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 44013.2 miles. Click here to log your hours.

Current leaders

PlaceTeam/RiderDistanceNext Landmark (miles to go)
1stKlettafjalla Icelandic Horse Club10756.2 ()
2ndNortheast Icelandic Horse Club (NEIHC)9462.6The White House, DC (322.4)
3rdHell's Icies Pony Club7462.0Everglades National Park, FL (1228.0)
4thHestafolk5441.1Hollywood, CA (191.9)
5thCascade Icelandic Horse Club2527.0Mt. Rushmore, SD (618.0)

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

BOD Conference Call Agenda - March 13, 2018

The agenda for the March 13, 2018 BOD conference call has been posted. You can access the file by clicking here or copying and pasting the link below:


We welcome members to audit these conference calls. Directions on how to join the call is included in the agenda.  

Mar 23–
Mar 25

FEIF Education and Trainer Seminar 2018

FEIF Education and Trainer Seminar 2018

In Hólar Iceland

For teachers and trainers


Apr 1

Quarterly (June 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.
Apr 16

April Board Conference Call 8:00PM Eastern Time

To join the call, dial (605) 475-4884, and enter the PIN number 101234# when prompted.

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.

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 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–
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)

phone: 866-929-0009