Leisure Riding III

Leisure Riding and FEIF
Sharing your time with an Icelandic horse means to share your time with a friend and get closer to nature – explore new areas – meeting old and new friends – learning together with your horse – sharing good and bad times – growing together – enjoy life – participate in events – going on competitions – riding at shows – there are a lot of things to do together. Get inspired by us, the worldwide Iceland horse community.

To be interested in the Icelandic Horse means you will get friends wherever you go. Visit other countries got to Iceland Horse Events or just stay a while in the country where the horse comes from, Iceland. You will gain for life time just because of a very special, wild and friendly horse form the north.

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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Me&My Horse
This is the centre of it all. The joyful hours of freedom with your horse. The happiness of developing together with your horse. The little breaks during the week, where you can focus on your horse and yourself. The Horse Profile comes into the picture here: to secure, that the rider from the very beginning gets the horse, that is most suitable for his/her skills.
Horse Profile Forms

Meet&Contribute
the joy of being part of something big as for example assisting as a voluntary helper at WC. It could also include being a spectator at WC having paid for the ticket! Any contribution belongs here.

Meet&Compete
Participation in any competition reaching from T8, to TREC, Tölt in Harmony, Hestadagar etc.

Meet&Learn
Any educational activity for horse and rider, ranging from horse-yoga, to cliniques and ordinary lessons. It may also be TREC or similar for beginners

Meet&Achieve
Sharing information, experience and solving difficulties, securing access, legislative achievements securing rider’s rights, safety etc

Meet&Tölt
this includes meeting for a joyful ride whether it is long distance Riding, Relay Rides, shorter tours etc.

What has happended in the Leisure Committee so far?

Over recent years more and more member countries of FEIF are beginning to look into Leisure riding. Surveys conducted within FEIF reveal that outside Iceland (more than 3000 respndents on a survey) the majority of riders are female and that almost all riders enjoy riding in nature either alone or in groups. The surveys also reveal that the character of the Icelandic horse is conceived as being of utmost importance: a controllable and cooperative spirit as well as being safe in interaction with children, mountain bikers, hikers and traffic in general are very important factors when choosing the right horse.

In 2017 the Leisure Committee has launched the Riding Horse Profile, which is a description of the character of any horse on any given day. The Horse Profile has been developed on the basis of material from a large group of member countries and together with educational institutions in Iceland. The Breeding Committee of FEIF has contributed to the work and the Education Committee and the FEIF trainers were involved.

In parallel herewith the members countries have increased focus on securing access to riding in nature. Rules and regulations are extremely different. The information collected on this homepage shall serve as inspiration between countries and people on how things may be done. Each country is encouraged to place information of relevant nature for leisure riders on the FEIF website under Leisure Riding.

Youth Award

See the countries who were “FEIF Youth Country of the Year”.

Get in touch

Contact the Youth Committee or find the youth leader of your country.

Regulations

Get the latest documents from the Youth Work department.