The Icelandic Horse Expo IS really something special! On the first real day of this expo we visited some of Iceland‘s top breeding farms, got first-hand knowledge about the breeding at each place, talked to the breeders and saw the up coming stars of the future – a unique opportunity to gain insight into the day to day activities of Iceland‘s top level breeders.
We started the day at Austurkot: Here we got a presentation of a free-running stallion with a nice story behind. He was supposed to be sold but ended up injured for a long time. They promised him that would never sell him if only he'd recover. He started getting better from that point and he is healthy nowadays. It’s still winter wonderland in Iceland these days - and we saw several beautiful horses ridden on the snowy oval track.
Afterwards we drove to Fet where we were told about the breeding on this farm that probably all of us have heard about in connection to the breeding of the Icelandic Horses. The team on Fet also showed us how they train their young horses - this was a very interesting demonstration.
Lunch of the day was served at Kvistir - and here we got to see and talk a lot about the conformation of the horses. Several stallions were lined up in the stable and presented with their strengths and special character. And the highlight of this visit was to see the famous Ómur frá Kvistum presented under rider.
During the day we got a lot of new knowledge and the last visit of the day was no exception. At Strandarhöfuð we were told about their breeding and after seeing a lot of impressive horses there was a lottery. The winner of the lottery - a covering from one of the stallions on the farm - was very happy. She has never won anything before! This was a perfect ending of a great day in Iceland.
We ended a great day of horsing around the Southern Iceland with a very nice reception at the riding shop Baldvin og Þorvaldur in Selfoss!
Photos by Daniela Greis. Words by ALTHING.