United States Icelandic Horse Congress

the official Icelandic horse breed organization in the United States since 1998.

The Leisure Riding Committee is extremely pleased to announce the replacement for the retired Pleasure Riding Program! The Sea 2 Shining Ride is a virtual ride open to all Congress members. Members may participate as individuals, clubs, or teams in a virtual tour of the United States. The ride begins on July 4th and continues for one year until July 3rd 2018.

All the details (including the fine print) are on the Sea 2 Shining Ride page.

The ride starts in !

Our Mission

  • To promote the knowledge of the Icelandic Horse within the United States and its correct use as a competition and riding horse;
  • To keep a Registry of purebred Icelandic Horses in the United States;
  • To facilitate communication among all USIHC members, and;
  • To represent the United States in FEIF.

The US Icelandic Horse Congress is a member of FEIF, the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations, representing Icelandic Horse associations in 21 countries. FEIF brings people together in their passion for the Icelandic Horse.

Quarterly Cover

The Icelandic Horse Quarterly

The Icelandic Horse Quarterly is published in March, June, September, and December by the US Icelandic Horse Congress as a benefit of membership.

Issue Two 2017 of The Icelandic Horse Quarterly features 52 pages of color photos and information about the Icelandic horse, with articles on the USIHC Riding Badge Program, Centered Riding, learning to judge, overcoming your horse's natural asymmetry, horse emotions, and more, as well as news from the Affiliated Clubs, the USIHC Board of Directors, and our parent organization, FEIF.

To advertise, contact quarterly@icelandics.org. Ad rates are here.

All issues since 2008 are available online. See the Topic Index to find the stories you are interested in.

Recent news...

Sea 2 Shining Sea Ride

The Leisure Riding Committee is extremely pleased to announce the replacement for the retired Pleasure Riding Program! The Sea 2 Shining Rideis a virtual ride open to all Congress members. Members may participate as individuals, clubs, or teams in a virtual tour of the United States. The ride begins on July 4th and continues for one year until July 3rd 2018.

All the details (including the fine print) are on the Sea 2 Shining Ride page.

June Board Conference Call Minutes

The minutes of the June conference call are available in the online archive.

World Championships Tryout Results

The results of the World Championships tryout videos and World Ranking submissions are online.  Congratulations to Ayla Green, Chrissy Seipolt, and Jenny Melville.  All three qualified to represent the United States at the World Championships in Oirschot, Netherlands. 

Kentucky Show Results

The results from the June Kentucky sanctioned show are available online and have been included in the National Ranking.

Upcoming events...

Jun 24–
Jun 25

NEIHC Open

Thor Icelandics, Claverack, NY.

Join us for our fifth annual sport competition.  The judges will be Alex Dannenmann and Alex Pregitzer.

Contact Leslie Chambers: lchambers17@comcast.net.

Jun 25–
Jun 26

Breeders Seminar with ARNAR BJARKI SIGURÐARSON

Arnar Bjarki Sigurðarson, International Breeding Judge, will be conducting a two day breeders educational clinic. He will be reviewing the processes, scoring and thinking of the breed evaluation, the young horse evaluation in Linear Format and introducing us to the new Riding Horse Assessment Tool.

Arnar will have Classroom and arena lectures using your horse and ours breaking down the evaluation process, there will be some 'under saddle' time to correlate what we see with performance. You will gain an understanding of the weight each component of both ride ability and conformation plays in the overall score of a horse.

Learn what to look for in a horse, how physiology impacts talent, and what the current thinking is regarding the desired 'look' of the Icelandic Horse and the proper definition regarding 'spirit', and understand the thinking and the tools behind the Riding Horse Assessment and how this differs from the Breed Evaluation.

Clinic is limited to 18

For more information please contact Linda@redfeathericelandics.com (541)490 0975

Jun 25–
Jul 2

American Youth Cup

The American Youth Cup will be held in Santa Cruz, California at Coast Road Stables from June 25 - July 2. The event will end with a sanctioned show open to all riders on July 1 & 2. Twenty participants will be selected based upon Trainer Evaluations and Youth Questionnaires. The AYC is open to riders between the ages of 13 and 17 (born between the years 2000 and 2004).

