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12-18-06 - Will and Ásta Covert


Hamar from Dalalif
(S. Hrafn fra Gardabae - D. Rak fra Akureyri)

11-23-06 - Will and Ásta Covert


Asta and Thor fra Prestsbakka in flying pace

11-21-06 - Ásta Covert

Atli teaching Lorrie and Gaefa on the track.

The Atli clinic was last weekend. It was a great success and everyone walked away feeling like they learned something. Atli had a demonstration both days right before lunch that were really informative. Sunday the participants all got individual sessions with Atli and that turned out to be very popular with the riders. Overall a great event and we can't wait for the next one in the spring. Check the photos from the clinic at the CIA website.

Atli teaching Anne-Marie and Huni.

11-13-06 - Ásta Covert

The yearly BLUP breeding prediction has been updated in WorldFengur. Hrafn has a total of 118 and is currently the highest of the Stallions located in US in WorldFengur and Thor is also in the top 10 with a total of 114. Click here to see a report of top 10 it is a PDF file.

Hrafn in in Slow Tölt - Rider Atli Guðmundsson
(Photo taken from a video)


11-11-06 - Ásta Covert

The new Icelandic Eiðfaxi came out in Late October and there is an article about the September show held at David and Heidi's Hobby Horse Ranch here in the Valley. Matti came and took some photos and submitted them to Eiðfaxi and they published them. It should be in the next issue of Eiðfaxi International.

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10-19-06 - Ásta Covert

We bred 3 of our own mares here in Santa Ynez and they are all confirmed pregnant. So we are expecting 3 foals next year.
Fjalladis vom Wiesenhof and Perla fra Rauduskridu were bred to Thor fra Prestsbakka and Rak fra Akureyri was bred to Stigandi fra Leysingjastodum via AI.

Fjalladis in Tolt at the Evaluations in Idaho - Rider Atli Gudmundsson
(photo taken from a video)

The mares in Iceland were bred too. Gola fra Hofdabrekku was bred to the 5 year-old Landsmot winner Vilmundur fra Feti, Fjodur fra Asi was bred to and confirmed pregnant by Hrodur fra Refsstodum who received first prize for offspring at Landsmot this summer and Oskin fra Feti (S. Orri fra Thufu - D. Gola fra Hofdabrekku) was bred and confirmed pregnant by Kraftur fra Bringu the Icelandic Champion in Tolt and 5-gait 2006.

10-09-06 - Ásta Covert

We are back....

The show at David and Heidi's was a success like always. They always do a great job organizing and making sure everyone has a great time. Will took the judges seminar taught by Marlise Grimm and passed, he also got a special letter from Marlise to allow him to attend the FEIF judges seminar and take the National exam. Anne-Marie and I took first and second in Tolt and Heidi was third so that was fun for the three of us and in 4 gait I took first and Anne-Marie and Heidi tied for third. Steinar was second. Anne-Marie was alone in T2 on Huni so she rode for herself to improve and gain experience. Lorrie also did her personal best with Gaefa in 5 gait and that was fun to watch. Steve and Andrea Barber flew in from NY and it is always nice to see people from other parts of the country with the same interest. Steve rode 3 of David and Heidi's horses in the show and Andrea took the judges exam and passed! To see the results from the show go to www.icelandics.org/showresults/pdf/ca0906.pdf

Fjalladis in Pace at the Idaho show Rider Atli Gudmundsson

The Monday after the show we packed up and left for Idaho with 4 horses. We drove 6 hours the first day and 14 the second day and arrived at Rocking R Ranch in Middleton, ID around midnight Tuesday. We picked Atli up at the Airport in Reno on the way since he missed his flight from Minneapolis to LAX Sunday night. The horses came off the trailer in better shape than us humans. The weather was beautiful the whole time we were there. Fjalladis and Thor were highest in their age classes and both received over 8 for talent and overall. Tjaldur also received 8 for talent as a fourgaiter. Rich Porter and his family and staff did a fantastic job hosting the show at his beautiful ranch in Idaho. And of course the Cascade Club did a great job organizing and the program was very well done. Go to Worldfengur.com to see the results.

