The Caryn Cantella Breeding Award

Caryn Cantella

The Award

The Caryn Cantella Breeding award is given annually to the breeder of the highest evaluated ridden mare bred in the United States of America. The winner of the award gets a commemorative trophy to keep.

Eligibility

  • The mare must have been born in the United States of America and be currently registered with a registry recognized by the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations (FEIF).
  • The mare must have been fully evaluated at a FEIF recognized breeding show in the calendar year that the award represents.
  • The winning mare must have the highest overall score of any mare born in the United States and evaluated in the same year.
  • The winner must be a current member in good standing of a FEIF recognized breed association.

2017 Changes

Before 2017 the Caryn Cantella Award was presented to the highest evaluated young horse. From 2017 onward the Breeding Committee decided to discontinue the practice of awarding prizes to young horses evaluated using the Linear Evaluation System. The Committee’s position is only fully evaluated (ridden) horses should be eligible for awards.

The Cantella Award has been redesigned to recognize the highest evaluated mare instead of the young horses. Fully evaluated (ridden) stallions are eligible to win the Anne Elwell Breeding Award.

Young horses who won the pre-2017 Caryn Cantella Award are listed below.

About Caryn Cantella

Caryn Cantella is one of the founding members of the United States Icelandic Horse Congress (USIHC) and served as its first Registrar. Her tireless efforts to insure the integrity of the USIHC registry and the purity of the breed in the United States coupled with her long dedication to the USIHC are commemorated by this award.

Winners of the Retired "Young Horse" Award

2016 Winner

2016 Winner

Álfagaldur from Aslans's Country

US2016105113
ColorRed dun (chestnut dun) with a blaze and white fetlocks and/or socks
BreederKydee K. Sheetz
OwnerKydee K. Sheetz
FÁlfadans frá Ingólfshvoli
FfOrri frá Þúfu í Landeyjum
FmHera frá Gerðum
MGáta von Birkenlund
MfLeikur frá Lækjarbotnum
MmRúna frá Leiti
Conformation82.76
Character95.38
Gaits & Movement77.33
Overall82.57

2015 Winner

2015 Winner

Photo:Charlotte Reilly

Ástarljós from Pegasus Flughestar

US2013204810
ColorDark bay with mealy muzzle no white markings
BreederKathryn Ruth Love
OwnerKathryn Ruth Love
FPegasus frá Skyggni
FfHrafn frá Holtsmúla
FmGletta frá Kolsholtshelli
MSalka frá Frostastöðum
MfKveikur frá Miðsitju
MmGneista frá Frostastöðum
Conformation67.41
Character87.69
Gaits & Movement68.73
Overall72.13

The complete results of the top 10 evaluated young horses are available here.

2014 Winner

2014 Winner

Pipar from Winterhorse Park

US2014104926
ColorBlack no markings
BreederBarb & Dan Riva
OwnerBarb & Dan Riva
FFjalar frá Bjargshóli
FfGlaður frá Sauðárkróki
FmFenja frá Stóra-Hofi
MPólstjarna from Circle City Icelandics
MfPegasus frá Skyggni
MmBylgja frá Þverá
Conformation81.65
Character91.00
Gaits & Movement75.16
Overall80.28

The complete results of the top 10 evaluated young horses are available here.