FEIF - International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations
Breeding of Icelandic Horses
When the first people settled down in Iceland with their horses some 1000 years ago the horses were already selected. A breeding policy that emerged on the basis of need – only the best horses would be good enough - was utilised when the boats went off for Iceland. All through the years the living conditions for man and horse in Iceland have been greatly responsible for the further selection. During the last century man has interfered more and more. Today we know about assessments of breeding horses that are more than 50 years old. A unique assessment system was established in Iceland and has ever since been an example followed by breeders of other horse races. This assessment system has undergone a continuous development. The result of this development can be read about here – and seen wherever man is enjoying life together with the Icelandic horse.

FEIF was established in 1969. In 1986 the FEIF assessment system for Icelandic breeding horses was described in detail together with the breeding standard by Marit Jonsson (former President of FEIF) in co-operation with the Icelandic national horse breeding advisor of that time, Gunnar Bjarnason. A few years later Kristinn Hugason, former national horse breeding advisor in Iceland, initiated and, in 1992, finished the first book version of Icelandic breeding show rules and the scale of scoring for the different traits. Along with these two publications the interest of Icelandic horse breeding spread around the world faster than one could believe. To some extent, this increase in the breeding helped many FEIF member nation states to decide to support the goal of having only one breeding assessment system in use for Icelandic horse breeding.

Breeding shows

18-22 Jul 2018: DIM Kaufungen 2018 Kaufungen (DE)

18-22 Jul 2018: Íslandsmót allra flokka Samskipavöllurinn (IS)

6-12 Aug 2018: Nordic Championships 2018 Everöd (NC)

9-12 Aug 2018: Mid European Championships 2018 St. Radegund (MC)

17-19 Aug 2018: Kosturs Høststævne Holstebro (DK)

17-19 Aug 2018: OSI Trappistenhof 2018 Bad Driburg (DE)

18-19 Aug 2018: Lokka-Mót 2018 Ehndorf (DE)

18-19 Aug 2018: Nederlandse Kampioenschappen Oirschot (NL)

24-26 Aug 2018: Suðurlandsmót Geysis Hella (IS)

25-26 Aug 2018: Verdiana 2018 Verden / Aller (DE)

30 Aug-2 Sep 2018: IPZV Nord Meisterschaft 2018 Stapelfeld (DE)

31 Aug-2 Sep 2018: Niederösterreichische Meisterschaften Langschwarza (AT)

1-2 Sep 2018: Snegla Open 2018 Holstebro (DK)

6-9 Sep 2018: BIM 2018 not yet decided (DE)

6-9 Sep 2018: ChampionRider Open 2018 & OSI Münzenfelder Hof IPZV Süd (DE)

7-9 Sep 2018: LVM Hannover-Bremen Wolfsburg 2018 Wolfsburg / Heiligendorf (DE)

8-9 Sep 2018: IJRN WR wedstrijd. Exloo (NL)

13-16 Sep 2018: 4. Intern. Gaedingarkeppni-Meisterschaft 2018 Bad Honnef (DE)

13-16 Sep 2018: OSI Gut Sandheide & Norddt. Meisterschaft 2018 Hatten (DE)

22-23 Sep 2018: Basler Islandpferde Sporttage Basel (CH)

22-23 Sep 2018: Ganti's WRL / DRL Efterårsstævne Silkeborg (DK)

5 Oct 2018: Kentucky Icelandic Horse Show I Shelbyville (US)

5-7 Oct 2018: Steirische und Burgenländische Meisterschaft Semriach (AT)

6 Oct 2018: Kentucky Icelandic Horse Show II Shelbyville (US)

7 Oct 2018: Kentucky Icelandic Horse Show III Shelbyville (US)

12-14 Oct 2018: Elmia Icelandic Power Show Jönköping (SE)

13 Oct 2018: Tagesturnier Münsingen (CH)

13-14 Oct 2018: Wedstrijden Wortel oktoberwedstrijd Wortel (BE)

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