Eldhestar http://eldhestar.is/?lang=is Riding in Iceland Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:11:49 +0000 is hourly 1 Winter weather http://eldhestar.is/winter-weather/?lang=is Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:54:40 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/winter-weather/ The post Winter weather appeared first on Eldhestar.

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Now, this is a much-discussed topic here in Iceland, perfectly suited for small talk with everyone you pass on the street. We have two types of winters here, the mild, wet, gray, unpleasant, but harmless kind that we had last year and the exciting kind with drop-dead gorgeous, sunny winter days, sparkling powdery snow, the low-hanging winter sun dipping the world in beautiful shades of gold, orange and rosy pink, but alternating with severe, blinding snow storms, snow drifts too high to climb over, sometimes building up in minutes, impassable roads and very real issues with getting from A to B.

This particular winter is of the second variety. While we had plenty of the absolutely glorious days, we are also experiencing quite a few of the others. The riding paths (along with everything else) have disappeared under much more snow than in previous years and our fuzzy winter horses in their thick coats are well equipped to brave the elements. In fact, this type of weather suits them much better than last year’s icy rain. Their winter coat consists of two layers; the shorter down-like bottom layer insulates them well and keeps them warm and toasty and the longer top layer with an integrated lotus effect prevents the wooly undercoat from getting wet. Unless it rains persistently. During the bad winter storms, temperatures usually drop well below freezing and while the people are struggling, the horses are rather unimpressed. They simply turn their chubby behinds into wind direction and go on with their business, i.e. eating. In such harsh conditions, they need more food than they would otherwise and we make sure there is plenty for everyone, of course.

Managing access to the stables and our hotel requires some heavy-duty equipment and hard physical labor. We at Eldhestar love the challenges winter time brings and enjoy seeing our efforts rewarded by laughing, rosy-cheeked guests, who are dashing through the snow on horseback during the day and cuddle up near the fireplace in the evenings, armed with a hot drink and a cozy woolen blanket.

Winter is also the time we bring our youngsters in for training. It gives us great pleasure to watch them mature and develop and we are proud to report on their progress. Our 4-year-old mares Hrímey and Hjör show quite a bit of promise and we are hoping to present them for overall evaluation, come spring. Their friend Eldey might join them to be judged for conformation before striving for overall evaluation in spring 2019. From the 5-year-olds, we hope to present our Sinfonía, who is Sónata’s little sister. You might remember Sónata from last year, she was presented for full assessment as a 5-year-old and received first-price mare status. Sónata is expecting her first foal and enjoys her maternity leave together with our other breeding mares. If you have followed the news on Sónata last year, you are also familiar, with Vallarsól, who received exceptionally high marks as a 4-year-old last year. She has already joined Jakob Svavar Sigurðsson for training and will be presented with the 5-year old mares this year. She has matured a lot over the last year, both physically and emotionally and should be strong enough to show pace this year. For Vallarsól, aptly named “the sun of Vellir” (Vellir is the name our farm is known under in the Icelandic community), the last descendant of an old bloodline of excellent horses, we have high hopes. Very, very high. Potentially even the highest.

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Tour Dates 2018-2019 http://eldhestar.is/tour-dates-2018-2019/?lang=is Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:24:04 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/tour-dates-2018-2019/ The dates for the Shorter Tours from September 2018 until April 2019 are now online! The following tours are now open for booking, you find detailed information and dates on the tour pages: Winter Riding Course – 3 or 5 days Northern Lights Grand Tour – 5 days Northern Lights Tour – 3 days You […]

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The dates for the Shorter Tours from September 2018 until April 2019 are now online!

The following tours are now open for booking, you find detailed information and dates on the tour pages:

Winter Riding Course – 3 or 5 days

Northern Lights Grand Tour – 5 days

Northern Lights Tour – 3 days

You find the overview of all our tour dates here.

As before, our most popular tours Natures Treasures and Riders Pleasures (3 or 4 days) and Volcano Contrasts (2 days) can be booked on the day you prefer from mid September to mid May, please contact us for availability.

We look forward to welcoming you at Eldhestar!

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NEUE TOUR 2018 – Die Täler von Borgarfjörður http://eldhestar.is/new-tour-2018-valleys-borgarfjoerdur/?lang=is Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:05:23 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/new-tour-2018-valleys-borgarfjoerdur/   Die Täler von Borgarfjörður in in West Island – 16. Juni Im Sommer 2018 bieten wir eine neue Tour in einer der schönsten Gebiete Islands an, wo wir auf landschaftlich sehr reizvollen Wegen reiten. West Island ist bei Eldhestar neu im Programm und wir freuen uns, diese einzigartige Landschaft mit unseren Gästen auf dem […]

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Die Täler von Borgarfjörður in in West Island – 16. Juni

Im Sommer 2018 bieten wir eine neue Tour in einer der schönsten Gebiete Islands an, wo wir auf landschaftlich sehr reizvollen Wegen reiten. West Island ist bei Eldhestar neu im Programm und wir freuen uns, diese einzigartige Landschaft mit unseren Gästen auf dem Pferdrücken zu entdecken. .

