Judges' Biographies - Breed Division

Jayne Ayers (DSHB-R-WI)
Jayne Ayers has been an FEI “I” dressage judge for more than 10 years, and has been judging dressage for the US Equestrian Federation for almost 30 years. She has been a long-time member of the Dressage Committee, where she has served on sub-committees for Freestyle, Juniors, Young Horses, Rules, Test Writing, and Sport Horse Breeding. She is also licensed to judge Sport Horse Breeding shows. She was also an eventing judge for about 15 years, but ran out of time to do everything As a judge and clinician, she has represented the FEI on the World Dressage Challenge Tour and teaching FEI Development Clinics. In addition to a busy judging schedule in the United States and Canada, she has judged extensively in Central and South America, as well as in Europe. Jayne enjoys helping others develop their judging skills for dressage and for sport horse breeding. She has been a member of the USDF L Program Faculty since its inception. She instructs judge candidates and examines them at all levels for USEF. She also teaches riders at all levels at her training stable, as well as in clinics throughout the USA, Canada, and other countries. Horses she has trained and shown have won numerous national awards. She has been long and short-listed for the US Equestrian Team. She owns a training stable in Wisconsin, with her husband and two children, and has been breeding horses for dressage for over 20 years.

Carter Bass (DSHB-R-VA)
Carter Bass has been involved with horses since childhood, competing in Hunters, Eventing and Dressage. She has been a dressage instructor for 35 years, and has coached several horse/rider combinations that have received Horse of the Year awards, regional championships and competed at Grand Prix. Bass has been a licensed official with the USEF since 1989, receiving “R” Dressage and “R” Dressage Sporthorse Breeding licenses. She was accepted into the USEF Senior Judges training program in 2012. She is a Bronze, Silver and Gold medalist.

Sue Mandas (DSHB-R-OH)
Sue has been involved in the sport of Dressage as competitor, trainer, breeder and instructor for over 40 years. She is a USEF “S” dressage judge, an “R” Sport Horse Breed judge, and an FEI 3* Para-Equestrian Judge. Involved with breeding warm blood Sport horses for many years, her first Grand Prix horse was one she bred, raised and trained herself. Sue is a USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalist and earned the Silver and Gold Freestyle Bars. Sue has trained many horses to the FEI level, winning Regional Champion or Reserve Champion at every level, Second through Grand Prix, and making the USET longlist several times. Currently she is living in Centerville, Ohio where she rides, trains and teaches.

Kristi Wysocki (DSHB-R-CO)
Kristi Wysocki earned a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and worked as an engineer for fifteen years prior to returning her focus to her riding and training of dressage horses. She is a USEF licensed ‘S’ Dressage Judge, ‘R’ Dressage Sport Horse Judge and an FEI 4* PARA Dressage Judge. She is a USDF Gold, silver and Bronze Medalist. She has competed several horses to the FEI levels, winning many regional and local championships through Grand Prix. She has also successfully competed in the CDI arena with multiple horses. Currently, she lives on Whidby Island, Washinton.

Her students have also competed successfully through the Grand Prix Level. Several students also have their bronze, silver, and/or gold medals. She has judged many USDF Regional Championships and Breeder Series Finals including Dressage at Devon, NEDA, CDS – Region 7 Lamplight – Region 3 and the new Global Dressage in Florida. She serves as the USDF Sport Horse Committee chair, is a member of the USDF Sport Horse Seminal Faculty, the USEF Dressage Committee, the USEF PARA Equestrian FEI PARA Equestrian FEI and National Affiliates Committee, and the 2012 United States PARA Dressage Selection Committee.

Special Breed DivisionTrophies


The Denise McCabe Memorial Perpetual Trophy – awarded to the highest scoring horse in the BITUSA

The Robert Miller Memorial Perpetual Trophy (2)- High Score Mare and High Score Stallion in BITUSA

The American Hanovarian Society Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the highest placing Hanovarian in the open in-hand classes.

The Angela Barilar Memorial Trophy – awarded to the 3yr old Prospect Champion. Scores from the in-hand classes for colts/geldings and fillies are combined with their Materiale scores to name the Prospect Champion and Reserve Champion.

Breed Division Class Awards

Breed Division 

The Cross Ties Perpetual Trophy - to be awarded to the Reserve Champion Colt

The Curtis Paul Cheyney, Jr., Memorial Trophy – Grand Championship winner

The E. Townsend Moore Trophy – Filly Championship Winner

The Simply Charlotte Perpetual Trophy – Young Horse Champion

The Linda Moore Memorial Perpetual Trophy – Mature Horse Championship winner

The My Dave Perpetual Memorial Trophy – Colt Championship Winner

The Malachit Trophy – Stallion Championship Winner

The Phoenix of Rosewood Memorial Trophy – to be awarded to the Reserve Champion Filly

The Sally Martin Memorial Perpetual Trophy - to be awarded to the Champion Foal

Breed Division IBC Awards

American Holsteiner Horse Association Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the winner of the Holsteiner IBC

The George Wagner Jr., Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the winner of the Georgian Grande IBC

German Oldenberg Verband Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the winner of the GOV IBC

The Joan T. Peyton Memorial Trophy – to be awarded to the winner of the Trakehner IBC

Born in the USA Breeders' Awards


Born in the USA is the only awards program of its kind in the country. It was developed to recognize and reward the achievements of sport horse breeders in the United States.

Eligibility - Open to horses and ponies of any breed who are conceived and foaled in the USA. 

Born in The USA Class Winner 

The overwhelming generosity of the sponsors has made it possible to award over $60,000 in prize money since the program began in 2003.

Sport Horse breed shows on the East Coast have joined in and in 2010 Born in the USA Breeders Awards were presented at shows from New York to Kentucky.