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.


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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