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On this page you will find articles about breeding, use and regulations in the different countries where the beautiful Fjord Horse lives.

 Greetings readers from Brian and Ursula Jensen of Lumby B.C. In short.

 Unhappy with our Corporate and Public sector jobs we left Sherwood Park Alberta and built our log home in Trinity Valley near Lumby B.C.--1981

 Looking for a back to the land experience for ourselves and our two children, Aaren, and Vanessa, and needing to find a reason to be a viable farm we went to the Armstrong Interior Exhibition to look at farming options. Looking at Clydesdales and their dinner plate feet we soon found a pair of Norwegian Fjords, pullers from Orville Unrau of Sundre Alberta. George and Harvey, geldings out-pulled by weight ratio over the big drafts yet seemed to fall asleep tied to the rail after their pull.

 Ursula originally from Essen, Germany had always loved horses but in Germany they were only for people with means. With that initial IPE meeting I travelled out to Unrau's and bought Bibi and Perle, two young fjord fillies. These two Fjords went along with our ignorance and tolerated our mistakes until we gathered enough information and knowledge. They were very forgiving of our amateur ways but it all came together by the Libby Montana Fjord Show. We were one of the founding member families of the Pacific Northwest Fjord Promotional Group.

 With two fillies growing up I need a Colt/stallion to complete the family. Sambar arrived from Larry Boe of Creston, who had got him from Anne Notnes of Hinton Alberta. Anne Notnes is the aunt of Anne Appleby of Olympia Washington. Sambar, in driving took me to heights I never expected, and I am forever thankful for his patience in letting me learn to drive. He patiently waited for me to become a better driver.

 One year at the Libby Montana Fjord Show, Ursula purchased Penfryd's Raynor. A stallion with a motor which he passed on to his foals. One of his mare  foals nick-named Zoobie is now competing in Advanced Driving at FEI world level and has been to Europe for the USA. Ursula and Raynor's personalities were a match made in heaven as they both grew together in driving CDE's and Open Pleasure Shows competing at Spruce Meadows and all over the Pacific Northwest.

 This is getting to lengthy, but suffice to say the Fjords have brought us both to Evaluating/Judging Cards in Canada, USA, and for FHI Europe. I have guest Judged in USA, Canada, Germany, Denmark, and Norway and am forever thankful for this opportunity to learn and grow as a Fjord owner.

The Fjords have truly changed our lives in a good way and we are forever grateful.

Ursula and Brian Jensen

Trinity Fjords
Lumby BC Canada


Ursula Jensen driving her Penfryd's Raynor       Brian Jensen driving Postillian Hitch with
at Pritchard CDE with best Driven Dressage      Susan Sabatini, Julie Pilon,and Wanda Gammel
score in Western Canada at that time.                as grooms at Moses Lake, Wash.


Quadrom driven by Brian Jensen                         Brian Jensen winning overall four-up 
at Libby Montana with Beth Beymer videoing.        
at Spruce Meadows, Calgary Alberta.



 The 30 days performance test took place between 17th August and 15th September (final day) in Erbach (Odenwald / 90 km South –East Frankfurt /Main)
The IGF takes part in performance tests for stallions since 1992. Since that date, it is an obligation to pass a test. The test was developed with the German FN and the different breed organizations.
The official title of the test is „CVII 30 Tage Stationsprüfung für Hengste - Zuchtrichtung Reiten/Fahren/Gelände
In the meantime, it is one of the accepted stallion tests in Germany. Other horse breeds may have (partly) different tests.
In Germany there are different official / licensed examination centers. They organize the testing periods and stallions of different horse breeds can or must take part in it before they reach a defined age. For fjord stallions it is before 5 year old.
The test is the final milestone to come into the German “Hengstbuch”.

At the final test days, the stallions have to path through three parts :
• a called “Fremdreitertest” – with two experienced riders who do not know the horses before.
• two other judges see the stallions in the test for the first time. Their results will be added to the results of the leader of the Centre / or performance test and,
• at the final day : driving test - loose jumping - walk, trot, canter -  1.500 m on terrain with 6 jumps

CLICK HERE for the results of the four Fjord horse stallions (all born in 2013) in the 2018 testing. Scores are between “rather good” (7) and top score (10).
(Mark scale between 1 and 10. This will in practice mean that the figures used will vary from 3 to 10, with 3 and 10 seldom used)

The results are also published in detail on the homepage of FN

IGF - Jochen Noesinger


Friso1     Friso2


Gloed1      Gloed2



 Rudsmo Rune1     Rudsmo Rune2



 Valerio1     Valerio2


On 16th September, the qualified best young mares of the 2018 breeding shows came together for the national finals of Norway.

Results :
Best in show 3 y old :
Birkelid Huldra by Kamillas Tord, owner Audun Næs og Saija Mantyla, breeder Jorunn and Vidar Heggheim. Birkelid Huldra was also awarded as the best mare of all ages.

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Best in show 2 y old : Sæthres Sol by Fjell Finn, owner: Anbjørg Rødland, breeder Magne Sæthre.
Best in show 1 y old : Nordbustad Stella by Dalargutt, owner and breeder Selmer Nordbustad.

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Congratulations to all the participants and the winners. All the young mares were in good condition and the presentations were very fine!
Thanks for this good promotion of the fjord horse! Also thanks to the judges, Nils Ivar Dolvik and Live Enerhaugen and speaker Tore Kvam.

The national finals were organized in collaboration with Telemark Fjordhestlag (organizator), St. Hippolyt Norge AS (sponsor), Norsk Fjorrdhestsenter, Norsk Hestesenter and Dyrskuen AS. Many thanks.

Photos by Janne Seilen
Text translation by Michelle Delaurier and Ingvild Rydjord Hansen

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