Judge Accreditation

The IHAA’s rulebook was first published in 2018 to support the IHAA’s founding principal of promoting uniformity in the rules. The www.ihaa.eu portal ensures accuracy in recording and reporting competition scores. The launch of the IHAA Judges’ training and qualification system in 2022 is the next piece in the puzzle…. Competitors can now be assured of high quality and uniformity in the running and judging of IHAA competitions across the globe. Participants in the World Grand Prix or those with World Ranking placings can be certain of the validity of results between different venues and events.

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IHAA Judge Accreditation Pathway

There are 4 levels of IHAA Judges (L1-L4) and regulations specify the seniority of judge required to coach different levels of competition (categorised 1* ie local, through to 4*, international elite). These are summarised in the table below.

The IHAA is a worldwide organisation and it is important to us that people from all our member nations can train as a judge without incurring the significant expense of long haul travel (not to mention our responsibility to each reduce our carbon footprint). So the IHAA chose to use a mixture of online learning modules and assessment, accompanied by some face-to-face learning and alongside requiring logbooks of practical judging experience. Once qualified, judges will be required to complete biennial refresher courses and to log the competitions they are judging.

Level 1 and Level 2 (ST) judges are qualified to judge the straight track events (eg. Raid, Tower, Skirmish and other similar tracks). Level 2 (full) judges, and L3 and L4 judges are qualified to judge Hunt track competitions. In addition to a thorough understanding of the rules the most senior judges must have knowledge of Hunt track course design. The training modules and paperwork required for each level are summarised in the diagram below, and detailed in the text that follows on below.

IHAA Judging Panel

The IHAA Judging panel has oversight over the whole IHAA judging pathway, training and accreditation.
It is the highest level of authority in the field of judging for the IHAA.

The three members of the Judging Panel are:

  • Anders Wredendal (Sweden)
  • Gabriela Osiecka (Poland)
  • Elizabeth Tinnan (USA)

