How Icelandic horses came to Finland – and to WM2019

In the 1980s Sirpa Brumpton prepared the way of the Icelandic horse to Finland. Now she leads the Finnish team.

Author: Jan Erik Collin

Sirpa Brumpton is a multinational woman with an English surname who grew up in Finland and lives in Sweden. She is also a team leader of the Finnish team. And she is the one who took the initiative in the early 1980s to introduce the Icelandic horse in Finland. Back in the days, Finland prohibited the import of new horse breeds by law. This law was circumvented by calling the breed an “Icelandic pony“. For Sirpa, the Icelandic horse fits the Finnish mentality: it is cool, strong in its character and withstands the cold climate of the country.

Sirpa was appointed Finnish team leader two years ago. Her goal: to put together a strong and competitive team for the WM2019 from a country with limited resources. Now she is here in Berlin with six riders who have come a long way. Some had 40 hours of travel. The Finnish team wants to give their best. They want to resist the stress of a competition of the best riders in the world. And the pressure created by the thousands of spectators. The WM2019 wishes the Finnish team every success!

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Combinations explained

Lisa Drath knows how to add the right tests to win a combination prize in the end.

Author: Theresa Juen

The four- and five-gait combination is fascinating for many. Lisa Drath, one of the most successful German Icelandic horse riders, explains the background of this test and how the combinations are calculated.

„It‘s actually easy,“ - she says, - „in the four gait combination you add up the preliminary scores of your own Tölt test - T1 or T2 - with the score from the Four-Gait competition. The five gait combination is a little bit more difficult to calculate. For this you first add T1 or T2 with the score from the Five Gait competition. In addition there is the score from the Pace test, Speed Pace or Pace Race.“ For the latter two, the result is converted into points with the special software - IceTest. The best Pace result is then included. Whoever has the highest overall score of Tölt and Four Gaits or Tölt, Five Gaits and Pace at the end is the combination winner.

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This is on tomorrow

On Saturday, the 250m (P1) Pace Race and T2 Young Rider World Champion will be crowned. From 2pm, the young rider and adult world champions in the four-gait combination will continue. And the evening will be spectacular: the gala show „More Horsepower“ will begin at 7pm.

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