SCDCTA Approved Judges



SCDCTA has updated its requirements for schooling show judges. Effective immediately, the new minimum requirement for any schooling show judge is completing the USDF “L” program. We will no longer be hosting an educational seminar in order to continue grandfathering in judges put in place before establishment of this requirement at this time.  

The following standards are set by the SCDCTA Board of Directors to ensure quality judging results at all SCDCTA recognized schooling shows:

The board has instituted a monitoring process to provide recourse in the event that an approved judge received multiple complaints from competitors and/or show managers. We all have a vested interest in providing appropriate feedback in a professional manner, including minimizing negative critiques when possible, to help further our sport. Nowhere is this more important than at the grassroots, schooling show level! Complaints will be brought to the Board’s attention and if action is warranted, such will be voted upon at that time. This action could result in an approved judge being removed from the list.

ALL USEF LICENSED JUDGES CAN JUDGE SCDCTA SCHOOLING SHOWS:  Click LOCApplicantListJanuary2016 for the latest list of USEF licensed officials. Click HERE for an online search of USEF licensed officials.

The individuals listed below are SCDCTA members in good standing and may judge any SCDCTA-recognized show at the level indicated:

USEF Judges (SCDCTA Members)

Robin Brueckmann, NC (336) 643-8490 USEF “S” CT “R”

Margaret Freeman NC (914) 548-4242 USEF “S”

Kate Hutchings, SC (803) 480-5230 USEF “r”

Jodi Jones, Lees SC (864) 473-2064 USEF “R”

Amy McElroy, SC (803) 648-5697 USEF “R”

Nancy Pope, SC (864) 595-0816 USEF “r”

Valerie Swygert, SC (803) 215-1201 USEF “r”

L Graduates – South Carolina residents and SCDCTA members

KC Betzel Landrum, SC (702) 300-4455

Carol Brewer Aiken, SC winter resident – available in the winter months only.
(716) 713-7265

Kathryn Butt Johns Island, SC (843) 559-5962; (843) 607-6442 cell

Chris Derr Trenton, SC (803) 522-5498

Michelle Folden, Johns Island SC (843) 408-9118


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Complaints, compliments, and comments about judges should be sent to the Judges Coordinator, Mr. Ronnie Trotter at