2017 Board of Directors
Arie deLint, President
Victoria Stoncius, Vice President
Lauren Arnason, Treasurer
Gwen Edwards, Secretary
Arie DeLint, President
fellow Icelandic horse enthusiasts. My name is Arie Delint and I have
been a big fan of the Icelandic horse since I was a young boy. I have
had the privilege of working with these horses as well as other breeds
for a number of years. Having worked with various breeds of horses,
gives me a strong base to make the argument in favour of the Icelandic
horse when it comes to comparing different breeds and their various
talents and breed characteristics. I have bred and started a number of
Icelandic horses and the excitement of discovering what a horse feels
like when you get to work with it for the first time is always a treat. I
will strive to continue to promote the breed through my involvement as a
director of the CIHF.
Happy trails: Arie DeLint
My name is Victoria Stoncius and I live in Mississauga, Ontario. I have a strong passion for the Icelandic Horse and would like to further the breed in Canada as much as I can. I began riding in 1998. I learned to ride on the "tall" horses and then quickly switched to Icelandics. I rode at Clear Lake Farm for a number of years and had the opportunity to represent Canada at the Icelandic Horse World Championships in 2009 in Switzerland and in 2013 in Germany. In 2009 I placed 39th in T1(Tolt Class) with 4.83. In 2013 I placed 37th in V1 (Four Gait Class) with 5.67, and 17th in T2 (Loose Rein Class) with 6.93. In preparation for both World Championships I traveled to Germany and worked on the farm Norderheide owned by Gotz George. In 2013 I also had the opportunity to travel to Islandpferdehof Blumencron to train. I learned a lot from the experience and was able to see different farms and techniques. Since then I have been working with various Icelandic Horses, other gaited breeds and yes the "tall" horses. I show hunter and jumper when not working with our furry tolters. I was elected to the Board of Directors for the Ontario Icelandic Horse Association where I completed two years, one as Vice President. I have a strong interest in breeding and showing Icelandic horses. I enjoy learning about different characteristics passed through stallions/generation and goals in breeding programs. I would one day like to own an Icelandic breeding farm and have the opportunity to produce top quality horses.
I remember always having horses, and we got our first Icelandic Horses when I was 8. Since I was a young girl, I worked with my dad, Brett Arnason, a previous board member, on the horses, and continue to do so to this day. Through my high school and University days, I spent a lot of time riding on weekends, and spent my summers working with the horses. I was lucky enough to spend the summer of 2002 riding at a farm in Skagafjordur – Vatnsleysa. In the summer of 2005, I participated in the making of a documentary film – The Path to Gimli. Many of the horses on the Canadian leg of this trip were from our farm, and I participated as a rider, both in Canada and Iceland, and assisted with horse transportation and organization on the Canadian portion of the journey. In the fall in 2005, I moved to Alberta for a couple of years, before returning to Manitoba to pursue my Chartered Accountant designation. Since completing my CA in 2010, I have returned to riding on a regular basis, mainly in the spring and fall, due to the extreme weather of Manitoba winters and occasionally our summers as well. I have been enjoying being back in the saddle the last few years, and look forward to many more years to come. We have quite a few promising young horses started in the last couple of years that I am really enjoying working with. Additionally, during the articling period of my CA, I worked with many not-for-profit groups, so have a solid understanding of best practices for governance, and am currently also on the Board of Directors for the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, serving as a board member and Treasurer. I am pleased to represent Icelandic horses in Manitoba.
Gwen Edwards, Secretary
Just a tit-bit of info about myself, I recently came into the Icelandic horse world five years ago when I met a neighbour who owned an Icelandic horse farm and introduced me to her herd of Icelandics. But, the passion and love for this breed of horse had already began when I was 12 years old watching a tv-show about the awesome characteristics of the Icelandic horse. It only made sense to me then that the Icelandic horse was the only way to go if I was to have a horse. I am very excited to be a part of the Board for the next two years and help with promotion of the breed and the Federation.
P.O. Box 1 Site 1 RR2
High River, AB
A bit of history
I am blessed with two wonderful adult children and a dedicated loving son in law
Career wise I was a teacher for 17 years in Calgary and surrounding
areas teaching elementary children and as an instructor at a post
I was the owner and director of entertainment company for 7 years employed 40 actors and two script writers
I also had a company importing German Shepherd police dog from Europe for sale to canine police units in Canada and the United States for nine years
I was the supervisor of the Early Intervention Program of the Society for the Treatment of Autism
I was a marriage and Family Therapist (psychologist ) for Alberta Health Services, Calgary Health Region for 13 years
I am now retired
I have held position of President in the Calgary Small Business Networking Association the Calgary Schutzhund Club
I am the President of Ice Riders Alberta and currently President of the Canadian Icelandic Horse Federation
With the CIHF I have also held the position of Treasurer and was on the Membership and Promotion committee
I live on a small 12 acre farm in the foothills of southern Alberta. My farm name is Red Sky Sunrise.
I was involved with Quarter horses and the western riding events for over 40 years and in the past ten years I have focused on the Icelandic horse
Currently I own five Icelandic horses. One stallion, two trial mountain riding horses and two competition horses, Raudka fra Fitjamyri ( 2nd in Canada 2013) and Blika fra Fitjamyri who currently holds the title of first prize mare in Canada 2014.
442 Six Mile Creek Road
Vernon, BC V1H 2H1
My name is Arnold Faber. For over 40 years I and my Family have an Icelandic Horse farm and our live has evolved around these beautiful horses. Over the years we organized evaluations, competitions, clinics and many demonstrations and have worked hard to promote and teach people about the breed. This year as sports leader I was involved in the World Champion chips in Germany. Fitjamyri sponsored an enthusiastic team and supported the first Canadian bred mare ever to participate on a WC for Icelandic Horses Maya II from Fitjamyri. We are planning to continue to organize evaluations and other events and working to get sponsorships for our 2015 WC team in Denmark
575-33771 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2M5
Greetings, my name is Nathaly Jones and I share a great passion of the Icelandic Horse just like you. My family, friends and I are hard at work to promote this unique breed in the Lower Mainland. Because of the number of Icelandic horse owners is growing in our community, it is advantageous for us to have representation on the CIHF board and offer our insight to further promote the breed in Canada. I am particularly interested in the youth and education areas but love to help wherever needed. As most of you know, I have been involved in the Icelandic World in Canada for over a decade. We have a strong presence in Abbotsford, BC, offering breeding, training, boarding, lessons, tours, shows and lots of fun activities. I travel to Iceland yearly to further my knowledge in training and riding. I hope that we can put Canada on the map as a front runner for breeding and showcasing excellent Icelandic horses. For further information on me and what we do, please visit our website at www.tuskast.com