HORSE EXPO FALL-NORTH PRESENTS: Þúfur

Tomorrow most of the participants of the Icelandic Horse Expo Fall-North 2017 will arrive in Iceland! We are looking forward to a great week with lots of beautifully trained horses, and today we are happy to introduce a farm known for bringing their passion into breeding as well as their training. Let’s prepare for:

Þúfur

The horsecenter Þúfur is run and owned by Gísli Gíslason and Mette Mannseth.

The breed in Þúfur is mainly based on four mares: Lygna frá Stangarholti, Happadís frá Stangarholti(Icelandic champion in 4-gait), Birta frá Ey(landsmótsfinalist T1) and Píla frá Syðra-Garðshorni(landsmótswinner 2008,  5-year old). And the bloodline of three stallions: Gáski frá Hofsstöðum, Náttfari frá Ytra-Dalsgerði and Kolfinnur frá Kjarnholtum.

Lygna has 18 ofsprings, 11 shown in breedingshow with an average score for conformation: 8,15 ridden abilities: 8,39 and total score: 8,30. Seven of her daughters and granddaughters are currently in the breeding. Her first is Baldvin frá Stangarholti(20years old) born 1996 who has an incredible cariere;  icelandic champion in T2 and fivegaitcombination, Landsmótsfinalist in B-flokk, A-flokk and childrensclass, and this year, 20 and 21 years old, he becameicelandic champion in Tölt childrensclass and fourgaitcombination. Last  year we showed her 5 year old daughter List frá Þúfum (sired by Trymbill), who got 9,5 for tölt, trot, character and form under rider. She was the highest judged 5 year old, 4-gaited mare that year. Her daughter Kylja has been in the finals at Landsmót (A-flokkur) and the Icelandic Championship (5-gait and T2). And her son Hnokki (sired by Hróður) has three times been in the A-flokk finals in Landsmót. He won the 5-gait combination at the Icelandic Championship last year, 2016. He is also the father of Fönix frá Syðra-Holti, World Champion 2017.

Happadís won the 4-gait at the Icelandic Championship 2010. Her first offspring, Lukka (by Trymbill) 5 years, was shown last year with 8,71 for ridden abilities, which is the highest scor for 5-year old mares that year.

Our main breeding stallions are Hróður frá Refsstöðum, winner of Sleipnirstroffee on Landsmót 2008, and Trymbill frá Stóra-Ási, who we bred and who is doing really well with his first offsprings on the breeding track. Other stallions we have used the last years are f.eks; Viti frá Kagaðarhóli, Stjörnustæll frá Dalvík, Karl frá Torfunesiand Kolskeggur frá Kjarnholtum. This year we used this stallions: Trymbill, Hróður, Kalsi frá Þúfum, Karl frá Torfunesi, Þór frá Torfunesi, Mozart frá Torfunesi, Sesar frá Þúfum, Korgur frá Ingólfshvoli and Þráinn frá Flagbjarnarholti.

Þúfur was awarded Breedingfarm of the year in Skagafjörður 2016. This year we showed 10 horses from our breed, with an average of 8,23. All mares and stallions born 2011 has now been shown and they are all over 8. Some of them are breeding mares and some are heading for competitions next year. The highest were to ofsprings of Kylja. The winner og the 6-year-class on Fjórðungsmót Kalsi, son of Trymbill. And Kveðja 9 year old daughter of Kraftur frá Bringu. She is now pregnant with Karl frá Torfunesi.

We train horses bred by us and but almost half are from other breeders. The horses we produce and show are usually 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 need to have a good basic education and become durable and usable, good riding horses. Hopefully good competition horses that might be shown in a breeding show if they are ready. We use our horses, also the 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 self-carrige and a lot of speed. Light for us means light movement and light spirit.   

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Þúfur!