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

Photo: G.M.Sharman

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:

  • Horsemanship skills
  • 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

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 

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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HestFest  2021 has ended

HestFest 2021 has ended

Congratulations, and a big thank you to the Dutch Youth Committee, who turned their recently found ‘spare time’ (due to the fact that many of the usual summer activities had to be cancelled) into an all singing and dancing international online festival. In...

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HestFest has started!

HestFest has started!

HestFest officially starts on July 10th and we are happy to see an amazing programme accessible for all ages, completely online from the comfort of your own home. FEIF member countries from Iceland to Australia are joining! Starting off HestFest is Iceland! They have...

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