US91101511 / IS91135551 1991-2016
In 2016 we said farewell to Throstur fra Innri-Skeliabrekku, age 25, one of the most influential stallions in the history of the Icelandic horse in the United States. Ever since Petur Jokull Hakonarson and family brought Throstur to Kentucky in 1999 and he thrilled the crowds at Equitana for the first time, Throstur has been an ambassador for the Icelandic horse across America. As Gudmar Petursson says, “ Throstur was one of the greatest horses I have ever known. He was talented of course, but that is not what made him so special. He had an unusual character in that he always did his best and more. He would pace through mud and fire if asked.” His physical endurance and willingness were remarkable. At age 24 he was still thrilling crowds at Breyerfest. He was beautiful to watch, a graceful black stallion pacing through the arena to the cheers of the crowds, competing and earning high scores on the oval track, and doing subtle and precise dressage. He was willing, but always a gentleman.
Perhaps the only horse that ever got a kiss on the nose from Gudmar, Throstur made a name for Gudmar’s business in the United States. “I owe a big part of my success in the U. S . to Throstur. I will miss him and remember him always,” says Gudmar. Throstur helped start the careers of several influential Icelandic horse trainers. He was the first Icelandic horse Carrie Lyons Brandt ever rode at age six, and as she grew older he taught her to pace, as he did Laura Benson.
The son of Kveikur fra Midsitju and Gloa fra Innri-Skeljabrekku, Throstur was evaluated at 8.43 and produced many offspring in the United States. In his retirement at Lettleiki Icelandics he enjoyed spending time each winter with the pregnant mares and loved being out in the pasture or a prominent stall in the barn where he could greet visitors. As Carrie Brandt says, “He had a presence about him that was almost regal, that drew people to him and the Icelandic horse as a breed.” He exemplified the best characteristics of the Icelandic horse, and helped to promote the breed in America.
Throstur was a 14.2 hand, 5-gaited, black stallion, born in 1991. He was a first prize stallion with 8.57 for riding abilities, 8.22 for conformation, and an overall score of 8.43, which made him one of the the highest judged stallions imported to North America from Iceland.
His father, Kveikur frá Miðsitju,was very popular in Iceland for large, flashy offspring with incredible character. Kveikur is a full brother to Krafla frá Sauðárkróki, who is undoubtedly one of the most famous breeding mares in Iceland, with honors for her offspring. Some of the best horses in Iceland are from these bloodlines, and it is hard to find a bad horse among them. They are either good or very good.