There was a long road from this
to where we were ready to take Thokki to his first show. Let me explain….
We bred 2 Icelandic horses for our own riding. They had been raised pretty much in the Icelandic tradition: out in our however small herd with minimal human interaction. When Thokki was 4 years old it was time to start him under saddle and Sarah chose Amanda Rossiter who was working with Trish Helmer and Michele Dineen at Shinto Farm, a dressage facility where Sarah had been riding her Lipizanner, Pluto Rosabella, “Rosie”. A far cry from Icelandics! In fact, until we broached the subject, Amanda had never even seen an Icelandic horse.
We knew it would be a two stage approach: starting Thokki with an American and then taking him elsewhere for Icelandic gait training.
This video is of Thokki at 5 and taken to his first dressage competition, a training show at Mistover Farm.
And now it is time for him to learn Icelandic — how to tolt! Here is his first lesson with Gudmar Petursson: