Leisure Riding

Photo: Kari Baklund

Leisure riders are, by far, the largest group of riders within the membership of our 22 associations. Any rider on an Icelandic horse is an ambassador for the entire community.

Every country has its own rules and regulations related to the keeping and riding of horses, so the Leisure Department’s role in FEIF will be to focus on the individual relationship between rider and horse. The FEIF Leisure Department will continue to provide a platform for all national leisure departments of the member associations, encouraging improved relationships between riders and horses, through education, ambassadorship, rides and fun.  

The Riding Horse Profile

In 2017, the FEIF Riding Horse Profile was launched. It is a tool to help riders find the best possible match when buying a new horse, and consists of two forms, which are completed by the buyer/rider in cooperation with professional trainers. You can choose between a  “Riders form” or a “Trainers form“.

The FEIF Riding Horse Profile represents a neutral description and assessment of the character and behavior of a horse as well as the needs of the buyer/rider.  The process recognizes each rider and horse are special with their own character and qualities.  A horse which may be a completely wrong choice for one rider may be the perfect match for another.

Photo: Gundula Sharman

FEIF Virtual Ride

Uniting people in their passion for the Icelandic Horse has become increasingly easier with social media. The annual Virtual Ride  is a great way to participate in some of the big international events, even if home is in a remote location, or if fellow Icelandic horse riders are far away.

Tour Rider Cup

FEIF organizes a Leisure Competition for everyone who enjoys rides outside. Join the FEIF Tour Rider Cup and collect points for your rides through the countryside.  Encourage others to ride with you and collect extra points! Because enjoying the Icelandic horse with your friends is so much more fun you will get bonuses when you get together other riders.

Photo competition

The motto of the 2022 photo competition will be different for each season – and we will start with the motto  “FIRE and ICE” – and all FEIF member associations are welcome to join! The photos will be selected by an international jury and the best photos will be published as a calendar.

Photo: Susanne Eichberger

The photos must be submitted in landscape format and in good quality. Up to three photos per participant and theme can be submitted. Please send them by e-mail to photo@feif.org.


  • The pictures have to show an Icelandic horse.
  • The picture either be taken by you, your family or friends. Pictures from professional photo shooting will not be accepted.
  • Pictures with riders on the back of a horse will only be accepted as long as the rider wears a helmet.

The photos will be reviewed by an international jury for each season and the best 10 will then be selected for the online voting. The deadline for sending the “FIRE and ICE” photos is 21 March 2022.

We look forward to your pictures!

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Leisure and World Championships

FEIF Relay Ride

The idea for the Relay Ride was born at the beginning of the 80’s, when some of the riders rode on their Icelandic horses from the previous World Championship’s venue to the new one. In the baton that accompanies the riders, there is a message from the former to the next host of the World Championships.

Der Große Ritt – Relay Ride 2013, Berlin

Virtual Ride

Ride with friends around the world from home to the next big competition

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Award ceremony of the photo competition 2021

Award ceremony of the photo competition 2021

Congratulations to all the photographers who participated in the photo competition, organised by FEIF and IPZV! It was definitely a difficult task for the jury to choose the best photos from more than 500 entries! The winning photo finally came from Chiara...

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FEIF Tour Rider Cup 2021

FEIF Tour Rider Cup 2021

And the winners of the 2021 FEIF Tour Rider Cup are…   1st place with 167,5 points Simone Freese (adult, DE) with the horse Tryggvi von Walsheim 2nd place with 161 points Jaime Jackson (adult, US) with the horse Holly 3rd place with 159 points Lilu (Young Rider,...

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FEIF Committee Meetings 2021

FEIF Committee Meetings 2021

For the first time since February 2020, the situation made a personal meeting possible and thus most FEIF committee members met for a weekend full of discussions in Malmö, Sweden from October 29-30, 2021! And also for the first time, all young committee members could...

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