With great sadness we heard of the death of Ursula Bruns (September 1922 – April 2016). She was a remarkable horsewomen and it is largely due to her enthusiasm and energy that as early as the mid-1950s the Icelandic horse became established as a much loved and valued leisure horse in Germany and beyond. With the arrival of the Icelandic horse, new ideas of how to keep horses as naturally as possible have influenced the wider equestrian world, and greatly improved the welfare standards of all horses well beyond the German borders. In 2005 IPZV gave Ursula Bruns with the golden diamond pin, the highest award of the German Icelandic horse association. Follow the link for more information (www.ipzv.de, in German).