Bio for Loralee (Lora) Stevens
Lora is from Marshall, Michigan has trained mostly Morgan, but many other breeds of horses for over 30 years in riding and driving disciplines. She has trained youth and amateur to compete for all around events and shows, i.e. Western Pleasure/Equitation; Huntseat Pleasure/Equitation on the flat and over fences; Saddle Seat Pleasure/Equitation; Driving; Dressage; and pattern classes. Lora began her career in the early 90’s as a horse show judge and she has judged on an average of 15+ shows a year ranging from miniature horses to drafts show; from 4-H to open to circuit shows; Jumping to Dressage.
Lora Stevens has always been a horse lover since a very young age and continues looking for opportunities to gain more knowledge and hone in on her judging skills. She has ring-mastered for many large associations, i.e. Morgan, Arabian, Appaloosa, Haflinger and was invited to judge later as a quest judge.
Lora’s judging cards are with the Pony of America (POA) for over 13 years; Gypsy Vanner judge certified – dropped card due to personal family issues), numerous 4H certifications (Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New England), Dominate Gray Horse Association (mid1990 to early 2000); Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (MIHA) and also Ohio – OHIA judging and coached MIHA teams for many years. Lora was also an inter-collegiate coach for Albion Collage for 2 years; she had their team set up for state finals the year that she left coaching. As a judge she has had continuous education training; raised two boys and was student at MSU in their Veterinarian Technician program while obtaining her Associate Degree in Science.
Lora became a mentor for new judges in Michigan while she was on the State 4-H Judges Advisory Committee at MSU for 6 years. For 8 years Lora was also on the Justin Morgan Horse Association Board of Directors, helped plan shows and implements the plan to turn out successful multi-day shows.