fra Saudarkrokur was back in
the news this summer as his offspring have come of age. They are doing extremely well as a group in this
year’s breeding shows in
I am an average rider and I was there very much on visitor terms. I went to work everyday with Baddi and helped as I could but mostly I was just his shadow. Before going I had read enough about Icelandic Godi viking type chieftains from the Eydjafordur to know to not get in their way. I was just lucky to be along.
Always strong in my mind then was the old Saga of Hrafnkels. Hrafnkell was a devotee of Freyr who owned one treasured possession, a dun stallion that he loved so much. Maybe too much. He gave to Freyr, as an act of offering, one half share in the horse and swore an oath that he would kill anyone who rode the stallion without his permission. This was a strong devotion not to mess with.
In the innocent work of the farm a Shepard one day did take the stallion after a group of lost sheep in the mountains up to the head of Eyjafordur. The Shepard boy rode the horse hard all day and when he came back the horse bolted down the valley and presented itself directly to Hrafnkell neighing loudly at the door. Hrafnkell went outside, and when he saw his stallion he said to him, “ It grieves me how you have been treated, my fosterling. You had your wits about you when you came to me, and this shall be avenged. Go back to your herd.” The stallion left immediately and went up the valley to his mares.
Hrafnkell slept soundly that night. The next morning he put on blue clothing and rode up the valley to the shieling where the Sheppard boy was tending the sheep. On arriving, Hrafnkell dismounted and buried his axe in the boy’s head for such a transgression.
With that in my mind and even another like, Viga-Glums Saga as a back drop, I did not press my luck with these horsemen in Eyjafjordur there. I was not about to get between any viking and their horse! These Saga chieftain men were of Freyr and Freyja. Clearly there is something there in these Northern men to regard. Even today.
In my own experience, we tend a mare named Freyja out of Freyr fra Akureyi who is an extraordinary soul from Eyjafordur. She is a tremendous horse now even at 24 years. Her being is a character not to trifle with. Hers is definitely a manifestation of mother Divine. We care for her a lot and carefully.
At that time I was in
I never rode Galsi the
Icelandic champion 5 gaited horse in Baddi's care
then. However, I did tend the horse a lot while I
Galsi is of Baddi's domain and their
domain is way beyond my own; their clear
characters are a match in talent in a way that I
could not even think of coming to.
Baddi's riding itself is a talent native to
him in a way that few of us will ever have. It is
all-encompassing for him with a clarity of
resoluteness in his mind, heart, hands and body
which is totally there as he rides and works
Having watched him ride and then
having also ridden along side him for the month,
for myself, when it came to witnessing the
competition at Landsmot my opportunity, from
being close at hand for the time I was there in
situation and watch him make the situation
happen under saddle.
Armed with my big telephoto lens,
more than watching the horses, the show for me
was more in watching these riders in their own
presence of mind ride their programs. In
witnessing these programs, it only confirms for me
he culture of horsemanship in
simply awesome to behold and witness!
With Best Regards, Doug Hamilton
The end of my story
about Galsi, is that I did get to ride him on a visit to
He is in the category of divine to be able to ride. This is a pure expression. He is the best riding horse I have ever ridden. Light, responsive and everything right there between your legs and in your hands. In character he really is a horse that the whole family can ride including a championship rider like Baddi or someone like me, an amateur half blind partially handicapped rider. Galsi is what horse breeding is about in Icelandic horses.