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.
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)
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.
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.