A Beer Tolt

In 2000, the Vermont Icelandic Horse Club held a show that turned out to be as much regional as local. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day in August, just the kind of day when a cold one is really appreciated.

Costume Class

In 2000 there was a show in Vermont with a great costume class.

An Icelandic in a Dressage World (He’s the little guy)!

Thokki, a 5 y/o Icelandic gelding, had been started the previous year. Sarah decided it would be a good training experience for him to get out in the large-horse world and, if he would suppress his energetic tolt, ride a couple of dressage programs. He was the only Icelandic there. We had a very pleasant surprise!

Gudmar Meets Thokki

To me, this session is a Rosetta Stone, the link between classical dressage and Icelandic gait training. I think it would be very helpful for riders and trainers with “regular” horse backgrounds to view a few times if they want a bridge to understand tolt. I hope that it can also be used to introduce […]

A Tolt Party

This was a triple header: birthdays for Martina Gates and Kristjan Kristjansson (I’ll be discreet and leave it at that because they don’t look or act their age) and the opening of Thor Icelandics. Most of the people you see are members of the Northeast Icelandic Horse Club. I just thought it would make a […]

Loose Rain Tolt…

“Loose Rain Tolt” a little diversion of whether or not these are dedicated horse people or just don’t  have enough sense to come in out of the rain. Your call…. And a souvenir album….    

Bettering the Breed Through Evaluations

A documentary record of an early breed evaluation in the USA, held in Wisconsin in 2004. It was also an outstanding educational event and can still serve as a model for public outreach.

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!

Sheep Dressage

First of all, let me make it clear that this is not Dressage for Icelanders! My experience is that dressage may be coming to Iceland, but it lies becalmed offshore.  I do not consider suppling exercises such as shoulder in, leg yields, etc., dressage.  Perhaps an onshore wind will blow. I think a pretty good […]