Britain has won four medals at the Mid-European Championships for Icelandic Horses.
Taking place in Germany between 18-21 August, the British team brought home two gold medals, as well as a silver and a bronze.
Icelandic horse sport puts to test the ability of Icelandic horses to display five different gaits. In addition to walk, trot, canter, they also have Tölt and Pace.
Tölt is a four-beat footfall, displayed at varying tempo. Pace is a two-beat lateral movement and only displayed at racing speed.
All of these gaits are used in competition at different levels and some elements of competition combine the display of all gaits in one test.
In competition, there are a variety of tests available: Tölt only (judged at varying tempo), five gait (showing all five gaits), four gait (all except pace) and racing pace over variable distances. The Tölt and gait classes are judged on a 250m oval track and pace classes are judged on a straight track in distances from 100m to 250m.
Britain’s Charlotte Cook was successful on the pace track, winning two gold medals and a silver. Mike Adams, won a bronze medal from the pace track
Speaking after his performance, Mike Adams said: “Icelandic horse sport is a technically challenging, unique sport and it is not without endless hours of training, travel and preparation that we see success.
“The world class performance is one we wish to continue to develop and preparations now focus on the 2017 World Championships for Icelandic Horses, where we aim to continue our growing success”.
For more information on the Icelandic horse, see www.ihsgb.co.uk .