The Director of Breeding is responsible for the Breeding department and thus responsible for the rules (FIZO), international rules for breeding shows, international rules for registration of Icelandic horses in the global database: World Fengur (in co-operation with the Farmers Association of Iceland (Bændasamtök Islands)), education of international breeding judges, official description of the breed and the definition of breeding goals.
Current Director of Breeding is Inge Kringeland (NO), elected February 2016.
Inge Kringeland was born on a farm on the west coast of Norway and has been working with animals including horses the most of his life. In 1996 he came in contact with his first Icelandic horses with a plan to train and sell seven horses to earn some money.Those seven horses have grown to more than 70. Inge is now living in the eastern part of Norway, near Oslo, together with Anita Martinsen on his farm, Kringeland.
About 10 foals are born every year at Kringeland. Most of them grow up and are trained there by professional trainers. Kringeland has around 55 hectare of grassland used for production of round bales and as pasture for the horses in the summer. Inge also has a small breeding program in Iceland called Kringlulandi producing 1 or 2 foals per year.
Inge Kringeland has a Masters degree in animal breeding and nutrition from the Agriculture University of Norway and he has been working in the agricultural business most of his life. At the moment Inge is the head of the office for agricultural affairs in the local authority. Inge has been involved in animal breeding from different angles. He has been leading the breeding program for honey bees in Norway for 13 years, been the leaders of the Norwegian breeding Council for all races of horses for 7 years and the breeding leader for Icelandic horses in Norway for 8 years. Inge has “given life” to two new Icelandic horse clubs in Norway, Hrani and Kraftur and he has been the chairman or a board member in both.
The stud farm Kringeland participated at the World Championships in Berlin 2013 and Herning 2015 with 6 horses and horses from Kringeland have also been representing Norway in the breeding class several times. Three times horses from Kringeland have been among the top 10 at World Championships in the breeding classes.
Inge has been involved in FEIF work since 2001 as Norwegian breeding leader, chairman of the FEIF registration group and member of the FEIF breeding Committee. He has 5 grown children and 9 grandchildren. Some of them have been involved in riding and competing on Icelandic horses.