North American Youth Cup (EXTERNAL EVENT)
to Jul 21

North American Youth Cup (EXTERNAL EVENT)

The North American Youth Cup is an amazing biannual event for Icelandic horse riding youth aged 12 to 17 that combines socializing with other Icelandic horse youth, riding education, competition and life long friendships and memories. The week-long program includes daily lessons (on either the rider’s own horse or a borrowed horse) from some of the country’s top trainers. We will have fun team building activities, a white water rafting trip and other excursions as well as a very exciting sanctioned show with an international judge, at the end of the week.

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Liberty Horse Clinic with Caeli Cavanagh (EXTERNAL EVENT)
to Jun 2

Liberty Horse Clinic with Caeli Cavanagh (EXTERNAL EVENT)

Liberty Horse Clinic with Caeli Cavanagh

Join us for a weekend you’ll never forget. Liberty training teaches your horse to love being with you. Learn how to develop a deep connection and bond with your horse. Take your relationship with your horse to a new level. Liberty training can do many different things for horses such as help build confidence in a nervous or introverted horse, help a horse become more focused and more mentally balanced, or spark a deep connection between horse and rider. Watching horses perform at liberty is often described as magical!

Caeli Cavanagh is currently head trainer at Red Feather Icelandics in Trout Lake, Washington where she trains Icelandic competition horses. She graduated with high honors from Iceland’s premier equine university, Holar. Caeli hails from Tunbridge, Vermont. Google her on Facebook and YouTube.

Location: Ardara Sport Horse Indoor Arena 600 Jennersville Road Cochranville, PA

Cost: $350 Horse and Rider
Stalls: $35/night

Contact: Marilyn Tully
610-659-5734 or

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10:00 AM10:00

Trail Ride at Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Center, Fair Hill, MD

Come and join us for a trail ride at Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area.  Located in Fair Hill, Maryland.

10:00AM  (ready to ride out)

Meet at Lot #3

2895 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD

$5/trailer to park in the Lot - Honor System envelopes

Port a Potties available

Bring a lunch

Fair Hill is a 5,656 acre Natural Resources Management Area.  Nice mix of woods and fields.  Terrain suitable for all abilities.  

This is a PRIVATELY sponsored event. Club members are welcome to participate but the event is not an official club activity.

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10:30 AM10:30

Trail Ride at Manassas Battlefield, Manassas, VA

We hope you'll come out for our club trail ride at the Manassas Battlefield in Manassas, VA.  The trails are lovely with lots of places and good footing for tolt.  The plan is to meet at 10:30 at the Brownsville Picnic area, located off of Groveton Road.  The parking lot there is large and good for trailers.  The group will ride out together at 11:00.  Club member Becky Supinger is coordinating this ride.  She is planning about a 2 1/2 hour ride.  

There is a covered picnic area next to the parking lot where everyone can have lunch together after the ride.  Please bring your own bag lunch.  Porta-toilets are available at the picnic area.  Unfortunately, there is NO water available for horses so if possible, bring some with you.  Becky says she will bring a container that holds 20 gallons and will be willing to share but bringing water with you is probably best.

Take a look at: for the park information and gathering location. 

 If you're planning to come please go to and click on the form to sign up.  You'll need to enter your password to sign up.   

If you have questions about the ride please email Becky at

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to Aug 4

FEIF Youth Cup

The FEIF Youth Cup is an international Icelandic horse competition held in a different European country in July of even-numbered summers. The United States is allowed to send three riders. Teams of six teen-age riders from different FEIF countries are made up the first day of the Cup. Renowned Icelandic horse trainers train the riders the first three days. The competition among the international teams is held the last two days. Ages for the competition are 14-17.  This year it is held in Sweden!  Our own board member Grace Strausser will be participating on behalf of the United States.  

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to Apr 29

Groundwork and Trail Obstacle Clinic with Terral Hill

Come learn from one of the most well-known Icelandic horse trainers for his natural horsemanship and groundwork skills!  Get ready to build more trust and respect, while having fun and creating a better bond with your horse!  The format is a trail/ groundwork clinic. Saturday will start with groundwork and through the weekend it will evolve into riding through the obstacle course. Contact Gray Strausser (215-327-2317) or Marilyn Tully (610-659-5734)



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10:30 AM10:30

Kick Off Party and Annual Membership Meeting with Free Clinic

  • ThorpeWood Lodge and Stoney Lick Farm, Thurmont, MD (map)
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SPRING IS COMING!!!  Join us on Sunday, March 11 (snow date March 18) at the beautiful ThorpeWood Lodge in Thurmont, Maryland for our 2018 Season Kick-Off Party and Annual Membership meeting.  Come out and spend the day with other club members learning, eating, partying and planning our 2018 season.

The festivities will begin at 10:30 with a free, unmounted clinic, entitled, “The Secret to Getting the Most Out of Your Icelandic Horse” with club member Sandy Newkirk.  This is the first in a series of free clinics she will offer this year.  We’ll start the party at the conclusion of the clinic (around 1:00 PM).  The party will feature a delicious pot luck lunch and exciting door prizes.  Our annual meeting will round out our activities.  We'll share ideas and information for activities for our 2018 season including trail rides, fun day with prizes, regional drill teams, training, clinics, recognized show, etc. We'll look to you for any other events that you, the members, would like to see happen this year!

This event is open to guests!  The club will provide a delicious ham, paper goods and soft drinks, and a big cake for dessert.  You bring additional main courses, side dishes, salads and desserts.  Please RSVP and let us know who's coming with you what you’ll bring to share for the Pot Luck.   We won't have access to the ThorpeWood kitchen so please keep that in mind when deciding what to bring. 

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to Mar 4

Horse World Expo

Many FIRC members will be heading to the Horse World Expo in Harrisburg, PA to enjoy seminars, demos, and to shop.  If you're going to there on Saturday, March 3 it would be great to get together.  Let's gather at 5PM at Curt Pierce's booth, S8 (on stallion row) and then maybe go together and grab a bite or drink.  Curt's there representing Norwegian Fjords but he won't mind if FIRC members crash his booth!  We'll figure out where might be best once we see how many of us there are.  Expos are always fun but sharing with your horsey friends makes the event special.  

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