The 2017 Icelandic Horse World Championships – what’s it all about?

An Icelandic Horse fan from GB attending the World Championships, has sent this explaination of the classes, and the names of the riders taking part. A small group of dedicated fans are there to cheer on Team GB. More information can be found on the Icelandic Horse Society website. 

The Icelandic World Championships 2017 are currently being held in Oirschot, Netherlands and we, Great Britain, have sent a team over!As of 2016 there were 21 countries registered with FEIF (the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations ) with Iceland having 97,995 Icelandic horses, Germany have 50,060, Denmark have 38,944 and in comparison, Great Britain have 984 horses, so to send a team to compete was a huge achievement!

Only one horse per rider is allowed in the World Championships sport competitions.

A national sport team at World Championships for Icelandic Horses can comprise of up to 7 rider/horse combinations and a reserve

There are a number of tests that are included in the World Championships with breeding assessments as well as Sport. I have given an explanation below of what each sport test is about along with the names of the GB team competing in each test.

 FOUR GAIT V1

This test is performed on the oval track. The riders compete individually. The test can be ridden on either rein. The rider has four and a half rounds to show the following gaits in any order:

• slow tempo tölt

• slow to medium speed trot

• medium walk

• slow to medium speed canter

• Fast tempo tölt

Each gait may be shown only once, walk for a half round and the other gaits for one round.

Marks: The five judges use a scale of marks per section from 0 to 10, with half points. The highest and lowest mark are disregarded. The final score calculated is the arithmetic mean of the three marks.

Team GB riders in this were:

Freija Glansdorp – Ljóri frá Efri-Rauðalæk

Sandy Carson [YR] – Svava fra Bakkeholm

James Boás Faulkner – Flans frá Víðivöllum fremri
 F1 FIVE GAIT

This test is performed on the oval track. The riders compete individually. The test can be ridden on either rein. The rider has four and a half rounds to show the following gaits in any order:

• Slow to medium speed tölt

• Slow to medium speed trot

• Medium walk

• Slow to medium speed canter

• Racing pace

Each gait may be shown only once, walk for a half round and the other gaits for one round. The racing pace is shown on the long sides only. The marks for tölt and pace will be doubled.

Marks: The five judges use a scale of marks per section from 0 to 10, with half points. The points for tölt and racing pace count double. The highest and lowest mark are disregarded. The final score calculated is the arithmetic mean of the three marks.

Team GB rider in this was:

Mike Adams – Kafteinn frá Kommu
T1 TOLT TEST

This test is performed on the oval track. Combinations entering this class are excluded from other tölt tests. The riders compete individually.

Sections

Begin at the middle of the short side and ride one round in slow tölt on either rein. Return to walk at the middle of the short side and change rein

From the middle of the short side ride one round in slow tölt, lengthen stride distinctly on the long sides

From the middle of the short side ride one round in fast tölt

Marks: The five judges use a scale of marks per section from 0 to 10, with half points. The highest and lowest mark are disregarded. The final score calculated is the arithmetic mean of the three marks.

Team GB riders in this were:

Mike Adams – Kafteinn frá Kommu

Jemimah Adams – Noi från Brösarpsgården

James Boás Faulkner – Flans frá Víðivöllum fremri
PP1 – PACE TEST

The pace test combines style, skill and speed. All combinations have two runs to show their best.

Start

As soon as the starting flag is raised, the horse moves off at walk, trot or tölt. Between the starting line and the 25 meter mark, strike off in canter from any gait. Between the 25 meter mark and the 50 meter mark change into racing pace. On the 50 meter mark time keeping starts at a visual signal. After the 150 meter mark and before the end marker at 200 meter, the horse has to have returned to tölt, trot or walk. For high marks the horse shall have returned to walk. The average of the marks of two runs decides the placing. In case of equal marks the marks given by the judges will decide the winner. In case the marks for the first place are equal a tie break has to be performed.

Judging

Six judges are required; they score openly from 0-10 with half points: the first judge judges the strike off at canter and the changeover into pace; the second judge judges the pace between the 50 meter and 100 meter mark; the third judge judges the pace between the 100 meter and 150 meter mark; the fourth judge judges the downward transition between the 150 meter marker and the end of the track at 200 meter.

The starter indicates with a red flag if the horse is not in pace at the 50 meter mark; At the 150 meter mark a judge will show a red flag is the horse is not in pace when crossing the 150 meter line. The judges choose their places in order to get the best possible view over their respective areas. When the horse has passed the area concerned, judges one to four show their marks. If the horse falls out of pace during the timed section, the relevant judge(s) show(s) a red flag and no marks for time shall be given. A maximum of 40 points for style and a maximum of 20 points for time can be obtained according to the table of marks. The final sum is to be divided by 6.

No Time

If a horse gets the mark 0 from judge 2 or 3 and/or a red flag from the judge at the starting line or the judge at the finishing line, there will be given no scores for the time. Combinations receiving “0” from three judges in the first run of PP1 are now allowed a second run.

GB riders in this were:

Mike Adams – Kafteinn frá Kommu

Aidan Carson [YR] – Óðinn from Inchree – Youth Rider 

 

T2 – TOLT TEST

This test is performed on the oval track. Riders compete individually. The rider has three rounds at his disposal to show the following gaits in the following order:

• Any speed tölt

• Slow, steady and calm speed tölt. Return to walk and change rein

• Slow to medium speed tölt, holding both reins in one hand clearly showing no rein contact with the horse’s mouth

Each section may be shown only once, for one round. The marks for section 3 will be doubled. Marks: The five judges use a scale of marks per section from 0 to 10, with half points. The points for the free rein count double. The highest and lowest mark are disregarded. The final score calculated is the arithmetic mean of the three marks.

GB riders in this were:

Sandy Carson [YR] – Svava fra Bakkeholm – Youth Rider

Ann Savage – Lipurtá frá Hóli II

Freija Glansdorp – Ljóri frá Efri-Rauðalæk

 

P1 – PACE RACE- 250 meter

The pacerace over 250 meter is ridden on the pacetrack. This P1 is a pure speed test in which the combinations race against each other after a start out of the start box.

Before the first run, lots are drawn in order to set the starting order. In the second to the fourth run, those riders start together who’s finishing times in the previous heat were nearest to one another. This means that the first starting group will be composed of the up to then slowest horses, the second group of the second slowest etc. If equal starting groups cannot be formed, the slowest group always starts with less horses, if necessary individually. If several horses are not rated, allocation of the horses to the starting groups will be decided by drawing lots.

Once the startboxes open, the combinations ride to the 50-meter point in a gait of choise. From that point until the finish, the horse has to be in pace.

Four runs are held but never more than two per day.

GB riders in this were:

Charlotte Cook – Sæla frá Þóreyjarnúpi

 

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