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.


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)

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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