Heinecke is a USEF-licensed “R” judge in the hunter and hunter/jumping seat equitation discipline categories. His officiating history displays years of experience and includes some of the most prestigious horse shows throughout the country such as the Hampton Classic, Saint Louis National Charity Horse Show, Mid-Atlantic Equitation Championships, RMI Jubilee, Winter Equestrian Festival, Aiken Fall Festival and at facilities such as the Fairfield Hunt Club and the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Recently, he judged the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Tryon in May.
Go behind-the-scenes for an inside perspective into the mind of a top-level hunter/jumper judge in his new column “Keeping Score with Steve Heinecke.” Heinecke’s debut column highlights his experience judging the Blenheim Red, White & Blue Classic in California. Learn more about Heinecke’s judging style as well as some of his pet peeves in the show ring.
In addition, stay tuned for upcoming columns as Heinecke travels to Massachusetts in October to judge the New England Equitation Championships!