Introducing Hengill frá Ketilsstöðum. Mother is Katla frá Ketilsstöðum and father is Álfarinn frá Syðri-Gegnishólum, he was born today on 1st of August.
This filly was born yesterday morning when these pictures were taken of her newly born. Mother is Álfhildur frá Syðri-Gegnishólum and father is the palomino "gæðingur" Spaði frá Stuðlum. Can it be that this foal has the color smokey black?
I got this enjoyable email from Páll Imsland who is our greatest expert in horse colors, I'm publishing it here since I find it very educating:
If you have been hoping for a smokey black foal from Álfhildur I'm afraid I have to disappoint you. I came by this evening and went with Elin to look at the foal.
It is apparent the the foal has ordinary black color. It can be seen mostly on the skin, edge of the eye, her nostrils and her genitals. The skin there is black which is a characteristic for black and most other colors but those that bare the palomino gene. Their skin is pink, hazel-red dun or chocolate brown and tend to be a bit dappled. On smokey black, the typical skincolor is chocolate brown or coffe brown(with a spot of cream). It does not show on this little princess.
The gray color in the eyes which Kristinn Hugason mentioned on facebook was a phiz washer, that is a so called foal grayness which is characteristic for eyes of newborn foals and usually lasts for few weeks but then fades during that time when the coloring in the eyes produce a normal eye color. Fetus development is hardly finished in the eyes and the brightness the foals get at birth affects the final outcome. Then the grayness disappears and the eyes get amber, faded black or black.
Give greetings to my kinsman in the east.
We just received these pictures of Álfaklettur frá Syðri-Gegnishólum, dam is Álfadís frá Selfossi and sire is Stáli frá Kjarri. His total score at Landsmót was 8,53 and the fifth place in the group of 5 years old stallions. He received 8,65 for confirmation, highest score was 9,0 for head and back and croup and 9,5 for proportions.
Total score for ridden abilities was 8,45, including 9,0 for pace and 8,5 for tölt, spirit and expression. This beautiful lightly built, tall and talented stallion is now in the heard, breeding. We are looking forward to start the training again as we have great hopes and expectations for him in the future.
It is really good to see this great horse on the track again with his new owners.
Simbi frá Ketilsstöðum in fifth plase in tölt children class at the Icelandic tournament. Simbi was Berglind Rós, Berg's daughter, confirmation present, he has done great with her in competitions for many years. This winter Berglind wanted to sell him since she had decided to go to college. We were so lucky that Linda Helgadóttir and her family in Keflavík bought him but this time his rider was Glódís Líf Gunnarsdóttir. Simbi is 17 years old, son of Ljónslöpp frá Ketilsstöðum and sire is Kjarkur frá Egilsstaðabæ.
Elin Holst and Frami frá Ketilsstöðum just got the second place in 4 gate at the Icelandic Championship tournament. They were also on the sixth position in Tölt T1 after the preliminaries, a finale they decided not to ride.
For us these are great results, so soon after the difficult B class finals at Landsmót. Congratulations Elin and Frami, we are very proud of you two.
We are very proud of the great results of Álfasteinn frá Selfossi offsprings, in breeding as well as competitions. 10 years old he reached the limit to receive honorary 1. price for off springs but was not allowed to receive the reward since he had left the country. At Landsmót 2018 his son Hafsteinn frá Vakursstöðum won the A-class( icelandic 5-gate) and this is the second time his son wins A-class at Landsmót, in 2014 his son Spuni frá Vesturkoti also did.
Spuni was Icelandic Champion in 5-gate 2017 and he won the Sleipnir trophy at Landsmót 2018 as the winning honourary price stallion at Landsmót 2018.
Yesterday his son Toppur frá Auðsholtshjáleigu got Swedish Champion in Tölt T1.
There are 11 years since Álfasteinn left Iceland but his offsprings, born from 2004 to 2008 in Iceland, in 2008 only 13 offsprings were born and Hafsteinn was one of them. Nice to see how well his offsprings keep advertising and reminding of their father.
