Thursday’s recap

After yesterday’s official opening ceremony today started with the second round of ridden abilities for the 5 years old mares and stallions. Some horses managed to improved their results, best mare is Terna fra Kleiva [NO2012202078] with a total score of 8,44 and best stallion goes to Grani frá Torfunesi [IS2012166201] with a total score of 8.36. Complete list of the breeding results.

From the pacetrack we moved to the ovaltrack for the T1 – Tölt Test. Jakob Svavar Sigurðsson [IS] riding Gloría frá Skúfslæk [IS2008282582] is leader of the preliminaries with a total score of 8,57. Best Young rider is Olivia Ritschel [DE] riding Alvar frá Stóra-Hofi [IS2007186005] with a score of 7,70.

Results of T1

After the T1 we got back to the pacetrack for the first pace riding test, it is the spectacular PP1 pace test. The crowd got to see style, skill and speed all combined in one test. With an amazing score of 9,09 total Magnús Skúlason [SE] with Valsa från Brösarpsgården [SE2009210614] rode to victory.

Results of PP1

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day, the program starts with some loose rein action in the T2 preliminairy round. After the T2 the Dutch Studbook hosts a thrilling show by which the content still remains a surprise for everyone. And we will see the first B-final, the V1 Four gait. After the V1 B-final we’re gonna go to the pacetrack for the Pace Race P1 250m, ridden abilities 6 years second round and ridden abilities 7 years and older second round.

Check the program for details: and don’t forget our additional program: for interesting lectures and the bands which will play later in the day.

Photo’s: Nick van Dijk, Krijn Buijtelaar and Jacco Suijkerbuijk.

Tour through the tests

With so many individual traits, how do you judge who is the best of the best? How do you decide who are the winning combinations that have been selected by their country to represent them? In this article we give you a tour through the different tests you will see this week, as well as the judging criteria.

During the World Championships, the combinations performed in highly specialized tests that show the best of the horse and rider in effortless gaits. All in all there are seven of these tests, all with a different program focusing on various gaits. Icelandic sport is a judged sport. In every test, up to 10 qualified judges assess, evaluate and judge what they see on the track. Let’s go on a short tour of the different tests.

Oval track

  • Five gait: F1

    Showing all gaits: walk, trot, canter, tölt and pace. The rider decides in which order he/she performs the gaits.

  • Four gait: V1

  • Showing walk, trot, canter, and tölt in two different speeds: slow tempo and fast tempo. The rider decides in which order he/she performs the gaits.

  • Tölt: T1

    Showing slow tempo tölt, speeding up and slowing down in tölt, and a fast tempo tölt. The order of the elements is always the same, the rider changes the rein during the program.

    Tölt: T2

  • Showing any tempo tölt, followed by slow tölt, finished by the most spectacular round of tölt with a loose rein. The order of the elements is always the same, the rider changes the rein during the program.

Pace track

  • Pace test: PP1

    Besides speed of pace, the judges mark the riders on the correctness and harmony of the transition to pace, the quality of the pace and the correctness and harmony of the transition to a slower gait. The marks as well as the speed of the pace are part of the calculation of the final mark.

  • Pace race, 250 meters, P1

    A long distance timed race. Two riders at a time come out of starting boxes and race each other over 250 meters.

  • Pace race, 100 meters, P2

    A single rider races 100 meters against the clock with a flying start.

Judging the gaits

When judging the riding, the judges look for five key elements in each combination they judge, regardless of the test they’re in:

  • Riding skills and connection
  • Beat and balance
  • Suppleness and relaxation
  • Outline and movements
  • Correctness and precision of the test

    These elements form the basis of the prime-judging criteria: the harmony between horse and rider. This means the rider should handle the horse with fairness, delicacy and respect; be its true leader rather than its dominator. At all times the rider must put the horse’s welfare first and guard its health and safety. The horse should be able to fulfill its tasks with pleasure; be calm and supple, but also confident, attentive and keen.

    While the judges assess each combination, they observe all the key elements. Each of these elements is marked on a scale from 0 to 10. To help the judges in a fair assessment of all five key elements, firewalls have been placed between the requirements and/or restrictions for each key element. Those firewalls cannot be crossed and will guide the judge when determining the range of possible marks. By active use of these firewalls, all the different key elements are balanced out and in the end the best combination wins fairly and squarely.

    Do you see what I see?

    One of the most discussed topics during a World Championships is, of course, the marks. Marks of the judges can differ per combination. Also, what the judges mark can differ from what you think you see from the grandstands. One of the reasons is perspective. Sitting at different places means what we perceive is different. Sometimes these differences result in varied marks.

    If you want to mark along with the judges in the track, there is a great Guidelines app (iPad only) available. This tool will help you as an Icelandic horse sport enthusiast to judge horses’ performances (look for the Guidelines app by Doug Smith in the iTunes store). Want to know more about the tests and gaits? Everything you need to know about rules and regulations can be found on the FEIF-website.

    Enjoy the tests!

    Tour through the gaits

    As we all know, the Icelandic horse is a special breed. That’s why we love them so much. They have a free spirit, are proud and beautiful to look at and can do more than the average horse…

    Icelandic horses have four or even five gaits. But how can you distinguish them? Here is a short guide on what to look for.

