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06
Dec 08

Framtíð frá KetilsstöðumOlil Amble was born in Oslo, Norway in 1963, she is the youngest of 5 siblings and has had an endless interest in horses. It wasn’t easy for her to get in contact with horses since there was no one in her family that kept horses and not many horses around her neighborhood. Slowly she was able to get in contact with horse owners and was able to help out mucking, grooming and get to ride.

Things started to look up when her neighbor brought home a three year old Icelandic horse as a riding horse for her children. The Children were not able to manage the horse and lost interest quickly. Olil was also not able to manage the horse and he threw her off over and over. The interest in horses overtook the fear and she got on the horse again. With time she was able to start to ride the horse and learned that the Icelandic horse had more gaits than a regular horses. The Tölt was something Olil wondered a lot about, she got on a natural tölter and rode him on pavement and listened to the beat to learn.

She then went and took courses with riding instructors on Icelandic horses and started competing. “When I look back I remember this time as very fun and I wouldn’t want to have skipped it. Then I started hearing stories of Iceland, the island where the count of humans and horses was the same which sounded undeniably good.” Olil soon got a job offer from Iceland and she was quick to make the decision and at seventeen years old she went to Iceland and was going to stay one year. In retrospect Olil thinks she was too young to go to Iceland but there was no equine education offered in Norway and therefore not much interest for her to stay in school in her home country.

Olil started to work with horses in Iceland, first at Stóra-Hof and later at Ey in Landeyjar. Olil says it was a very fun time and before she knew it the year was over and she went back to Norway to go to school. Now that she had experienced the life in Iceland she couldn’t wait to return and after less than half a year in Norway she returned to Iceland to work with horses at Ey in Landeyjar and then at Skarð in Landssveit. In 1986 she moved to Stangarholt in Mýrar and lived there for 10 years. Her oldest daughter Freyja was then a newborn and she then had Steinar in 1991 and Brynja in 1993.

Olil has always been interested in breeding and when she lived in the west of Iceland she got the mares that she has since been breding from. Olil got to know Jóhannes Stefánsson from Kleifar and acquired Mugga frá Kleifum daughter of Hnokki frá Steðja and the first prize mare Lygna frá Kleifum.

Mugga is now 26 years old and is still having foals. Olil owns from her three grey mares that she uses in her breeding, Muska, daughter of Frami frá Bakka and Lygnu frá Kleifum and her daugthers, first prize Mylla a Kolfunnur frá Kjarnholtum daughter and Gráhildur daughter of Randver frá Nýjabæ.

“Jóhannes gave us an old broodmare that was one of his favorite mares named Spurning frá Kleifum. From her we got one horse and one mare, Grýla frá Stangarholti daughter of Kolfinnur frá Kjarnholtum and she is the mother of Álfadís frá Selfossi.” Spurning and Mugga are closely related, both are granddaughters of Logi frá Kletti. It was never a plan to breed horses from Jóhannes from Kleifar but she tried to be open minded and breed from many different mares.

When Olil had finally selected the mares that she wanted to breed out of this was the result. “My breeding goal has always to breed horses that are suitable in competition and preferably with talents that are extraordinary.” You can say that this goal has been met for example Gormur son of Muska and Sveinn-Hervar frá Þúfu was in B-Finals in B-Class at Landsmót 2008 in his first year of competing. Olil started to compete in Norway; she participated in many disciplines such as dressage, countryside racing, jumping and trail classes. Later she started participating in all disciplines for Icelandic Horses. The last competition she participated in before she left for Iceland was the Nordic Championships in Sweden in 1980 and there she became a Nordic champion in combination. Olil has won many titles on Icelandic Horses like Tölt competitions, A and B Classes at Fjórðungsmóts and other large competitions. She has been in finals in Tölt competitions and A and B Classes at Landsmóts. Olil has won Tölt at Lansmót and is a many times Icelandic Champion, Nordic Champion and a World Champion.

06
Jan 08

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Bergur Jónsson was born at Ketilsstaðir in 1960 and is the second oldest of four siblings. He developed an interest in horses right away and started riding, training and breaking in horses as soon as he was old enough. The Breeding at Ketilsstaðir was small at first since there were not many horses in the area at the time. In 1968 it changed when the Horse Club Freyfaxi changed its direction and started to rent very good stallions.
 
