Open Day at Eldhestar

On April 5th, we welcomed many guests on the Open Day at Eldhestar which was part of the event “Secrets of the South”. The program included special offers for riding tours and accommodation, a horse show and free riding for children, which was very popular.

Of course visitors are always welcome to have a look around, pet our horses and enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and home baked cake while watching what’s going on in our riding hall.

Staff Competition

Last Friday, March 28th, the first „Eldhestar Local“ tölt competition took place in our new riding hall. The idea to this event came up after wintertraining had started in January and we thought it would be fun to train together for a tournament and also get some valuable feedback from judges about our performance.

Eldhestar‘s stable crew participated mostly with horses owned by Eldhestar and the office crew got the chance to train their own horses at our excellent facilities for a few days before the competition.

Every participant had to ride individually, showing slow tölt, then changing direction and showing speed changes and fast tölt. In the finals, this programm had to be shown in both directions.

We enjoyed this event so much that we are already planning Eldhestar Local 2.

We congratulate the winner Marlene Thies with Suðri frá Reykavík!

 

The results were the following:

A-final

1.Marlene Thies (Germany), Suðri frá Reykjavik

F: Suðri frá Holtsmúla 1, Owner: Eldhestar

 

2.Anna Kronhed (Sweden), Klettur frá Horni I

F: Hamur frá Þóroddsstöðum, Owner: Eldhestar

 

3. Marianne Giesswein (Austria), Kristall frá Sauðanesi

F: Nökkvi frá Hafnarnesi, Owner: Marianne Giesswein

 

4. Mirjam Wolfschlag (Germany), Skörungur frá Kanastöðum

F: Garpur frá Auðsholtshjáleigu, Owner: Eldhestar

 

5. Lena Marie Bastian (Germany), Birna frá Ásbrú

F: Ás frá Ármóti, Owner: Eldhestar

 

6. Hlöðver Ólafsson (Iceland), Laufa frá Minni-Borg

F: Samúel frá Þjótanda, Owner: Hlöðver Ólafsson

 

B-final

7. (shared) Caroline Aldén (Sweden), Stjarni frá Fljótshólum

F: Ás frá Breiðholti í Flóa, Owner: Eldhestar

 

7. (shared) Jennifer Hemp (Germany), Aría frá Efri-Gegnishólum

F: Týr frá Bræðratungu, Owner: Jennifer Hemp

 

9. Lydia Essl (Germany), Breki frá Brúnum

F: Ægir frá Móbergi, Owner: Eldhestar

 

10. Jóhanna Bettý Dushuus (Iceland), Píla frá Runnum

F: Geisli frá Sælukoti, Owner: Jóhanna Bettý Dushuus

 

11. Lina Jakobsson (Sweden), Kyndill frá Litla Garði

F: Númi frá Þóroddsstöum, Owner: Eldhestar

 

12. Fríða Rut Stefánsdóttir (Iceland), Oðinn frá Þorlákshöfn

F: Þristur frá Þorlákshöfn, Owner: Fríða Rut Stefánsdóttir

 

 

 

New Riding Trail

Just before winter arrived again with heavy snowfall and storm (which of course did not keep our guests from riding), our „Handyman“  together with some neighbours finished hard work, and we are extremely happy about the result! So we proudly introduce a brandnew, excellent riding trail through the lava field close to our farm. Many of our guests know the narrow path and have admired our surefooted horses for finding their way safely through the about 10000 years old lava. This improvement means that we can ride tölt almost all the way on our popular Heritage tour :).

New Riding Tours!

Eldhestar’s location in one of the best riding areas in the country makes it easy to improve our tours and add new ones.

The beautiful scenery of the south-western countryside offers a surprising variety in nature, which we would like our guests to experience  on our half-day tours and day tours.

As we noticed that many guests enjoy to relax in our comfortable, Eco-labeled Hotel Eldhestar after riding and enjoy good food we now offer more tours including local specialties and refreshments.

Please take a look at our new tours “Icelandic Diversity” (2h), “Horses & Hot Springs” (3c) and “Riding & Relaxation” (5c)!

 

 

Wintertraining

January is the month when horsemanship in Iceland comes to life.

