The Icelandic Horse Expo takes you to some of the best breeding farms in Iceland. We get to talk with both the owners and horse trainers on the farms - and many of them teach on a regular basis and all of them enjoy to share their passion.
Trausti Þór Guðmundsson is a well known trainer, riding instructor and breeder. He has dedicated his life to the Icelandic horse and been very active as a instructor and a teacher.
In 1999, Trausti and his family moved to Kirkjuferjuhjáleiga in Ölfus where they found the right home for their horse-breeding. The breeding started earlier with only one mare - Perla frá Ey - who was carefully chosen by Trausti because of her bloodlines, the way she looks, and her character and temperament. Perla is still alive in Kirkjuferjuhjáleiga and will this year celebrate her 34th birthday.
“Perla has had 14 offspring, and some really outstanding: Kjuði frá Kirkjuferjuhjáleigu is a Perla-son. He came into the a-finals in fourgait at the WC in 2011 with Hulda Gústavsdóttir. Ómur frá Kirkjuferjuhjáleigu is a first class stallion, son of Perla and Óttar frá Hvítárholti. Ómur is in Sweden. Hraunar frá Kirkjuferjuhjáleigu is a highly evaluated 1st price stallion, son of Hylling frá Hvítárholti and Óður frá Brún. Hraunar is in Sweden. Bassi was a 1st price stallion, son of Perla and Hrannar frá Höskuldsstöðum. Bassi was sold to Germany.
Our breeding is rather small - we get two to four foals each year.
Even though Perla is our main breeding-line, we have also tried two other mares: Hylling frá Hvítárholti who is a first price for offspring and the other one is Hrefna frá Búlandi, a inbred Kolfinnur frá Kjarnholtum, meaning she is the daughter of two Kolfinnur offsprings.
We are now working with the third generation of our Perla-line. Both Hylling and Hrefna are away now. We only have one daughter of Hylling, and actually, that mare is a working-horse in our stable, has never had a child. We are in the moment working with two Hrefna offsprings and one mare of the third generation, a daughter of Hrönn frá Kirkjuferjuhjáleigu and Óliver frá Kvistum.
We choose stallions carefully and often we use stallions we know personally. We look for stallions that have and therefore could give good slow tölt, and good basic-gaits. We have used for example:
- Rökkvi frá Hárlaugsstöðum
- Geisli frá Sælukoti
- Sveinn-Hervar frá Þúfu
- Stáli frá Kjarri
- Spói frá Kjarri
- Bláskjár frá Kjarri
- Tinni frá Kjarri
- Ómur frá Kvistum
- Óliver frá Kvistum
At Kirkjuferjuhjáleiga, we only sell horses from our own breeding, and normally we don’t like to sell a horse until it is at least 7-8 years old and well educated by us. We also do not like to sell horses through a „dealer“or the internet. We like to have personal contact with owners of our horses.
There are good horses that have the family-name „frá Kirkjuferjuhjáleigu“ in many countries. Our horses are of course by different owners in Iceland, in the USA, Faroe islands, Finland, Germany, Austria, Schwitzerland and Sweden.
We are looking forward to welcome the Horse Expo guests to enjoy a good day with us at Kirkjuferjuhjáleiga.”
Learn more on: www.icelandhorses.is