The IHSGB Distance Award 2021-2022

To balance the different circumstances of our IHSGB members please enter 1 of the 2 categories:

1) One rider with one horse – calculate miles ridden on only that Icelandic horse between 13th Nov 2021 and 31st October 2022

2) One rider with multiple horses – calculate miles on all Icelandic horses between 13th Nov 2021 and 31st October 2022

Record the distance you travel riding your horse(s) and join in the IHSGB Distance Award.  In 2018 we awarded a number of different categories from furthest distance to just getting started with a new horse, in 2019 all members were awarded for collectively travelling over a quarter of the way round the world – in 2020 we responded by adding additional Covid lockdown categories, and members rode a collective 10,975.41 miles

All activity counts, hacking, schooling, social rides and more (see the FAQ below for more info)! Please submit your entry in miles to by 11.59pm 31st October  2022. Please remember to include your Postal Address with your entry if you would like a Leisure rosette to be sent to you.  Awards are presented each year at our AGM.

For more information read the FAQ below or contact


How long does it run for?

Always from the Day of the AGM to the 31st October. This year is November 13th 2021 to October 31st 2022.

What counts as distance?

If you’re riding your horse then it counts as distance – all ridden activities are included so get tracking whether you’re hacking, schooling, on the oval track or participating in any other organised events. If you’ve taken up anything more unusual like stunt riding or horseback archery, then yes we’re counting that too!

What if I have more than one horse?

No problem, we have different classes for single and multiple horse entries.

Miles or kilometres?

This year we’re asking for all entries in miles.

How do I enter?

Entries must be submitted to by midnight on the closing date to be in with a chance. Include the classes you’re entering, your name, name of horse(s) and total mileage for the period of your class. We’re trusting you all to be honest, so we’re only asking for a final total.

I haven’t tracked my rides before, how do I do it?

Some people do this after their ride by looking at their OS maps and just keep a track of what they’ve done; many people also use GPS apps on their phones or sports watches – as long as it tracks distance.  Lots of our members track distances together on apps of their choice, if you let us know we’ll mention it here so people can join. If you do join or create a challenge group on an app, remember you’ll still need to submit your entry via email.

What happens if I think I have a low mileage? 

The IHSGB Distance Award encourages members to join in and try to increase their own Distance year on year. We do not disclose the distances of each member to ensure impartial competition. This follows our recommendation in Sport too. To benchmark yourself against yourself to improve for your own personal Development.  We encourage all members to join in to help motivate themselves throughout the year. And you never know you may get placed. IHSGB Leisure Rosettes are also awarded to all who enter.

Anything else?

We’d love to see photos of you all out tracking your distances and include some in the next Sleipnir, so send them in or share with us on the IHSGB Members Facebook Forum.

Distance award trophy

IHSGB Distance Award trophy