Located on 800 acres of rolling hills, woodlands and plains in central Iowa, Harmony Icelandics boasts an intimate stable setting with a 200’ x 100’ outdoor riding area, lush pastures and miles of trail riding.
Owner Virginia Lauridsen has been riding and showing for more than 20 years. It wasn't until a trip to Iceland in 2013 that she met and fell in love with the Icelandic horse. She immediately decided to pursue a future with the breed, purchasing Harmony Icelandics' stallion Gosi frá Lambastöðum. She is now a member of the Icelandic Horse Congress and has completed the Riding Badge Program levels 1-7. In 2017, Virginia brought home gold medals in T1 and T2 from the World Ranking Show in Kentucky.
Liz Appel has always had a passion for everything horses and now serves as the barn manager for Harmony Icelandics. Liz has a bachelor's of Animal Science degree from Virginia Tech, where she rode on the intercollegiate team. During summers she worked at a well established thoroughbred prepping farm outside Charlottesville.
With 25 years experience as an equine Practice Manager, equine midwife, horse owner and avid foxhunter, becoming barn manager for Harmony Icelandics was a natural fit.
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. Harmony Icelandics has contracted with Mummi to visit the farm bi-annually as an advisor and trainer. Additionally, Harmony Icelandics has a standing relationship with Mummi’s farm, Hallkelsstaðahlíð, which proudly aims to produce well-tempered, talented horses which are easy to train and handle.