It has been a long tradition in Iceland that most riding horses get a long vacation in autumn.  These regular periods of total freedom with the herd on large fields are considered to be important to maintain the horse‘s  physical and mental health, and contribute  to the special, independent character of the Icelandic horse.

It is always nice to welcome horses back to the stable that have been outside  and start with the winter training. Some of our horses that we released into the autumn fields in September just returned  and we are looking forward to working with them. We bought many new horses before last year‘s season that we will get to know better until our guests will experience next summer‘s tours on their back. We would like to take the opportunity to introduce them to you on our facebook page within the coming months.

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We wish you all merry Christmas and a happy 2014!

Horseshoeing days at Eldhestar

On November 8th and 9th the annual Icelandic horseshoeing days took place at our farm for the second time. Our stable and riding hall where well prepared for farriers from all over the country.

The program included a workshop with teaching demonstration about hot shoeing,

form changing on horse shoes and effect on movement, followed by education about the importance of good hoof care. Like last year, the instructor was the renowned farrier from Denmark, Jesper Eriksson Eurenius who won the Swedish- and Scandinavian championship in horseshoeing several times.

On Saturday afternoon the event was open to the public with exhibitions, product demonstrations and finally the Icelandic shoeing competition with reward ceremony.

We are very happy to announce that our main farrier Geert has won the 2nd place in the shoeing competition – meaning that he is the 2nd best farrier in Iceland!

Congratulations & til hamingju, Geert!

 

Autumn at Eldhestar

It is hard to believe we already have mid October! After a first glimpse of snow it feels almost like summer is back. Today is another beautiful, warm day with a palette of soft autumn colors laying upon the mountains and meadows surrounding our farm.

Autumn can be a very nice season for riding in Iceland and our guests enjoy many sunny days with warm daytime temperatures and crystal clear air. We can often observe the stunning Northern Lights in the evening skies above our farm and are looking forward to welcome the participants in our winter tours. It is getting cosy in our Hotel and the horses quickly change to being quite cuddly in their winter coat.
Sun rise is now at 8:15 and every day gets about 6 minutes less daylight, so it will soon be dark when we pick up the herd from the field.

We now have about 70 horses at the farm and just started training the young ones, which is always a very exciting time. Our tour horses on the farm are trained regularly by our staff during the winter months and most of the other ones keep on enjoying life on large fields until next summer. In the office we are busy preparing for next season, already receiving lots of bookings for our long tours.

Welcome to our new website

Eldhestar is pleased to announce the release of our new website, designed with a fresh new look and a user friendly navigation. We hope you enjoy our new website and would love to hear what you think about it.

Sheep Round Up

In Iceland, the sheep round-up has a long tradition. Every year in September we offer this unique experience to our guests as a riding tour.

After lambs are born in May the sheep are released to the mountain pastures. During September, they are collected and driven home to the farms where they are going to spend the winter.

The sheep round-up is done in areas which are separated from each other by a well-build sheep fence or a natural border (large rivers, glaciers, etc). Each area has its own “rétt” which is the place where they collect and afterwards sort the sheep. For the round-up, all the farmers in the region and their families come together and help to collect the sheep as it has been done for centuries. It is hard work and depending on the length and the terrain it can be done by foot or on horseback.  For each area there is a “mountain-king” which is the “leader” – he coordinates the round-up and the farmers and keeps control over everything.

When the sheep is collected from the mountains and driven into the “rétt”, the farmers start to sort them out. Each sheep has an ear mark so they know to which farm it belongs to. Sorting the sheep in the “rétt” is the biggest event of the sheep round-up everywhere in Iceland. People, family and friends come together, sing, talk and of course sort sheep 🙂

At some places in North Iceland horses, which have been spending the summer in the mountains, are also collected. Though they are not wild, they have an owner and stallions are not allowed.

This years Eldhestar´s sheep round-up tour was great fun, we participating in herding around 4000 sheep and helped to sort them. There will be a sheep round-up next year as well (9-15 Sept). We are sure that that will be a life-time experience for our guests, with both a lot of fun and great memories!

For more pictures of this years sheep round-up  please click here