Trainer of the Year

Instructor / Trainer of the Year

FEIF recognizes the importance of instructors and trainers in our community.  These talented, dedicated individuals are essential to growing the Icelandic horse breed in terms of both popularity and utility all within the scope of FEIF’s mission.  FEIF established an “Instructor/Trainer of the Year” award in 2016 to acknowledge the outstanding teachers and trainers in the community.

Each year, FEIF invites the member countries to nominate one individual as their top instructor/trainer for the year.  The countries are free to choose any criteria to select their candidate.  However, the candidates must all be listed in FEIF Horse Trainers and Riding Instructors list.  Voting is open to the entire Icelandic horse community.

The winner is announced at the annual FEIF Conference the following year.  Winners receive a beautiful trophy and a free entrance ticket to either Landsmót or the World Championships depending on the year.

To vote, click on the button and then either vote via your FB account or login to the website by creating an account.

The voting for the Trainer/Instructor of the Year for 2020 has ended.  The results will be announced after the virtual FEIF Delegates' Assembly on February 13, 2021.

Past Winners
2019 -- Suzan Beuk

Suzan has been an IPZV trainer (highest training level in the training system of the IPZV) since 1994. As a young adult she has accompanied and supervised the riders of the World Championships, she has always enriched the education department with a lot of dedication and her great competence. With a lot of empathy and social competence she works with her riding students as a private trainer and also as a trainer of the German National Team of Young Riders.

Due to the numerous successes of the Young Riders at many competitions and especially at the World Championships in 2019 as well as Suzan’s many years of successful work with the National Team of the Young Riders, she deserves the 2019 title “Trainer of the Year”!

(Photo: Marlen König)

2018 -- Stian Pedersen

Stian PedersenStian, who is a Holar graduate and FEIF level 3 instructor, has spent half his life educating and training others. With more than 50 students each year and more than 20 weekends a year spent traveling to different countries as an instructor, he has put his mark on the Icelandic horse society. Stian, who is a former world champion in both T1 and V1, has helped many riders to reach their goals on the competition track.

Stian is, however, dedicated to riders and horses on all levels, not only to those on the national team. According to Stian, his philosophy is to teach the riders WHY you should do things in a certain way, not only that you should do it. He believes in understanding the horse physiology and anatomy, and sticking to a system that works.

His goal is to help the riders ride their horse in a better way. In addition to this, he is cooperating with a local high school, teaching the students how to break in and train young horses. This project has been going on for 12 years, giving the students a unique opportunity to learn what is maybe the most important part of horse training. In a world where people are always looking for short cuts and the fastest way to the top as a rider.

2017 -- Alexandra Dannenmann

Alexandra DannenmannAlexandra Dannenmann is an IPZV Trainer B and FEIF International Sport Judge, living in Florida, USA. Alex has spent her entire life pursuing her passion of riding and training horses.

Her professional career began in her native country Germany, where she successfully managed a farm in a sole charge capacity, offering lessons, training and horse boarding. She was also a successful rider in competitions. Alex continues her career in the United States, where she currently manages the Florida Icehorsefarm.

Alex’s passion and understanding for the Icelandic horses helped her attain her certifications quickly and with excellent marks. She’s a highly sought-after judge and clinician for competitions and courses around the US and in Europe. She works with horses and riders up to the highest level.

On top of that, Alex works in collaboration with children cancer foundations and a local hospice, donating her time and horses for these children and their families in individual programs and by organizing beneficial events at her farm.

2016 -- Johanna Elgholm

Johanna ElgholmJohanna is a well known and experienced instructor, who also competes at highest level. She is a former FEIF judge and is a licensed horse trainer at the highest present level in Sweden. She teachers within the educational system of SIF for sport judges and riding instructors. Johanna runs a riding school and training station at her farm, Edeby Gård, offering education of riders is on all levels. Many riders comes with their own horses for riding lessons on a regular basis.

Johanna has been a trainer for the Swedish national team since 2014 and a part of the success as best national team at WC 2015 and NC 2016. She has been very appreciated as trainer and coach with her knowledge, enthusiasm and her ability to encourage the riders from beginners in the saddle to World Championship riders. Johanna is remarkable for her accuracy and ability to teach with the horse and riders physical and mental conditions in focus. She works methodically and has a great interest in teaching youngsters. Many of today’s successful riders in Sweden started their career training under Johanna.