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Icelandics in Australia: Big in Spirit

November 2018 by Anne Crawford

When Birgit Kossmann saw an article in a German horse magazine about an Icelandic Horse stud in early 2011, she was surprised to read that the stud was in Australia. Birgit, who had ridden Icelandic Horses in her hometown Nottuln since she was three years old, had never heard of Icelandic Horses being here. Surely the climate was too hot for them?

Icelandic Horses hail from a country of arctic deserts, icy tundra and lava fields. They were the preferred transport for the Vikings. Celebrated in Europe, the breed is perhaps best known for having an extra gait called a tölt. (See below.)