Horse Podcast Ep 98: From The Far North to Down Under – Importing Icelandic Horses to Australia

Equestrian Adventuresses Travel and Horse Podcast Ep 98 - From the Far North to Down Under

On today’s episode Ute talks with Amy Haldane, stud manager at her family’s farm and breeder of Icelandic Horses in Australia. Her family was the first to import Icelandic Horses from Denmark and later from Iceland to Australia. And they have thrived! Today there are around sixty horses at her farm and she has foals every year. Amy has also founded the Icelandic Horse Association of Australia in order to firmly establish the breed in their new home Down Under.

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There are around 400 horse breeds in the world from the popular ones such as Frisians, Thoroughbred, Arabians or Quarter Horses to the lesser known ones such as Caspian Pony, Noitgedachter or Marwari. Many breeds are restricted to their home countries and some are threatened or nearly extinct. In our Horse Breeds Around the World Series we want to introduce some of the lesser known breeds to you and what role they play in their home country.

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Our Guest today:

Amy Haldane (Australia)

Stud Farm Manager, breeder and lover of Icelandic Horses, Amy manages Haldane Stud a farm with ponies, buffalos and Gotland sheep.

Find out more about Haldane Icelandic Horses

Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!


  • What made Amy’s family import the first Icelandic Horses to Australia
  • How do Icelandic Horses fare in the hot climate of Australia
  • How a trip to Iceland resulted in Amy buying a prize winning stallion
  • The future of the Icelandic Horse in Down Under

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

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