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 2021 photo competition is “People and Horses” – and all FEIF member associations welcome to join! The photos will be selected by an international jury and the best photos will be published as a calendar.

Photo: Elisabeth Wetzstein

This calendar, which is intended to illustrate the bond between Icelandic horse riders, cannot be purchased, but you can ride to receive it! Currently there are the following possibilities to get a calendar of this very limited edition:

  1. Participate in the photo competition.
  2. Be among the 50 best participants in the FEIF Tour Rider Cup (entry via the FEIF website) to receive a calendar.
  3. Participate in the FEIF virtual ride to the next Landsmót.
  4. Participate in the IPZV Trail Riding Cup – the 80 best participants will receive a calendar.

The calendar page of the photo selected for the respective month is designed in the language and nationality of the respective photographers.

The photos  – a max. of 3 photos per person – shall be submitted in landscape format and in a resolution sufficient for printing. In case you participate in one of the above mentioned activities, please send your photos before the deadline of October 3, 2021 to info@ipzv.de (IPZV e.V. Bundesgeschäftsstelle – being also responsible for the organisational administration).

Photo rights

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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News from the Leisure Riding department

Photo Competition 2021

Photo Competition 2021

Don’t miss the deadline October 3, 2021 to send in your photos for the Photo Competition 2021! We already received a lot of wonderful photos showing the bond between Icelandic horses and people and, following the motto "People and horses" and several FEIF member...

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FEIF Virtual Ride

FEIF Virtual Ride

On 9th August, this year’s virtual ride, Heading to Hella, got off to a great start: watch them go! In brief, currently there are 70 registered riders, from 10 different member countries. Most of the riders have formed teams according to the old motto: shared fun is...

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Katharina Haider – young committee member leisure riding

Katharina Haider – young committee member leisure riding

“Who is who in FEIF? – a series of short interviews with the of the persons working in the organization” . We would like to introduce you to the young member of the Leisure Riding committee, Katharina Haider from Austria. Hi Katharina, you are one of the Young...

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