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Relay Ride to Berlin

According to an old tradition a relay ride takes place to the venue of the Championships. Icelandic horse riders of any kind carry the golden baton on stages and hand them over to the next group. The tough guys take the whole distance. For some of them it is a question of honor, and the feeling of entering the arena after endless miles must be incomparable.

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Thommy Haag on Risi vom Schloß Neubronn, Relay rider’s arrival at the WC 2009. Photo: Dagmar Trodler.

The relay ride demonstrates that the Icelandic horse does not only impress with a top performance on the oval track, but will go anywhere with its rider – a different kind of sharing and community of horse and rider, but no less athletic.

Here you will find the map of this year’s relay ride to Berlin.

Currently, the groups of riders have reached the outskirts of the city. On Sunday noon, a big event with 350 riders and political decoration is planned at the Brandenburg Gate – probably a logistical masterpiece in the metropolis. Iceland’s First Lady, Dorrit Moussaieff, will join the riders on the last stage, a suitable horse had been chosen by the stud Faxaból and Jón Steinbjörnsson.

Here you will find a winking TV report from the regional station RBB about relay ride (in German).

And here’s a nice photo blog with lots of impressions of the particular group, that approached Berlin from the south.

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