In the Joy of Horses!

This kid found a wonderful horse right there in her dad’s barn. Happened to be one of the top evaluated stallions in Iceland. And one of her neighbors just happens to be Mette Manseth, of Hólar. Ingunn is on her way to being a fine rider, to say the least, but watch her have fun learning!

Part 1. Three Guys and a Horse from Dalvik

This is one of those great people-and-horse stories that you could never make up. I only take credit for finding, documenting, and delivering it to you. It has to do with saving a horse that… Let’s start at the beginning.

Part 2. Dagur does the Islandsmot

The Landsmot lives on throughout the following two years through constant conversations, second-guessing the judges, comparing riders and horses, watching videos, making wish-lists of breeding stallions and just plain gossiping.

Part 3. Back Home in Dalvik

I delayed my return flight home just so I could see Stebbi and Fridgeir together in Dalvik. Iceland Air, of course, charged me a penalty fee for changing my flight in order to promote Iceland, but it was a well worth the detour. First, let’s orient ourselves. Even for Iceland, Dalvik is way up there…

The Local Club: The Road to Landsmót Starts Here!

On any Spring weekend in Iceland, in any city or town, you will find people at their local riding clubs fiddling around with their horses, riding in friendly training shows and sometimes in engaging in fierce competition. What follows is a video visit to Dreyri, the club in Akranes.

Mill Farm Evaluations 2006

An Icelandic breeding horse evaluation held under ideal circumstances at Mill Farm in 2006. Lots of young horses were introduced. And so was a young rider!

The Breeding Fields of Flugumýri

It was that time, shortly after foaling, for the mare to go back to a stallion. A short distance down the road from the farm was a large field of lush green grass growing over high hummocks, þúfa. Struggling to walk while shooting with the camera, I could understand how these horses grow up so […]

Training the Young Horse and the Young Trainer at Flugumýri

Elisa Klose came to Holar University College to learn how to train Icelandic horses.  She also had to learn Icelandic! I’ve added this clip of an actual training session Elisa is doing with a horse just to give an appreciation for the process.