WEG 2014 in France. The medals have already been awarded – World Equestrian Games in France – an emotional roller-coaster ride. Beautiful landscapes, fabulously beautiful pictures of endurance riders on the beach in front of Mont Saint Michel. I am not sure if I have ever seen anything more beautiful, later the news of catastrophic track conditions and their fatal consequences appeared.
Iceland is at the top of many riders’ and travellers’ bucket lists. The small island state high in the north captivates with breathtaking, almost extreme landscapes and natural highlights – glaciers, volcanoes, geysers – green meadows, rocks and sea, but also with friendly people, numerous horses and a rich creative cultural scene.
Devon Exmoor National Park , wild horses and an impressive coastline. Right after visiting the Badminton Horse Trials my journey continued south after spending one day in Bristol. A great highlight of a trip to Devon is the Exmoor National Park with its free roaming horses and diverse landscapes.
Photo art. Andreas Brenner photographs horses – but it’s not about the kind of idyllic horse photography that decorates many Facebook posts these days, nor is it about photos like a sports report – Andreas Brenner makes art and simply fascinating pictures.
Iceland – Lovely Home is the title of a book with personal stories of German women in Iceland. Not all of them emigrated to Iceland because of love or because of horses. However, the Icelandic horse has a very high status in its homecountry. The horses belong to the Icelandic culture and every traveller to Iceland will encounter them sooner or later.
Manifattura VALOR – that is down-to-earth craftsmanship and captivating design at the same time. Fine equipment for horses on the basis of original materials, environmentally friendly and made to measure. Saddle blankets with artful patterns convey the pleasant feel of fine wool felt. Horse blankets with herringbone pattern made of loden fabric with lovingly worked details made of materials of the highest quality – Manifattura VALOR produces all this and more individually custom-made for each horse.
Inspiration Icelandic horses. It was a remarkable exhibition in 2013 in the Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies Berlin and later in the Kulturhaus in Berlin-Karlshorst on the occasion of the Icelandic World Championships in Berlin. The Nordic Embassies showed the Icelandic horse in the mirror of art and design. The fine and practically inspiring exhibition shows exciting exhibits from various media.
De Hollandsche Manege – a cultural treasure in Amsterdam, is the oldest riding school in the Netherlands. Built in 1882, this special riding stable is still used by riding students. Riding in this special atmosphere, should be an exquisite experience for the riders.