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Judges Bio's 



Lauren Wilson


Lauren has been an avid horsewoman for 20+ years. Along with her husband, Hunter, they own and operate Margaux Tip LLC which specializes in the breeding, showing and promotion of the Cleveland Bay breed. Lauren is an active rider in many areas such as the Hunter/Jumper ring and foxhunting and can be found riding in “A” Circuit shows such as the H.I.T.S Circuit in both Florida and Virginia, Devon and The Uppervile Horse and Pony Show. Lauren strives to continue to learn and teach others in the sport she so deeply loves.



Tana Burkhart


Tana was born and raised in Berkeley County and has been associated with horses all of her life. She started out showing barrel racers and extended her abilities to Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Showmanship, Jumping and Halter. She showed on the Appaloosa Circuit placing at the Nationals in Showmanship, Hunter Under Saddle , Halter, and Suitability for Dressage. She has instructed her daughters and numerous 4-Hers throughout the years. She has over 30 years show experience.



Dickcy Boutelle Gibson


Dickcy has over 30 yrs. experience with a successful career in show jumping, 3 day Eventing, breaking and training race horses, and racing over brush and timber. As a junior, she was the leading junior rider and won Penn. National twice. Winner of the 1983 Olympic Selection trials for 3 Day Eventing, she went on to be short listed for the 1984 Olympics. Dickcy has trained under such greats as Jack Legoff (U.S. 3 Day Coach), and Bengt Lunquist (U.S. Dressage Coach). In 1974 she was invited to the Stronsholm Swedish Riding School to study dressage and the training of young horses. Her varied career includes training and competing many successful horses for 3 Day Eventing, show jumping at various levels as well as Fox Hunting and Hunt racing. Additionally, she has ridden internationally; competing in the Jumper circuit in New Zealand, and buying, selling and Hunting (Fox, Hare and Stag) horses in Ireland. She has coached several Young Riders to qualify and excel for the Championships in 3 Day Eventing and jumping. Dickcy has not slowed down- more recently she trained a young horse that became 4-time Maryland Hunterpace Fast Time Champion, Handy Hunter and Jumper Champion, 3 Day Event Training level in his 1st year, all after her “tender age of 50”. Last winter she was in Amsterdam and Germany to find suitable horses for clients including trying horses at the Oldenburg Elite sale.





Nicole Henry


Nicole has been in the Equine Industry for 20 + years. She grew up on the family farm, where she learned the ropes of the eventing world. From there she has competed, trained, and sold several top quality sport horses, taught children the importance of horsemanship, and managed several large Equestrian operations. Aside from eventing, Nicole has also shown hunter equitation during college, and has been known to make an appearance in the dressage and jumper rings on occasion.

Nicole strives to produce quality horses and riders from the ground up, emphasizing the importance of good horsemanship skills.



Nicole Malott


Nicole is a professional in the equine industry and has over 15 years experience riding, training, teaching, and caring for horses. She graduated from Wilson College with her Bachelors of Science in Equine Management and Equestrian Management and is the recipient of Wilson’s Equestrienne Award. Nicole enjoys competing in Show Jumping, dressage, eventing and has ridden in many clinics with Henrick Johansen, Major Jeremy Beale, and Michael Page; along with many other respected equine professionals. Nicole owns and operates Welsh Run Stables in Mercersburg, PA.





Jared Miller


Jared grew up on his family’s cow/calf operation in Grant County. Jared attended Potomac State College of WVU earing two associate’s degrees in Animal Science and Pre-veterinary science before transferring to the main campus of WVU and completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Nutritional Sciences. Jared continued his studies and completed his Master of Science degree in Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Sciences. While continuing his Masters studies, Jared was asked to return to Potomac State to assist in managing the equine studies program. Jared has worked as an instructor in the Equine program since 2009. While under Jared’s management, the Equine Program at Potomac State has flourished. The Quarter Horse herd at the college now includes 30 head. Jared was instrumental in facilitating the donation of five halter horses to the College, including a reserve World and Congress Champion. Jared has attended various seminars on behalf of the college, including seminars of reproductive practices or horses and equine education. Jared also exhibits some of the college’s herd at various shows, adding AQHA points and expanding the name recognition of the Potomac State Equine Program.



Carissa Wilson


Carissa grew up in Moorefield, WV in the 4-H and AQHA show world. She was a member of the WV State 4-H horse judging team and later on was a member of Potomac State College’s livestock and horse judging teams. She is a graduate of West Virginia University class of 2008. She is a majored in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Carissa has coached the 2009 WV State 4-H horse judging team. She enjoys spending time with her young son Dillon and helping him with his horse interests.




Joyce Heinz


Joyce Heinz holds a BS degree in equestrian studies and is a certified instructor through ARIA with and IBA in hunt seat and stock seat. She has operated her own business for over 25 years showing and training at the local, regional and national level with Welsh ponies, gaited horses, Quarter horses, and Paints in a variety of disciplines. 

Joyce has also been a 4H leader for 26 years and is currently employed by Potomac State college in their equine program.

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