Applications, Youth Questionnaires, and Teacher/Trainer Evaluation forms are due NO LATER THAN March 25, and applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 25. Please note, applicants must be USIHC members in good standing at time of application to be considered, and must maintain their membership throughout the event. Non-membership will result in disqualification. 

Contact Heidi Benson (831-428-6111 or centaurcity@gmail.com) for more information and to obtain copies of the application forms. 

 We encourage young riders to apply to participate in this event!

Jul 1

Quarterly (September Issue) Article & Advertising Deadline.

Submit articles for publication in the Icelandic Horse Quarterly to quarterly@icelandics.org. We reserve the right to edit submissions. To submit ads online and pay using PayPal, click here. Information about the magazine and advertising is available here.
Jul 1–
Jul 2

American Youth Cup Open Sanctioned Show

at Coast Roads Stables in Santa Cruz, CA. For more info contact Heidi Benson at centaurcity@gmail.com

Jul 11–
Jul 18

FEIF Youth Camp in Sint Truiden, Belgium

The FEIF Youth Camp is an international camp for young people aged between 13 and 17 years old. The goal of the FEIF Youth Camp is to bring together young people from different countries. All should share a passion for the Icelandic horse, and the participants will also learn something of the horse culture(s) of the host nation. In order to take part in the FEIF Youth Camp, riders do not have to own (or bring) a horse, but they should be interested in Icelandics, and have some riding experience.

Contact the USIHC Youth Leader, Kelly Blough, for more information at youth@icelandics.org

Jul 17

July Board Conference Call

The Board will hold its normal, monthly conference call starting at 8PM (Eastern).  Interested members are invited to audit the call.  An agenda for the call will be posted here the weekend before the call.
Jul 22–
Jul 23

Newbies Clinic with Alexandra Dannenmann

An introduction to the history, gaits and fun of riding an Icelandic horse. For those who have never ridden an Icelandic, are just starting a relationship or want to learn more! We provide the horses.... at Lettleiki Icelandics at Swallowland Farm 6105 Eminence Pike Shelbyville, KY 40065

For more info contact Maggie at Maggie@lettleikiicelandics.com or go to www.lettleikiicelandics.com

Jul 22–
Jul 23

Trail Horse Clinic in Somerset, PA

OVIHC will be hosting a Trail Horse Clinic July 22-23, 2017 in Somerset, PA at Horizon View Farms.

The clinician is Rick Shaffer, a well respected trainer & judge, with over 30 years of experience, particularly with gaited breeds. Rick is a compassionate & patient trainer who uses consistent training methods to bring out the best in each horse. Rick's unhurried, individualized instruction is highly valued by owners & makes them feel very comfortable. Rick's teaching ensures that owners have the skills & confidence to build & maintain the all-important bond with their horses which will serve them well in all equine pursuits.

The clinic will involve in working on common trail obstacles, the lateral movements necessary to negotiate these obstacles & other important traits for trail horses. Rick has developed an incredible program for trail horses that evaluates the horses on how well they are able to perform under saddle & on the ground. This is somewhat similar to the new FEIF program for leisure horses, however Rick's program is far more detailed & is being utilized by breed associations & clubs across the country. This program is beneficial to sellers as it gives a non-biased report to buyers as to what the horse's level of training is. It is also beneficial to those owners who want to know where their strong areas are & which areas need additional work. There is a matrix available that describes what a horse must demonstrate to be awarded one of the three levels. Copies of the matrix may be requested by contacting Juli Cole at juli2875@yahoo.com or calling 724-667-4184. Clinic participants who are interested in having their horses tested will have the option to do so on Sunday, July 23, 2017. It is highly recommended that those wishing to take the test review the matrix in advance.

The clinic will be limited to 15 riders, however auditor spots are unlimited. For additional information or to request an application form, please contact Juli Cole at juli2875@yahoo.com or 724-667-4184

Aug 12–
Aug 13

World Championships Live Feed and Competition Clinic with Alexandra Dannenmann

Watch and discuss the World Championships with an International Judge and work on your competition skills in preparation for the world ranking show in October.

Lettleiki Icelandics at Swallowland Farm 6105 Eminence Pike Shelbyville, KY 40065

For more info contact Maggie at Maggie@lettleikiicelandics.com or go to www.lettleikiicelandics.com

phone: 866-929-0009