List of IHAA Accredited Judges

NameCountry (Association)IHAA Judge Level
Alan le GallFranceLevel 4
Anders WredendalSwedenLevel 4
Elizabeth TinnanUSALevel 4
Gabriela OsieckaPolandLevel 4
Anders O JonssonSwedenLevel 2 (full)
Anna SterczyńskaPoland (Kawalkada sport Club)Level 2 (full)
Asko HirvonenFinland (Suomen Ratsastusjousiampujain liitto (SRJL))Level 2 (full)
Bethany FlickUSA (MA3)Level 2 (full)
Carmen FrentressUnited States (MA3)Level 2 (full)
Claire SawyerUnited Kingdom (BHAA)Level 2 (full)
Denise LocherSwitzerland (Berittenes Bogenschiessen Schweiz)Level 2 (full)
Diana TroykUnited States (MA3)Level 2 (full)
Diane HornSouth Africa (MAASA)Level 2 (full)
Elisabeth StoecklinSwitzerland (Berittenes Bogenschiessen Schweiz BBS)Level 2 (full)
Emily MasseyUnited Kingdom (British Horseback Archery Association)Level 2 (full)
Emmanuel de PERETTIFrance (FFE)Level 2 (full)
Frank SihlerUnited States (MA3)Level 2 (full)
Frederik DurandItalia (Francesina Horseback Archery)Level 2 (full)
Heather LomaxUnited States (MA3)Level 2 (full)
Helen BarnesUK (BHAA)Level 2 (full)
Jennie OttossonSweden (Horseback Archery Sydskyttarna)Level 2 (full)
Katarzyna PanekPoland (Polskie Stowarzyszenie Łucznictwa Konnego)Level 2 (full)
Ken QueenUnited States (MA3)Level 2 (full)
Kevin GUSSEFranceLevel 2 (full)
Magdalena PuncewiczPolska (PSŁK)Level 2 (full)
Mateusz SzymańskiPolskaLevel 2 (full)
Maya KowalUnited KingdomLevel 2 (full)
Nancy SimonsFrance (FFE)Level 2 (full)
Radosław Kożuch---Level 2 (full)
Rodney DeamanAustralia (Australian Horse Archery Association)Level 2 (full)
Vicky RobertsUnited States (MA3)Level 2 (full)
Christian BareissSwitzerland (Berittenes bogenschiessen schweiz bbs)Level 2 (straight track)
Dan SawyerUnited Kingdom (BHAA)Level 2 (straight track)
Deirdre Janse van RensburgSouth Africa (MAASA)Level 2 (straight track)
giulia piccaSpain (Horsebackarchery Barcelona)Level 2 (straight track)
Jouke BoermaNederland (MAAN)Level 2 (straight track)
Katie Phillips---Level 2 (straight track)
Linda Ahrnborgsweden (sveriges beridna bågskyttar)Level 2 (straight track)
Maja Kario-DomagałaPolskaLevel 2 (straight track)
Maria WilliamsUnited Kingdom (British horseback archery association)Level 2 (straight track)
Naomi CrottyAustralia (Australian Horse Archery Association)Level 2 (straight track)
Nic WestUK (BHAA)Level 2 (straight track)
Ninni StenhoffSweden (Horseback Archery Sydskyttarna)Level 2 (straight track)
Raffaele FagioliITALY (Francesina Horseback Archery)Level 2 (straight track)
Roger IttigSchweiz (Berittenes Bogenschiessen Schweiz)Level 2 (straight track)
Tomasz DomagałaPolandLevel 2 (straight track)
Adam SewellUSA (MA3)Level 1
Aleksandra PałaszPolskaLevel 1
Alessandro de SantisItaly (ASD PARCO ADDA CAVALLO)Level 1
Alex AustinUK (BHAA)Level 1
Alison AcostaMexico (Asociacion Nacional de Arqueria Ecuestre Mexico)Level 1
Amali Raschke---Level 1
Amy DiackSouth Africa (MAASA)Level 1
Amy-Louise EvansAustralia (Australian horse archery association)Level 1
Ann-Sofie Wredendal---Level 1
Annelie CarlssonSverige (Väst Sveriges Beridna Bågskyttar)Level 1
Annemieke JeronimusNederlandLevel 1
Annette KoppGermany (Steppenreiter)Level 1
Anton MironovRUSSIA (Horseback archery federation of the republic of Buryatia)Level 1
April GardinerCanadaLevel 1
Arshaq NaeemPakistanLevel 1
Aurangzeb Mubashar---Level 1
Aurelia Del Guerra---Level 1
Boris BoleevRussian (Fharussia)Level 1
Bożena KowolPolska (Dobrawa Klub Sportowy)Level 1
Brian HealeyUnited States (MA3)Level 1
Carey NorlandUnited States (Mounted Archery Association of the Americas)Level 1
Caroline NorthUSA (Mounted Archery Association of Americas)Level 1
Cécile Goumain BarralFranceLevel 1
Charlie MadeleyUK (BHAA)Level 1
Christian AhnerGermany (Die Steppenreiter)Level 1
Cora MooreUK (BHAA)Level 1
David Rubio UcetaEspaña (Spanish Horseback Archery Association)Level 1
Dominique CaltonUnited Kingdom (British Horseback Archery Association)Level 1
Dominique NelSouth AfricaLevel 1
Einari PänkääläFinland (Srjl)Level 1
Elena KalashnikovaRussia (Federation Horseback archery Russia)Level 1
Emilie JosseFrance (FFE)Level 1
Eowyn Barnes-ShortUnited Kingdom (BHAA)Level 1
Erdenetsetseg TsendsurenMongolia (Mongolian Horseback archers)Level 1
Erin EricksonUnited States (MA3)Level 1
Faten RamadanLebanonLevel 1
Fiammetta CerretiItaly (Arcieri a Cavallo Italia)Level 1
Fiona HuntUnited Kingdom (Bhaa)Level 1
Geraldine FeltzLuxembourg (D'Arc Angels)Level 1
Giacomo GregoItaly (Francesina Horseback Archery Team)Level 1