Wir reiten 6 Tage mit einer Herde freilaufender im Distrikt Borgarfjörður, der für einige der spektakulärsten Naturschönheiten Islands und auch für viele Thermalbäder bekannt ist. Der Ritt führt uns durch grüne Täler und entlang mächtiger Flüsse, und abends können wir in Thermalwasser entspannen.

Nur ein Termin am 16. Juni!

Detaillierte Informationen finden Sie auf der Tourenseite.

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New Brochure 2018 http://eldhestar.is/new-brochure-2018/?lang=is Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:10:16 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/new-brochure-2018/ Eldhestars new brochure  for 2018 can now be downloaded, for the English brochure please click here. We would like to point out that we offer a wide variety of Shorter Tours in autumn, winter, and spring. As in the past years, our popular tours Tour 8e Northern Lights Grand Tour and Tour 30 Winter Riding Course will be […]

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Eldhestars new brochure  for 2018 can now be downloaded, for the English brochure please click here.

We would like to point out that we offer a wide variety of Shorter Tours in autumn, winter, and spring. As in the past years, our popular tours Tour 8e Northern Lights Grand Tour and Tour 30 Winter Riding Course will be operated in the period from October to April. We have also updated our program which is designed for families with varying interest, Tour 33 Family Vacation.

You find the detailed tour descriptions and dates on the tour pages and the prices here.

Our summer program now includes 17 different shorter, longer and wilderness tours including 2 to 7 days on horseback. We are very excited to announce that in summer 2018 we will offer a new Longer Tour in West Iceland called Tour 18 Valleys of Borgarfjördur.

Of course non-riders are very welcome at Hotel Eldhestar, which is an ideal choice for guests who would like to stay close to the most beautiful natural sights of South Iceland.  There is plenty to do and see in the area, several tours and activities can be booked with pickup directly from the hotel and we offer transportation to Reykjavik free of charge for our guests. We have recently launched a new website, www.hoteleldhestar.is.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions. We are happy to assist you and look forward to welcoming you in 2018!

For the German brochure please click here.
For the Swedish brochure please click here.
For the Danish brochure please click here.

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Sónata and Vallarsól frá Völlum scored high at breeding show http://eldhestar.is/mares-sonata-vallarsol-received-high-scores-breeding-show/?lang=is Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:30:20 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/mares-sonata-vallarsol-received-high-scores-breeding-show/ In July, our young mares Sónata frá Völlum and Vallarsól frá Völlum were presented to the judges at a breeding show in Hella, and we are incredibly proud of the high scores they received! Sónata received First Prize with a total score of 8.11, an impressive result as she is 4-gaited and only 5 years old. […]

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Foal Vallarsol on longe

In July, our young mares Sónata frá Völlum and Vallarsól frá Völlum were presented to the judges at a breeding show in Hella, and we are incredibly proud of the high scores they received!

Sónata received First Prize with a total score of 8.11, an impressive result as she is 4-gaited and only 5 years old. Her score for ridden abilities is 8.13 with 9 for tölt, spirit and general impression, and she got 8.07 for conformation. The rider was Jakob Svavar Sigurðsson, who became world champion in Tölt T1 in the Netherlands a few weeks later. Sónata is a daughter of Hrannar frá Flugumýri, one of the highest judged stallions with total score of 8.85, her mother is Kátina frá Flugumýri.

Vallarsól, a very powerful 4 year old mare, also got an excellent score with 7.93 for ridden abilities with four gaits shown, and a total evaluation of 7.89. Perhaps not surprisingly, she received 9 for spirit. Vallarsól´s father is the famous Álfur frá Selfossi, her mother is Náttsól frá Fellsmúli.

It will be exciting to see how these two young mares develop in the future.

Ida Thorborg, who got her education at the University of Horse Equine Sciences in Hólar and is responsible for training all our young horses, did an excellent job preparing Sónata and Vallarsól for their first breeding show!

Both mares are owned by Hróðmar Bjarnason and Sigurjón Bjarnason.

