Warren Hastings was one of the really old legendary stallions at Flyinge. Such a legend that he got to lend his name to Flyinge's park where some of the most famous stallions have their final rest beneath a tree. The park is also used by Flyinge's riders for short treks or just some al fresco riding, away from the buzz in the yard.
Scania has surprisingly few runestones considering its location and population (compared to Stockholm where they seem to litter the countryside) but there are still plenty. At Röllebacken, in the middle of Flyinge itself, this "Östra Gårdstånga" one has been placed. Gårdstånga is a neighbouring village and the stone has been moved here from nearby Västervång where it stood amongst several other stones (not sure what happened to those). Inscribed on the stone is the text "Tholv och Ulv erected these stones for their comrade Asmund Lippe". It is probably from the 10th century. If you have the energy (or a car) to go to nearby Holmby Church, there is another stone.
Flyinge has a stork project going on since 1989 and some cages next to the office wing for their project work. Storks were common in Scania earlier but then we lost them due to modernisation of villages and so on. In an attempt to welcome the wonderful birds back into our landscape, the project started and now there are 25 stork couples in various places. The goal is to have 150 of them in a few years' time and the interesting things is that wild storks have mated with some of these now so the project seems to have been a big success. Not that the tame ones migrate the way they should yet but it is not a problem since they're being looked after. Some of these storks have stayed on at Flyinge and the roofs of the main stable wing and the office wing are full of nests where they sit and clapper their beaks when they don't fly around in the nearby forest. It brings a lot of atmosphere to see them and you can also come across them near one of the many ponds in the Flyinge area.
The mares are in a much less impressing stable, both externally (see second photo to know what to look for) and internally (third photo), with a much darker and narrower stable gang. Just reflects the human world, right? Still, this 1876-78 building has a nice and quiet feel to it and a vets office in the middle for when the foaling season is in full swing. That's in fact the best time for a visit since the paddocks outside are then full of gorgeous creatures on unsteady legs. Originally it had space for 42 mares but now there are only 30 due to new EU regulations on box sizes. Nice to know that people actually implement animal wellfare rules.
The covered track was built in 1905 and there is none like it anywhere else in Sweden so I find it very fascinating. You can use it for racing since it is a covered oval, but today it is mostly used for training young horses in carriage pulling and other excersises. It has also got rings in the walls everywhere as this is the evacuation space for the stallions should anything, god forbid, happen to their stable.
Let's face it, this is what you've come for if horses is your prime reason for visiting. The stable with all the current Flyinge stallions for the season and most of them quite famous amongst anyone with an interest in the Swedish Warmblood. The odd one will be a German import or a thoroughbred to liven up the bloodlines. Whatever breed and colour they are, they all know that they are special and will look their best when you come to study them. If one comes in from the outside, the others will start acting up and greeting it in a very male manner. The stable itself is by far the nicest at Flyinge. They are all immaculate - although less so than a German stable :))) - but this one is airy and bright and with sawdust in the middle. You can click your way to the current stallions on the website below.
The cottages along the road to the stud itself have been used by staff before and are incredibly charming with their gardens full of fruit trees.