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.

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.

Photo competition

The motto of the 2022 photo competition will be different for each season – and started with  FIRE and ICE”. The winners were selected via FaceBook – have a look at the three photos that were selected and will be in the calender produced at the end of the year.

The spring motto is “FLOWERPOWER”– and you can now vote on FEIF Facebook, give the picture you like best a “like”

The summer motto is “FRIENDSHIP” – and you can share your photos from June 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022 by sending them to photo@feif.org.

Everyone is welcome to join! 

An international jury will then select the best 11 photos – a difficult job as we receive so many great pictures – and then it is up to you to select the top three photos on FEIF Facebook or IPZV Facebook.

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.

We look forward to your pictures!

Photo: Marlous Wester (Photo competition 2022)

Rights of use and copyrights:
The rights to the submitted pictures remain with the authors. The participants agree to the free publication by IPZV e.V. and FEIF.
The participant assures with the submission that he or she owns all rights to the picture, has the unrestricted exploitation rights of all parts of the picture, that he or she does not violate any rights of third parties with photos edited on the computer, that the picture is free of rights of third parties as well as that no personal rights have been violated with the depiction of persons. In the case of recognizable depictions of persons, the persons concerned must have declared their consent. The participant must guarantee this and provide proof of this upon request. The participant undertakes to indemnify the organizer of the competition against all claims for compensation raised by third parties on the basis of the use of the images.

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