Archive for June, 2011
This graph shows the standing statistics for riding horse (R, purple) and pony-sized (P, red) breeding section finnhorse studs. Riding horse breeding has gone up in the past few years, though of course with trotters we are talking about totally different numbers. Anyhow, riding horses are the second most popular section at the time, and the strongest growing one. With P-studs it looks like the trend is getting lower, in the year 2008 only a little more than 50 broodmares used their services. In the big scale their situation still looks better when comparing to the 90s! I still believe that in the future the “finnpony” will increase it’s popularity. It’s only a matter of time…
This graph shows the overall finnhorse age-classes distribution. The green line represents the amount of all horses in the age-class, and the blue line shows how many of these were bred with a trotter’s career in mind. As the amount of foals born each year has now settled around 1300, the amount of riding- and other usage horses has increased. Still it’s a fact that many trotters change their profession during the years and practically all the riding horses also have trotter’s blood in them, despite the R-sire lines that are still young and a huge minority when comparing. That’s not necessarily that bad thing though the two professions are very different – it IS a true allrounder horse!
Pienhevoset polveutuvat yleensä juoksijoista (Hannu Korkemäki at suomenpienhevonen.fi)
Breeding of pony-sized finnhorses began already in 1971. At those times a finnhorse below 148cm at withers was a rare occasion. At the same time trotter breeding aimed for lighter and smaller horses than before. The average height has come lower since those days, but still only about 1% of all finnhorses stay pony-sized. Of all horses, the height goes by Gauss distribution, where there are about as many small offspring as there are horses that grow bigger than expected. Besides that pony-sized studs have about 20-30 offspring every year.
Mission of preservation
There are alltogether 81 P-studs inspected 1971-2004. Eleven of these are second generation P-horses and one has already three sires line of P-studs behind him. Pony-sized horses are a specialty of their own, since they can be used for any sport, though most of them are working as riding horses. Since the pedigrees are narrowing down, all the breeders are doing important work and they also have responsibilities of preserving the best stallions from gelding and offering them for studbook, so there would be enough gene base for future generations too.
Alikersantti 3948, 153 cm. His height comes from his dam Kiivaan-Esteri 1487-V, 149cm. Her ancestors were left out of the studbook already in three generations. Alikersantti’s impact is shown in older small-sized trotter stallions.
Aromus yh 586-Valio 157 cm. In some cases Aromus has had an impact when he has been doubled in one’s pedigree and also worked as a dam’s sire. It’s probable that this smaller size came through mare Patteri 1236-EK, 151cm.
Eri-Leimu 5931, 151cm. Again, behind you find mare Antu, 151-152cm. Eri-Leimu is found in some older pedigrees.
Ero-Lohko yh 1160-Valio, 153cm. His dam line had small-sized mares in it, and also Ero-Lohko’s daughters have continued passing on the small size. Ero-Lohko has had a great impact on producing pony-sized finnhorse lines that continues today.
Ihme-Toti yh 1138, 153cm. His “small-size genes” have passed on mostly through his daughters, too.
Luonnos Jo 99-V, 160cm. Though Luonnos himself was quite big, his second dam Suikka was only 150cm high, and third dam Kirma, 143cm. Luonnos’s progeny has stayed quite small if also dam’s side of the pedigree has had smaller horses in it. Nowadays this sire line is getting an increased impact on pony-sized finnhorse breeding.
Lähetti 4193-AA, 159 cm. Again, not so small of a stallion but from a small-producing pedigree. Lähetti and his offspring have had the biggest impact in creating pony-sized sire lines and pedigrees. Each and every one of the pony-sized horses below 142cm in the studbook have Lähetti in their pedigree, except for two. Every horse below 140cm has Lähetti at least two times in their pedigree. So the horses wouldn’t get too small, Lähetti shouldn’t be repeated too often.
Pikku-Muisto 15-73J, 158 cm, has got small-sized offspring, both stallions and mares. Pikku-Muisto has an increasing impact on pony-sized horse pedigrees today.
Purje yh 1132, 154cm, produced small size through Valotus and Jako. Today there are only a few horses left from this line.
Viri 522-72P, 145 cm, was the first P-stud with 1st prize inspection. He had only a small progeny of six horses in Finland, since he was sold to Norway in 1979 to improve the breeding of northern Norwegian horses.
Vorna 3098 AA, 154 cm, was a good trotter sire and has had a great impact to pony-sized horses as well.
Starring Linkker. :)
Tuokkolan Touho ja B. Helmiina yleisön suosikkeja kuninkaallisiksi (Hippos.fi 8.6.2011)
Photo: Hippola/Irina Keinänen.
Teivo’s Finnhorse Trotting Championships are only two months away. Kuninkuusravit.fi had a poll about people’s choices for the new Trotting King and Queen to be. The favourites were stallion Tuokkolan Touho and mare B. Helmiina, who have also shown great success in spring’s toughest races and are known as strong horses.
Two-time queen B. Helmiina (2006 & 2007) had mysterious hormone trouble for the last few years, but seems to have found her strength again. Trainer Reijo Borgström is pleased with her situation and is feeling positive about this year’s main goal.
B. Helmiina’s opponents won’t let her go easy – it’s going to be tougher than ever. Mares have given their audiences exciting shows in this year’s first class races. Speed statistics show seven mares in the top ten, which tells cold facts about top mares’ fitness.
Tuokkolan Touho, 8 years, has trotted his way to the sharpest edge of finnhorse stallions. He has made quite a career all the way, with a winning percent of 62. “He could have joined already last year, but I felt that the horse wasn’t ready enough so I decided to save him. This year we are going, if everything seems ok”, promises Tuokkolan Touho’s trainer and part owner Seppo Suuronen.
Suuronen himself has an impressive career in the trotting championships, too: a four-time (1988-1991) Trotting King Patrik (Tuokkolan Touho’s second sire) was also trained and partly owned by him.
“It’s all about the horse, but of course it’s great to win the King’s crown. I have that much experience, that I don’t participate until the horse has expectations. Otherwise that tough race only makes things worse” knows Suuronen.
More about the trotting championships: kuninkuusravit.fi
Vilpotar voitti valtakunnallisen työmestaruuskilpailun (Hippos.fi 13.6.2011)
The tough competition ended up being one mare’s overpower with over three points lead. :) Vilpotar is owned by Markku & Taina Mässeli, located in Virolahti in South-Eastern Finland.
See the complete results here Looks like it has been girl power in this year’s competition!
Links on horse’s names will take you to Sukuposti horse database for pedigrees & photos.
1. m Vilpotar
2. m Anan Jalo
3. m Luomutar
4. m Laippa
5. m Jojoriina
6. m Suvi-Purje
7. s Toja
8. m Vokmarin Vappu
9. s Suikun Lukko
10. s Hilton Hurra
11. m Virkun Tyttö
Finnish Work Horse Association (Suomen Työhevosseura ry) has freshen up their website. I think it looks very good! :)
Now it’s also possible to follow National Treasure on Twitter.
Tuplavoikko suomenhevonen syntynyt? (HU 04.05. Leena Alerini)
This might be the first known double palomino (BEC) finnhorse. Of course the colour may change when she grows, but until two weeks of age her eyes were still blue. Foal’s owner Anita Viitanen, a known “colour breeder” told that this filly has been a project of hers and Auringon Säde’s owner Tea Sillman. “We have been dreaming about this for a long time.”