FEIF - International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations
Sport with Icelandic Horses

The Icelandic horse is a riding horse. The horse is unique in its gaits and virtually all Icelandic horses have tölt in addition to walk, trot, and canter/gallop. Many horses have the additional gait of very fast (flying) pace. As a riding horse it is extraordinarily versatile - a capable, willing horse for pleasure riding, and for sport competitions, suitable for adults and children. The horse is tough, independent, yet sociable and easy to get on with, is self-assured and has good staying power.
Sport with Icelandic horses focusses on these aspects.

On the oval track there are gaited tests in tölt, four gait (walk, trot, canter, tölt) and five gait (walk, trot, canter, tölt and pace). The performance of horse and rider is judged, mainly through the quality of the gaits. In tölt, an even four-beat gait without suspension is required, one or two feet on the ground at any single moment. Pace should have a clear moment of suspension but can have a visible four beat characteristic because of the action of the front legs. It should be ridden at racing speed.
The prescribed length of the oval track is 250 m, although tracks between 200 m and 250 m length are accepted.

On (straight) pace tracks races in pace (both with flying start and start from start boxes) take place. The pace track is also used for the pace test, a test focussing on the combination of the quality of the gait and the speed.

Other tests emphasize other qualities of horse and rider, like flag race, trail, cross country, in hand showing and free style performance.

Many countries distinguish between different levels of horses and riders: Sport A is the highest level and often needs qualification through Sport B and sometimes Sport C and D. In Sport A, riders compete alone on the oval track. In Sport B, C and D they compete in groups of 3 to 5 riders.


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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