Today we present Austurkot and Fet:
Austurkot is located in the south of Iceland, only 55 km from the city of Reykjavik and 3 km from the town of Selfoss. The owners are Hugrún Jóhannsdóttir and Páll Bragi Hólmarsson. We have been living here since 1999.
“Our greatest breeding achievements are our two fantastic mares: Álfadrottning from Austurkot, who was highest judged 7 years old mare 2012 with 8.53 and one of the highest judged offspring of Álfur from Selfoss, and her half sister Snæsól from Austurkot who has a total of 8.29.
We get 10-12 foals every year. Our breeding goal is to breed beautiful horses with a good neck, high movement and a great and positive character. When choosing the right stallion for our mares, we aim for enhancing the best qualities of the horses. Also, knowing your mares very well is the key in order to be able to prioritize when choosing a stallion.
At the Horse Expo we are looking forward to meet nice people who are interested in the same things as we are: The breeding of the Icelandic horse. The visitors can be looking forward to see great horses, get some good coffee and meet the people of the farm.”
The photos show the stallion Heiðar frá Austurkot at the Suðurlandsmót in 2012 and the stallion Sjálfur frá Austurkoti judged with 8.08 in 2013 as a five year old.
Fet is located in the south of Iceland, five minutes from Hella. The farm located by the main road next to Rauðilækur. At the moment four employes are working at Fet: Ólafur Andri, Bylgja Gauksdóttir, Emil Freedsgard Obelitz and Bergrún Ingólfsdóttir. Ólafur and Bylgja run the farm. Ólafur has been working on Fet for 4 ½ years and has been runing the farm since Landsmót 2014.
"Fet has bred more than hundred first prise horses and acouple of honour price horses for example Vilmundur frá Feti, Þristur frá Feti and Þerna frá Feti. We think that Vilmundur frá Feti and his offsprings are the best achievement of Fet. Fet has been nominated 14 times as breeder of the year and three times been chosen for the title. Every year around 25 foals are born at Fet.
The goal is to breed beautiful horses with focus on the front part and good gaits that can be used for competition of any kind. But the character of the horse is the most important. The horse should like to please the rider in every situation.
When we are choosing the right stallion, we are looking for how his qualities will match the mare’s and make her cons better. There is a lot of Orri frá Þúfu and Kraflar frá Miðsitju in the Fet bloodlines, so we try to find other bloodlines – with focus on good tölt and character. We think it is better if the stallions have been shown at a young age, for example 4 or 5 years old. This tells us that they have talent from nature. The mares we pick for breeding have to have all three qualities: good conformation, gaits and character. I like to think about this way: It is ok to use a mare if you would like to ride and train 10 horses like her every day. Because if everything goes well a breeding mare will get 10+/- foals in her breeding career.
At the Horse Expo the guests will get to know Fet and the people who are working there better. We want the visitors to feel comfortable to contact us directly next time. When stopping by we will show the visitors some great examples of the breeding from Fet."
The photos show Straumur frá Feti and Ólafur Andri competing in Reykjavíkurmót (left) and Nína frá Feti(first offspring after Jónína frá Feti) and her rider Bylgja Gauksdóttir. Picture from a breeding show (right).