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The Rules for Icelandic Horse Competitions are named FEIF Sport Rules and Regulations. They serve the organization of international, national and other Icelandic horse sport events. The FEIF Sport Rules and Regulations are also valid for all World Championships for Icelandic horses.
The FEIF Sport Rules and Regulations describe requirements for horses, equipment and riders and defines the different tests in oval track classes (gaited tests), pace track classes (pace test and pace race) and some other classes like trail, flag race and cross. Guidelines for sport judges are published in a separate document.
In competitons, pure-bred Icelandic horses aged five years and above are eligible. Proof is required in the form of the pedigree or a corresponding national certificate. The 1st January of the year of birth is valid for the age of the horse.
For World Championships and other international competitions the horses must be at least 6 years old.
Saddle and bridles should suit the Icelandic horse. In principle any sort of saddle or saddle pad, which is suitable for the Icelandic horse, is allowed. Permissible equipment also includes numnahs, saddlecloths, front girths, cruppers and saddle supports.
Any bit may be used as part of a bridle provided it:
- is suitable for riding horses (not for driving horses or any other use of horses);
- is suitable for riding Icelandic horses;
- fits the horse it is used on correctly;
- complies with the measurement requirements (thickness of mouthpiece and length of cheeks);
- is not included in the list of prohibited bits.
Prohibited bits and/or bridles are bits and/or bridles that are clearly designed for another purpose, (such as bits for cart horses,) or are part of tack designed for a different riding style/culture, or are used in another way then what they are designed for. Only reins that go directly from the rider’s hands to the correct attachment point on the bit or bit less bridle are allowed.
If horses are shod all four feet should be shod. The only shoes allowed are those that are made for the purpose of serving as a shoe on a horse. All four shoes have to be made of the same material.
Prohibited shoes, rings or soles are shoes, rings or soles that are clearly designed for another purpose other then riding horses.
The Sport Committee maintains a list of equipment that is not allowed. The complete description of equipment allowed can be found in the FEIF Sport Rules and Regulations.
In international competitions, riders should be members of an organisation affiliated to FEIF.
In international competitions where there are no special classes for youngsters, riders aged 16 (i.e. that turn 16 in the calendar year) or over may compete.
A rider suspended in any one FEIF country for transgression of the rules and ideals listed in FEIF General Rules and Regulations may not compete in other FEIF countries until that suspension is lifted.
All sport test should take place on approved tracks, either oval track, pace track or dressage ring, according to the specific requirements of the tests. The tracks have to meet the requirements described in these rules. Next to the entrance of each track there should be an area where riders can prepare their horses and a collecting area for the combinations to start.
New edition of FEIF Sport Rules and Regulations
FEIF Sport Rules and Regulations are valid from April 1 until April 1 the next year. Every year in the end of March a new version of the FEIF Sport Rules and Regulations is published. This version includes all changes in previous years. This version is available for free download from the FEIF website.
The FEIF Sport Rules and Regulations.are part of the Genral Rules and Regulations.