Meet Our Judges!
Natacha Waddell (BRA) FEI 4*/YH
Natacha Waddell holds dual citizenship, French and Brazilian, but calls Sao Paulo home. She has been a Brazilian judge since 2003 and an FEI 4* since 2016. She was a CCE/Eventing rider from 1975 to 1980, a jumping rider from 1975 until 1993 and a dressage rider from 1993 to 2015. Waddell has been a trainer for more than a decade and lectures about the importance of flat work. She has been a CDI judge since 2012, and a FEI YH judge since 2018, judging competitions around the world.
Cesar Torrente 4* (USDF-S COL)
A native of Columbia, Cesar Torrente is an international dressage judge and an FEI level dressage competitor. He is the first judge to be promoted through the 2013 FEI 3 * program. Cesar has had the honor of standing on a medal podium to receive the team gold medal two times in the South American Games and the Central American Games. He is a corporate lawyer by profession.
He travels the globe to judge worldwide, balancing his career and his passion for horses with apparent ease. He is known in the dressage world as a “rider’s judge,” because he knows what it is like to be in the judge’s box, as well as the dressage ring. Cesar started riding at the age of 12 and rode his first grand prix before he turned 20. Since then he has ridden and trained horses up to Grand Prix level and has been the Colombian National Champion at all levels over several years.
William Warren 4* (USA)
Bill is an FEI 4, USEF 'S' Dressage Judge and a USDF Gold Medalist. He has trained several horses to Grand Prix and worked extensively with dressage greats such as George Williams and Conrad Schumacher, who both helped him progress with his Grand Prix partner, Romantic. Bill also enjoys working with adult amateur riders. Bill is a gifted clinician that uses his experience as a Grand Prix rider and 4 judge to create a unique learning experience for auditors as well as riders.
Mike’s riding skill grew out of his unique combinations of experiences in the horse world. He grew up in Michigan riding jumpers and was a keen observer of many riding disciplines. These early experiences gave Mike an appreciation of good riding, regardless of the particular riding disciplines or breed of horse. His personal quest for better riding led him to dressage. Mike immersed himself in dressage training working with Maryal Barnett, then in California he worked as an assistant to Hilda Gurney. Additionally he has studied with Steffan Peters, Carol Lavell, and Paul Belasik.
Mike has also expanded his activities to include teaching clinics, judging and a breeding program in addition to his own competition riding. He has been a dressage judge since 1984 and today is a USEF “S” rated judge. In 2013 Mike became the first FEI 4* (Four Star) Judge in the Northwest putting him on a path to judge international FEI dressage competitions.
Christof Umbach (LUX) 4*
Christof is a native of Germany and a resident and citizen of Luxembourg. He has bred, owned and ridden horses competing at the international level, as well as training competitors to the international level. In 1991, Christof became a national judge in Germany and in 1995 passed his exam to be a professional rider in Warendorf, Germany. In 2000, Christof moved to Luxembourg and became the operator of a professional dressage stable and became a member of the national dressage committee. In 2003, Christof was the Event Director of the CDIO* in Mondorf les bains.
César Lopardo-Grana 4* (Argentina)
César FEI Dressage Judge 4*, an FEI Dressage Judge for Young Horses, and an FEI Dressage Steward and served on the FEI Nomination Committee from 2013 to 2017. César is an International Grand Prix rider and trainer. He has been General Secretary and Dressage Chairman Argentinian National Federation from 2003 until today. He has served as Chef d’Equipe in Pan-American Games and Chief of Mission in multiple WEG events. César has been a team member in South American and Pan-American Games in Grand Prix.
César begam to compete in show jumping at the age of 16, but decided to show only in Dressage, first national and then international traveling in America and Europe. Today he spends his days judging, riding, and sometimes training. His other passions include gardening and breeding show dogs.
Hans-Christian Matthiesen (DEN) 5*
Hans-Christian Matthiesen is the current President for IDOC, International Dressage Official Club and a member of FEI JAG (Judges Advisory Group). He is a former member of FEI Dressage Technical Committee and has Judged European Championships, World Championships, WorldCup Finals, as well as Olympic Games. He is a former Chef d’equipe for the Danish Junior/Young riders.
