When those who are breeding horses are choosing horses to breed from, it is important to look into their backgrounds just as well as checking out their achievements at shows. For the entertainment and enjoyment of our readers, Eiðfaxi did a little background check of the horses presented at the show in Skagafjörður last weekend.
In the class of six year old mares, which we are looking into now, the mare who ended in the top seat has a rather interesting name; Kelling frá Varmalæk.
Kelling is the offspring of Illingur frá Tóftum who recently was exported abroad. Illingur was presented when he was four years old at the LM 2002 receiving a score of 8.36, but his highest assessment he received in 2009 when Illingur received no less than a total score of 8.73 and for capacity a score of 8.88. Illingur is the offspring of Númi frá Þóroddstöðum who is the offspring of Glíma frá Laugarvatni one of the prime breeding mares of Bjarni at Þoroddsstaðir and Svartur frá Unalæk remembered by many as a great pacer and one of few horses who have received a score of 10.0 for pace.
Illingur´s mother lineage is Hrísla frá Laugarvatni who was a great daughter of Gáski and one of the main breeding mares of the farmer Bjarkar at Tóftir.
The mother of Kelling is the 1st prize mare Kengála frá Varmalæk. Kengála arrived for assessment in the year 1997, then receiving a total score of 8.09. Kengála is the mother of other renowned offspring, because the stallion Hófur frá Varmalæk who was presented at the LM 2008 is also the offspring of Kengála. The sire of Kengála is the well known stallion Mökkur frá Varmalæk who has been in Svíþjóð for many years and very likely one of the greatest Icelandic breeding horses. Within the bloodline of Mökkur are horses from Sauðárkrókur because he is the offspring of Kolbrúnu frá Sauðarkróki, daughter of Hrafn frá Holtsmúla and the daughter of Hrafnhetta frá Sauðárkróki baught by the farmers at Varmalækur from Sveinn Guðmundsson and was from that time a breeding mare at Varmalækur.
The mare who ended in second place in the class of six year old mares is Þokka frá Hólum. When the mares from Hólar are mentioned, many are curious to find out whether the old mare Þrá frá Hólum is anywhere in the background.
This is the case with Þokka, because she is the offspring of Þrenna frá Hólum who many consider one of the best horse ever coming from Hólar. Þrenna was the offspring of Feykir frá Hafsteinsstöðum and the beforementioned Þrá. Þrenna was presented when she was five years old at the LM 1990 where she received a total score of 8.46 and a score of 8.54 for capacity. Þrenna received a score of 9.5 for neck, shoulders and bow which is a rare and desirable score.
Þrá frá Hólum was one of the horses which might be called horse marking a turningpoint. At the age of four, she was assessed at the LM 1982 and her qualities came so naturally that she appeared as a fully mature gæðingur, in spite of her young age. She received as a total score 8.48, a score of 8.45 for capacity and for conformation a score of 8.50, for neck, shoulders and bow she received a score of 9.5 just like her daughter Þrenna received later on. Þrá was an offspring from the honor award winning horse Þáttur frá Kirkjubæ and Þernu frá Kolkuósi. The sire of Þokka is the known stallion Aron frá Strandarhöfði who is among others disussed in the newest edition of Eiðfaxi, which has recently been distributed among subscibers.
In thid place in this category is a mare called Kolka frá Hóli v/Dalvík. A few years ago the farm name Hóll við Dalvík was well known among horse people. From this farm came leading horses of that time which were the offspring of the mare Blesa frá Möðrufelli. Other horses could be mentioned, such as the stallions Sólon and Sókron as well as the mares Söga and Sunna, all from the farm Hóll by Dalvík.
Kolka is the offspring of Sif frá Hóli who again is the offspring of the Blesa from Möðrufelli. The sire of Sif is Kolgrímur frá Kjarnholtum so this is where these bloodlines mingle into the blood from Magnús in Kjarnholt into the lineage of Kolka. Kolka´s sire is the known gæðingur Rökkvi frá Hárlaugsstöðum who is a highly assessed breeding horse, as well as a horse with a fantastic track record as a competition horse woth in B-class as well as tölt.
