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Icelandic Horse World Championships Coming up in Berlin

The 2013 World Championships for Icelandic Horses in Berlin is approaching. From August 4-11 Icelandic horses from all over Europe and the U.S. will present themselves at the former racetrack of Berlin-Karlshorst.

wm_horses_3Photo courtesy of the World Championships for Icelandic Horses.

Icelandic horse competitions are usually held on oval tracks, where the horses show their different gaits. For each gait there are criteria that are specified in the regulations of the International Federation of Icelandic Horse Associations (FEIF).

Five international judges evaluate the runs according to the rules and at the end of the week the Icelandic horse world will celebrate its world champions for the gaits tölt and flying pace, as well as in the five gait combination tests (the gaits walk, trot, tölt, canter and flying pace will be shown) and four gait combinations (walk, trot, canter, tölt). Adults and young riders start in separate classes. In addition to the sporting tests, the best breeding horses will be evaluated for confirmation and presentation under the rider.

The competitions are not only for the top athletes. Two months before the WC, riders of Icelandic horses from all over Europe set out for the famous long relay ride to the championship site. It is considered an honor to participate in single sections and accompany the baton on its way to the arena. This year people are riding from the south, west and north towards Berlin. On August 4 they will reach Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

Iceland’s First Lady Dorrit Moussaieff has announced her participation in the final stage.

Follow Iceland Review for updates on the events in Berlin. You can also access updates on our German site here.

The program, as well as ticket prices, can be found on the website of the World Championships.

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