Youth Work in the United States

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Youth Committee Details


Kevin Draeger (

Method of Discussion

e-mail list, teleconferencing when needed.


Heidi Benson
Laura Benson
H. Beth Black
Kelly Blough
Asta Covert
Lori Cretney
Kevin Draeger
Wade Elmblad
Nicki Esdorn
Peggy Gilbert
Jessica Haynsworth
Jana Meyer
Colleen Monsef
Silke Lisa Roland*
Linda Templeton
*Committee membership suspended until the current year's membership dues are paid.

The purpose of the Youth Committee is to promote the youth work in the United States including the Spaeri Award, the FEIF Youth Cup, and the FEIF Youth Camp. Members of the committee are free to organize youth activities for their Affiliated Clubs, and to share ideas with other Youth Directors as to what they are doing in their regions.

The Spaeri Youth Award

Spaeri is the Icelandic name of the Icelandic endurance horse known as Remington, famous for his determination, passion and indomitable will. This award is intended to inspire and encourage these same qualities in our youth when spending time with Icelandic Horses.

The Spaeri Award will be given annually to a youth who clearly demonstrates commitment to and love for Icelandic horses. The recipient of the award will be chosen from USIHC youth who submit articles demonstrating these sought after qualities for publication in the Quarterly during the calendar year. Articles will be reviewed at the end of the calendar year, and the Quarterly staff and Youth Committee will select one winner who will receive the award, along with $50.

How to Qualify:

Youth Articles for submission should be sent to identified as a Youth Article submitted for the Spaeri Award.

Submissions must be received by December 31 to be considered.

The winner will be notified early in the following year and announced in the first issue of The Icelandic Horse Quarterly of the year.

The FEIF Youth Cup

The FEIF Youth Cup is an international Icelandic horse competition held in a different European country in July of even-numbered summers. The United States is allowed to send three riders. Teams of six teen-age riders from different FEIF countries are made up the first day of the Cup. Renowned Icelandic horse trainers train the riders the first three days. The competition among the international teams is held the last two days. Ages for the competition are 14-17 (you must be turning 14 by December 31st of said year, and you must not be turning 18 by December 31st of said year). Applicants must be a member of the USIHC. He/she must fill out an application, ask his/her riding instructor for an evaluation, and send a video showing a 4-gait or 5-gait program, and a tolt program. The videos are judged by a FEIF judge. Programs scoring over 4.5 are eligible for the Youth Cup team. The applications are evaluated by an independent panel to break any ties in the video scores.