Directors for the 2018 Season
Suzi McGraw, President
Suzi McGraw turned her life-long passion for horses to the Icelandic Horse in 2001 when Flying Change Farm welcomed its first three imports from Iceland. Since then, there has been no looking back! Shortly after welcoming Glampi, Sleipnir and Bylgja to West Virginia, she attended the first Great Icelandic Horse Fair in Albuquerque, NM where she had the great fortune to work with Benni Lindal, Reiner Adalsteinsson, and Eyjolfur (Jolli) Isolfsson. Suzi then set to work with the Fair’s organizers, Bibi and Bjossi, to bring the teaching and learning extravaganza to the East Coast. In the following year, during the Eastern Gaited Horse Show, she became one of the founding members of the Frida Icelandic Riding Club. Since then, she has served as board member, web site developer, and, now two-time President of the club. She is especially committed to the idea that the club must offer an accessible, fun and wide array of activities that fit the interests of all its members and looks forward to working with all of you this year.
Antje Freygang, Vice President
Horses have been a passion of mine ever since I can remember. I have been riding since I was a little girl and rode Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods and Icelandics in many disciplines on and off throughout the years. In 2010, I started getting serious about riding again and I bought an Icelandic horse. Riding through the beautiful trails of Maryland was the beginning of my dedication to this magnificent breed. I have dedicated myself to caring, riding, training and promoting the Icelandic horse. We purchased a farm in Middleburg, VA where we built a 250 m oval track. Montaire offers multiple training opportunities for all skill levels, host clinics, shows, drill team and social events. The more I learn about the Icelandic horse the more I realize how little I know. This is an exciting journey.
Marilyn Tully, Secretary
Marilyn is the owner of Horse Hill Icelandic Horses horse farm in Unionville, PA. After a lifetime of loving horses, pleasure riding as well as fox hunting, Marilyn became interested in Icelandic Horses. In 2004 she saw an article about Icelandic horses that offered trail riding in the local countryside. She couldn’t resist trying those adorable horses with a magical gait called the Tolt. That was it! She now owns three Icelandic horses, has traveled to Iceland on treks several times, participated in shows and clinics and is passionate about trail riding. Since there are only about 5,000 Icelandic horses in the US, she is most interested in spreading knowledge of the breed to others. Marilyn lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband Martin
Curtis Pierce, Director at Large
Over 45 years’ experience working with horses and equestrian organizations. I have experience as an equestrian instructor and trainer; schooling horse show judge; class A horse show manager; and stable manager. I have owned and/or trained many different horse breeds. I have been a member of the FIRC Board of Directors since 2015. I have been active in several equestrian clubs to include FIRC, US Icelandic Horse Congress, American Driving Society, United States Equestrian Federation, United States Dressage Federation, Florida 4-H, Colorado Arabian Horse Club and many others. In these organizations, I have held positions of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, publicity, training, committee member, and participating member. I retired from the U.S. Air Force after 26 years of service. I am a Certified Department of Defense Level II Acquisition-Program Manager, a Level I Acquisition-Logistics Manager, Air Force Master Technical Instructor, and a TQM facilitator-trainer.
Currently, Marsha Korose and I have 3 Icelandic mares, 3 Icelandic geldings and 5 Fjords in Mathias, West Virginia. We are very active promoting Icelandics and Fjords at major horse expos in the region and numerous other smaller events.
Gray Strausser, Director at Large
Gray lives in Skippack, Pennsylvania and is co-owner of Stony Knoll Farm. Gray has competed successfully in Rocky Mountain and hunter/jumper arenas. She now devotes her time to Icelandic horses. She was awarded Breed Ambassador in 2014, participated in the American Youth Cup 2017, won the Spaeri Award 2017 and will be representing the United States at the FEIF Youth Cup 2018 held in Sweden.