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
Whitney Lagace
Christy Landwehr
Gretchen Mathes
Kelly McDowall
Chele McGauly
Jonathan Meilleur
Rob Meneely
Gary Roberts
Bennie Sargent
Pam Scott

2021 Guy Stoops AQHA Pro Horsemen Scholarship Fun Benefit Internet Auction

AQHA Professional Horsemen from around the country who specialize in a variety of disciplines are encouraged to donate lessons and training to the auction.

Bidding opens August 1 - 5

About the Scholarship Fund

Guy Stoops was a talented third-generation horsemen. His grandfather was a Calvary instructor during World War I and his father was an avid hunter-jumper and three-day eventer. After Guy was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 2003, he was posthumously named AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year. 

Stoops believed strongly in giving back to fellow professional horsemen through education and supported the AQHA Professional Horsemen program since its inception. The Guy Stoops scholarship was founded in 2004 in his memory and has awarded scholarships to 19 children. Stoops' legacy and dedication to the American Quarter Horse Association lives on through the scholarship fund and through the Professional Horsemen and their families it impacts. 

AQHA Professional Horsemen's Endowment Fund

Renew Professional Horseman Membership

Download and 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.

Michael C Damianos - Ojai, California
Jeff Damphouse - Jones, Oklahoma 
Robert Hartley - Harrisburg, Oregon
Lesley Janssen - DeSoto, Kansas
Ginger Leeper - Everson, Washington

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.