In 2009 Sweden was elected as the best youth country of the year 2008 as the amount of activities had increased a lot at all levels. Activities with and without horses had been organized and there was a lot of contact with the youngsters all over the country to find out about their wishes.
It was decided that the welfare of the horse shall always be on the agenda for lectures on the FYCup and FYCamp.
Elections: Gilles Dutillh and Julia Reeves stepped down from the committee and were thanked for their work. They were replaced by Catherine Mynn (CH) and Jet Pels (NL) which are warmly welcomed to the committee. Tanja Zabel (SE) was also up for re-election and was re-elected.
Youth Exchange: in 2010 a new youth exchange network will be introduced under the FEIF umbrella. The aim is to give youngsters from the different member countries a chance to spend 2 weeks in another country with another family, to learn more about other cultures. More information will follow later.
The German Icelandic Horse Association invited youngsters from other member countries to participate on the German Youth Championship – without having to pay any entrance fee. It might also be possible to borrow horses for the event – if asking well in advance. The other member countries thanked for the invitation!
FYCamp 2009: there is a big interest for the FYCamp and the US team has made a very interesting itinerary which will be great fun for all participants! – for further information see under the youth section.
FYCup in 2013 will be hosted by Germany.
The German Icelandic Horse Association gave the copyright to translate their booklets for youngsters in which there are questions about the horses and welfare to the other member countries.