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Horse Naming Committee Allows Previously Banned Name

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Horse Naming Committee Allows Previously Banned Name

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A month ago we reported on the newly established Icelandic Horse Naming Committee, that prohibited the name "Mósan" for a three-year-old Icelandic horse. Late on Monday evening, Guðrún Hrafnsdóttir, owner of Mósan, received a phone call telling her that WorldFeng's rules had been reviewed and that names with an article are now allowed.

"They called me and told me that all Icelandic names will be allowed, even though they contain an article. They're going to be strict against foreign names and some will have to be reviewed by the committee, but they will allow names with an article now," Guðrún told Vísir. Mósan was originally prohibited due to it containing an article.

The committee, which consists of two people, decides which horse names are suitable for the WorldFeng database by using Icelandic grammar rules and names traditions as a reference. Only purebred horses may apply. WorldFeng project manager Jón Baldur Lorange originally explained that the committee was put in place as a "necessary evil".

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