National Rider Ranking Info

The USIHC National Ranking is a system to compare results of riders of pure-bred Icelandic horses at selected USIHC Sanctioned events all over the US with each other.

The USIHC Sport Committee started the National Ranking in this form in 2007. It is a continuous system. After each sanctioned show is closed and approved by the Sport Leader, its scores are incorporated into the Ranking. The current ranking standings are shown below.

Detailed show results are available from the online show results archive.

What competitions are included in the National Ranking?

Any sanctioned competition held in the United States contributes to the National Ranking. Show organizers receive a sanction for their competition by applying to the Sport Leader who grants the sanction, after confirming the details of the application.

What classes/tests are included in the National Ranking?

There are classes/tests included at all levels of competition. The following table shows the included classes/tests:

 

Division
Tölt
Four Gait
Five Gait
Novice Riders
T7
V5
Intermediate Riders
T5, T6
V3
F3
Open Riders
T1, T2, T3
V1, V2
F1, F2
Youth Riders
T8
V6

How is a rider's position in the ranking computed?

The position of a rider in any discipline in the National Ranking is based upon the arithmetic mean of the two best preliminary round results with any horse from the past two years.

What if I ride in more than one tölt or gait test at the same event?

If you choose to ride in more than one ranked test in the same group (tölt, four gait, or five gait) at the same event your score from the most advanced test will be used. For example, if you ride in both F1 and F2 your F1 score will be considered for the ranking.

What if the show I'm competing in does not offer preliminaries and finals?

If a given sanctioned show only only offers one round (not preliminary and final rounds) for a given class/test, the results from that one round will be used to calculate the National Ranking contribution of the show.

When are rankings updated?

The Ranking is updated as soon as the results of a contributing show are reviewed and approved by the Sport Leader, who is also the Chair of the Sport Committee.

Are there National Ranking awards?

A High Point Award will be given each year to the rider with the highest average in each discipline as of December 31. The awards will be presented each year at the USIHC Annual Meeting.

A wooden plaque will be awarded as a perpetual award to the winner for each class, each year. The winner's name will be added to the plaque and the winner will keep the plaque for one year. Each subsequent year the plaque will be returned to the National Ranking Committee. The new winner's name will be added and the plaque will be presented to the new winner at the Congress Annual Meeting.

A small "Iceberg" award will be given to each winner also so that they may keep something permanently.

                    

 

What are the past end-of-year National Ranking results?

 

