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

2-5 Apr 2020: Icehorse Festival Herning (DK)

25 Apr 2020: Qualitag St. Radegund (AT)

25-26 Apr 2020: Dyrdilmyris Forårsstævne 2020 Helsinge (DK)

26 Apr 2020: Qualitag St. Radegund (AT)

8-10 May 2020: Kärntner Meisterschaften Leibsdorf (AT)

9 May 2020: Guldsmedegårdens Drive-in WRL / DRL Tikøb (DK)

9 May 2020: Qualifikationsturnier Sport A und FYC-Qualifikation Brunnadern (CH)

21-23 May 2020: FYC-Qualifikationsturnier Osterfingen (CH)

22-24 May 2020: Kostur Kristihimmelfartsstævne Holstebro (DK)

22-24 May 2020: Österr. Jugendmeisterschaft, Oberösterr. Meisterschaft Andorf (AT)

22-24 May 2020: Skeifa Svendborg ABD Stævne Svendborg (DK)

29 May-1 Jun 2020: Tvistur Pinsestævne Svenstrup (DK)

30 May-1 Jun 2020: Pinsestævnet / Sjællandsmesterskabet Helsinge (DK)

5-7 Jun 2020: Fynsmesterskab 2020 Odense (DK)

5-7 Jun 2020: Østjysk Mesterskab 2020 Rønde (DK)

12-14 Jun 2020: Aaros Gait Event Mårslet (DK)

12-14 Jun 2020: Österreichische Meisterschaften, Tiroler und Salzburger Landesmeisterschaft Strasswalchen (AT)

13 Jun 2020: Qualifikationsturnier Sport A Münsingen (CH)

14 Jun 2020: FYC-Qualifikationsturnier Münsingen (CH)

25-28 Jun 2020: Schweizermeisterschaften FYC Qualifikationsturnier Brunnadern (CH)

26-28 Jun 2020: MEM Qualiturnier St. Radegund (AT)

30 Jun-5 Jul 2020: DM i Sport og Gæðingakeppni 2020 Hedehusene (DK)

28 Jul-2 Aug 2020: Nordic Championships 2020 Norrköping (SE) (NC)

30 Jul-2 Aug 2020: Mid-European Championships 2020 Werheim (DE) (MC)

4-6 Sep 2020: Niederösterreichische Meisterschaften Langschwarza (AT)

12-13 Sep 2020: Dyrdilmyris Åbne Klubmesterskab 2020 Helsinge (DK)

12-13 Sep 2020: Snegla Open 2020 Holstebro (DK)

19-20 Sep 2020: Basel Tölt Basel (CH)

25-27 Sep 2020: Steirische und Burgenländische Meisterschaft Semriach (AT)

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