Gianluca de SantisItaly (ASD Parco Adda Cavallo)Level 1
Giorgia ScialpiItaly (Associazioni ippica La Francesina Saronno)Level 1
Gustiana Ranu HidayatIndonesia (IEATP)Level 1
Heather ButtonCanada (CFMA)Level 1
Izabela SterniskoPolskaLevel 1
Jacques van der WesthuizenSouth Africa (Mounted Archery Association of South Africa (MAASA))Level 1
Jacques HornSouth Africa (MAASA)Level 1
Jane JensenDenmarkLevel 1
Janine CragoSouth Africa (MAASA)Level 1
Janusch IttigSwitzerland (BBS)Level 1
Jason CarpenterAustralia (AHAA)Level 1
Jennifer DawsonUnited States (MA3 - Ground Zero Mounted Archers)Level 1
Jens VogtDeutschland (Die Steppenreiter)Level 1
Jessica LanhamUSALevel 1
Jimmie BergkvistSweden (Horseback Archery Sydskyttarna)Level 1
John GoodwinGreat Britain (BHAA)Level 1
Katariina CozmeiFinland (Finnish Mounted Archery Association)Level 1
KHONGR ULADAEVRussia (Федерация конной стрельбы из лука Республики Калмыкии)Level 1
Kimberley BeldamCanadaLevel 1
Lance BishopCanada (Canadian Federation of Mounted Archery)Level 1
Laura DettlingCanada (Canadian Federation of Mounted Archery)Level 1
Lauren FellUnited Kingdom (BHAA)Level 1
Laurie PicaronnyFranceLevel 1
Leah EarleUSA (Mounted Archery Association of the Americas)Level 1
Lilianne d'AllensSchweiz (Berittenes Bogenschiessen Schweiz (BBS))Level 1
Linda MeyerCanada (HARCAN)Level 1
Lisa KlassonSweden (Horseback Archery Sydskyttarna)Level 1
Lubov MorokaRussia (Academy of Applied Disciplines of Equestrian Sports "Artemis")Level 1
Lucyna AdamczakPolskaLevel 1
Mahmoud QalyoubiUnited Arab Emirates (Mamluk Archery - Arabia)Level 1
Manuele GualdanaItalia (Arcieri a cavallo Italia)Level 1
Marcello CamisiItalia (Arcieri a Cavallo Italia)Level 1
Margarita FetisovaRussiaLevel 1
Marina BolsjhakovaRussia (Federation Horseback archery Russia)Level 1
Maxwell SouterCanada (CFMA)Level 1
Małgorzata KoprowskaPolandLevel 1
Michael PearsonCanada (CFMA)Level 1
Michael RubyUK (BHAA)Level 1
Michelle BacaUnited States (MA3)Level 1
Mikayla HowardCanada (HARCAN)Level 1
Mike ShortUnited Kingdom (BHAA)Level 1
Mimmi FagrellSwedenLevel 1
Mohamad HerwanMalaysia (Liga memanah berkuda malaysia)Level 1
Monika Mehes PintyeHungary (Nemethy Horsback Archery Academy)Level 1
MUHAMMAD AZREQ BIN MOHD LATIPMalaysia (LIGA MEMANAH BERKUDA MALAYSIA)Level 1
Muhammad Yasir Zulkifly ApandiMALAYSIA (LIGA MEMANAH BERKUDA MALAYSIA)Level 1
Narine MkrtychyanRussia (Federation of the Horseback Archery of Russia (FHAR))Level 1
Natalia KoprowskaPolskaLevel 1
Natalia YurchenkoRussia (Federation Horseback archery Russia)Level 1
Nicole SpitlerUnited States of America (Mounted Archery Association of the Americas)Level 1
Nicole GlanzmannSchweiz (BBS)Level 1
Niels EggersGermany (Die Steppenreiter e. V.)Level 1
NOR SALIZAMALAYSIA (LIGA MEMANAH BERKUDA MALAYSIA)Level 1
Norma LindemannGermany (Die Steppenreiter e.V.)Level 1
NUR AININA BINTI OTHMANMalaysia (LIGA MEMANAH BERKUDA MALAYSIA)Level 1
Rebecca SweetmanUnited Kingdom (BHAA)Level 1
Rick McCurrachCanada (HARCAN (Horse Archery Society of Canada) and OKMA (Okanagan Khanate Mounted Archery))Level 1
Roberto GonzalezMéxico (Asociación Mexicana de Arquería Montada)Level 1
Ros JonesUnited Kingdom (BHAA)Level 1
Ross BaughUnited Kingdom (BHAA)Level 1
Rozelle TalmaSouth AfricaLevel 1
Salim Nurhidayati DiyanaMalaysia (LIGA MEMANAH BERKUDA MALAYSIA)Level 1
SAMSUDIN MOHD BAHARUNMalaysia (Liga Memanah Berkuda Malaysia (LMBM))Level 1
Samuel GugolzSwitzerland (Berittenes Bogenschiessen Schweiz BBS)Level 1
Sarah HarperUK (BHAA)Level 1
Sarah ClarkeCanada (Canadian Federation of Mounted Archery)Level 1
Sebastian ScheifeleSwitzerland (BBS)Level 1
Silvia FagioliItaly (Francesina Horseback Archery)Level 1
Sonja KochCanada (Canadian Federation of Mounted Archery)Level 1
Suzanne OlivierSouth AfricaLevel 1
Talita SerfonteinSouth AfricaLevel 1
Tanya HughesAustraliaLevel 1
Tanya FreeguardSouth Africa (Riverside MA Club)Level 1
Thibault BotmanLuxembourg (D'Arc Angels Lëtzebuerg)Level 1
Tom FelchnerGermany (Die Steppenreiter e.V.)Level 1
Uwe SchneiderCanada (Canadian Federation of Mounted Archery)Level 1
Vicky Van ZylRSA (MAASA)Level 1
Екатерина НевмержицкаяРоссия (ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ КОННОЙ СТРЕЛЬБЫ ИЗ ЛУКА РОССИИ)Level 1
Ирина УладаеваРоссия (Федерация конной стрельбы из лук Республики Калмыкия)Level 1
Олеся СенкевичRussia (Федерация по конной стрельбе из лука в России)Level 1
Ольга ЖигулинаРоссия (ФКСЛ России)Level 1

