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1/2-2024Forfatter: Stine Sandahl

Who is judging at the Nordic Championships in august?

It is with great pleasure and honour that the organizers of The Nordic Championship 2024 finally can announce the full teams of judge that will judge The Nordic Championship 2024 in Herning this summer. The selection procedure of the judge teams is made according to the “Manual and Guideline of The Nordic Championship”, provided by the Nordic Icelandic Horse Corporation, NIHC. 

Gædingakeppni  

In gædingakeppni the total number of judges on the team is 5. Each participating country may suggest a judge, but the final decision is made by the organizers. 

The judge team of Gædingakeppni 

Valdimar M. Ólafsson from Iceland.  
Valdimar is landsdómara and will be both judging and the head of judges in Gædingkeppni. Valdimar is chosen by the organizing country. 
 
Stefán Ágústsson from Iceland, landsdómara and chosen by Iceland 
Mathilde Hjort from Norway, landsdómara and chosen by Norway 
Nina Bergholt from Sweden, landsdómara and chosen by Sweden 
Amalie Haubo-San Pedro from Denmark, landsdómara and chosen by Denmark 

Sport 

In sport the total number of judges are 10 plus a non-judging head of judges.  
According to the manual, each of the 6 participating countries may choose a judge for the judging team in sport. The last four remaining judges and the head of judges are chosen by the organizing country. 

This year the organizers have chosen to do the selection of the last 4 judges and the head of judges upon 6 criteria. 
The decision was made with the purpose to protect and develop upon the quality of the Nordic Championship in which the qualification of each judge plays an important role. 

The criteria this year are as followed 

  • FEIF judge (mandatory) 
  • No more than 2 judging judges from the same country (mandatory) 
  • Amount of judging days at WRL competitions during 2022 and 2023 
  • Amount of judges World Championships and Nordic Championships 
  • Other relevant education e.g. FEIF instructor 
  • Good communication and cooperative skills  

The judge team in sport 
 

Head of judges 

Stefan Hackauf from Germany. Stefan will not be judging but instead perform the role as head of judges. Stefan Hackauf is chosen by the organizing country. 
 

Chosen by the 6 Nordic countries 

Peter Häggberg from Sweden, FEIF judge and chosen by Sweden 
Anna Andersen from Finland, FEIF judge and chosen by Finland 
Rune Svendsen from Norway, FEIF judge and chosen by Norway 
Lise Galskov from Denmark, FEIF judge and chosen by Denmark 
Malin Elmgren from Sweden, FEIF judge and chosen by the Fareoe Island 
Halldór Gunnar Victorsson from Iceland, FEIF judge and chosen by Iceland 

Chosen by the organizing country 
 
Sigridur Pjettursdottir from Iceland, FEIF judge 
Birgit Quasnitschka from Germany, FEIF judge 
Lise Brouér from Denmark, FEIF judge 
Andreas Windsio from Germany, FEIF judge 

This is a dreamteam of judges all coming together in Herning, to judge the best horses and riders in the world! 

Foto: Andreas Hejnsdorf

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