Brad Bowman
Head trainer at Carrie Lyons Brandt grooms her horse Svali [Icelandic for swallow] before riding.Brandt brought Svali from Iceland.
Icelandic horses find a new home in Shelby

After riding an Icelandic horse at 7, Carrie Brandt knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.

Now, 14 years later, that dream is coming to fruition.

Brandt, 21, and her mother, Maggie, have opened Lettleiki Icelandics, an Icelandic horse boarding, breeding and training facility on the 105-acre Swallowland Farm on Eminence Pike in Shelby County.

Construction continues humming at the facility, which features a barn built by Joe Barmore with local Amish workers finishing the tongue and groove roof, an arena and 1,000-foot straight track.