We are glad to be back home in Santa Ynez. Now the next event is not until November when Atli comes and teaches a clinic here in Santa Ynez.

Thor in Tolt in Idaho - Rider Atli Gudmundsson

Both the photos are from a video so that is the reason the quality is not as good. We are hoping to get some photos from the event and also from the SY Open show.


09-18-06 - Ásta Covert

Photo by Matthias Ingimarsson/Brooks Institute photography

Now everything is getting ready for this weekend Santa Ynez Open at David and Heidi's place Hobby Horse Ranch here in Santa Ynez. And on Tuesday after the show we will head to Idaho for the Cascade Breeding Evaluations. So the next couple of weeks are going to be eventful to say the least. Atli will be flying in on Saturday night and driving with us to Idaho.

If you are planning to come to David and Heidi's show make sure to sign up on their website at www.hobhorse.com/entryform.htm.

08-25-06 - Ásta Covert

Bjartur from Flying C Ranch
S. Thor fra Prestsbakka D. Perla fra Rauduskridu

Bjartur is doing well in Canada. Kathy e-mailed us some photos of him and he looks a lot like his father.
You can watch him on their website www.bonaventurefarms.net

07-31-06 - Ásta Covert

Hrafn's son Ylur frá Akranesi won the Open Four-gait with a score over 7 at a Large open competition last weekend.

Ylur frá Akranesi and Sigurður Sigurðarson (photo from WorldFengur)

1. Sigurður Sigurðarson Ylur frá Akranesi 7.37
2. Ragnheiður Þorvaldsdóttir Hrafnagaldur frá Hvítárholti 7.10
3. Páll Bragi Hólmarsson Ófelía frá Austurkoti 7.03
4. Sölvi Sigurðarson Prins frá Ytri-Bægisá 2 6.83
5. Viggó Sigursteinsson Váli frá Vestmannaeyjum 6.67

07-20-06 - Ásta Covert

Atli and Tenor at the Icelandic Championships where they won the five-gait combination
photo by Hestafréttir

Tenor and Atli are going to compete for Iceland at the Nordic Championships held in Herning, Denmark, July 24th- 30th. They are heading to Denmark tomorrow. They competed at the Icelandic Championships last weekend where they were in the top 5 in both T2 and Pace Test and top 10 in Five-Gait. They won the Icelandic Championships Title for the Master Five-Gait combination the second year in a row.

Dynjandi and Atli were 4th Master Level at the Icelandic Championships in Four-gait and Eldur fra Holi and Bjarni were 6th. Bjarni rode Eldur also in Open T2 for the first time and they were 3rd in the open class.

Here are some of the results from the Icelandic Championships..

Four-Gait Master Level
1. Olil Amble / Suðri frá Holtsmúla 1 8,10
2. Viðar Ingólfsson / Stemma frá Holtsmúla 1 7,43
3. Sigursteinn Sumarliðason / Vatnar frá Vatnsholti 7,40
4. Atli Guðmundsson / Dynjandi frá Dalvík 7,33
5. Baldvin Ari Guðlaugsson / Örn frá Grímshúsum 7,00
6. Bjarni Sigurðsson / Eldur frá Hóli 6,93

T2 Master
1. Reynir Örn Pálmason / Baldvin frá Stangarholti 7,63
2. Maríanna Gunnarsdóttir / Hylur frá Stóra-Hofi 7,25
3. Viðar Ingólfsson / Gammur frá Skíðbakka 3 6,88
4. Atli Guðmundsson / Tenor frá Ytri-Skógum 6,50
5. Theodór Ómarsson / Strákur frá Bólstað 6,21

T2 Open
1. Mette Mannseth / Kylja frá Stangarholti 7,63
2. Sigríður Pjetursdóttir / Frosti frá Ey I 7,25
3. Bjarni Sigurðsson / Eldur frá Hóli 7,08
4. Ísólfur Líndal Þórisson / Gola frá Brimilsvöllum 6,17
5. Helgi L. Sigmarsson / Börkur frá Bakkakoti 5,92

