AMERICANA 2021: Meet The AMERICANA Judges
The AMERICANA 2021 will be judged by (in alphabetical order):
- Maik Bartmann (GER)
- Chris Benedict (USA)
- Laura Ellen Faris (ITA)
- Sandy Jirkovsky (USA)
- Eugenio Latorre (ITA)
- Manuela Maiocchi (ITA)
- Filippo Masi (ITA)
- Sam Rose (USA)
Here is some information about four of the judges, more will follow.
Sandy Jirkovsky is from Whitesboro, TX and has been judging for 30 years. She holds cards with AQHA, APHA, ApHC, NSBA, NRCHA, NRHA and NSBA. She has judged the AQHA Youth World, the Quarter Horse Congress, the APHA World, NRHA Futurity, AQHA and APHA European World Championships, NCEA National Championships and other major shows throughout the world. Sandy and her husband Jim operate J Bar S Training and specialize in training the all-around horse and rider. Sandy has been in the horse business for over 40 years and has shown and trained over 100 World and National Champions. Her students have won numerous World and National titles in the youth and amateur divisions. She has served on several judge’s committee as well as a member of the AQHA Professional Horsemen and APHA Professional Horsemen. She is a current member of the APHA Executive Committee.
Eugenio Latorre is an NRHA, NRCHA, AQHA, FISE and FEI judge with experience in major shows worldwide. He has judged nine NRHA Futurities as well as the NRHA Derby and Futurities and Derbies in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He judges the FEI World Reining Masters, EquitaLyon, Swiss Slide, the FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 and in Carolina in 2018, FEI European Championships and NRHA Affiliate Championships. He is a member of the NRHA Judge's Committee, where he is on the teaching panel. Eugenio has won numerous titles including the Italian Reining Horse Association Futurity, Derby, and Maturity champion and European Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity and Derby Champion.
Filippo Masi has been an NRHA AAA, FEI, NRCHA 2A and AQHA judge specialized reining and working cow horse since 1993. He has judged some of the most important events world wide including the NRHA Futurity, the NRHA Derby, the FEI European Championship and the WEG World Equestrian Games. He is a member of the NRHA judges committee. Filippo has been a breeder and trainer for more than 35 years. He was Italian Reining Futurity Open Champion in 1997 as well as open finalist in all special events in Italy in Reining, Cowhorse and Cutting. Filippo also was Coach of the FEI Reining team of Italy winning 20 FEI gold medals.
Sam Rose is from Gainsville, TX. He is an AAAA NCHA judge, Level 3 NRCHA judge and AQHA all-around judge. He has judged every World Show and all major events in NCHA, NRCHA and AQHA multiple times. Sam is on multiple committees in AQHA, NCHA and NRCHA. He has trained multiple Youth, Amateur and Open World Champions and several Superior and Honor Roll Champions in Cutting, Roping, Cow Horse, Halter and Pleasure. Sam was the assistant trainer to Bubba Cascio at the race track when they trained such horses as Dash For Cash, Pie In The Sky, Southern Streaker and multiple other.