American Haflinger Alliance

AHA! Haflinger Celebration ♡ Meet Our Judges

Meet Our 2022 Judges!

Charlotte Trentelman, Florida

Dressage, Western Dressage, Driven Dressage
USEF “S” Dressage and “R” Western Dressage

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.

Otto Schalter, Dörrmoschel, Germany

In North American Warmblood and Pony registrations, no one has more hands-on experience on both sides of the Atlantic than Otto Schalter. Otto is a long-time stud book director in Germany and full-time employee of the Westfälisches Pferdestammbuch e.V., with vast and practical hands-on knowledge of the bloodlines, breeders and horses that have shaped warmblood breeding and sport in Europe. He’s been inspecting and branding in North America since 1995.

Jennifer Sawyer, Florida

Showmanship, Western, Novice, Peewee, Trail
Back by overwhelming demand! Jennifer Sawyer (Woodruff) from Silver Springs, FL is the owner of New Horizons Equine and is a career horsewoman with more than 30 years of experience as a competitor, trainer, clinician and judge. During her career she has trained and shown a great variety of breeds from Haflingers, Arabians, Morgans, Saddlebreds and Tennessee Walking Horses to Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and Hunters. She holds judges cards with 6 different national organizations (PtHA, NMDA, POAC, ABRA, GVHS, and NWHA), is an approved 4-H judge in more than 10 states (Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and the New England States) and has judged more than 500 shows ranging from 4-H and schooling hunter shows to world level competition. Jennifer holds an AAS degree in Saddlehorse Management and Production at The State University of New York at Morrisville. Jennifer has been an active judge and supporter of the Haflinger since 2005, including judging assignments at the National Futurity, KILE and recognized shows in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and New York.

Tracy Dopko, Alberta, Canada

English, Hunter/Jumper, Pleasure Driving
USEF “R” Hunter and “R” H/J Equitation; EC “S” Hunter, “S” Equitation, “S” Hack, and “R” Jumper

Tracy showed successfully on the American and Canadian hunter/jumper A Circuits as well as the dressage A Circuit for over 25 years, is an accomplished judge and has also been an avid breeder for nearly three decades. She also showed successfully in Western Pleasure, Pleasure Driving, Sport Horse, Welsh Pony and Arabian circuits. Tracy has won over $45,000 in hunter earnings, produced countless Futurity and Hunter Classic winners, qualified for the Ariat US National Adult Medal Finals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and has won over 100 A Circuit Championships in both hunter and dressage. She has won Canadian National and US National Hunter Titles and multiple National Titles in Western Pleasure and Trail.

Besides showing and training, Tracy can be found judging and stewarding throughout the year in both Canada and the United States. She is one of the first Canadians to hold a USEF R Hunter Breeding judges card. She is asked regularly to give judging clinics throughout North America and is the facilitator for Equestrian Canada’s General Performance/Western and Hunter/Hack & Equitation judges clinic in Western Canada.

Tracy and her husband own and operate Daventry Equestrian just outside of Edmonton, Alberta and focus on breeding, training and showing warmbloods, pony hunters and Welsh Cobs. She sits on various equine committees in both Canada and the United States and gives regular equine clinics throughout North America. She owns and operates a successful Equine Appraisal/Equine Expert Witness business, is a freelance writer, and runs a Web Design and Social Media Marketing company, and is also an instructor for the University of Guelph’s Equine Studies Diploma and Equine Business Management Programs.