Five Gait Master Level
1. Þórarinn Eymundsson / Kraftur frá Bringu 7,98
2. Stefán Friðgeirsson / Dagur frá Strandarhöfði 7,76
3. Sigurbjörn Bárðarson / Stakkur frá Halldórsstöðum 7,48
4. Mette Mannseth / Kylja frá Stangarholti 7,45
5. Elsa Magnúsdóttir / Þytur frá Kálfhóli 2 7,05
6. Viðar Ingólfsson / Riddari frá Krossi 6,07 / 7,00 Won B-Finals
7-8 Haukur Baldvinsson / Falur frá Þingeyrum 6,83
7-8 Reynir Örn Pálmason / Baldvin frá Stangarholti 6,83
9-10 Atli Guðmundsson / Tenor frá Ytri-Skógum 6,81
9-10 Sigurður Sigurðarson / Skugga-Baldur frá Litla-Dal 6,81

Pace Test Master Level
1 Einar Öder Magnússon, Davíð frá Sveinatungu 7,63
2 Sigurður Sigurðarson, Drífa frá Hafsteinsstöðum 7,50
3-5 Viðar Ingólfsson, Gammur frá Skíðbakka 3 7,25
3-5 Mette Mannseth, Kylja frá Stangarholti 7,25
3-5 Atli Guðmundsson, Tenor frá Ytri-Skógum 7,25

07-07-06 - Ásta Covert

The advertisement for the Championships
(click on for enlargement)

We are leaving for Iceland next Wednesday to go and watch the Icelandic Championships held by the club Gustur in Kópavogur (Reykjavík area). We will go and hopefully see the two new foals that Gola and Fjöður had in Iceland this summer at the Farm FET. Fjöður had a bay filly by Víðir frá Prestsbakka (daugter of Þór's sister Gleði frá Prestsbakka and Keilir frá Miðsitju) and Gola had a bay colt by Skrúður frá Litla-Landi only 2 days ago.

06-19-06 - Ásta Covert

Atli riding Ófeigur frá Þorláksstöðum

Atli just confirmed that he is coming to Flying C to teach a clinic November 18th and 19th, 2006 Private lessons available Friday November 17th. Atli has been coming to Flying C to teach since 1998. His clinics are always full so be sure to reserve your spot in time. For more information e-mail us at asta@tolt.net or call us at 805-688-1393.

06-12-06 - Ásta Covert

Atli and Tenor in Pace at the Master competition where they won pace test - photo by Hestafréttir

Anne-Marie's horses Dynjandi fra Dalvik and Tenor fra Ytri-Skogum are both going to Landsmot for the Club Sorli. Atli will ride Dynjandi in B-Class (four-gait) and Tenor in A-Class (five-gait). Atli has other horses qulified for Landsmot as well both as Breeding horses and in the competition.

06-04-06 - Ásta Covert

Photo by Matthias Ingimarsson/Brooks Institute photography

More photos from the CIA Open. simnet.is/uno contact Matthias Ingimarsson at mai@centrum.is for more info on how to purchase.

06-01-06 - Ásta Covert

Our mare Perla had her baby this morning.

Perla frá Rauðuskriðu and her new born filly

We have been hoping for a filly, since she had 3 colts in a row, we thought it was time and she came through with a chestnut filly. Her sire is Hrafn fra Gardabae. We have named her Sif - The god Thor's wife in the mythology: her hair was made of gold

05-29-06 - Ásta Covert

Eldur frá Hóli and Bjarni Sigurðsson

My Dad Bjarni took my gelding Eldur to an open World Ranking competition in Iceland last weekend and they won Tolt and Four-gait. They scored 6.73 in the Four-gait final and 7.44 in the Tolt final.

05-25-06 - Ásta Covert

Rak had a little colt May 23rd. His sire is Hrafn fra Gardabae.

