A national sport team at World Championships for Icelandic Horses can comprise of up to 7 rider/horse combinations and a reserve horse, a reserve rider or a reserve rider/horse combination. In addition, up to five extra eligible rider/horse combinations and a reserve horse, a reserve rider or a reserve rider/horse combination can be added to the team, provided that the extra riders are at least 16 years old and not more than 21 years old in the calendar year. Young riders may choose to compete in a separate age division or with the adults.
Only one horse per rider is allowed in the World Championships sport competitions. The rider/horse combination cannot be changed after the final entry. Excepted from this is when the reserve is entered in accordance with the rules.
The reigning World Champions are allowed to participate as World Champion at the succeeding World Championships with the same or another eligible horse.
Photo: Peter Niess
During the World Championships, a Breeding show is organised where each full FEIF member associations may enter a maximum of 2 horses per age group, whereas no reserve horses are possible. The horses may take part in both the breeding and sports classes, but the shoeing may not be changed at all during the World Championships.
A horse may only represent the member association in which it was born. All stallions presented for judgement must have proof of parentage either by blood type or DNA analysis (born from 2006 on).
Stallions and mares are shown in separate classes in the following age groups:
a) 5 years old
b) 6 years old
c) 7 years old or over
European Championships (1970 – 1989)
- 1970 – First European Championship in Aegidienberg, Germany.
- 1972 – European Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland
- 1975 – European Championships in Semriach, Austria
- 1977 – European Championships in Skiveren, Denmark
- 1979 – European Championships in Uddel, the Netherlands
- 1981 – European Championships in Larvik, Norway
- 1983 – European Championships in Roderath, Germany
- 1985 – European Championships in Vårgårda,
- 1987 – European Championships in Weistrach, Austria
- 1989 – European Championships in Wilhelmsborg, Denmark
World Championships (since 1991)
- 1991 – First World Championships in Norrkoping, Sweden
- 1993 – World Championships in Spaarnwoude, The Netherlands
- 1995 – World Championships in Fehraltorf, Switzerland
- 1997 – World Championships in Seljord, Norway
- 1999 – World Championships in Rieden, Germany
- 2001 – World Championships in Stadl Paura, Austria
- 2003 – World Championships in Herning, Denmark.
- 2005 – World Championships in Norrkoping, Sweden
- 2007 – World Championships in Oirschot, the Netherlands
- 2009 – World Championships in Neckertal, Switzerland
- 2011 – World Championships in St. Radegund, Austria
- 2013 – World Championships in Berlin, Germany
- 2015 – World Championships in Herning, Denmark
- 2017 – World Championships in Oirschot, Netherlands
- 2019 – World Championships in Berlin, Germany
- 2021 – cancelled (COVID-19), planned: Herning, Denmark
- 2023 – World Championships in Oirschot, Netherlands
World Champions 2019
|Jóhann R. Skúlason||Finnbogi frá Minni-Reykjum||IS||T1 Tölt|
|Julie Christiansen||Stormur frá Hemlu I||DK||T2 Tölt|
|Jóhann R. Skúlason||Finnbogi frá Minni-Reykjum||IS||V1 Four Gait|
|Jón Stenild||Eilífur fra Teglborg||DK||F1 Five Gait|
|Teitur Árnason||Dynfari frá Steinnesi||IS||PP1 Pace Test|
|Guðmundur Björgvinson||Glúmur frá Þóroddsstöðum||IS||P1 Pace Race 250m|
|Konráð Valur Sveinsson||Losti frá Ekru||IS||P2 SpeedPass 100m|
|Jóhann R. Skúlason||Finnbogi frá Minni-Reykjum||IS||C4 Four Gait Combination|
|Magnús Skúlason||Valsa från Brösarpsgården||SE||C5 Five Gait Combination|
|Franziska Mueser||Spölur frá Njarðvík||DE||T1 Tölt - Young Rider|
|Jack Eriksson||Milla från Ammor||SE||T2 Tölt - Young Rider|
|Franziska Mueser||Spölur frá Njarðvík||DE||V1 Four Gait - Young Rider|
|Leonie Hoppe||Fylkir vom Kranichtal||DE||F1 Five Gait - Young Rider|
|Benjamín Sandur Ingólfsson||Messa frá Káragerði||IS||PP1 Pace Test - Young Rider|
|Lona Sneve||Stóri-Dímon frá Hraukbæ||NO||P1 Pace Race 250m - Young Rider|
|Helen Klaas||Víf van ´t Groote Veld||DE||P2 SpeedPass 100m - Young Rider|
|Franziska Mueser||Spölur frá Njarðvík||DE||C4 Four Gait Combination - Young Rider|
|Elsa Teverud||Kopar frá Sunnuhvoli||SE||C5 Five Gait Combination - Young Rider|