above: We all enjoyed a ride in the double decker bus and then were treated to a display of riding by the owners of the Icelandic horses just south of Oamaru.
The owner explained how they came to be so quiet. They eat horse meat in Iceland and ponies who misbehaved were not likely to reproduce offspring. Both young and old ponies were very quiet and friendly.
above right: The ponies demonstrated a gait called the 'Tolt', and a glass of beer was carried high.
above: Joan Rabbitte talking 'horse' with a foal.
left: Julie Watson enjoyed one of the first rides on a mare.
left: Jocelyn Gray on a mare. above right: Andrea Thomson riding the stallion.
far left: Cathy Perrott and above or let: Barbara Jones were among those who had a really good ride.