Discipline Award Sponsor Past Winners
    T1    David and Heidi Kline 2007: Ásta Covert
2008: Ásta Covert
2009: Ásta Covert
2010: Ásta Covert
2011: Ásta Covert
2012: Ásta Covert
2013: Ásta Covert
2014: Ásta Covert
2015: Ásta Covert
2016: Ásta Covert
2017: Ásta Covert
2018: Ásta Covert
    T2       Flying C Ranch 2007: Anne-Marie Martin
2008: Anne-Marie Martin
2009: Anne-Marie Martin
2010: Anne-Marie Martin
2011: Anne-Marie Martin
2012: Anne-Marie Martin
2013: Ásta Covert
2014: Anne-Marie Martin
2015: Ásta Covert
2016: Ásta Covert
2017: Ásta Covert
2018: Ásta Covert
    T3     Grand View Farm 2007: Ásta Covert
2008: Ásta Covert
2009: Lucy Nold
2010: Lucy Nold
2011: Lucy Nold
2012: Dominic Ng
2013: Dominic Ng
2014: Lucy Nold
2015: Mitch Martin
2016: Laurie Prestine
2017: Laurie Prestine
2018: Olivia Rasmussen
    T4      Paradise Valley                  Icelandics 2011: Morgan Venable
2012: Doug Smith
2013: Doug Smith
2014: Doug Smith
2015: Alexandra Venable
2016: Alexandra Venable
2017: Gabrielle Pittman
2018: Grace Strausser
    T5     Four Winds Farm 2007: Kristin Houser
2008: Kari Pietsch-Wangard
2009: Kari Pietsch-Wangard
2010: Milena Frische
2011: Dominic Ng
2012: Dominic Ng
2013: Mitch Martin
2014: Mitch Martin
2015: Elizabeth Robertson
2016: Alicia Flanigan & Elizabeth Robertson
2017: Alicia Flanigan & Antje Freygang
2018: Kydee Sheetz
    T6    Hulinndalur Icelandic              Horses 2007: Sverrir Bjartmarz
2008: Sverrir Bjartmarz
2009: Sverrir Bjartmarz
2010: Kari Pietsch-Wangard
2011: Kari Pietsch-Wangard
2012: Willy Ma
2013: Willy Ma
2014: Olivia Rasmussen
2015: Not awarded
2016: Jessica Blough
2017: Jessica Blough
2018: Grace Strausser
    T7    Icelandic Sports LTD 2007: Jennifer Wright
2008: Dominic Ng
2009: Berta Glazer
2010: Laurie Pristine
2011: Laurie Prestine
2012: Colleen Monsef
2013: Colleen Monsef
2014: Kelly Blough and Tammy Martin
2015: Tammy Martin
2016: Hannah Bailey
2017: Hannah Bailey
2018: Maria Octavo
    T8        Flying C Ranch 2007: Sophie Shalhoub
2008: Lucy Nold
2009: Lucy Nold
2010: Rachel Ng
2011: Rachel Ng
2012: Elizabeth Monsef
2013: Elizabeth Robertson
2014: Julia Hasenauer
2015: Elizabeth Monsef
2016: Alicia Flanigan
2017: Alicia Flanigan
2018: Autumn Steiner
    V1  Pegasus Flughestar LLC 2007: Ásta Covert
2008: Ásta Covert
2009: Ásta Covert
2010: Ásta Covert
2011: Ásta Covert
2012: Ásta Covert
2013: Ásta Covert
2014: Ásta Covert
2015: Ásta Covert
2016: Ásta Covert
2017: Ásta Covert
2018: Ásta Covert
    V2   Roberts Woods Farm 2007: Ásta Covert
2008: Ásta Covert
2009: Lucy Nold
2010: Lucy Nold
2011: Lucy Nold
2012: Lucy Nold
2013: Rachel Ng
2014: Lucy Nold
2015: Mitch Martin
2016: Kathryn Love
2017: Kathryn Love
2018: Kathryn Love
    V3       Creekside Farm 2007: Alora Blackman
2008: Doug Smith
2009: Rachel Ng
2010: Amber Parry
2011: Dominic Ng
2012: Dominic Ng
2013: Laurie Prestine
2014: Mitch Martin
2015: Colleen Monsef
2016: Jessica Blough
2017: Jessica Blough
2018: Kydee Sheetz
    V5     Icelandic Creations 2007: Rachel Ng
2008: Dominic Ng
2009: Dominic Ng
2010: Berta Glazer
2011: Ellen Reidy
2012: Colleen Monsef
2013: Colleen Monsef
2014: Alicia Flanigan
2015: Kelly Blough
2016: Jess Berman
2017: Orianna Bradley
2018: Orianna Bradley
    V6           Tölt News 2007: Lucy Nold
2008: Lucy Nold
2009: Lucy Nold
2010: Rachel Ng
2011: Rachel Ng
2012: Jessica Blough
2013: Elizabeth Robertson
2014: Emma Erickson
2015: Elizabeth Monsef
2016: Alicia Flanigan
2017: Alicia Flanigan
2018: Alicia Flanigan
    F1           Tölt News 2007: Ásta Covert
2008: Guðmar Þór Pétursson
2009: Guðmar Þór Pétursson
2010: Guðmar Þór Pétursson
2011: Guðmar Þór Pétursson
2012: Guðmar Þór Pétursson
2013: Carrie Lyons Brand
t2014: Carrie Lyons Brandt
2015: Terral Hill
2016: Terral Hill
2017: Ayla Green
2017: Ayla Green
     F2       Sunland Ranch 2007: Ásta Covert
2008: Ásta Covert
2009: No Qualifying Riders
2010: Anne-Marie Martin
2011: Anne-Marie Martin
2012: Barbara Chilton
2013: Kari Pietsch-Wangard
2014: Kari Pietsch-Wangard
2015: Gabrielle Pittman & Willy Ma
2016: Gabrielle Pittman
2017: Gabrielle Pittman
2018: Gabrielle Pittman
     F3      Sólheimar Farm

2007: Kari Pietsch-Wangard
2008: Kari Pietsch-Wangard
2009: Kari Pietsch-Wangard
2010: This test was retired from international competition under the FEIF Sport Rules.