We take a lot of pride in our horses and aim to breed horses with good temperament, conformation and gaits. Our philosophy is to give the foals the best possible chance to grow up in a natural environment with a balanced diet and lots of room to run around and play. They grow up in a herd with horses of different ages where they learn to fit in, get put in their place by the older horses and are socialised well. We halter train and pick up the foals feet before weaning when they are 7-9 months old.
The horses are started under saddle when they turn four years old. After their initial training they have a little holiday for a few weeks to process all they have learned and then they come back be into training. We only start their tolt training once they are fit enough and know all the dressage basics. The horses are taken out on trail rides in a group as well as on their own to get used to traffic and other obsticales.
ðWe breed two to three foals every year and use different stallions. Our main brood mares are Freyja, Funa and Sunna. Over the last two years we also leased a mare from Haldane Icelandics, Bli.
Our stallions are Dagfari, Sjoli and Gneisti. Gneisti will have his first Australian breeding season in Spring 2015. He has been serving in New Zealand over the last few years. We also used Skelmir who has been gelded in 2014.
My aim is to breed good natured, reliable and comfortable horses that are suited for the whole family and have a lot of Tölt.
Training and Riding
Our horses have mainly been started and trained by Chris and Yvonne from Narrawin stud and Birgit Kossmann from Great Ocean Road Icelandics over the last few years. I also had several girls from Europe come and stay to help with the horses. Occasionly we take in experienced international riders to help with the horses. They usually come as "wwoofers".
I (Nele) ride as much as I can when I have time. Birgit and I try to take the horses to the beach and on trail rides as well as to the indoor/outdoor arena to expose them to different surroundings. Occasionly we join the local trail riding club for their monthly ride. In the past
Icelandic Horse Association of Australia
The Icelandic Horse Association of Australia has been founded a few years ago by a couple of the first breeders in Australia. The aim of the association is to promote the breed and it's qualities as well as keeping records of the horses in the country.
They feature a monthly "In the spotlight" segment where an Australian owner and horse tell their story.
Australia is applying to become an associate member of FEIF, the international Icelandic horse organisation. FEIF is the governing body for breeding, sports and international competition. For more inf:ormation check out their website: