United States Icelandic Horse Congress

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

Our Mission

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

Issue Four 2017 of The Icelandic Horse Quarterly features articles on the American Youth Cup, the Icelandic Horse World Championships, seat schooling exercises, positive reinforcement training, and more, as well as news from USIHC 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.

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 or teams in a virtual tour of the United States. The ride began on July 4th and continues until July 3rd 2018. All the details (including the fine print) are on the Sea 2 Shining Ride page.

Riders have already travelled 37293.2 miles. Click here to log your hours.

Current leaders

PlaceTeam/RiderDistanceNext Landmark (miles to go)
1stKlettafjalla Icelandic Horse Club10157.7 ()
2ndNortheast Icelandic Horse Club (NEIHC)7744.8Everglades National Park, FL (945.2)
3rdHell's Icies Pony Club6683.6The Alamo, TX (581.4)
4thHestafolk3784.2Seattle Space Needle, WA (659.8)
5thCascade Icelandic Horse Club2121.0St. Louis Arch, MO (55.0)

Board Conference Call Agenda

Board Conference Call Agenda - 2018 Budget

January 23, 2018 8:00PM (Eastern)

View the agenda here: https://www.icelandics.org/bod/agenda/180123.pdf

Any member of the Congress is welcome to audit the conference call. Auditors are asked to identify themselves during the roll call at the start of the meeting or immediately upon joining the call if the meeting has already begun. 

2017 Annual Committee and Officer Reports

FEIF - Seminars for Breeding Horse Trainers Level 1 and Level 2

FEIF is offering two seminars at Skeidvellir in Hella, Iceland for riders interested in furthering their education in training and presenting breeding horses. Registration deadline is February 27, 2018.

Seminar Level 1 - April 3-6, 2018

Seminar Level 2 - April 9-11, 2018

Email breeding@icelandics.org or click here for more information

2018 Committee Chairs

The USIHC BOD recognizes the importance of our committees and the cadre of volunteers that give of their time. These committees are the 'engine' of our organization, and deserve our focus and direction.

We were overdue to revisit the goals, structure, duties and priorities of each committee. Over the past month, we have been gathering information from each committee chair to help us in this task. It is our intention that by defining and refining these duties we provide a transparent working document providing direction, which allows our committee members to better focus and maximize their energies, and our members to know where we are focusing our time, energy and funds.

Prior to 2006, the USIHC policy was for committee chairs to be chosen from the board members, the BOD has decided to resume this practice to improve communication between committees and the Board. We would like to emphasize that the role of all chairs is primarily to facilitate discussion and communicate proposals formed by committee consensus. Care must be taken to include point persons and timelines for all proposals submitted to the Board for consideration.

Our Committee Chairs for 2018 are:

Affiliated Clubs - Leslie Chambers
Breeding - Linda Templeton
Education - Alex Dannenmann
Leisure Riding - Lori Cretney
Magazine - Nancy Marie Brown & Nicki Esdorn (the exception to Board Chairs)
Promotion - Jess Haynsworth & Em Potts
Sport - Will Covert

Youth - Kevin Draeger 

We wish everyone a happy and successful 2018, and look forward to working with you.


Your USIHC Board of Directors

Jan 23

Board Conference Call - 2018 Budget Call

Board Conference Call 2018 Budget Call @ 8pm Eastern.

Agenda and call details will be posted here later

Mar 23–
Mar 25

FEIF Education and Trainer Seminar 2018

FEIF Education and Trainer Seminar 2018

In Hólar Iceland

For teachers and trainers


Apr 21–
Apr 22

CIA Open Spring Sanctioned Show

April 21 - 22 -- CIA OPEN Spring Sanctioned Show at Flying C Ranch Santa Ynez, CA.  

For more info go to http://www.ciaclub.net/ciaopen0418.html or contact Asta Covert at info@tolt.net

Apr 26–
Apr 29

Sport Judges Seminar

Sport Judge Seminar with Þorgeir Guðlaugsson from April 26-29 2017 at Red Feather Icelandics in Trout Lake, Washington.

Þorgeir is a highly experienced and qualified FEIF international Sport Judge and has judged more World Championships than any other judge.

He is the Chief judge at the World Championships this year in Holland.

Þorgeir is a enthusiastic and caring instructor. He is extraordinarily ambitious and has a great range of professional knowledge. His enthusiasm about the subject makes it easy to listen to and enables participants of all levels to acquire or improve their knowledge.

The seminar is open for everyone interested in Icelandic horses and their specialties.

Pleasure rider or non-rider who wants to learn more about the different gaits, recognition of beat or balance problems and ideas how to solve those problems are equally welcome as competition riders who are interested in the assessment of gaits and how to judge horse shows.

The seminar includes lectures, video presentations and practical judging.

If requested, a voluntary test at the end of the seminar will be offered in order to qualify as an US intern judge.

Cost: $400 for the seminar, $50 for testing. 

Please contact Alex Dannenmann at alex.dannenmann@gmail.com for more information

May 23–
May 24

Kentucky Breeding Evaluation

Save the date:  Léttleiki Icelandics is planning a full Breeding Evaluation around Memorial Day weekend in 2018.  For more info contact Maggie at Maggie@lettleikiicelandics.com or go to www.lettleikiicelandics.com.  

May 26–
May 27

Kentucky Sport Competition

Save the date:  Léttleiki Icelandics is planning a sanctioned sport competition around Memorial Day weekend in 2018.  For more info contact Maggie at Maggie@lettleikiicelandics.com or go to www.lettleikiicelandics.com.  

Jun 23–
Jun 24

NEIHC Sanctioned Show

NEIHC is planning a sanctioned show at Thor Icelandics, Hudson NY June 23/24, 2018

Contact: Leslie Chambers (lkchambers17@gmail.com)

Sep 8–
Sep 9

Toppur Sanctioned Show

Toppur Sanctioned Show

The show is Sept. 8-9 at Harmony Icelandics in Iowa

Contact Virginia at Harmony Icelandics for more information   


Oct 5–
Oct 7

Kentucky World Ranking Event October 5-6-7

Kentucky Triple World Ranking Event 

October 5, 6 & 7 At Lettleiki Icelandics 

Contact Maggie for more Information at Maggie@lettleikiicelandics.com or go to www.lettleikiicelandics.com

Oct 13–
Oct 14

CIA Open Fall Sanctioned Show

October 13-14 -- CIA OPEN Fall Sanctioned Show Show at Flying C Ranch Santa Ynez, CA.  

For more info go to http://www.ciaclub.net/ciaopen1018.html or contact Asta Covert at info@tolt.net

phone: 866-929-0009