In 2009 at Haldane Icelandic Horses, a group of enthusiastic owners and breeders of Icelandic horses had the first meeting of the Icelandic Horse Association of Australia.
Although the numbers of horses in Australia was only small we wanted to be set up and make plans for the future together.
Recently the IHAA became a full member of FIEF, the worldwide governing body of Icelandic Horses. This allows Australia to have a vote, participate in international events and give our members resources like free access to the Worldfengur database.
For a small annual membership of $60 - approx $5 a month the IHAA offers members many benefits.
Free newsletters - "Tolt Talk" which is currently happening once a month
IHAA members Facebook group where educational content is shared and members can ask questions and share special moments.
Fun competitions/activities - during the last few months we've had people sharing their icelandic creative projects, dressups, flag challenge, and various other activities with and without horses. Suitable for those who ride or don't. This has been so much fun.
Annual participation awards - which recognises the efforts of those getting out there with their icelandic horse and taking part in various events.
Library - the IHAA has a great collection of books, dvd's and magazines which members can borrow
Free or low cost advertising on the IHAA website and in Newsletters for horses for sale, gear and services.
Free access to Worldfengur the international studbook database of the Icelandic horse
Clinic Discounts - discounts for members for clinics either run by the IHAA or one of the bigger studs.
Social interaction - get to know the other members of the IHAA and share you passion for the breed with people who also get why icelandics are so special!
IHAA Branded merchandise
Head across to the IHAA website for more information and membership enquiries.
Best wishes from Amy and the herd