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Riding, and What it’s All About

If you’re unsure about what exactly you might get to see at the World Championships for Icelandic Horses, take a look at what’s on in the equestrian sport in Iceland.


Aus dem Video von Hestafréttir.

During the biannual Landsmót hestamanna the latest and best of the breeders is shown and judged, while the annual Íslandsmót hestamanna is purely a sporting event. This year’s Íslandsmót just came to an end, and here’s a video from the event from horse magazine Hestafréttir showing the equestrian elite in five-gait (gait, trot, walk, canter, flying pace).

During events like these, spectators will see riding on physically the highest level, also called show-riding. The way Icelandic horses are presented in national and international tournaments, has developed within the framework of the FEIF guidelines for judges.

Judges evaluate a horse according to the guidelines. However, this is not always in line with the principles of classical riding.

The discussion about the discrepancies began several years ago and has also been topic at this year’s Íslandsmót, when one of the leading riders in the country, Guðmundur Fr. Björgvinsson (seen in this video), criticized the judges for their unwillingness to distribute assets for good riding.


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