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 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.

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 11697.0 miles. Click here to log your hours.

Current leaders

PlaceTeam/RiderDistanceNext Landmark (miles to go)
1stKlettafjalla Icelandic Horse Club4162.9Seattle Space Needle, WA (281.1)
2ndHell's Icies Pony Club2420.6Mt. Rushmore, SD (724.4)
3rdNortheast Icelandic Horse Club (NEIHC)2170.7St. Louis Arch, MO (5.3)
4thHestafolk822.5Old Man in the Mountain, NH (4.5)
5thCascade Icelandic Horse Club546.0Old Man in the Mountain, NH (281.0)
Aug 26

Young Horse Linear Description (Wisconsin)

Young Horse Linear Description will be held at Winterhorse Park in Eagle, WI. For more information, contact organizer Kydee Sheetz, acicelandics@yahoo.com.

Open to the public!

Aug 26–
Aug 27


at Winterhorse Park Eagle, WI. Contact Eve Loftness at eloftness@comcast.net for more info

Aug 28

Sport Competition Clinic

in which riders who have just competed at the Flugnirkeppni show at Winterhorse Park S75 W35621 Wilton Road in Eagle, WI will have the opportunity to receive guidance from the international breeding and sport judge who evaluated them during the course of the show. Riders and their horses will receive personalized instruction on the track and learn how they can work together to improve their future performances and maximize their competition experience. Contact Kydee Sheetz at aslanscountryicelandics@yahoo.com for registration information .
Sep 12

Board Conference Call

The Board will hold its regularly scheduled conference call at 8PM (Eastern).  All members are invited to audit the call.  An agenda will be posted here the weekend before the call.

Please note:  The call in instructions (phone number and PIN) have changed.  Please check the agenda for the correct numbers.

Sep 14

Young Horse Linear Description (New York)

A linear description of young horses aged 21 days to 3 year to be held at Bel Di Icelandics, Helms Hill Road, Washingtonville, NY. 

Judge: Herdis Reynisdottir

For more information, please contact organizers: Martina Gates 631.662.7755, martinagates@mac.com or Shannon Fitzgerald 201.774.3364, shannonfitz@optonline.net

Sep 15

Young Horse Linear Description (Minnesota)

A Young Horse Linear Description will be held at Tolthaven Icelandics in Pelican Rapids, MN - 19835 400th Street. 

For more information please contact Jer & Susy Oliver, solivergraphics@gmail.com or tolthavenranch@gmail.com.  

Open to to the public!

Sep 15–
Sep 17


Master trainer Eyjolfur Isolfsson will be conducting a 3-day clinic at Red Feather. See www.toltmaster.com for more information regarding Jolli's background and style. Jolli is renowned for his many years of experience and teaching at Holar, he tailors each lesson to the rider / horse combo and their needs and level.

Riders will ride as singles each day of the three day clinic. Lectures Daily allow auditors to ask questions and gain more insight. Jolli is very inclusive of the audience during the lessons, educating all of us as he directs rider and horse.

Clinic can accommodate 8 Riders and 12 Auditors.

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

Sep 15–
Sep 17

Sport Riding and Pleasure Riding Clinic

at Tolthaven Icelandics 19835 400th Street in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. World Championship breeding and sport judge will be helping riders to maximize their competition and pleasure riding experiences. Participants will enjoy individual and small group riding instruction during the day in addition to lectures, videos, and discussion in the mornings and evenings. Riders and auditors welcome! Contact Kydee Sheetz at aslanscountryicelandics@yahoo.com for registration information.
Sep 16–
Sep 17

Alaska Icelandic Horse Association Sanctioned Show

Arctic Arrow Farm, Wasilla AK

Contact: Janet Mulder (907) 351-4473 or janet@akicefarm.com

Sep 16–
Sep 17

Breeding Seminar & Practice Clinic [Location Changed]

Breeding seminar and practice for FEIF International  Breeding show with an international breeding judge and an experienced rider.

Would you like to know if it makes sense to show your horse in a breeding show, or just know more about what it is all about and what could be expected? Interested is riding your own horse in a breeding show?

Herdis Reynisdottir, an international breeding judge of 15 years, and a well known and experienced rider that has shown horses at Landsmot and internationally will explain all about the FEIF International Breeding Evaluation system, what the judges look at and why, as well as how to best present the horses, both for conformation and in the ridden test. Horses will be unofficially scored and riders/owners will be given a chance to have their horses judged on an official track by an international FEIF breeding judge.

This clinic was developed by Herdis Reynisdottir, held in Germany in partnership with veteran professional breeding show / competition riders with great success and acclaim.

Where:  Bel Di Farm in Washingtonville, NY
When: September 16 & 17, 2017


Contact Shannon Fitzgerald at shannonfitz@optonline.net or Martina Gates at martinagates@mac.com for more info and registration.

More info about Herdís (Dísa) here: www.disa-ihs.com

phone: 866-929-0009