Stian began to compete at the age of 9 years old, and since that time has been at the top of the rankings, both nationally and internationally. He has won many medals, and his greatest successes have been at the World Championships for Icelandic Horses - 5 gold, 5 silver, a bronze and 2 fifth places! Four of the gold medals were won on Jarl frá Miðkrika, and the fifth on Tindur frá Varmalæk. Stian is the first rider ever to have won fourgait (V1), fivegait (F1) and tölt (T1) titles at World Championship level. In 2012 he also won the Nordic Champion title in V1, as well as a silver medal in T1 on the homebred stallion Globus fra Jakobsgården.
In 1995 he went to Hólar (Agricultural University of Iceland) and completed a one year course in Equine Studies. He trained with the famous Icelandic rider Sigurbjörn Bárðarson at Oddhóli, for the practical module of the course, before returning to Norway where he continued with his Equestrian studies, and qualified as a RIK stage III riding instructor.
2003 World Championships Denmark - silver V1 on Jarl frá Miðkrika
2005 World Championships Sweden - silver V1 and T1 on Jarl frá Miðkrika
2007 World Championships Netherlands - gold V1, gold T1, gold 4-gait combination on Jarl frá Miðkrika
2009 World Championships Switzerland - gold F1 on Tindur fra Varmalæk
2012 Nordic Championships Sweden - gold V1, silver T1 on Globus fra Jakobsgården
Agnes Helga Helgadottir
Agnes developed an interest in horses at a young age. She worked for Kari and Siggi at Gullberastaðir, in Iceland, where she got to ride and learn a lot about Icelandic horses. After that she also went to Hólar University and this is where she and Stian met. A year later they both moved back to Norway. Agnes has done the same courses as Stian and is also a RIK III riding instructor.
Agnes has also participated in many championships and has had many good results. 9 gold medals at Norwegian Championships, and a silver at the Nordic Championships, as well as many final places. The most successful was at the Norwegian Championships in 2008 where she took gold in V1, T1, and 4gait combination on Glódís fra Toven. The homebred mare, Gná fra Jakobsgården, has also had many good results with Agnes in the saddle, with gold in V1 at the Norwegian Championships in 2010, and a fifth place in V1 at the Nordic Championships in the same year. In 2011 Agnes and Gna qualified to represent Norway at the World Championships in Austria, where they successfully made a good B-final position in the V1. Agnes has not worked fulltime with horses in more recent years, partly due to other work commitments, but continues to compete successfully on Sigur fra Jakobsgården.
Alf Bjørseth got his education in chemistry at the University of Oslo with a dr. degree in physical chemistry in 1979. His interest for Icelandic horses are of relatively new date, but he is now engaged both a s rider and in breeding of Icelandic horses. In breeding, the goal is to use all available information within biochemistry and genetics to improve quality of breeding.
Alf lives in Oslo, but the breeding activities are based on his farm in Värmland, Sweden, in cooperation with other partners. See also his homepage www.hillringsbergislandshest.com.
Alf is also member of the Board of the Norwegian Environmental and Bioscience University (NMBU) at Ås.