IHAA Level 1 Judge Status

Conditions for acceptance onto IHAA Level 1 (L1) judge training:

  • Nomination by IHAA Member Association / Special application direct to IHAA

There is currently no fee to train as an IHAA L1 judge.

L1 requires completion of the following online learning modules & linked assessments:

  1. Judging principles and General & Competition rules
  2. Straight Track rules
  3. IHAA Postal match leaders
  4. www.ihaa.eu for users

Age: The candidate must be age 16 years or more, at the time of completing the course

Conditions for retention as a IHAA L1 judge:

  • Completion of an Update & Refresher course (every 2 years or sooner if there is a rulebook update)

Supplementary notes:

  • The IHAA member association may make a special application for the age limit to be waived in exceptional circumstances.
  • The IHAA Judging Panel will consider each application according to its individual merits and the evidence offered.

Joining instructions:

  • Visit the homepage of our online learning course and select Level 1 Judges course, then “Get this course”.
  • If you are a new user you will be invited to register on the site and set your login details.
    You will be able to access the course once the site administrator has approved your request.
    This may take up to 48 hours.
  • Before you can start the course you will need to upload evidence (in English) that you have permission to take this qualification, eg. a screenshot of an email or message from your national rep. If you are not from an IHAA member country please email us at

    learning.ihaa@gmail.com to discuss your application

IHAA Level 2 Judge Status

Conditions for acceptance onto IHAA Level 2 (L2) judge training:

  • Holds IHAA L1 judge qualification
  • Fee payment of 15 Euros

L2 (Straight Track) requires:

  • The candidate must be age 18 years or more, at the time of completing the course
  • Completion of the online learning and assessment modules:
    1. Applied judging
    2. www.ihaa.eu for organisers
  • Submission of a logbook demonstrating:
    1. Activity as a judge for more than 12 months
    2. Running four 1* competitions
    3. Participating in the running of two 2* competitions (signed off by L2+ judge)

L2 (full) requirements are as for L2 (ST), but in addition:

  • Completion of the online learning and assessment module:
    1. Hunt Track rules
  • The logbook submission should include participation in running at least 1 Hunt track

Conditions for retention as a IHAA L2 judge:

  • Completion of an Update & Refresher course (every 2 years or sooner if there is a rulebook update)
  • Judge at least two 2* competitions during a 3 year period

Supplementary notes:

  • The IHAA member association may make a special application for the age limit or period of practical judging experience to be waived in exceptional circumstances. The IHAA Judging Panel will consider each application according to its individual merits and the evidence offered.

