Léttleiki Spring Sanctioned Competition

May 30th – 31st

All photos by Shaila Ann Sigsgaard

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This spring we held our very first Spring Sanctioned Show here at Léttleiki Icelandics. Although most of the horses and riders were from KY we had attendees from Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Virginia, & Maine that showed incredible dedication driving such long distances to participate. All total we had 36 horse-rider combinations in the show.

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Four gait V1 was won by Terral Hill on the stallion Veigar frá Lækjamóti but it was an exciting finals as there were only 0.3 points between him and the runner up Coralie Denmeade on Viður frá Lækjamóti. Veigar and Terral went on to win T1 finals as well followed closely by Carrie and Shaila on second prize mares Brá frá Fellskoti and Ögrun frá Grafarkoti. Carrie Brandt and Svali frá Tjörn won the T2 finals showing not a single correction during the loose rein section of the test and receiving a total score of 6.8. The gelding Máni frá Eskiholti II had many memorable performances at this show winning both 100m pace race and pace test with Martin Nielsen and then also F2 intermediate five gait with Shaila Ann Sigsgaard. Young ride Alicia Flannigan impressed everyone by riding against the adults and exhibiting beautiful horsemanship with the mare Salvör frá Grafarkoti. Other memorable performances were Ellie Pittman receiving 6.5´s in Youth Tölt on Ögrun frá Grafarkoti and Tammy Martin winning both intermediate four gait and tölt on her beautiful gelding Kvintett.   Highlights of the show also included Martin Nielsen winning Green Horse Four Gait on Svás fra Raunbjerggards from his own breeding and everyone rising for the Danish national anthem. Kydee Scheetz also had several harmonious performances with horses from her own breeding program. Ellie Pittman and Rós from Helms Hill won the Beer Tölt due to extra style points for being the only rider to show beer pace! The most exciting class of the show was F1 Five Gait where Terral Hill on Sporður frá Bergi and Carrie Brandt on Svali frá Tjörn gave exciting performances demonstrating six powerful but harmonious pace sprints. For the first time Terral beat Carrie in finals!

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Here at Léttleiki one of our goals is to promote good horsemanship in competitions and therefore the judges gave out featherlight riding awards at the end of the competition. The youth award went to Alicia Flanigan, the adult amateur went to Martin Nielsen, and Carrie Brandt won the professional featherlight riding award.

The weekend was filled with learning, competition, and Icelandic horse fun. The thing that never ceases to amaze us is the joy these incredible horses bring us, and what a blast we have sharing that joy with other horse owners at a show. A big thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, and riders (especially the ones who drove such incredible distances) for making the show possible.

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