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

29 Apr 2017: Tagesturnier Münsingen (CH)

5-7 May 2017: Islandsmesterskapet 2017 Momarken Travbane (NO)

5-7 May 2017: Kärntner Meisterschaften Leibsdorf (AT)

12-14 May 2017: Intern. Sportturnier für Islandpferde mit WR und WM Qualifikation Alps Coliseum Bozen (IT)

13 May 2017: Sport A Qualifikationsturnier und WM-Qualifikationsturnier für Passbewerbe Brunnadern (CH)

13-14 May 2017: BK IJslandse Paarden Bornem (BE)

19-21 May 2017: Midtnorsk Mesterskap 2017 Tresfjord (NO)

20-21 May 2017: Breidablik Sport A Oirschot (NL)

25-28 May 2017: Hrimnirstevnet IsiCup 2017 Drammen (NO)

26-28 May 2017: 1. WM-Qualifikationsturnier Hombrechtikon (CH)

26-28 May 2017: Oberösterreichische Meisterschaft, 1. WM Qualifikation Andorf (AT)

27-28 May 2017: Romme nivå 2 WR Borlänge (SE)

2-4 Jun 2017: IJRN Internationaal Exloo (NL)

2-5 Jun 2017: Pinsestevnet 2017 Seljord (NO)

3-4 Jun 2017: Passerqualifikation und FIZO St. Radegund (AT)

9-11 Jun 2017: Sleipnirstevnet 2017 Biri Travbane (NO)

16-18 Jun 2017: Salzburger & Tiroler Meisterschaft, Österreichische Jugendmeisterschaft, 2. WM.Quali Strasswalchen (AT)

16-18 Jun 2017: Villingurstevnet 2017 Forsand (NO)

22-25 Jun 2017: St. Hansstevnet 2017 Grimstad (NO)

30 Jun-2 Jul 2017: WR Enclavehof - Wortel Wortel (BE)

6-9 Jul 2017: 2. WM-Qualifikationsturnier und Schweizer Meisterschaften Brunnadern (CH)

6-9 Jul 2017: Norwegian championships Tresfjord (NO)

6-9 Jul 2017: Österreichische Meisterschaft, 3. und letzte WM Quali Semriach (AT)

12-16 Jul 2017: DI DM Herning (DK)

14-16 Jul 2017: NK IJslandse Paarden Exloo (NL)

7-13 Aug 2017: World Championships 2017 Oirschot (NL) (WC)

25-27 Aug 2017: Niederösterreichische Meisterschaft Langschwarza (AT)

23-24 Sep 2017: 3.Basler Islandpferde-Sporttage Basel (CH)

29 Sep-1 Oct 2017: Steirische & Burgenländische Meisterschaft Semriach (AT)

6 Oct 2017: Kentucky Icelandic Horse Show I Shelbyville (US)

7 Oct 2017: Kentucky Icelandic Horse Show II Shelbyville (US)

7-8 Oct 2017: WR Enclavehof - Wortel Wortel (BE)

8 Oct 2017: Kentucky Icelandic Horse Show III Shelbyville (US)

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