Sport Judges

The Sport Judge is an essential role at any competition – sanctioned or schooling show. The judge or judges are responsible for the application of the USIHC and international (FEIF Sport) rules. The judge(s) are tasked with translating a performance into a mark using the FEIF Sport Judges' Guidelines.

There are several steps along the way to becoming an experienced judge with sufficient knowledge and skill to judge at the top international tournaments around the world. The progression is the same throughout the entire Icelandic horse world. The first step is to work as a secretary (scribe) for an experienced judge. Next is to pass a national seminar and begin to build experience. The judge continues to attend seminars at the national level until he reaches the top national license. The final step is to attend the FEIF International Sport Judge examination.

In the United States, we have a four-level system which integrates into the FEIF system. It is a contiguous program, in which each step builds up to the next.

  • USIHC Sport Judge C
    Judge has passed the US exam on the "C" level and is entitled to judge schooling shows.
    Requirements
    • Participation in a national Sport Judges seminar, held by a FEIF International Sport Judge, approved by Sport Leader and Education Leader.
    • Candidate has to be a USIHC member in good standing
    • Candidate has to reside in the United States
    • Candidate has to pass the US test on C-level
  • USIHC Sport Judge B
    Judge has passed the US exam on the "B" level and is entitled to judge sanctioned shows when there is more than one judge, excluding WorldRanking events. It is possible to pass the test on B-Level at the first attempt, if the required score is achieved.
    Requirements
    • Participation in a national Sport Judges seminar, held by a FEIF International Sport Judge, approved by Sport Leader and Education Leader.
    • Candidate has to be a USIHC member in good standing
    • Candidate has to reside in the United States
    • Candidate has to pass the US test on B-level
  • USIHC Sport Judge A
    Judge has passed the FEIF exam on the national level and is entitled to judge all tournaments, including WorldRanking events but not the World Championships.
    Requirements
    • After passing the test on B-Level, the candidate has to apply for the participation in a FEIF Sport Judges Examination through the Sport Leader and the Education Leader and with the agreement of the USIHC Board.
    • Candidate has to be a USIHC member in good standing
    • Candidate has to reside in the United States
    • Candidate has to pass the FEIF test on national level.
  • FEIF International Sport Judge
    Judge has passed the FEIF exam on the international level and is entitled to judge all tournaments, including World Championships.
    Requirements
    • After passing the FEIF test on national level, the candidate has to apply for the participation in a FEIF Sport Judges Examination through the Sport Leader and Education Leader and with the agreement of the USIHC Board
    • Candidate has to be a USIHC member in good standing
    • Candidate has to reside in the United States
    • Candidate has to pass the FEIF test on international level.

Current Judges

The following judges are currently licensed in the United States:
Will Covert - FEIF International Sport Judge, Refer to FEIF
Alexandra Dannenmann - FEIF International Sport Judge, Refer to FEIF
Freija Thye - USIHC Sport Judge A, April 2020
Alexandra Pregitzer - USIHC Sport Judge B, April 2020
Jana Meyer - USIHC Sport Judge B, April 2020
Deborah Cook - USIHC Sport Judge C, April 2020

Continuing Education

Judges holding a license are required to submit proof of continuing education in order to stay current. Proof of participation in:

  • minimum one (1) educational pre-approved seminar every 3 years by submitting the confirmation letter signed by the clinician (download here)
    • Seminars have to be pre-approved by the Education Leader, at least 30 days prior to the seminar
    • Seminars must total a combined minimum of 16 hours, e.g. One 2-day (16 hour) and two 1-day (8 hour) seminars would satisfy the requirement
    • Seminars can be local, national or international
  • a minimum of two (2) days of judging or scribing at a US Sanctioned or FEIF WorldRanking show, in a time frame of 2 years

Non-fulfillment:

If a judge is not able to provide proof of currency, their license will be suspended and they will be removed from the judges section of the USIHC website. In order to reinstate their license, a judge has to catch-up on the missing proof by attending an educational seminar within 2 years after the license has been suspended. In case a judge does not provide any proof of currency within 2 years of license suspension, they will have to participate in a judges licensing course again, to have another license issued.

Effective:

These requirements are effective as of April 1st, 2017 for existing judges and 2 years from the certification date for new judges.