The story of Álfadís
Many remember when Álfadís made her first appearance at the Landsmót National Horse Show 2000 as a four year old and set a new record for ridden abilities in her age group.
I would like to tell you the story of Álfadís and describe her in my own way since I am the only one who knows her story from the very beginning until today. Álfadís showed great potential from day one, her movements as a foal were strikingly graceful and she showed all five gaits. It was therefore immediately clear that this was a five gaited mare, a fact which I never doubted. She showed good clear gaits and chose to trot when relaxed.
We started training her in the middle of January when she was turning four tears old. This was the first time in years that I took in such a young horse for training. I mentioned it to those around me that this was an unusually pormishing horse which we should keep an eye on, not least since there would be a Landsmót that same year. I felt there was something supernatural about her and therefore she was later given the name Álfadís(Fairy), when she had fulfilled her potential.
She was good on the first day of training as if nothing was more natural and she was very easy to train and a quick learner. She was extremely open and lucky enough to be trained by a trainer who was sensitive to this. She allowed her to develop at her own pace and took care not to do too much, which would have been easy given her qualities and offering to serve her rider. Álfadís always stood at the front of her box, observing everything happening around her, eagerly waiting her turn.
The only time I ever saw Álfadís in a bad mood was once when she became lame and was given some time off, resting in her stall. Even thugh she was calm, she stood in the backend of the box, hanging her head. It was obvious that she missed being trained. Apart from her great temperament, willingness and fondness of people, she possesses a great love for performing than any other horse I have ever known. She is quite calm by nature but always seemed to sense when showtime was coming up and would then do whatever she could to make herself look flashy and great. Throughout her first winter as a breeding mare she parted from the group whenever she saw the farmer and followed him in the hope that some fun was about to happen, a change from just standing around in the fields. She can still get quite excited if she feels that something interesting is going on and then she will show off.
Of all her qualities, her great will and good temperament are her best assets and I can not imagine that better in any horse. I also know that more and more people will realize what I am talking about as well as those who get to know her descendants because her temperament will appear from time to time in them as history has already proven.
Then one will no longer need to joke around and say "do you belive in fairytales", as many tended to do when the trainer of one of her sons could not stop praising him. I for one certainly belive in fairytales!
Pedigree IS1996287660 Álfadís frá Selfossi
|F||IS1979125040 - Adam frá Meðalfelli||
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|FF||IS1968157460 - Hrafn frá Holtsmúla|
|FM||IS1971286470 - Vordís frá Sandhólaferju|
|M||IS1990236512 - Grýla frá Stangarholti|
|MF||IS1981187020 - Kolfinnur frá Kjarnholtum I|
|MM||IS1970238760 - Spurning frá Kleifum|
Highest judgement: At Landsmót in Víðidalur - 2000
Measurements: 136 135 63 140 27 16,5
|Main and tail||7.5|
|Slow tempo tolt||9.0|
|IS1994158700 - Keilir frá Miðsitju|
|IS2002187662 - Álfur frá Selfossi||IS1986186055 - Orri frá Þúfu|
|IS2003287660 - Sóldís frá Selfossi||IS1996135467 - Flygill frá Vestri-Leirárgörðum|
|IS2004187660 - Gandálfur frá Selfossi||IS1988165895 - Gustur frá Hóli|
|IS2005287660 - Heilladís frá Selfossi||IS1995186691 - Suðri frá Holtsmúla 1|
|IS2006187660 - Alvar frá Syðri-Gegnishólum||IS2001187015 - Dalvar frá Auðsholtshjáleigu|
|IS2007187660 - Álffinnur frá Syðri-Gegnishólum||IS1986186055 - Orri frá Þúfu|
|IS2008287660 - Álfhildur frá Syðri-Gegnishólum||IS1986186055 - Orri frá Þúfu|
|IS2009187660 - Álfarinn frá Syðri-Gegnishólum||IS1994158700 - Keilir frá Miðsitju|
|IS2010287660 - Álfastjarna frá Syðri-Gegnishólum||IS2003184557 - Dugur frá Þúfu|
|IS2011187660 - Álfgrímur frá Syðri Gegnishólum||IS1986186055 - Orri frá Þúfu|
|IS2012287660 - Huldumær frá Syðri Gegnishólum||IS1997186183 - Sær frá Bakkakoti|
|IS2013187660 - Nn frá Syðri-Gegnishólum||IS1998187002 - Stáli frá Kjarri|
|IS2014187660 - Nn frá Syðri-Gegnishólum||IS2007158510 - Lord frá Vatnsleysu|
|IS2015187660 - Nn frá Syðri-Gegnishólum||
IS2015187660 - Arion frá Eystra Fróðholti