The second Eldhestar Local tölt staff competition took place in our riding hall on May 7th. This event which was held for the first time last year is a great opportunity for our staff to show their training horses and get some feedback from two judges. Besides, it was a lot of fun to take part in a competition, for some of the 18 participants for the first time, and end the day with BBQ together.
Like last year each participant had to ride individually the T1 program: Slow tölt, then changing direction and ride slow tölt on the short sides and fast tölt on the long sides and finally one round in fast tölt. In the finals, this programm had to be shown in both directions.
We congratulate the winner Anna Kronhed with Skörungur frá Kánastöðum!
The results were the following:
1. Anna Kronhed, Sweden / Skörungur frá Kánastöðum
F. Garpur frá Auðholtshjáleigu, M. Kolskör frá Viðborðsseli
2. Corinna Frahm, Germany / Suðri frá Reykjavik
F. Suðri frá Holtsmúla, M. Blika frá Syðra-Skörðugili
3. Jóhanna Bettý Durhuus, Iceland / Steini frá Jórvík
F. Gnýr frá Árgerði, M. Geirlaug frá Voðmúlastöðum
Owner Jóhanna Bettý Durhuus
4. Simone Scherl, Germany / Skjóni frá Gunnlaugsstöðum
F. Blær frá Torfunesi, M. Fóstra frá Reykjavík
5. Nina Blåsvær Rasmussen, Denmark / Birna frá Ásbrú
F. Ás frá Ármóti, M. Dögun frá Feti
6. Marianne Irina Giesswein, Austria / Sörli frá Sauðanesi
F. Kjarkur frá Sauðanesi, M. Fluga frá Hafnarnesi
Owner: Irina Fjóla Jónsdóttir
7. Mirjam Wolfschlag, Germany / Faldur frá Hellu
8. Marieke Huurenkamp, Netherlands / Mar frá Grásteini
F: Ægir frá Litlalandi, M: Sara frá Hvammi
9. Lina Jakobsson, Sweden /Vakur frá Völlum
F. Þokki frá Kýrholti, M. Gunnvör frá Hvítarholti
Owner: Lina Jakobsson
10. Atli Már Atlasson, Iceland / Roði frá Strönd
F. Roði frá Strönd II, M. Halta-Blesa frá Strönd II
11. Lea Wiesendanger, Germany / Víðir frá Flagbjarnarholti
F. Tónn frá Torfunesi, M. Glóð frá Frostastöðum
12. Nicolas Gadanyi, Germany / Bara-Golíat,
F. Toppur frá Eyjólfsstöðum, M. Stygga-Skjóna frá Uxahrygg
13. Ida Thorborg, Denmark / Hrist frá Völlum
F. Þröstur frá Hvammi, M. Gunnvör frá Hvítárholti
Owner: Hróðmar Bjarnason
14. Yngve Söderstrand, Sweden / Breki frá Brún
F. Ægir frá Móbergi
15. Hlöðver Ólafur Ólafsson, Iceland / Laufa frá Minni-Borg
F. Samúel frá Þjótanda, M. Lady frá Reykjavík
Owner: Hlöðver Ólafur Ólafsson
15. Daniel Liptak, Hungary / Hljómur frá Litlu-Gröf
F. Hreimur frá Flugumýri II, M. Álfdís frá Litlu-Gröf
17. Lisa Thelin, Sweden / Ísabella frá Miðkoti
F: Orri frá Þúfu, M. Mánadís frá Miðkoti
18. Lina Herrmann, Germany / Stjarni frá Fljótshólum
F. Ás frá Breiðholti í Flóa, M. Þula frá Fljótshólum
Eldhestar ehf. has been recognised as one of Iceland‘s strongest companies in 2014 by Creditinfo. Of 34.000 registered companies in Iceland, only 577 fulfill the strict criteria. Eligibility for the award requires the fulfilment of Creditinfo’s strict quality standards, professional requirements and in depth analysis. Eldhestar ehf. is amongst the 1,7% of Icelandic companies that meet these requirements.
Our Hotel Eldhestar has already taken a new shape with the outer part of the new extension getting finished. The new part really looks spacious with plenty of possibilities in the near future! With electricity being installed we are now thinking of the interior design, looking forward to furnishing the new dining area, office and kitchen.
January is an exciting time in horsemanship in Iceland. Riding horses traditionally get a few months break, usually during autumn, and now arrive back at the stables where they are kept for the winter riding season. Horse owners look forward to spending their leisure time with the horses and take part in riding tours, competitions and events organized by horse clubs. Many of them start planning riding tours during next summer, which are often the highlight of the year. Horses need to be trained for competition or highland tours where 30-70 km are covered a day and each rider takes several horses which are running free during the trip.
Riders of all ages also use the winter time for training and take part in a riding course. Thanks to excellent education of riding instructors in Iceland at the University Hólar this becomes increasingly popular.
Our horses also enjoy their freedom in the herd for several months. Eldhestar owns about 350 horses and we keep 60-80 horses at the farm from September to May. One group of horses just left happily for vacation and another came back from their long autumn break on large pastures and we begin with the winter training.
The group of horses arriving in January is particularly interesting. It always includes many of the new ones that we have bought the year before and we look forward to getting to know them better. A few horses are from our own breeding, which both focuses on gentle, soft tölters for our guests and high class competition horses whose fathers are some of the countries best stallions. Besides, every staff member now gets a horse to train for the “Eldhestar Local” competition which will be held for the second time this spring. It is always nice to see how the horses and riders improve within a few weeks!
If you would like to experience winter training, develop your riding skills or prepare for next summer’s riding tour we recommend you have a look at our Winter Riding Courses and the Winter Special Riding Course!
We wish you all merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Your Eldhestar Team
How about a short winter riding vacation in Iceland?
Eldhestar has previously offered winter packages combining riding tours, practical and theoretical education in our modern, bright riding hall and a comfortable stay with delicious Icelandic specialties at our cozy eco-certified Country Hotel Eldhestar.
We now offer our winter tour RIDING COURSE & RIDING TOURS with a new program and we are very glad to be able to add a WINTER SPECIAL RIDING COURSE with the well known German/English speaking trainer and instructor Hugrún Jóhannsdóttir (March 11-14). Experienced riders get the chance to develop their riding skills, ride in extraordinary environment and, as a highlight, see some of the best horses and riders at the Champions League in Horse Sports Tölt competition (“Meistaradeild”).
For more information about our winter tours please click here!
Eldhestars new brochure for 2015 can now be downloaded on the website! Please click here.
When the summer had come to an end with the sheep round up as last highlight of the season and most of our horses started their long winter vacation in the freedom of vast fields we were already busy planning next season.In summer 2015 we will offer a new tour including four days of riding in the best riding areas in the South and Southwest of Iceland, “Eldhestar Exclusive” (Tour 8f). This tour is recommended for experienced riders wishing to spend exciting days on horseback in small groups and enjoy the comfort of our Hotel Eldhestar in the evenings.
The brochure 2015 also includes information about our program for the period October 2014 – May 2015. Winter time is riding season in Iceland and our guests can choose between most of our half-day-tours, day-tours and combo-tours as well as special shorter winter-tours with riding, activities, relaxing and – with a little luck – the stunning Northern Lights above our farm.
Guests interested in photography will find an interesting new program “Riding & Photography Course” (Tour 35) in May 2015.
We have decided to offer accommodation at Guesthouse Eldhestar in fall, winter and spring. Guests who would like to book our popular tour “Nature’s Pleasures and Rider´s Treasures” (Tour 8a / Tour 8b) are now welcome to stay either in our hotel or in the guesthouse.
Of course you can also contact us regarding your tailor-made vacation at Eldhestar.
The last weeks have been unusually warm and it has not been snowing yet in our area, so the construction work at Hotel Eldhestar is going very well. The huge, water-filled hole in has disappeared quickly and was replaced with a solid foundation, and now the concrete floor of our new dining area, kitchen and office is already finished.
Our local construction company obviously has had some experience with our neighbors, the elves, who are known to be not amused about construction work and might even damage machines (as a matter of fact). But this time, the ghosts will scare them away…