The United States Icelandic Horse Congress in cooperation with Léttleiki Icelandics is excited to offer the first US Youth Cup modeled after the FEIF Youth Cup. This is an opportunity for young riders ages 12-17 to receive ridden instruction and compete on unfamiliar horses. The event will include a sanctioned show July 25th - 26th open to all riders regardless of age.
- July 21st: Arrival and Orientation
- July 22nd - 24th: Training and Preparation
- July 25th - 26th: American Youth Cup Competition and Open Sanctioned Show
The American Youth Cup occurs every second year and lasts for approximately a week. This event is both educational and competitive but, most of all, establishes friendships among young Icelandic equestrians across the nation. Participants aged 12 – 17 years old are divided into teams and are assigned horses selected for them through a semi-random process. The week starts out with coaching by some of the United States’ most qualified and successful riders and trainers. Riders will participate in a variety of team activities and go on a group field trip. On the last two days there will be a sanctioned show in which participants will compete in a variety of FIPO classes, including tolt, four and five-gait classes, cross-country trail competition, and dressage. Individuals and teams will be awarded for high scores, team spirit, sportsmanship, and horsemanship.