The day started with coffee and interesting talks in the stable at Miðsitja. Since 2004 the farm Miðsitja has been run by Magnús Andrésson and Ingunn Guðmundsdóttir. You properly know many of the famous horses from this farm? Like Keilir, Kveikur, Spuni, and Kraflar. And also the well known Landsmót superstar Hrannar frá Flugumýri is out of the bloodlines from Miðsitja. Magnús and Ingunn want to breed good five gaited horses who everyone can ride and enjoy. The last years they have therefore used stallions such as Ómur frá Kvistum, Spuni frá Vesturkoti, and Hreyfill frá Vorsabæ in their breeding.
Magnús and Ingunn put a lot of effort into the training of the young horses. They start the youngsters in the riding hall but as soon as possible go outside to train in nature. They sell horses both to people in Iceland but also abroad. No matter what they like to follow the development of the horses with their new owners.
We saw a lot of beautiful horses at Miðsitja and soon it was time to go on to the next farm.
"Horses with movements" - this title is often associated with the farm Vatnsleysa, where Björn Jónsson and Arndís Brynjólfsdóttir live. Vatnsleysa is located between Hólar and Sauðárkrókur. Björn and Arndís told us about the history of the breeding: The family-owned breeding begun in 1974. At that time, Bjössi's father Jón started the breeding with stallions like Lýsingur frá Voðmúlastöðum and later on he was of course very successful with his own stallions. Who doesn’t know about Glampi frá Vatnsleysu? He is still going strong, 29 years old.
Today the main stallions are Hraunar, a son of Roði frá Múla and Lord, a son of Þóroddur frá Þóroddsstöðum. While Lydia and Hrund frá Vatnsleysu are their best breeding mares. In their breeding Bjössi and Arndís aim to breed horses from Vatnsleysa which are great competition horses with a nice temperament, that everyone can ride.
It was so inspiring to hear Bjössi and Arndís tell about the long history and breeding from Vatnsleysa.
Varmaland is the name of a very modern farm, which Sigurgeir Finnur Þorsteinsson and Birna Sigurbjörnsdóttir own. The farm is located on the way from Sauðárkrókur to Varmahlíð. At Farmland thet get 6-7 foals per year and actually the bloodlines goes back to the genes from the first farm we visited today - Miðsitja.
Since 2012 Varmaland has also been a popular contact point for those who would like to have the training of their horses supported by the "AquaIcelander", a state-of-the-art horse treadmill in a water tank. Besides the treadmill there is also further wellness and rehabilitation modules from the vibration plate to the equine solarium. Especially in the winter period up to 100 horses come to use this infrastructure and to build up additional strength with this training over 2-3 weeks.
Sigurgeir and Birna also showed us some of their foals and young horses in the riding hall. They had a lot of power running free in the riding hall.
We ended the day at Hafsteinsstaðir. Here Skapti Steinbjörnsson and Hildur Claessen are running the farm together with their son Skapti Ragnar and his girlfriend Elin Rós.
From the farm Hafsteinsstaðir comes at least two very well known stallions: Feykir and Fáni frá Hafsteinsstöðum. They are not only very successful competition horses, but also powerful influential sires. And let's not forget Gjafar frá Hafsteinsstöðum, who has brought a large number of strong offspring from the Wiesenhof in Germany.
About the breeding Skapti say: ”I want a lot of charisma”. He likes to put more emphasis on feeling than on numbers. In recent years, they have quite actively used their own current superstar Oddi frá Hafsteinsstöðum - a stallion evaluated with 9.5 for tölt, trot and spirit. They have also used stallions like Sær frá Bakkakoti and Loki frá Selfossi.
In the evening, the expo group went to the big riding hall in Sauðárkrókur - the horse scene in Skagafjörður celebrated here in a fabulous festive mood. Like every year on the evening before the Laufskálarétt.