The Federation shall have for its objectives:
- The encouragement, development and regulation of the Icelandic horse in Canada.
- To keep record of breeding and registration of Icelandic horses under the Canadian National Livestock Record system.
- To promote the awareness and secure the integrity of purebred Icelandic horses.
- To promote, encourage and assist in livestock exhibitions and fairs, and offer grants and contribute prizes for such purposes which shall be limited to registered Icelandic horses.
The C.I.H.F. was founded July 5, 1979 in Calgary, Alberta. Gunnar Bjarnasson represented Iceland at the meeting and was appointed Honorary President of the C.I.H.F., a position he held with each European member organization. Canadian National Livestock Records (now known as the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation or CLRC) officially recognized our Federation July 26, 1983. Effective January 1999 there were 1320 purebred Icelandic horses registered through CLRC, which maintains the registries of most purebred livestock breeds in Canada. The Canadian Icelandic Horse Federation joined F.E.I.F. the Federation of European Friends of the Icelandic Horse in 1984 and has participated at World Championships since 1985.