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, as well as Canada and the US. Also licensed by the USEF as an “S” judge. Currently living in Virginia on a farm with horses, dogs and cats.

Shelia Skene, Senior, Victoria, BC

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Sheila Skene is an Equine Canada Senior dressage and a licensed USEF ‘S’ dressage judge. She is also an Equine Canada Senior Para Equestrian judge. A lifelong equestrian who grew up riding in the westcountry of England, continuing to actively ride and compete after emigrating to Canada. Her interest in dressage developed in the 1980’s quickly becoming her obsession as she successfully trained and competed her own horses up to and including Intermediare 1. In her training journey, Sheila was guided by many well respected clinicians including, Inez Propfe Credo; Capt.John Kenyeres; Dietrich Von Hopfgarten; Leslie Reid; Bonnie Bonnello, Joy Longley, Dale Irwin and Stephen Clarke, from whom she has taken inspiration in her dressage aspirations.

 Believing that volunteering is a vital element in any sport, Sheila has consistently been involved in the administration of dressage, locally through Cadora by organizing clinics, competitions and fundraising for special projects and through Dressage Canada where until recently she was Chair of the Dressage Canada Rules Committee. Currently Sheila is a member of the newly formed Dressage Canada Committee.

 In her working life, after a few years in the equine industry, Sheila made the choice to find a career to support her passion for horses, enjoying a long and varied career in the Personal Trust industry with Royal Trust and more recently with a prominent Victoria, BC law firm. Now retired, there is more time to take on judging assignments, volunteer within the sport, and travel with husband Mike to see all the special places they have long wished to visit.



2015 Judges


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Joan Macartney. FEI 4*

Joan Macartney is a FEI 4* Dressage Judge, a Senior Dressage Judge with Equine Canada and the USEF as well as an international young horse judge. Joan joined us in 2013 and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to the Kamloops Dressage Show in 2015.

Joan enjoys judging a variety of FEI and national-level competitions.    Highlights include judging the North American Junior/Young Riders Championships on a number of occasions, various CDI’s and other competitions throughout the Americas and Australia.    Her international work has been enhanced through her participation in the FEI Challenge Tour, most recently in Dubai, Greece, Turkey and Israel as well as in South America and South Africa.   Joan participates regularly in judging seminars, the most recent being in France. 

Having recently retired from a lengthy career in post secondary education, Joan has become increasingly involved with the dressage community.   She currently chairs the Dressage Canada Officials Committee where she continues to be actively involved in judges’ education.   



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Susan Hewton-Waters, Medium

Sue is a certified EC Dressage Judge having attained her Medium status in 2011. She judges extensively throughout Western Canada at both recognized dressage shows and horse trials.

Sue is also an Equine Canada Level 2 Coach, having achieved her certification in 1994. She began riding in England as a child and was an active member of the British Pony Club. She gained valuable experience working at breeding farms and riding schools in the U.K. prior to emigrating to Canada in the mid-1970’s, where she continued to ride and compete.

Although her riding background was initially in Combined Training, Sue has spent the past fifteen years focusing almost exclusively on dressage.  She teaches at a number of barns in the Calgary area and also gives clinics in both Alberta and B.C.  She is currently riding and competing a young horse in its first year of showing.

Sue lives in Calgary with her Engineer husband and two dogs and has two grown-up children, also pursuing their dreams!


2014 Judges


Axel Steiner, FE! 5*

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We are delighted to welcome Axel Steiner from Lake San Marcos for this years' show. In addition to judging our show Axel will be holding a 2-day clinic at Sun Meadows on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 June - details for auditing can be found here.  For more information on Axel's amazing career please click

Ali Buchanan, M

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We are equally delighted to welcome back Ali Buchanan - its been a few years since we have been able to get him booked up for our show and we were excited to have him. We found the most wonderful piece written by Karen Robinson for the Gaitpost magazine, we hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did - The Show Man: Ali Buchanan



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