There are groups of Icelandic horse owners in all parts of the UK. Regional groups hold social events, fun rides, courses etc which anyone interested in Icelandic horses is welcome to attend. See below for information on Icelandic horses and owners in your region – any of the individuals or area representatives listed in each region will be very happy to hear from you if you would like to find out more!
Icelandics in Scotland
Scotland was the “birthplace” of Icelandic horse riding (and the IHS) in Britain, and there are many lovely Icelandics there. At West Tarf near Edinburgh there’s an excellent oval track and pace track where courses and shows are held, while near Aberdeen the Icehorses Riding Group are very active, arranging many courses and social events as well as having a great display team. At Pentland Hills Icelandics near Penicuik, there is a livery and active riding group for Icelandics, and some lovely foals are bred each year. Icelandic horse breeding continues to grow and improve north of the border, and anyone interested in the breed is warmly welcomed.
- Gundula Sharman – Aberdeenshire (Area Rep) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jill Noble – Midlothian (Area Rep) – email@example.com
- Shona Stewart – North Scotland – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Delia Marriott – Gorebridge – email@example.com
Icelandics in Southern England
There are many Icelandics in the South of England, and lots of activities taking place. There are two oval tracks, both in Dorset. At Oakfield Farm near Verwood several competitions are held each year. Courses and shows are held at both places. There are many individuals breeding Icelandics, competing, driving and generally having fun with their horses.
IHSGB members in Southern England are an active lot, and can be seen at shows and events throughout the area doing Icelandic horse displays and even taking part in Viking re-enactment. If you don’t have your own Icelandic yet and want to know more about the friendly Icelandic horse scene in Southern England, then please contact one of the IHSGB members who will be really happy to talk to you.
- Jemimah Adams – West/North Dorset – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phillipa Pringle – Hampshire/Isle of Wight (Area Rep) – Philippa.email@example.com
- Nadine Kunkel – Greater London (Area Rep) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carola Puddy-Henny – Dorset/Wiltshire – email@example.com
Icelandics in Northern England
In the North of England, the main Icelandic activity is in Cumbria at Midfield Farm where there is an oval track and many foals born each year, with the judged stallion Flytir from Siamber Wen a popular sire. Competitions and training are also held at Kirsty and Frank Carson’s place at Etal in Northumberland, including a series of Tölt competitions. In addition several IHSGB members enjoy taking part in endurance riding and competitions.
If you don’t have your own Icelandic yet and want to know more about the friendly Icelandic horse scene in Northern England, then please contact one of the IHSGB members who will be really happy to talk to you.
- Janice and Tim Hutchinson – Cumbria – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Andrea Stauffer – Hull
Icelandics in the Midlands
A large and active group of Icelandic horse owners is based in the Midlands. One of the most well-known is IHSGB Judge Fi Pugh of the Old Hills near Malvern. Fi gives riding courses either to existing Icelandic owners, or to people who are interested. Luan Crawford of Halfkey Icelandics near Hereford has a particularly active facebook page and takes young Icelandics for training. Based in East Anglia, Iris and Daren Ashman have the beautiful silver dapple stallion Columbus, and sell a wide range of Icelandic tack and riding supplies. There are also plenty of individual owners who enjoy pleasure rides, competing and breeding.
If you don’t have your own Icelandic yet and want to know more about the friendly Icelandic horse scene in the Midlands, then please contact one of the IHSGB members who will be really happy to talk to you.
- Fi Pugh – Worcestershire – email@example.com
- Trish Barber – Leics – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Iris & Daren Ashman – East Anglia (Area Rep) – email@example.com
Icelandics in Wales
There are quite a number of Icelandics in Wales – various individual owners of course, but also larger herds belonging to Solva Icelandics in Pembrokeshire and Edda Hestar in Carmarthenshire. There are regular social events, courses and displays, and occasionally shows are held for Icelandics in Wales. Plenty of foals are born in the beautiful Welsh countryside where Icelandics live close to nature. If you are interested in Icelandics and live in Wales, then please do get in touch with one of the local regional co-ordinators who will be able to tell you what’s going on in your area, and where the closest Icelandic horses are to your home.
- Mic Rushen – Pembrokeshire (Area Rep) – firstname.lastname@example.org (www.solva-icelandics.co.uk)
- Smari and Mandy Slater – Carmarthenshire – email@example.com