All the Icelandic Horse Expo Fall-North visitors will arrive in Iceland tomorrow, Tuesday. We are looking forward to a great week seeing beautiful horses, connecting with people passioned about the breeding of the Icelandic horse and learn more about all the farms that we have introduced over the last months. Last but not least, let’s present the farm:
The horsecenter Þúfur is run and owned by Gísli Gíslason and Mette Mannseth. About their breeding Gísli and Mette say:
“The breed in Þúfur is mainly based on three mares: Lygna frá Stangarholti, Happadís frá Stangarholti (Icelandic Champion in 4-gait), Birta frá Ey (Landsmót Finalist T1) and Píla frá Syðra-Garðshorni(Landsmót Winner 5-year old). And the bloodline of three stallions: Gáski frá Hofsstöðum, Náttfari frá Ytra-Dalsgerði and Kolfinnur frá Kjarnholtum.
Lygna has 18 offspring, 11 shown in breeding shows with an average score for conformation: 8,15, ridden abilities: 8,39 and a total score: 8,30. Seven of her daughters and granddaughters are currently in the breeding. Her first is Baldvin frá Stangarholti (20 years old), born 1996, who has an incredible career; Icelandic Champion in T2 and fivegait combination, Landsmót Finalist in B-flokk, A-flokk and Children Class, and this year, 20 years old, he became Icelandic Champion in Tölt, Children Class and fourgait combination.
This year we showed Lygna’s 5 year old daughter List frá Þúfum(sired by Trymbill), who got 9,5 for tölt, trot, carracter and form under rider. She is the highest judged 5 year old, 4-gaited mare this year. Another daughter, Kylja, has been in the finals in Landsmót (A-Flokkur) and Icelandic Championships (fivegait and T2). And her son Hnokki (sired by Hróður) has been in the A-flokk finals at Landsmót three times. He won the 5-gait combination in the Icelandic Championship this year.
Happadís won the 4-gait in the Icelandic Championships, 2010. Her first offspring, Lukka (by Trymbill) 5 years, was shown this year with 8,71 for ridden abilities which is the highest score for a 5-year old mares this year.
Our main breeding stallions are Hróður frá Refsstöðum, winner of Sleipnir trophy at Landsmót 2008 and Trymbill frá Stóra-Ási, who is out of our own breed. He is doing really well with his first offsprings at the breeding track. Other stallions we have used the last years are Viti frá Kagaðarhóli, Stjörnustæll frá Dalvík, Karl frá Torfunesi and Kolskeggur frá Kjarnholtum.
We train our own horses but almost half of our horses in training are from other breeders. The horses we breed and show are usualy started here and are trained by us until they are shown, sold, go into breeding or back to their owners. Our emphasis in the training is that the horses has to have a good basic education and become durable and usable good riding horses. Hopefully good cometition horses that might be shown in a breedingshow if they are ready. We use our horses, also competition horses, for herding sheep and horses, even some of our stallions.
We breed horses that we like ourselves as competition and riding horses. We like light horses with good selfcarriage and a lot of speed. Light for us means light movement and light spirit.”
Icelandic Horse Expo 2016 here we come!