Sea to Shining Sea Ride

Sea 2 Shining Sea Logo

About The Ride

Sea 2 Shining Sea is a year long virtual ride on Icelandic Horses. This 10,000 mile ‘ride’ will cover a route circumnavigating the US, starting July 4th, 2017 and finishing July 3rd, 2018. The ride starts and ends at The Statue of Liberty.

Riders can participate as individuals or teams. All participants must be US Icelandic Horse Congress members throughout the ride to log their hours. Participants log their time riding which we will convert to distance at 7 miles-per-hour. This is easier for everyone to record. If you are riding as part of a team you should log your individual time. We will take care of crediting your rides to the correct group.

The horses used in the ride must be registered Icelandic Horses. They do not have to be registred in the United States ... any FEIF member country's registry or WorldFengur is acceptable.

The Sea 2 Shining Sea ride is for leisure riders. You participate by riding or driving your Icelandic horse however you like – as long as you are not being paid for the time.

You will log your own hours on this page each week. We will only accept hours for the current week. You can come back to update your hours any time you want during the week. For example, you could log 4 hours on Thursday then come back on Saturday to update the "4" to "7" because you rode three more hours.

Once the week is over you need to start count your hours at zero again. Please, do not carry hours forward between weeks. Since this ride is aimed at leisure activities, we expect your weekly total will be under 20 hours. If you have a really big week you will need to email your hours to us with a short description of what you did during the week. We will enter the hours for you.

We have created a Sea 2 Shining Sea Facebook page and encourage everyone to share photos and stories about their rides.

Rider Recognition

Each participant receives a patch with our logo, when they log their first hours.

When each individual or team passes the quarter milestones, they receive another patch to celebrate the achievement.

The first individual or team to reach a landmark (Yellowstone, The Alamo,etc) receives a T-Shirt to celebrate the achievement. All participants in teams receive the shirt when the landmark is reached. Each participant can only receive one landmark award during the ride. If an individal, team or rider is the first to reach more than one landmark, we will celebrate the achievement in the standings but award the shirt(s) to the first to arrive who has not already received a shirt.

Each month the Leisure Committee will select a Rider of the Month to be featured on Facebook and in The Icelandic Horse Quarterly. The rider of the month will be selected based on a combination of their distance ridden and participation on the Sea 2 Shining Sea Facebook page. The Rider of the Month receives a water bottle with ride logo.

The first to finish the entire 10,000 mile journey receives an embroidered saddle pad. If the first finisher is a team we will send up to 3 pads. All participants who finish the entire 10,000 miles receive a tote bag with the ride logo.

You must login as an active Congress member to log your ride time.
Current leaders
PlaceTeam/RiderDistanceNext Landmark (miles to go)
1stKlettafjalla Icelandic Horse Club10157.7 ()
2ndNortheast Icelandic Horse Club (NEIHC)7551.6Everglades National Park, FL (1138.4)
3rdHell's Icies Pony Club6591.2The Alamo, TX (673.8)
4thHestafolk3597.3Yellowstone, WY (84.7)
5thCascade Icelandic Horse Club2079.0St. Louis Arch, MO (97.0)

The Route and Landmarks

The landmarks along the route and mileage are:
Leg#Starting LandmarkEnding LandmarkDistance
1 STATUE OF LIBERTY, NY ACADIA NATIONAL PARK. ME 375
2 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, ME OLD MAN IN THE MOUNTAIN, NH 452
3 OLD MAN IN THE MOUNTAIN, NH NIAGARA FALLS, NY 510
4 NIAGARA FALLS, NY CHURCHILL DOWNS, KY 560
5 CHURCHILL DOWNS, KY ST LOUIS ARCH, MO 279
1ST QUARTER
6 ST LOUIS ARCH, MO MT RUSHMORE, SD 969
7 MT RUSHMORE, SD YELLOWSTONE, WY 537
8 YELLOWSTONE, WY SEATTLE SPACE NEEDLE, WA 762
9 SEATTLE SPACE NEEDLE, WA GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, CA 811
HALF WAY
10 GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, CA HOLLYWOOD, CA 378
11 HOLLYWOOD, CA GRAND CANYON, AZ 497
12 GRAND CANYO, AZ THE ALAMO, TX 1135
3 QUARTERS
13 THE ALAMO, TX EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FL 1425
14 EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FL THE WHITE HOUSE, DC 1095
15 THE WHITE HOUSE, DC STATUE OF LIBERTY, NY 228

The Fine Print