The Distance Award 2019-2020 is out of lockdown!
To balance the different circumstances of our IHSGB members during lockdown, we have included additional ways to join in. Enter up to 2 of the 4 categories:
Whole year, including lockdown
1) One rider with one horse – calculate miles ridden on only that Icelandic horse between 16th Nov 2019 and 1st Nov 2020
2) One rider with multiple horses – calculate miles on all Icelandic horses between 16th Nov 2019 and 1st Nov 2020
After lockdown only
3) One rider with one horse – calculate miles ridden on only that Icelandic horse between 11th Jul 2020 and 1st Nov 2020
4) One rider with multiple horses – calculate miles on all Icelandic horses between 11th Jul 2020 and 1st Nov 2020
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’re responding to Covid!
All activity counts, hacking, schooling, social rides and more (see the FAQ below for more info)! Please submit your entry in miles to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11.59pm Sunday 1st Nov 2020. Awards are presented each year at our AGM.
For more information read the FAQ below or contact email@example.com.
How long does it run for?
In light of the unusual circumstances this year we have two different date ranges for you to enter; you can enter for the whole year including lockdown 16th Nov 2019 to 1st Nov 2020, or you can enter just for the period after lockdown eased 11th Jul 2020 to 1st Nov 2020.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. There’s a group on the app Endomondo, where lots of our members track distances together; email email@example.com if you would like an invite. People are also welcome to make groups on other 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.
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 Facebook.