Last Monday we had an open day at Syðri-Gegnishólar, inviting all the guests at Landsmót and in general everybody who would like to come and meet us, the Gangmyllan team and our horses. See out facilities, have a talk and a bit to eat and drink. It was unbelievable how many took the time to come and visit us both guests from abroad and Icelanders.
Thank you so much for your visit, making this day fantastic. Here are some pictures from several photographers, where we try to show the great atmosphere during the whole day.
Elin and Frami just won the B flokk (Icelandic 4 gate) at Landsmot.
Elin Holst and Frami frá Ketilsstöðum are in the lead in B-class at Landsmót 2018, finals are on Sunday.
These two great girls that have been working at Gangmyllan this year will be competing in the Young adult class tomorrow at Landsmót. We hope and wish for good results, promising riders and horses.
There were some better pictures taken during the Gæðinga competition, thank you Páll Ímsland for these pictures.
Preparing to compete in B-flokk (icelandic 4 gate) and afterwards photo shooting, since the sun was shining and it reminded about summer for all most 30 min, but the flies had a quick reponse, with this consequences.
About 24% of the breeding horses at Landsmót 2016 were descendants of Álfadís frá Selfossi, how many will be at this Landsmót would be interesting to have a look on one day.
At this Landsmót 2018, five of her offsprings have qualified, Álfarinn in A flokk (5 gate) , Álfgrímur in the group of 7 years and older stallions, Huldumær in the group of 6 years old mares, Álfaklettur in the group of 5 years old stallions and Ljósálfur in the group of 4 years old stallions.
Álfaklettur frá Syðri-Gegnishólum and Hugmynd frá Ketilstöðum are boat qualified for Landsmót in the group of 5 years old stallions and mares. Total score for Álfaklettur is 8,53 and Hugmynd 8,57.
Two mares from Gangmyllan will participate in the group of 6 years old mares at Landsmót this year.
In 2016 they both participated in the group of 4 year old mares, then they gave birth 2017 and are now back in training.
These two horses will participate in the group of 7 years and older stallions at Landsmót 2018.
Stúdent frá Ketilsstöðum is 8 years old, dam is Orka frá Gautavík and sire is Álffinnur frá Syðri Gegnishólum. Total score is 8,55.
Álfgrímur frá Syðri Gegnishólum is 7 years old, dam is Álfadís frá Selfossi and sire is Orri frá Þúfu í Landeyjum. Total score is 8.45.
Ljósálfur frá Syðri-Gegnishólum is a 4 years old son of Álfadís frá Selfossi and Lord frá Vatnsleysa. He was presented in his first breeding assessment last week and received 8,07 as a total score and qualified for Landsmót. Ljósálfur í clearly 5 gated but pace has not been tried or trained yet.
Eight horses from our breed are qualified for Landsmót 2018. The horse in the pictures below is Gígur frá Ketilsstöðum a 4 years old 4 gater. His total score in his first assessment was 8,18. Dam is Ör frá Ketilsstöðum and sire is Sveinn-Hervar frá Þúfu í Landeyjum.
Bergur and Sædís were in second place in 250 m. pace yesterday, this it their first time in 250 m after taking part in 150 m several times. Here is a video of the final heat, won by one of the very best pace horses in Iceland, Kjarkur frá Árbæjarhjáleigu and Konráð Valur Sveinsson, in third place was Lukka frá Árbæjarhjáleigu ridden by Hekla Katarina Kristinsdóttir.
Mildrid Musdalslien and Fálmar frá Ketilsstöðum won the 4 gate 4.1 in rhe Hrimnir competition last weekend. They received 7,20 in strong company. Fálmar is a great horse and we are happy that we have his full sister our breed. Dam is Þerna fra Ketilsstöðum and sire is Sveinn-Hervar frá Þúfu í Landeyjum. Congratulations and a big hug to Mildrid and her trainer Gry Hagelund that worked with us for some years and brought Mildrid here to buy Fálmar