Hans-Christian is a Veterinary Surgeon, specializing in orthopedics, lameness problems, riding/training related problems in horses. He works in a fully equipped equine hospital, north of Copenhagen with 11 vets. He was the team veterinarian for Denmark for nine years, including three3 Olympic Games.
Live north of and close to Copenhagen, with partner and daughter. He lives near Copenhagen with his partner and daughter.
Janet Foy (USA) FEI 5* Dressage Judge, Young Horse Judge USEF “S” Dressage Judge
Janet has judged all the major shows in the United States and Canada including the NA Young Rider Championships and the 2019 Pan American Games. Janet judged the Paris World Cup Finals in 2018 and the 2019 European Championships. Janet has been honored to judge many top CDI-W and CDI 5 in the world including the famous Aachen 5. Janet has also been to Australia and South America, judging in Brazil and also judging the Central American Games in Bogota and the Central American Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico.
Janet is a former member of the AHSA and USEF Board of Directors and well as a former Board Member for USDF. She currently served on the Dressage Sport Committee and the International Disciplines Council. She also is a member of the USDF “L” Faculty.
The American Trakehner Association Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Scoring Ride at Fourth Level
The Avery Draper Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Ride by a DVCTA Member (any class excluding Freestyle scores).
The Braceland Trophy – To be awarded to the Horse and Rider achieving the highest combined score from the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle.
The Chigwell Memorial Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Ride in the FEI Level Classes (FEI Freestyle, Junior and YR excluded).
The Darla Lynn Schwark Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Adult Amateur Fourth Level Rider
The Equine Challenge Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Intermediare Ride.
The German Oldenburg Verband Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Scoring Registered Oldenburg in the open classes.
The Gill Trophy, dedicated to Fritz Stecken – To be awarded to the High Score Average of two or more Rides by a Young Rider.
The High Score American Bred Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Scoring American Bred Horse in the Performance Division.
The John “JP” Perry Memorial Perpetual Trophy – To be awarded to a person who demonstrates sportsmanship and is a true ambassador for the Equestrian Sports.
The Jolly Roger Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the Junior Rider earning the highest score at Dressage at Devon.
The M.L.T. Trophy – To be awarded to the Groom of the High Score Horse at the FEI Levels.
The Major Hector Carmona Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Averaged Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special Score.
Phyllis Mathews Hammett Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Prix St. Georges Ride.
The Samuel M.V. Hamilton Memorial Trophy (2) - To be awarded to the Best Turned out of Horse and Handler at FEI Horse Inspection at Dressage at Devon(Male and Female)
The Sebastiaan Memborial Challenge Trophy – To be awarded to the Highest Scoring Registered Dutch Horse in the Performance Division.
The Valerie Kahan Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the High Score Adult Amateur Grand Prix Rider (Freestyle scores excluded).
The Watermark Farm Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to the highest scoring Grand Prix rider who formerly competed in the North American Young Rider Championships (In any discipline – all countries eligible).
The A – Beckett Challenge Trophy – To be awarded to the Winner of Fourth Level Test 2 (Sunday)
The Bachelor Bowl Trophy – To be awarded to the winner of the FEI Dressage Test for 5 YR Old Horses (awarded to the winner of Thursday’s class on Friday)
The Brigadoon Challenge Trophy – winner of the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle
The Carolyn Peltz-Hornsby Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Intermediaire I
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Perpetual Trophy – winner of the FEI Grand Prix Special
The Frances and Arthur Robbins Memorial Trophy – To be awarded to winner of Fourth Level Test 3.
The Frauke IX Memorial Challenge Trophy – To be awarded to the Winner of the Fourth Level Test 2.
The Fritz Stecken Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Young Rider Individual Test
The General Augustine Smith Janeway, Army of the US, Memorial Challenge Trophy - winner of the FEI Prix St. Georges
The George F. Hammett III Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Young Rider Team Test
The Hobby Horse Hill II Trophy – winner of the FEI Individual Test Ponies
The Independence Dogs Challenge Trophy – winner of the FEI Young Riders Freestyle
The Janine Klein Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle
The Leonard L. and Phyllis M. Evans Memorial Trophy – winner of the FEI Grand Prix (qualifier for freestyle)
The Phyllis H. Corl Memorial Perpetual Trophy - winner of the FEI Grand Prix "B"