Joining instructions:

  • Visit the homepage of our online learning course and select Level 2 (ST) Judges course, then “Get this course”.
  • Once you have logged in it will invite you to make the payment of 15 Euros by Paypal.
  • For the L2 (full) judges course you can join the course in a similar manner, but there is no fee
  • For both the L2(ST) and L2(full) courses you will be asked to upload evidence (in English) that you have permission to take this qualification, eg. a screenshot of an email or message from your national rep. If you are not from an IHAA member country please email us at learning.ihaa@gmail.com to discuss your application. You cannot complete the qualification without this permission. No refunds will be given.

IHAA Level 3 Judge Status

Conditions for acceptance onto IHAA Level 3 (L3) judge training:

  • Has held the IHAA L2 (full) judge qualification for at least 2 years
  • Nomination by your IHAA member association
  • Good English language skills *

* unless awarded an exemption by IHAA judges panel and will then only be able to judge within local region where lack of english is no barrier

L3 requires:

  • The candidate must be age 18 years or more, at the time of completing the course
  • Completion of the online learning and assessment module:
    1. Hunt Track course design
  • Submission of a logbook demonstrating:
    1. Activity as an L2 (full) judge throughout at least 2 competition seasons
    2. Within the last 4 years:
      • Running four 2* competitions
      • Reference from a L3/4 judge (either a mentor to the candidate or someone they have judged alongside)

Conditions for retention as a IHAA L3 judge:

  • Completion of an Update & Refresher course (every 2 years or sooner if there is a rulebook update)
  • During a four year period: judge at least four 2* or two 3* events (or a combination of these)

Supplementary notes:

  • The L3 judge qualification is unavailable until such time as the Hunt track course designers qualification can be taken
  • The IHAA member association may make a special application for the age limit or period of practical judging experience to be waived in exceptional circumstances. The IHAA Judging Panel will consider each application according to its individual merits and the evidence offered.
  • Regarding the required activity for a judge to retain their L3 judge status. If there is a period when high level competitions are cancelled for any reason eg. pandemic or natural disaster, then this 4year period will be extended.

IHAA Level 4 Judge Status

Pathway to becoming an IHAA Level 4 (L4) judge

  • The applicant has held the IHAA L3 judge qualification for at least 4 years and regularly judges at 3* level competitions
  • Submission of a logbook demonstrating their recent judging activity
  • Good English language skills
  • Nomination by three L3 / L4 judges
  • Interview by IHAA Judging Panel and an experienced IHAA L4 judge

Conditions for retention as a IHAA L4 judge:

  • Completion of an Update & Refresher course (every 2 years or sooner if there is a rulebook update)
  • During a four year period: judge at least six 2* or two 3* or one 4* events (or a combination of these)

Supplementary notes:

  • The IHAA member association may make a special application for the age limit or period of practical judging experience to be waived in exceptional circumstances. The IHAA Judging Panel will consider each application according to its individual merits and the evidence offered.
  • Regarding the required activity for a judge to retain their L4 judge status. If there is a period when high level competitions are cancelled for any reason eg. pandemic or natural disaster, then this 4 year period will be extended.

Disciplinary Procedures Against IHAA Judges

Sanctions will be issued by the IHAA Judging Panel in consultation with the Appeals Committee where appropriate.

Conditions for demotion

  • Inactivity
    • Failure to complete the conditions for retention of that judging level.
      If there is a genuine reason for inactivity then the applicant can apply for an extension.
  • Complaints
    • 2 complaints in one year or 3 complaints in a three year period.
      Complaints must relate to separate instances (not multiple people registering a single concern). They should be considered by the appeals committee and will only stand against a judge’s record if found to be valid complaints.

Consequence of demotion

  • The individual will be moved down one judging level
  • All necessary training and conditions must be fulfilled to move back up a level.
    In the event of complaints, 2 years must elapse before an individual can reapply

Conditions for suspension

  • If a judge is found by the appeals committee to be:
    • Complicit in match fixing, or substance abuse by a human or equine athlete
    • Otherwise brings the sport of horseback archery or the IHAA into disrepute

Consequence of suspension

  • The judge is removed from the IHAA Judges list
  • 2 years must elapse before an individual may reapply to become a judge.
    They must start again at L1 and the training and conditions must be fulfilled afresh


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