Youth Work

FEIF Youth Work started in 1986 when a first “international youth week” was arranged by FEIF and the Netherlands.

The goal of FEIF Youth Work is to bring together young people from different countries. All should share a passion for the Icelandic horse, and participants will learn a lot about the culture, traditions and the place of the horse in thehost nationa. The shared language at all FEIF Youth events is English.

Photo: Hestamannafélagið Sörli

The goal of FEIF Youth Work

The central goal of the FEIF Youth Work Department is to encourage young people from across FEIF member countries to meet, to engage with one another, and to build on their love for, and understanding of, the Icelandic horse.

We want to create an international platform, so young people can develop life skills, and grow as individuals.

Within transnational communities, learning takes place in the following areas:

  • Taking good care of the horse, and the natural environment
  • Responsibility for self and others, including the horse
  • Supporting one another through good times and periods of stress
  • Intercultural communication and understanding
  • Lifelong friendships
  • Tolerance of those with differing opinions
  • Teamwork capability
  • Development of personal skills
  • Improved English language competence

Photos: Sophia Humpert (Photo competition 2022) and Martina Karl (Photo competition 2022)

Young Riders at World Championships 

World Championships are organised every two years (uneven years) in one of the member countries.

Competitors, who in accordance with the FEIF General Rules are eligible, and who are at least 16 years old and not more than 21 years old in the calendar year, may compete in the World Championships. Countries may send up to 5 young rider/horse combinations. Since 2013, young riders have their own A-finals, and B-Finals were introduced in 2019 for classes in which the number of entrants is greater than 20 riders.

FEIF Youth Award

In order to encourage and support good practice in youth work at national and regional level, FEIF presents the Annual “Youth Country of the Year Award”.

This trophy goes to the country which has offered the most challenging, innovative and inclusive programme for children and teenagers throughout the year.

Gaining the Award also gives the winning nation one extra space at the FEIF Youth Camp, or Cup in the following year.

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.


Get the latest documents from the Youth Work department.

News from Youth Work 

19th FEIF Youth Camp 2023

19th FEIF Youth Camp 2023

Don't forget to register for the FEIF Youth Camp 2023! The 19th FEIF Youth Camp will take place in Finland, Ypäjä Equiine College from July 14-19, 2023. The FEIF Youth Camp is an international camp for young people who will TURN 14, 15, 16 or 17 years of age in the...

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FEIF Youth Country of the Year 2022

FEIF Youth Country of the Year 2022

The annual award for the most innovative ideas and successful initiatives in youthwork during the Year 2022  goes to .... SWEDEN! CONGRATULATIONS! As one of the highlights of the activities run by the young committee was a full programme of extra activities during the...

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Combined sport judges and trainer/instructor seminar 2023

Combined sport judges and trainer/instructor seminar 2023

Invitation and details now available! If you are an international sport judge or a trainer/instructor listed on the FEIF matrix, then join us in Iceland for an exciting full weekend of events!  High level competitions and shows with both great professionals and...

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