 

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Summer feeling http://eldhestar.is/summer-feeling/?lang=is Tue, 30 May 2017 14:40:16 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/summer-feeling/ This time of the year, the days no longer turn to nights and the twilight between sunset and sunrise is still bright enough to read a newspaper. Summer has come! For us, this means the beginning of the long-tour season. We venture further away from civilization and immerse ourselves and our horses in unspoiled nature and […]

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This time of the year, the days no longer turn to nights and the twilight between sunset and sunrise is still bright enough to read a newspaper. Summer has come! For us, this means the beginning of the long-tour season. We venture further away from civilization and immerse ourselves and our horses in unspoiled nature and spectacular surroundings. The first three-day tours have gone out and come back and the first tour with free-running herd has left the farm to explore the beautiful Þórsmörk area. The weather is as capricious as to be expected in Iceland; wonderful, warm and sunny days alternate with rain, fog and brisk breezes. During the last week, the scenery in the lowlands has changed from barren and yellow to lush and green and the lupines have started to cover the country in their purple veil. We are excited about all the upcoming tours and adventures and are looking forward to introducing our guests to this country of dramatic opposites.

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Eldhestar Local 2017 http://eldhestar.is/eldhestar-local-2017/?lang=is Mon, 15 May 2017 16:35:28 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/eldhestar-local-2017/ The post Eldhestar Local 2017 appeared first on Eldhestar.

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Eldhestar Local Staff Competition 2017

On  Friday, May 12, we held our fourth Eldhestar Local staff competition. 18 riders and horses participated in the competition this year. Most of the horses are owned by Eldhestar, some of which we actually bred ourselves, and the other horses are owned by their riders.

The task was to ride a full loop in slow tölt, then change direction and show a loop with speed changes along the short and long sides of the riding hall and finally a full loop in fast tölt. In the finals, this program had to be shown in both directions. Quite a challenging programme, in particular since the warm-up conditions were tricky this year due to strong winds, adding quite a bit of extra energy to the horses.

We had lots of fun competing with each other and showing off the training of the past months. After the competition our wonderful chefs spoiled us with a variety of lovely finger foods.

We congratulate the winner Ida Thorborg with our promising mare Sónata frá Völlum!

The results were the following:

A-Final

1. Ida Thorborg (Denmark) / Sónata frá Völlum, owners Hróðmar and Sigurjón Bjarnason, F: Hrannar frá Flugumýri II, 7.25

2. Sarah Wulff (Germany) / Brana frá Mosfellsbæ, owner Eldhestar, F: Álfasteinn frá Selfossi, 6.92

3. Benedikte Steensgaard (Denmark)/ Klettur frá Horni I, owner Eldhestar, F: Hamur frá Þóroddsstöðum, 6.92

4. Corinna Frahm (Germany)/ Léttfeti frá Völlum, owner Hróðmar Bjarnason, F: Alvar frá Brautarholti 6.67

5. Jóhanna Bettý Durhuus (Iceland) / Steini frá Jórvík, owner Jóhanna Bettý Durhuus, F: Gnýr frá Árgerði, 5.92

B-Final

6. Anna Kronhed (Sweden) Dögg frá Strandarhjáleigu, owner Anna Kronhed, F: Sær frá Bakkakoti, 6.08

7. Sonja Weinberg (Germany) / Víðir frá Flagbjarnarholti, owner Eldhestar, F: Tónn frá Torfunesi, 5.33

8. Karin Schneider (Germany) / Breki frá Brúnum, owner Eldhestar, F: Ægir frá Móbergi, 5.17

9. Paula Filipowicz (Poland) / Rán frá Fornusöndum, owner Eldhestar, F: Ás frá Ármóti, 5.08

10. Nicolas Gadanyi (Germany) / Snævarr, 4.67

All results

11. Elise Fonteneau (France) / Gabríel frá Sólheimatungu, F:Hvessir frá Ásbrú

12. Camille Ferveur (France) / Hempa frá Efra-Seli, F:Kjalar frá Skagaströnd

13. Ida Ljungnér (Sweden) / Ösp frá Grásteini, F: Orri frá Þúfu í Landeyjum

14. Lisa Beata Fröber (Germany) / Iða frá Grásteini, owner Eldhestar, F:Fróði frá Litlalandi

15. Melanie Kolb (Germany) / Skörungur frá Kanastöðum, owner Eldhestar, F: Garpur frá Auðsholtshjáleigu

16. Yngve Sönderstrand (Sweden) / Ör frá Strandarhjáleigu, owner Yngve Sönderstrand, F: Þóroddur frá Þóroddsstöðum

17. Marianne Giesswein (Austria) / Bjarmi frá Reykjavík, owners Marianne Giesswein and Jón Arnar Ingólfsson

Special guest

Brigitte Baumgartner (Switzerland) /Huginn frá Völlum, owner Brigitte Baumgartner, F: Þröstur frá Hvammi, 6.50

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First Signs of Summer http://eldhestar.is/first-signs-summer/?lang=is Sun, 02 Apr 2017 14:57:45 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/?p=12812 The post First Signs of Summer appeared first on Eldhestar.

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Cuteness Overload!