Although doing background survey like this on breeding horses is a great necessity to horse breeders, when it comes to breeding horses, it can be expected that the mares which prove successful at shows today will become the mothers of stallions in the future.
It is both entertaining and useful to have an idea about their background when we see stallions in the coming years, as offspring from the leading mares at the shows of today.
Following is the assessment of these three mares:
Einstaklingssýndar hryssur 6 vetra
IS2004257811 Kelling frá Varmalæk
Litur: 6420 Bleikur/fífil- stjörnótt
Ræktandi: Björn Sveinsson
Eigandi: Björn Sveinsson
F.: IS1998187280 Illingur frá Tóftum
Ff.: IS1993188802 Númi frá Þóroddsstöðum
Fm.: IS1983287003 Hrísla frá Laugarvatni
M.: IS1990257801 Kengála frá Varmalæk
Mf.: IS1985157400 Mökkur frá Varmalæk
Mm.: IS1978266245 Þruma frá Rangá
Mál (cm): 144 - 139 - 66 - 148 - 28,5 - 18,0
Hófa mál: V.fr.: 9,3 - V.a.: 8,2
Sköpulag: 8,5 - 8,5 - 7,5 - 8,5 - 8,5 - 7,5 - 9,0 - 7,5 = 8,39
Hæfileikar: 8,5 - 8,0 - 7,0 - 8,5 - 8,5 - 8,5 - 7,5 = 8,12
Hægt tölt: 8,0 Hægt stökk: 8,5
Sýnandi: Björn Sveinsson
IS2004258300 Þokka frá Hólum
Litur: 1550 Rauður/milli- blesótt
F.: IS1998184713 Aron frá Strandarhöfði
Ff.: IS1989165520 Óður frá Brún
Fm.: IS1992287057 Yrsa frá Skjálg
M.: IS1985257801 Þrenna frá Hólum
Mf.: IS1977157350 Feykir frá Hafsteinsstöðum
Mm.: IS1978258301 Þrá frá Hólum
Mál (cm): 139 - 137 - 65 - 145 - 28,0 - 18,0
Hófa mál: V.fr.: 9,4 - V.a.: 7,6
Sköpulag: 8,5 - 8,0 - 8,5 - 8,0 - 8,0 - 7,5 - 8,5 - 7,0 = 8,08
Hæfileikar: 8,0 - 8,5 - 8,5 - 8,0 - 8,5 - 8,0 - 8,5 = 8,25
Hægt tölt: 8,5 Hægt stökk: 8,0
Sýnandi: Þórarinn Eymundsson
IS2004265020 Kolka frá Hóli v/Dalvík
Litur: 2500 Brúnn/milli- einlitt
Ræktandi: Þorleifur Kristinn Karlsson
Eigandi: Mette Camilla Moe Mannseth
F.: IS1997186541 Rökkvi frá Hárlaugsstöðum
Ff.: IS1982151001 Otur frá Sauðárkróki
Fm.: IS1982286412 Snegla frá Hala
M.: IS1993265020 Sif frá Hóli v/Dalvík
Mf.: IS1983187009 Kolgrímur frá Kjarnholtum I
Mm.: IS1974265640 Blesa frá Möðrufelli
Mál (cm): 143 - 138 - 67 - 148 - 28,5 - 18,0
Hófa mál: V.fr.: 8,6 - V.a.: 8,5
Sköpulag: 8,0 - 9,0 - 8,0 - 8,5 - 7,0 - 6,5 - 8,0 - 6,5 = 8,03
Hæfileikar: 8,0 - 8,0 - 8,0 - 8,0 - 8,0 - 8,5 - 8,0 = 8,08
Hægt tölt: 8,0 Hægt stökk: 7,5
Sýnandi: Mette Camilla Moe Mannseth