05-22-06 - Ásta Covert

The CIA Open was held at Hobby Horse Ranch this past weekend. We took 9 horses from Flying C and had a great success. Einar Ragnarsson flew in from Iceland to judge and David and Heidi did a fantastic job at organizing and hosting the show!

Anne-Marie and Blaer - photo by Willy Ma

- Anne-Marie won Open 4 gait on Blaer fra Sigluvik with a total score of 7.40 she also won Tolt 2 on Huni fra Torfunesi with a total score of 7.75 and placed second on Blaer in Open Tolt with a score of 7.50!
- I rode Hrafn fra Gardabae and Thor fra Litlu-Sandvik in 4 gait. Thor had the highest score in the preliminary with 6.80 and Hrafn was 5th with 6.10 so I decided to take Hrafn to improve my scores and learn. I placed 4th with a score of 6.70. I was second after in Tolt 2 on Dreyri fra Saurbae with a 6.25. In the Open Tolt I was first place in the preliminary with a score of 7.33 and I scored the same in the finals and ended in 3rd place.
- Will dusted off his saddle and rode Tjaldur vom Lindenhof in the Open Tolt. After being tied with Anne-Marie and Heidi Kline in the preliminary with 6.70 he rode Tjaldur to victory with a score of 8.0 overall!! He received 8.0 for Slow Tolt, Speed changes and Fast Tolt.
- Linda won Novice 4 gait on her horse Hrolfur fra Hafrafellstungu 2 with a total score of 6.00!
- Lorrie, Lucy, Cait, Nikki, Heidi and David all did a great job too riding their horses.
- Einar chose one rider in each division as the rider of the show in each division. Lucy was the chosen rider in Youth, Willy Ma was the rider in the Novice/Amateur and Anne-Marie was the rider of the show in Open.
The complete results are posted on the USIHC website. www.icelandics.org/showresults/pdf/ca0506.pdf

Linda and Hrolfur - photo by Willy Ma

We all want to thank Atli for his help and support!

Click here to see more photos from Willy Ma.

05-14-06 - Ásta Covert

Atli Won the open Four-Gait on Dynjandi at the Reykjavik Championships and Hrafn's son Ylur was second.

Here are the final results from the Four-Gait finals.

1 Atli Guðmundsson / Dynjandi frá Dalvík 7,50
2 Sigurður Sigurðarson / Ylur frá Akranesi 7,30
3 Ísleifur Jónasson / Gná frá Ytri-Skógum 7,20
4 Hulda Gústafsdóttir / Tónn frá Hala 7,00
5 Edda Rún Ragnarsdóttir / Segull frá Akrakoti 7,00
6 Helle Laks / Leó frá Dallandi 6,97
7 Sævar Örn Sigurvinsson / Þota frá Efra-Seli 6,77

05-12-06 - Ásta Covert

Reykjavik Championships are now in Iceland.

The Fourgait preliminary were held last night and Anne-Marie's horse Dynjandi frá Dalvík is first place in the open class with Atli Gudmundsson. They scored 7.03. Hrafn fra Gardabae had a son Ylur fra Akranesi placing 3rd also in the open class scoring 6.93 rider is Sigurdur Sigurdarson. 38 horses and riders were signed up in The open Fourgait. Finals are on Sunday.

Ylur frá Akranesi and Sigurður Sigurðarson (photo from WorldFengur)

05-11-06 - Ásta Covert

Waiting for the babies to be born...

Rák frá Akureyri enjoying the grass

Rak and Perla are due in the end of the month and beginning of June. They are getting bigger every day and we can't wait to see the babies when they are born. They were both bred to our stallion Hrafn fra Gardabae. We will keep you posted as soon as they are born.

05-07-06 - Ásta Covert

We just got an e-mail from Bjartur's new owners. He arrived safe May 4th and they sent us a picture of him settling in. You can watch him on their website www.angelfire.com/super2/bonaventurefarms

Bjartur running around at his new home.