While the thermometer climbs to the high teens in the rest of the northern hemisphere and spring is either in full flush or at least right around the corner, here in Iceland, we have a little bit of winter left to go. But even up here we are getting ready to exchange our snow suits for a summary lopapeysa, the traditional Icelandic sweater.  Next to the return of the light and our official „First Day of Summer“, which we will celebrate on April 21st, there is one annual event that clearly marks the change of the seasons for us, namely when we bring in the yearlings.

Every year around this time, we separate the foals that were born last summer from their mothers and keep them in the stable for a few days. The moms are all expecting again and wouldn’t allow last years’ offspring to hang round much longer anyway. Once in the stable, the foals share a few boxes, so they are not alone, and we gently get them used to being handled by us. They learn to wear a halter and to be led as well as to be touched by people. We also care for their hoofs and look at their movements. It’s a pleasure to watch them change from frightened babies huddling together to curious young horses that demand cuddles and attention and discover something new every day.

They will stay with us for about 10 days before we reunite them with their moms. Breeding mares and yearlings will continue to be in the same herd for quite some time, but they will have detached from each other and while the mares are getting ready for their new foal, the yearlings will mainly stick together and do all kinds of mischief. It will be years before we take them in for serious training and for now they get to be wild horses and enjoy the summer.

Parental Pride

On a different note, we are extremely proud to announce that two of our older youngsters, the 4-year old Vallarsól and the 5-year old Sónata are showing outstanding promise and we are planning to present them to be judged this summer.

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Járningarnámskeið / Horseshoeing Clinic 1.-2. April 2017 http://eldhestar.is/jarningarnamskeid-horseshoeing-clinic-25-26-03-2017/?lang=is Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:32:25 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/jarningarnamskeid-horseshoeing-clinic-25-26-03-2017/ Járningarnámskeið verður haldið dagana 1. og 2. Apríl að Völlum í Ölfusi í reiðhöll Eldhesta. Kennari verður Daniel Van Der Blij. Daniel hefur verið starfandi járningarmaður í mörg ár, ásamt að kenna járningar  m.a. við Landbúnaðarskólann í Strömsholm. Einnig starfað á dýraspítölum með hesta sem sérgrein. Daniel hefur starfað við járningar á Íslandi í mörg sumur.  […]

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Járningarnámskeið verður haldið dagana 1. og 2. Apríl að Völlum í Ölfusi í reiðhöll Eldhesta.

Kennari verður Daniel Van Der Blij. Daniel hefur verið starfandi járningarmaður í mörg ár, ásamt að kenna járningar  m.a. við Landbúnaðarskólann í Strömsholm. Einnig starfað á dýraspítölum með hesta sem sérgrein. Daniel hefur starfað við járningar á Íslandi í mörg sumur.  Hann var valinn járningarmaður ársins í Svíþjóð árið 2013. Kennslan fer fram á ensku.

 

The Horseshoeing clinic will take place in Eldhestar’s riding hall at Vellir in Ölfus. Instructor will be Daniel Van Der Blij, teaching language English. Please contact us for further information!

 

Hvort námskeið stendur yfir í einn dag.

 

Dagskrá:  Laugardagur 1. apríl – byrjendanámskeið

Kl. 08.15 – 09:45.   Stutt almenn kynning og fræðileg framsetning.

Kl. 10:00.  Sýnikennsla og í beinu framhaldi járna þátttakendur undir leiðsögn

Kl. 12:00 – 13:00.  Léttur hádegisverður á Hótel Eldhestum.

Kl.13:00-15:45.  Járning undir leiðsögn og lítil keppni í lok námskeiðs.

Kl. 16:00 – 16:30.  Samantekt og spurningum þáttakenda svarað

 

Dagskrá:  Sunnudagur  2. apríl   –  framhaldsnámskeið

Kl. 08.15 – 09:45.   Stutt almenn kynning og fræðileg framsetning.

Kl. 10:00.  Sýnikennsla og í beinu framhaldi járna þátttakendur undir leiðsögn

Kl. 12:00 – 13:00.  Léttur hádegisverður á Hótel Eldhestum.

Kl.13:00-15:45.  Járning undir leiðsögn og endað með keppni.

Kl. 16:00 – 16:30.  Samantekt og spurningum þáttakenda svarað

 

Verð:  10.000.- per dag.

Innifalið:  Námskeið,  léttur hádegisverður og aðgangur að kaffi allan daginn

 

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New Stable http://eldhestar.is/new-stable/?lang=is Tue, 03 Jan 2017 08:34:51 +0000 http://eldhestar.is/new-stable/   Winter has been rather tranquil and mild so far, so good progress is being made in the building of our new stable. The new, spacious part for 20 horses will soon be ready!

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Winter has been rather tranquil and mild so far, so good progress is being made in the building of our new stable. The new, spacious part for 20 horses will soon be ready!

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