Experience how to use dressage to balance the horse through classical exercises while maintaining the spirit and freedom that characterizes Icelandic horsemanship. Our training concepts are rooted in the idea of gæðingafimi, meaning “dressage for the great horse,” where you flow between exercises in a way that brings out the best possible gaits and movement in your equine partner.
Breed evaluations are used to evaluate potential breeding stallions and mares. The official breeding goal is to produce a healthy, fertile and durable horse. Horses are given a score for conformation, gaits, rideability and temperament. The scale is from 1-10; ten being highest. Horses earning a cumulative score of over 8 are considered "first prize." For more info on the ideal breeding goals, click here.
Judges are both International Breeding Judges; Jens Füchtenschnieder (Germany) and Nina Bergholtz (Sweden).
Trainer Guðmundur Skúlason (Mummi) is a graduate of Hólar University College in Iceland with a degree in Equine Studies. For the past 10 years, he has been the head trainer at Hallkelsstaðahlíð, a family-owned farm located in west Iceland. Mummi is in high demand as a riding instructor in Iceland, throughout Europe and in the United States. He regularly teaches in Denmark and Sweden.
This clinic will focus on the importance of a balanced seat and how to use your body to communicate with the horse and move together in lightness. This topic will be addressed in two ways; first we will work on the physical training of the rider through exercises and seat lessons on the lunge line. Then we will begin to work on bridle-less riding, communicating with the horse through your seat and legs.