05-05-06 - Will and Ásta Covert

Atli won the Master competition in Iceland!

The Master competition has been going on in Iceland all winter and Atli paricipated. They competed every two weeks in different diciplines. Starting with Fourgait February 23rd, Tolt, speed pace and trail class in March, Freestyle dressage and five gait in April and ending in May with Pace test and 150 m pace.

He needed to win or place second in the last event in 150 m pace to win the total and he placed second on Snudur fra Husanesi and beat Sigurdur Sigurdarson by one point and the titil "The Master of the Masters!"

The final results are here....
1. Atli Guðmundsson 44 stig.
2. Sigurður Sigurðarson 43 stig.
3. Þorvaldur Árni Þorvaldsson 39 stig
4. Sigurbjörn Bárðarson 34 stig
5. Ísleifur Jónsson 28 stig
6. Viðar Ingólfsson 26 stig
7. Jóhann G. Jóhannesson 18 stig
8. Hinrik Bragason 12 stig
9. Hulda Gústafsdóttir 12 stig
10. Sigurður V. Matthíasson 10 stig
11. Sigríður Pjetursdóttir 9 stig
12. Páll Bragi Hólmarsson 7 stig
13. Sævar Örn Sigurvinsson 7 stig
14. Valdimar Bergstað 7 stig
15. Fjölnir Þorgeirsson 6 stig
16. Berglind Ragnarsdóttir 4 stig
17. Sigurður Sæmundsson 3 stig
18. Sigurður Straumfjörð Pálsson 3 stig

Atli and Eva with Snudur fra Husanesi after the results (photo from Eidfaxi.is)

05-02-06 - Will and Ásta Covert

The Atli clinic was a great success. Everyone left happy and feeling like they learned a lot. Atli will be back in the fall. We will post the dates on our event page and the CIA website as soon as the dates are finalized.

Atli working with Lorrie and Gaefa

04-26-06 - Ásta Covert

Bjartur left for his new owners in Canada last night. It was sad seeing the little guy leave but he was so good loading into the trailer. He followed Buffalo Bill (the mini) right in the trailer where the hauler had a stall ready for him with bedding and food. I look forward hearing from his new owners once he has arrived at his new home at Bonaventure Farms, Ontario, Canada.

Bjartur 2 days before he left...

04-11-06 - Ásta Covert

Just got back from Iceland after 4 days there. I rode in the annual Women's Tolt and borrowed Anne-Marie's gelding Dynjandi frá Dalvík and after riding him twice I rode him in the open class and we ended in 6th place out of 26 pro women. Pretty happy with that. My mom rode my horse Eldur frá Hóli and was 4th in her class out of 40 women. There was a total of 120 women signed up in 4 different levels. This is one of the most popular open competition in the spring in Iceland and always fun to participate.

Here is a photo of Dynjandi and me in Slow tolt in the finals.

Here is my Mom and Eldur. This is from last year's women's tolt

03-27-06 - Will and Ásta Covert
Now the annual meeting is over and we are back from Dallas. It was a good meeting. It was also really nice to see so many people there and some we hadn't met yet so that was really nice.
03-08-06 - Ásta Covert

The show was really good. Anne-Marie did really well she was second in the Open Tolt and Four-Gait finals on Blaer as well as winning Tolt 2 on Huni. I took Thor and we won all the classes we entered. We were really happy with the weekend in Burbank and we are looking forward to the next show.

Here is a photo of Anne-Marie and I after the Tolt 1 Final where we took first and second.

02-27-06 - Will and Ásta Covert
The show season is starting this weekend. We are only taking one horse to the show and Anne-Marie is taking two. So there are three horses going from here.
02-23-06 - Will and Ásta Covert

The season starts in Iceland. Atli showed Anne-Marie's new gelding Dynjandi frá Dalvík in fourgait at the master's competition and was 4th place. Dynjandi is getting a lot of positive feedback from the Icelandic Horse Press.

Here is Atli and Dynjandi in Fast Tolt!

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