About the AQHA Professional Horsemen Association

Check out what the members of the AQHA Professional Horsemen Association can do to help you and your American Quarter Horses.

AQHA Professional Horseman Al Dunning conducts a cow work clinic at the Arizona Sun Circuit (Credit: Journal)

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The AQHA Professional Horsemen Association is a professional organization composed of an elite group of trustworthy horse experts. To become an AQHA Professional Horseman, these horsemen and women must agree to adhere to the professional standards of AQHA and to work in a professional manner to further its goals and objectives.

When working with an AQHA Professional Horseman, you can have peace of mind knowing these professionals have demonstrated the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. We only refer qualified members who have met the qualifications of the AQHA Professional Horsemen Association and have agreed to be bound by its code of ethics.

AQHA Professional Horsemen Council Members

Gene Spagnola - Chairman                                              
Robin Frid
Holly Hover
Christy Landwehr
Gretchen Mathes
Kelly McDowall
Chele McGauly
Jonathan Meilleur
Rob Meneely
Gary Roberts
Bennie Sargent

AQHA Professional Horsemen's Endowment Fund

Learn about the AQHA Professional Horsemen's Endowment Fund, established to help professionals in time of need. 

Find out how to donate to the AQHA Professional Horsemen's Endowment Fund.

Are you an AQHA Professional Horseman in need of crisis assistance? Review and submit the Professional Horsemen's Application for Crisis Assistance to begin the process.  

Renew Professional Horseman Membership

Complete the Professional Horseman Renewal form to renew your membership.

Professional Horseman Applicants

Download the AQHA Professional Horseman Application and Code of Ethics.

Application deadline is the 1st of each month. Applicants must have their names posted online for a minimum of 30 days, and all references must be on file with AQHA to be eligible for consideration by the Professional Horsemen Council.  

Any AQHA member who wishes to comment on an applicant may direct correspondence to the Professional Horsemen Council by contacting Karen McCuistion, Sr. Director of Member Programs at kmccuistion@aqha.org.


Erin Blake - Ennis, Texas
Chris Byrd - Clayton, North Carolina 
Lisa Carruth - Enterprise, Mississippi
Amber Clark - Jefferson, Ohio
Edward Higbee - Lake Stevens, Washington
Alyssa Logan - Madisonville, Texas 
Kelsey M. Masterson - Spirit Lake, Idaho
Meghan A Moriarty - Boerne, Texas
Matthew Olson - Silverdale, Washington
Sam Schaffhauser - Eads, Tennessee
Teresa Wills - Lithonia, Georgia
Trey Yates - Pueblo, Colorado


List of Professional Horsemen

AQHA is dedicated to providing horse owners access to Professional Horsemen who specialize in a variety of disciplines and areas of equine business. AQHA Professional Horsemen offer unparalleled expertise in horsemanship, and provide services to improve equine performance and the partnership between horse and rider. Professional Horsemen also encompass a wide variety of equine-related professions to include veterinarians, farriers, lawyers and more. Contact AQHA to find Professional Horsemen near you.

View the list of AQHA Professional Horsemen.

Looking for a horse trainer?

Use these links to learn more about the AQHA Professional Horsemen Association and find a trainer to suit your needs.