Our Judges


Aviva Nebesky, “L”

Aviva Nebesky earned her Bronze medal in 2004 and went on graduate from the “L” Program with distinction in 2006.
Coming to riding in her 30s, Aviva brings a different perspective to her judging and teaching focusing on the bio mechanics of rider and horse.
A popular schooling show judge, clinician, and instructor, she has taken her students, training horses, and her own horses to numerous shows and championships.

Donna Gatchell,  “L”

Donna Gatchell is a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist and a USDF Certified Instructor and has been teaching for over 35 years. In 2013, she completed the USDF “L” Program and passed with Distinction and is now pursuing her small “r” judging license.  She is an active competitor and is currently competing multiple horses  through FEI.
Donna brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching and is passionate about learning. She continues to augment her knowledge through regular participation in clinics, and ongoing continuing education with USDF.
Donna trains riders and horses from her own barn in Nokesville, Virginia from Introductory Level through FEI. She uses the USDF training scale as a foundation for helping horses and riders achieve their goals.  She has become a sought after clinician and judge and is passionate about helping everyone in their quest to become better riders.

Ida Norris, “S”

USEF Senior Dressage judge Ida Norris starting riding at age 10. Before her achievements in Dressage   through Grand Prix level, she was a national award winner in 4-H Horsemanship, Graduate of Pony Club, National awards recipient in Appaloosa and open horse showing Western and English Showmanship, Equitation, and Pleasure, as well as being the Maine Appaloosa Queen. Her horse interests and judging experience is far ranging and diversified!
Additionally, Ida is a USEF licensed judge for Western Dressage. Her personal recreational riding, coaching and teaching (as well as judging unrecognized competitions) is Working Equitation (her current favorite!), Open Shows, & Classical Long Lining/ground driving.

Karyn Rainey, “r”

Karyn Rainey worked for Linda Zang (former Olympic dressage team member, and “O” judge) at Idlewilde Farm for 6 years annd has evented through Intermediate with Gayle Molander (former USEA team member). She is a USEF licensed Eventing Judge (r) and is also licensed for WDAA (r). She has extensive experience with OTTB’s, “problem” horses, and green horses!

Janice Mumford, “L”

Janice Mumford is a USEF Western Dressage R judge and USDF L graduate along with being an open horse show judge.  She is also a USDF Silver and Bronze medalist.  Her students ride various breeds as well as gaited where she stresses the basics in her lessons.

Charlotte Trentelman, “S”

Charlotte Trentelman is a USEF “S” Dressage judge who has competed through Grand Prix in Dressage and the Advanced Level of Combined Driving with multiple breeds. She served as USDF Region 3’s Director for two terms and currently chairs USDF’s Historical Committee. She is also a “R” Western Dressage Judge. She was one of the original show managers on the Florida Circuit and served as a local organizer for the USDF National Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
A believer in being well-rounded, she has also been a breeder, instructor, and Technical Delegate. She has organized L Programs and USEF Judging programs. Charlotte and her husband, Chris, own Rebel Ridge Farm, a teaching and training facility which has hosted many local, national, and international clinicians, near Ocala, Florida.

Robyn Nunnally, “r”

Robyn Nunnally is a USEF “R” in Western Dressage, a USEF “r” dressage/Technical Delegate, and a C2 Steward. She is also USDF L Graduate with Distinction and Bronze Medalist!

Joann Williams, “r”

Joann Williams is a USEF “r” in Western Dressage and a USEF “R” Welsh pony and cob judge. She is a 19 time WDAA World Champion, an undefeated division champion at WDAA World Show levels 2, 3, and 4, and a WDAA Supreme Champion Lifetime Award Program winner. She has been training and teaching professionally since 1979 in a variety of disciplines, using Dressage principles to help improve all breeds of horses and all riders.
She enjoys working with horses of all breeds and riders who have a variety of goals. She believes that the principles of Classical Dressage benefit all horses and riders, regardless of their riding goals and chosen discipline.

Lillian Evaniew-Phelan, “R”

Lillian Evaniew-Phelan’s is from White Rock BC Canada and began her equestrian career showing Arabians with her Morgan Arab mare in the early 80s. Since then Lillian has trained and shown horses in many different breeds and disciplines. Lillian became and assistant trainer for a AQHA World Champion Trainer for 7 years, learning many disciplines from, Reining, Trail, Western Riding, Working Cow, Cutting, Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Showmanship and Horsemanship. Showing many clients horses. Lillian continues to ride Classical Dressage with her coach of 33 years, competing with many different horses. Earning the USDF Bronze Medal on self made AQHA horses that were not designed for Dressage.
Lillian currently holds 12 judges cards, judging all over Canada and in the US. After pursuing her degree Lillian continues to improve her knowledge by attending judging seminars and clinics. She is currently a candidate in the USDF L Judges Program and pending NRHA judges card.