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Getting the Hay In

by Lori Albrough on July 5th, 2015

It’s haying day at Bluebird Lane!

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Nothing says summer like 700 bales of sweet-smelling first-cut hay neatly stacked in the barn!

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NFHR Annual Meeting

by Lori Albrough on February 14th, 2015

Mathematical Accuracy of the NFHR Scoring SystemHere I am at the Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry’s annual meeting held in Norco, CA, from February 13-16.

I was there to present a talk entitled “Mathematical Accuracy of the NFHR Evaluation Scoring System”.

The subject of precision versus accuracy – in the mathematical sense of the terms – is a hugely important one that is becoming widely recognized in the judging of horse sports. This recognition is happening at all levels, right up to International Championships and Olympics.

My challenge was to present the math in a way that every layman could understand. Thanks to everyone who told me I succeeded! I definitely had a blast doing it. I was harkened back to my University days as a TA for Engineering Math.

Being in sunny California for four days in February, and connecting with Fjord friends both old and new, made for a lovely winter interlude.

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Mogly’s First Offspring Born in Australia

by Lori Albrough on January 20th, 2015

Knight's Hill Kristoff (Mogly X Yrsa)Happy news from Australia! Welcome to Mogly’s first offspring in Australia, born on January 12.

Knight’s Hill Kristoff is a lovely colt out of the mare Yrsa. In these pictures he is about 12 hours old.

Australia has a very small population of Fjords and we are thrilled to have Mogly play a part in adding quality and diversity to Fjord genetics in Australia.

And somehow it’s even more fun to see photos of a lovely new Mogly foal when we are buried in snow here!

Congratulations on Kristoff’s successful arrival to his owners.

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Falke wins National Champion Mare of Belgium!

by Lori Albrough on October 2nd, 2014

Falke (Mogly X Rina van't Riddershof)

Falke (Mogly X Rina van’t Riddershof)

Exciting news! Last week our stallion Mogly’s daughter Falke became the National Champion Mare of Belgium. Woo Hoo!

A huge congratulations to Falke’s owner and breeder Nathalie Heuvinck and Steven De Rauw.

Falke is a 10 year old mare, standing 14.1 hh (144cm). She is sired by Mogly (Mosby X St.Pr.St. Inka) and out of Rina van’t Riddershof.

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A Series of Photos of Training Half-Steps


by Lori Albrough on September 22nd, 2014

On September 14, Ooruk and I had a really nice training session working with my coach Summer McEwan.

Luckily Stefan was home to take this photo series, which provides a nice snap-shot of our on-going work towards developing improved balance and self-carriage. These concepts have really been the theme of our training this summer!


Rider Biomechanics Clinic with Russell Guire

Alignment stripes and dots

by Lori Albrough on April 5th, 2014

I must say, we are really lucky to live in this area where we can take advantage of so many opportunities to train, learn, and improve!

I just came back from riding in a Biomechanics clinic this past Thursday, April 3rd, with Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics. It was held at Whitaker Stables near Orangeville, Ontario.


Riding Horseback in Purple by Alice MacGillivray

Riding Horseback in Purple

by Lori Albrough on February 25th, 2014

At an age when a lot of people are contemplating slowing down and retirement, Alice MacGillivray made the decision to make her back-burnered life-long dream of horse ownership a reality.

A thoughtful planner, Alice did copious research as well as following the pull of her heart in deciding to make her first horse a Fjord. We were pleased when Alice made the decision to purchase the lovely Fjord mare Bocina from us in the fall of 2010.

And yes that is Bocina on the cover of Alice’s new book, just recently published!


Cutting the Fjord Mane


by Lori Albrough on February 22nd, 2014

A beautiful Fjord with its mane neatly cut into the traditional crescent-shaped arch is a glorious sight. Those who have never seen it up close before have even described it as awe-inspiring.

To help you make your Fjord looks its best, we created this video showing how our resident mane stylist, Stefan, cuts our Fjord’s manes.