Our horses have been given quite much attention recently. The international magazine for Icelandic horses, Eiđfaxi, published an article about Neđri Bakki in its 2008, no. 8 issue. 4 pages were devoted to our stud and to Icelandic horses in New Zealand. The article also reported on the importance of NZ joining FEIF.
We also featured 2 of our horses, Asti and Glaisir, at the very popular Breakfast program on NZ TV1.
We have bought 2 new horses: Rán from Lukka, a 3-year old mare and Hnoss from Lukka, a 8-year old gelding. This brings our current herd to 16 horses. Hnoss has been with us for the last 2 years, so, for him it is “business as usual”.
For this breading season we have leased Gneisti von Roetgen, one of the three stallions belonging to Vindholar Southern Icelandic. Gneisti is off Dreyri von Roetgen and Dagskjóna von Roetgen.
His pedigree includes several strong bloodlines as Orri frá Þúfu and Galsi frá Sauðárkróki.
Tign fra Ahl has delivered a chestnut colt (Þótti frá Wetsinghe, is black and Tign is bay!!) on the 10th of December! Although Tign had a foaling alarm attached to her halter, we only discovered the colt in the morning, just standing next to his mother on the paddock close to the house.
This spring we have broken in two of our mares, Hrima from Lukka and Maistjarna fra Tornbjerg. Both of them have been a real pleasure to work with. Hrima is already 8 years old, but has not been ridden before, because she has been used for breeding. We decided it was about time to give her a break from breeding duties this year. This would give a chance to see her riding abilities and provide us with an idea about what she might pass on to her offsprings.
A week ago Eldvaka got her last bottle of milk – an event we celebrated with a bottle of a very special Bulgarian wine we bought in Sofia some months ago. She is now a strong, happy and energetic filly roaming around. While slightly exhausted, we are proud of the outcome of our 5 and a half months bottle feeding exercises.
Nedri Bakki Icelandic Horse Center was the host of a clinic which took place on the 22nd and 23rd of November with featuring certified riding teacher and Icelandic horse trainer from Hólar and certified international breeding judge Herdís Reynisdóttir (Dísa). The clinic was arranged in the framework of IHBRANZ. Nine keen Icelandic horse owners from both the North and the South Island in New Zealand participated in the clinic which consisted of both theory and training.
On the 28th of May one of our imported mares from Denmark, Eldfim frá Narfastöðum delivered a chestnut filly. This is the second filly born on our farm. We named the new arrival Eldvaka from Nedri Bakka. In Icelandic language “eld” means “fire” and “vaka” means “awake”. The filly is very much awake and she decided to keep us awake too: the long way Eldfim had to undertake from Denmark to NZ resulted in her not being able to produce milk this time, so we are bottle-feeding Eldvaka.
Over the last two months – March and April – we had the pleasure to host Karen Woodrow from Iceland regularly on our farm. Karen has graduated as horse trainer from the highly demanding Holar College in Iceland. She did an awesome job in sharing both her deep theoretical knowledge and practical skills in both starting young horses and in further training horses with us.
New Zealand Icelandic Horse Association (IHBRANZ) has become associate member of the International Organisation for Icelandic Horses (FEIF). This means that New Zealand now has an internationally accepted studbook for Icelandic Horses.
After two new blood samples, we had to conclude that Tign fra Ahl is not any longer in foal by the Danish stallion Jon Forseti fra Ahl. Tign was scanned in August in Denmark and was at that point in foal. Another scanning a few weeks later in the UK was not conclusive but likely negative. In order to be absolutely sure, we have taken two blood samples
As any first born, our first foal at Nedri Bakki was, of course, anticipated with a lot of excitment and some anxiety shared by the whole family. Two days ago, on the 17th of December, it finally happened. Early in the morning Hrima fra Lukka delivered the first foal ever born at Nedri Bakki – a beautiful black filly.