Spaejari Youth Award
Spaejari is the Icelandic name of the Icelandic endurance horse commonly known
Remington. Spaejari is known for his determination, passion and indomitable
will. This award is intended to inspire and encourage these same qualities
in our youth who enjoy spending time with Icelandic Horses. John and Marilyn
sponsor this award on an annual basis.
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To be eligible, you must be a USIHC member, or child of a member, and under
the age of 18 years. The award will be given to those young people who most
clearly demonstrate their commitment and love for the Icelandic Horse. This
commitment can be shown by taking part in any kind of riding activity,
including for example, recreational trail riding, showing, driving, gymkhana,
endurance riding, dressage, team penning, jumping, trail trials and
competitive trail riding. Desirable participation can include 4H programs,
volunteering with therapeutic riding programs, rescue programs and adoption
programs. Simply training or caring for Icelandic Horses can also show the
The winners will be selected by the USIHC Youth Committee. Any youth
interested in the award should submit a recent photo and a story of
two pages or less describing what he or she likes to do with Icelandic
Horses. Entries should be received by January 31 of each year so that
the winners can be announced at the annual meeting. The entries should
be sent directly to the Congress office with the words "Spaejari Youth Award"
written clearly on the outside of the envelope.
Three awards will be given each year with the winners being featured in
the next available USIHC Quarterly along with their pictures. Each of the
three winners will receive a plaque and $50 directly from John and
Please encourage any children you know
with an interest in Icelandics to work hard and take a shot at the award.
Since the award is affiliated with the USIHC, the
recipients must have some connection to the organization. Children
participating in therapeutic riding programs should not be discouraged from
applying for the award. I am told that adult memberships in the USIHC cost
$35 a year while junior memberships are something like $10. Anyone helping a
child apply for the award can send in a membership application along with the
submission for the award. Conceivably some parent or sponsor won't think it
worth the money eventhough the child has done the work and submitted a story
and picture. In that case, I will pay for the membership myself for a child
who would otherwise win the award.
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