First was Sörli 653 frá Sauðárkróki and a year later the stallion Blakkur and the mare Kvika were born at Ketilsstaðir. Kvika didn’t leave much behind but Blakkur is the grandfather of Hugmynd one of Bergur’s main broodmares. Like for many kids that grow up at a farm there was a lot of work to be done and early on Bergur was a valuable helper making hay and he spent days running the machines. Riding and horsemanship was something that was time for when there was a break from other duties. Bergur didn’t get much riding instructions since that wasn’t the norm then, rather we crawled on the horse and rode somehow, often bareback. Bergur’s first horse was called Neisti and he was a trotter that newer got trained to tölt, since we rode like an Indian and I rather taught him to jump the gates rather than open them says Bergur.
 
 
The winter Bergur turned thirteen in 1973, Ragnar Hinriksson came east to break in and train horses for the Fjórðungsmót and Bergur’s father Jón Bergsson put the horses in training with him. In the spring when the grass was green they made facilities at Ketilsstaðir and Ragnar and the late Atli Vilbergsson from Bergsstaðir were there in the summer training for the Fjórðungsmót. Bergur says it was very fun and he rode with them as much as he could and they let him ride many different horses.
 
Bergur got to try a few first prize mares, among them was Elísa frá Sandfelli that Ragnar then possessed and later received a very high judgment.
 
“At the Fjórðungsmót that summer the 2nd assessment breeding judgements were different than they are today and I’m not even sure the judgment was open but I got to ride some horses and I assume strongly that they didn’t expect them to raise by me. This was very precious to partake in such a fairytale for a young boy to hang out with such geniuses and it changed my thinking and view of horsemanship” says Bergur.
 
So at 12 years old he got to start showing breeding horses, then a few years went by since breeding judgments were only the years Landsmót and Fjórðungsmót were held. When he was 16 years old in 10th grade he trained seven mares along with school and showed them in the spring. Bergur remembers they were more successful than his school even though they didn’t all score particularly high. They all qualified for Fjórðungsmót no surprise there they were no average mares. These are all mares that have put a mark on the history of the Breeding at Ketilsstaðir. There was Ör, mother of Hugmynd, Fála mother of Máni, Snekkja mother of Vakning and Ljómslöpp and Kengála grandmother of Framtíð.
 
There his direction was formed. He didn’t continue school and the next winter he started training and breaking in horses and has done only that ever since. At first Bergur trained for others but in the fall of 1979 a stable was built at Ketilsstaðir and he trained from there in the winter of 1980. That summer a Fjórðungsmót was held and it was the first big competition for Bergur. He showed many breeding horses and Gæðingars. He showed the highest five-year-old mare, highest stallion and the third place four-year-old mare. He also had horses in finals in A- and B-Class.
 
The winter after that he went to train for Sigurður Haraldsson in Kirkjubær and the winter after that in Skagafjörður  for the Breeding association. The work was mainly to train offspring of Júpiter frá Reykjum and Óðinn frá Sauðárkróki. He trained the young horses for two months and then they were shown. When Bergur suggested and insisted that one of the young horses was not to be shown, “then Sveinn at Sauðárkrókur told me that I could take my sack and someone else would come and show the horses”. There Bergur won the big achievement to show a horse for an even 6.0 for riding ability. With a whip in both hands he managed to get 5.0 for three gaits, Tölt, Pace and Gallop.
 
After the stay in Skagafjörður Bergur worked mainly with horses in the east of Iceland. He ran a Training center and always had one or two helpers. The winter 1984 Bergur took the Young horse exam and in 1986 the Training exam, later in 1992 he took the Riding instructor exam C at the Riding instructors course at Hólaskóli and in December 1998 he took the Riding instructor exam B from FT (trainers association). In 1993 he became a Gæðingakeppni judge and in 1994 he became a National Gæðingakeppni judge. Bergur’s first Lansmót was in 1978 and he has shown horses at every Landsmót  since, though mainly breeding horses but he has also ridden in the finals at 3 Landsmót’s in A-Class.

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