Rider and instructor at the University of Hólar, Þórarinn Eymundsson, world cup champion in 2007 and 2009, said in an interview with eidfaxi.is that he was very content with the results of the Icelandic team at the World Championships for Icelandic Horses in Berlin, but not with the facilities for participants and horses.
The Icelandic team. Photo: Dagmar Trodler.
Expectations had been high after the extensive marketing before the event, but many things could have been organized better, Þórarinn opined. As an example he mentioned that riders had been critical of catering and information distribution.
Þórarinn commented on the quality of the pace track, which, as an experienced pace-rider, he tried out himself. “It was something I hadn’t seen in a long time,” he said.
The track had been full of holes, Þórarinn maintained, which had proven problematic for the young breeding horses. At least one competition horse stumbled and suffered injuries on the track.
He is also of the opinion that the judges had not efficiently used the option of giving plus and minus scores to indicate good or bad riding.
Agnar Snorri Stefánsson, who presented a breeding horse for Sweden at the world cup, said in an interview with eidfaxi.is that the horses were kept too close to the venue and were thus not able to rest properly due to the noise.
The condition of the pace track where the breeding horses were shown was poor, Agnar stated. However, the quality of the oval track was very satisfying, he added.
Dagmar Trodler reports for Iceland Review from Berlin.