    Spiegeltent program Thursday Aug 10th

    A new day with lots of lectures @Spiegeltent!

    At 12:30 you can meet Inge Kringeland, Director of Breeding of FEIF. Horses from his studfarm Kringeland participated in several World Championships. Speaking about breeding. Barbara Frische gives you an extended version of her lecture about judging the conformation, be there at 13:00. Sports and leisure have different feeding needs. At 15:30 Rob Krabbenborg will tell you all you need to know.

    “Coats in all colors” is a line in the WC2017 anthem. Kim Middel is a walking encyclopedia in the pedigree of Icelandic horses and she can tell you exactly what the color of your next year foal will be at 16:30. To get your mare pregnant Yvonne Groven will tell you all the ins and outs about holistic support in fertility problems. Be there at 18:00.

    Summary of today and preview for tomorrow

    The World Championship for Icelandic horses was officially opened in the afternoon. During the ceremony, the FEIF–flag was passed on from Denmark, the former host country, to the Netherlands as current host country of the WC, after the participating teams had been introduced.

    The riders and their horses showed their talents in Five Gait F1. Moreover, the 1st round of ridden abilities took place for 5 year old breeding horses in the morning and for 7 years and older horses in the afternoon. These results can be found here.

    The additional program included educative presentations about training horses and assessing them in competition, but also about the cognitive behaviour of horses. At the end of the day, the cover band “2PLAY4” enchanted the audience with a mix of pop, rock and funk of the last 50 years.

    Tomorrow starts with the 2nd round of ridden abilities for 5 year old breeding horses. It is followed by the preliminary round of T1, a competition test special for the gait tölt. Not to miss is the Pace Test – PP1 and its subsequent price ceremony in the evening.

    With regard to the additional program of tomorrow, there are two presentations in the Spiegeltent. The breeders can be met at 12:30, followed by a presentation about judging conformation at 13:00. The program finishes with the NSIJP show whose content is a top secret, so be surprised.

    For more details, please check competition and additional program.

    photo: Nick van Dijk

    Five Gait F1

    Flying pace and spectacular movements in tölt were presented in the preliminary round of Five Gait F1! Trot, walk and canter were ridden energetically as well. The audience enjoyed the performances and joined the speakers in their enthusiasm.

    The results are presented below, although the participants to the finals can change. The complete list of results can be found here.


    • 01 018 Þórarinn Eymundsson / IS Narri frá Vestri-Leirárgörðum [IS2006135469] Total: 7,07
    • 02 109 Lisa Drath / DE Bassi frá Efri-Fitjum [IS2007155050] Total: 6,97
    • 03 099 Frauke Schenzel / DE Gustur vom Kronshof [DE2009134130] Total: 6,93
    • 04 144 Stian Pedersen / NO Nói fra Jakobsgården [NO2008115081] Total: 6,83
    • 04 162 Magnús Skúlason / SE Valsa från Brösarpsgården [SE2009210614] Total: 6,83


    • 06 019 Viðar Ingólfsson / IS Kjarkur frá Skriðu [IS2008165300] Total: 6,73
    • 07 061 Rasmus Møller Jensen / DK Garpur frá Kjarri [IS2010187190] Total: 6,70
    • 08 103 Jana Köthe / DE Fannar frá Kvistum [IS2003181966] Total: 6,67
    • 08 180 Mara Daniella Staubli / CH Hlébarði frá Ketilsstöðum [IS2005176173] Total: 6,67
    • 10 185 Silvia Ochsenreiter-Egli / CH Heljar frá Stóra-Hofi [IS2003186003] Total: 6,53

    Wednesday partynight with 2PLAY4

    We would like to invite you to join us on the dancefloor tonight!

    2PLAY4 is a fresh and energetic cover band that plays a great mix of pop, rock, disco and funk of the last 50 years. The band members know how to make your party rock. The leader of the band is a well-known contestant of the second season of the Voice of Holland.

    The party starts 9 o’clock in the Party tent, see you there!

    Worldfengur @ Breeders boulevard

    On the backside of the short track, you will find the Breeders boulevard.

    There is a stand of the German studbook (with a great colouring book with Icelandic horses, for your kids) and various famous international breeding stables.

    Did you know that every owner of an Icelandic horse who is a member of any of the national Icelandic studbooks, gets free access to Worldfengur, the international database for Icelandic horses? Visit their stand at the Breeders boulevard and learn everything about your own horse(s).

    Breeders Boulevard

    Get to know the breeders!

    It takes a lot of knowledge to breed good horses. Some of the biggest breeding farms and Studbooks are here at WC2017 to share a bit of their knowledge with you. What does it take to breed a World Champion? And what are important things to keep in mind if you want to breed with your horse? At the Breeders Boulevard, located beneath the VIP Deck, you can find the answer to all your questions.

    Here you can find:

    Wednesday Aug 8 @Spiegeltent

    Be there at 13:00. Þorvaldur Kristjánsson will explain you the developments in judging breeding assessment. Yoni Blom will tell you the influence of the anatomy in breeding horses at 14:00. Want to teach your horse something new? At 16:00 Machteld van Dierendonck will explain how a horse learns.

    The last lecture of the day, at 17:45, is by Rob Krabbenborg. He can tell you all the do’s and don’t’s in feeding mare and foal.

    picture: Geert-Jan Heyda

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