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.

Der Große Ritt – Relay Ride 2013, Berlin

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.

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.

Virtual Ride

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

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Leisure Riding activities and contacts in all FEIF member countries


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News from the Leisure Riding department

Returning to Herning

Returning to Herning

Together, the riders of this year’s FEIF Virtual Ride “Returning to Herning” have now clocked up 22.440 km, which is half-way round the globe. What is more, they have proved that our journey to Herning continues, regardless of what else is happening in the world. Over...

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FEIF Christmas Greetings for 2020

FEIF Christmas Greetings for 2020

Still the barn, and silent the year, In spite of restrictions, we wish you good cheer The year started well, FEIF got off its feet In February in Iceland the committees did meet But woe! Soon after the world came to an end, No movement, no riding, not meetings my...

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International Day of the Icelandic Horse

International Day of the Icelandic Horse

Due to the current situation, the International Day of the Icelandic Horse was celebrated on 12 September in a rather unusual way. Instead of open stables, Horses of Iceland (HOI) opened a call for photos. A total of 684 photos were entered to the competition, which...

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