The Story of Our Team
The Israeli Equestrian Federation was established in 1964, but it was only in 1998 that individual riders first represented Israel at the World Equestrian Games.
Twenty years later, a new memorable milestone was reached in our sport’s history.
Four show jumping riders entered the arena in Tryon (USA) for the World Equestrian Games and proudly represented us as a team for the first time.
With two major highlights, the year 2019 was a “dream-come-true” for our newly established team.
In June of that year, our team made history, winning the first-ever ticket to the Olympic Games in show jumping.
And later in August, we sent our biggest delegation ever to the European Championship in Rotterdam. It included a full jumping team and no less than two dressage riders.
The last time Israel was represented in dressage at the Europeans was with one individual rider 18 years ago.
Our president Ken Lalo summed it up nicely by saying, “this is a long-term journey, making our footprints in equestrian sports between now and 2028.”
The beginnings of a journey, made possible by the dedication, commitment, hard work, and great talent of our riders. We are making our country proud and leaving our mark as a force to be reckoned with in the equestrian arena.
Basic Facts about IEF
The Israel Equestrian Federation (IEF) was founded in 1964 and registered as a nonprofit organization in 1985.
Currently, the IEF has 1,800 members of whom 1,020 are active riders in Israel.
The IEF governs six significant disciplines: jumping, dressage, para-dressage, reining, endurance, and vaulting
Pleasure riding, cutting, and therapeutic riding are also practiced in Israel under the IEF
Photo: Lily Forado