United States Icelandic Horse Congress

the official Icelandic horse breed organization in the United States since 1989.

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 One 2018 of The Icelandic Horse Quarterly features the results of the Blood Profile Project, more on positive reinforcement training, a comparison of tolt to other four-beat gaits, the horse as therapist, 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 48066.9 miles. Click here to log your hours.

Current leaders

PlaceTeam/RiderDistanceNext Landmark (miles to go)
1stKlettafjalla Icelandic Horse Club10966.2 ()
2ndNortheast Icelandic Horse Club (NEIHC)10432.1 ()
3rdHell's Icies Pony Club7976.5Everglades National Park, FL (713.5)
4thHestafolk6536.6The Alamo, TX (728.4)
5thCascade Icelandic Horse Club2772.0Mt. Rushmore, SD (373.0)

Agenda for April 16, 2018 Conference Call

The agenda for the April 16, 2018 Board conference call has been posted here: https://www.icelandics.org/bod/agenda/180416.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. Auditors are expected to participate in the conversation only when asked. 

Volunteer at Landsmót 2018

Landsmót 2018 is searching for helpful volunteers for various jobs during the tournament held in

Reykjavík 1-8. July. We are looking for people with enthusiasm and a positive mind, people who are

willing to help us make Landsmót 2018 the greatest yet!

Landsmót is one of the biggest sports events held in Iceland and for everything to run smoothly it

requires many efficient hands. Landsmót will be held at the show grounds of Fákur horse club in

Reykjavík where we will raise an entire village for a week dedicated to the Icelandic horse.

We offer you:

- Free of charge entrance to Landsmót.

- Free of charge meals while working.

- Merch labeled Landsmót 2018

- If our chief of staff thinks you have done a good job you will be able to get recommendations from

us, if requested.

- Volunteers can camp in a secluded, quiet area with access to toilets in a short walking distance from

the competition area.

Our conditions are:

- That you have a burning enthusiasm for your work and that you will be able to enjoy yourself, while

working for Landsmót.

- That you are 18 years or older.

- Speak fluent English.

- You must be prepared to take on various jobs, given to you by the volunteer’s team leader.

- The minimum work is 3 x 6 hours shifts during Landsmót. That means that you have to work at least

18 hours during the Landsmót week.

- You will have to attend an information meeting where you will be told about the work and the

schedule during the event.

The volunteer’s team leader will decide how the shifts will be dealt out.

There is always room for helpful hands and if you are interested in joining us and if you fulfill the

conditions above we welcome you to our team. Please apply to the volunteer’s work through this email

address: thelma@landsmot.is. Any further questions about the volunteering can be sent to this mail

as well.

Further information can be found on the Landsmót website: http://www.landsmot.is/en/join-us- /volunteers

2018 Youth Cup

Congratulations to all the young riders who submitted videos to be judged by an international sport judge for qualification for the 2018 FEIF Youth Cup in Sweden! The top score of each rider from T1 and either F1 or V1 were averaged to place each rider in order. 

The  U.S. Team for the FEIF Youth Cup 2018 is:

Alicia Flanigan
Grace Strausser
Isabelle Maranda

1st alternate: Eden Hendricks
2nd alternate: Eva Dykaar
3rd alternate: Maile Behringer
4th alternate: Haley Wehrheim

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

Apr 27–
Apr 29

Minnesota Horse Expo

Minnesota Horse Expo at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds, Saint Paul, MN

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 1–
Jun 3

Riding Clinic

Riding Clinic with renowned International Breeding and Sport Judge in beautiful northern Minnesota!—This talented clinician is adept at teaching beginners to World Championship competitors.  Riders can choose to emphasize skills and training needed for everything from trail riding to sport competition to breeding evaluations. Please contact Kydee Sheetz at acicelandics@yahoo.com for more information and to register

Jun 22–
Jun 24

Caeli Cavanagh Clinic - Liberty, Leadership and Lessons

Caeli Cavanagh will be at Red Feather Icelandics in beautiful Trout Lake Washington for a three day Clinic June 22-24th.

Caeli, a Holar graduate, is renowned for her liberty work as well. Come for three full days of Learning.

Contact Linda Templeton for more information (linda@redfeathericelandics.com   541-490-0975)

Jun 22–
Jun 24

Tölt Clinic with Freya

Tölt Clinic with Freya

June 22-24 Wrenhill Stables 17401 NW 11th Avenue, Ridgefield WA.

To register: Make checks payable to Cascade Icelandic Horse Club (CIHC) Mail to: Susan Wellington, 61751 Gensman Rd, St Helens OR, 97051 

Jun 22–
Jun 24

Trausti Gudmundsson Tolt in Harmony clinic

Trausti Gudmundsson,Tolt in Harmony clinic  in Wasilla, Alaska - June 22-24, 2018

for more info contact:  Jane Wehrheim, alaskaicelandics@gmail.com

Jun 23

Dressage Mini Schooling Show Clinic

Dressage Mini Schooling Show

Judges: Alex Pregitzer and Jana Meyer

Thor Icelandics, Hudson NY

contact Leslie Chambers for info (lchambers17@comcast.net)


phone: 866-929-0009