As a little girl, I always wanted a pony for Christmas. Santa never brought me a pony. So in my late 40s, I started taking horseback riding lessons. When I turned 50, I got my first horse, an Icelandic named Blessi (Veigar frá Búðardal). Little did I know how much fun life with an Icelandic was going to be. Blessi has a unique perspective on life. I hope you enjoy reading about it as much as I enjoy Blessi. And you will probably read about my cats from time to time.
In March 2016, WorldFengur, the Icelandic horse world
registry, published a report on major trends in the registration of these
horses. Here are some highlights (in my humble opinion).
Subscriptions to WF, currently 19,060 are up by 5% in one
year.Over the past three years, the
greatest number of users is in Germany 5,173 or 27% followed by Iceland at
4,028, Sweden 3,617, Denmark 2,639.Members are up by 11% in Germany and Sweden and down by 40% in
Norway.(US is not mentioned.)
If you are a WF subscriber, you can purchase a service to
view videos from Lansmot this year.WF
is also adding videos from previous Lansmots that you can view for a fee.
Different countries now have different criteria for approval
of stallions for breeding purposes.Iceland allows breeders to choose any stallion they want.Other countries have different criteria.WF continues to discuss if there should be
standardization in this area.
There are 142 registered Icelandic horses in New Zealand.
“Should Icelandic horses always carry Iceland names?
There are various takes on this topic: some studbook associations allow only
Icelandic names, others are more liberal provided the name chosen is not offensive.
In general, most horses get Icelandic names. At a WF meeting in Malmö in 2013,
WF registrars discussed this topic and the outcome was that based on legal
grounds, it is not possible to set stricter rules to the use of Icelandic horse
names only, since this would infringe on the breeders´ freedom of choice.” P. 6Personal note:I sometimes get kidded about misspelling
Blessi’s name (his barn name to me is short for Blessing).When I did a search in WF, I found about 17
or so mares named Pamela and 1 mare in Iceland named Pamela Anderson.
The number of foals born and assessed on a world-wide
basis continues to drop steadily over the past 8 years.In 2008, 16,454 foals were born and 3,119
registered.In 2015 those numbers were
8,164 and 2,155 respectively.
In 2015, 1360 were exported from Iceland, compared
with 1,269 in 2014.Export numbers: Germany—529,
Sweden – 219, Denmark 165,US – 39.