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Horse Show in North Iceland Instead of Canceled Festival

Fákaflug, a celebration of horsemanship, will be held at Vindheimamelar in Skagafjördur, north Iceland, during the Merchants’ Weekend, July 30 to August 2, instead of the Landsmót Horse Festival which was canceled because of the horse flu.

From a Landsmót horse festival. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

At the celebration, riders will compete in various categories and gaits: tölt, 100-meter flying pace and racing. There will also be categories for children and teenagers and, of course, a breeding exhibition, Morgunbladid reports.

Ragnar P. Pétursson, the managing director of Fákaflug, said the facilities at Vindheimamelar—where the Landsmót was supposed to be held—are very good and it would be a shame not to take advantage of them.

“In spite of the horse flu people have arrived with many horses which they would like to show,” Pétursson said. “So we decided to go ahead with it and hold a grand horse tournament with the flair of an outdoor festival. A ‘mini-Landsmót’ if you will.”

A 1,000-square-meter tent will be erected and bands will play all evenings. Performers include Helgi Björnsson and reidmenn vindanna, Hvannadalsbraedur, Magni and SSSól. There will also be catering, a children’s park, sales booths and troubadours.

Tickets are being sold at the N1 gas stations for ISK 8,000 (USD 65, EUR 50). Children aged 14 and younger get free entrance.

Click here to read more about the horse flu and here to read more about the Merchants’ Weekend, an outdoor festival weekend in Iceland.

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