Archive for July, 2011
Foals in 2010
Darkest blue is for warmblood trotters, medium blue for finnhorses (second bar from the left), lighter blue for ponies and the lightest blue for riding horses. Slightly rising statistics for the finnhorse, 1398 foals! Up towards the 15th hundred! :D
- In the year 2010, 58 new finnhorse stallions and 150 mares were inspected for the studbook.
- 33 warmblooded trotter stallions, 67 mares.
- 55 mare and foal shows
- 3 stallion inspections
- The most popular warmblooded riding horse stallions were Chalco with 52 mares and For Enjoy Ask Z with 49 mares.
- Shetland stallion Olympus 129 SH was the most popular of all pony stallions with 38 mares.
Suomenhevosen tarina kuninkuusraveissa teatterin keinoin (Hippolis.fi 26.7.2011)
Besides top sport, Teivo’s finnhorse trotting championship audience gets to see a dazzling show. The story of work, war ad sport hero is played on Teivo track this Sunday 31st of July.
There are thirteen finnhorses, first of them President Tarja Halonen’s horse Ypäjä Tarja, driven by Jari Ansio. The final star will be the five-time trotter king Viesker with his owner Kari Ahokas. Besides teaching horses there are altogether about fourty people, students and staff, from Ypäjä equine college.
The show tells briefly tha main points of finnhorse’s history. It has had many different roles in the society since the 20th century. The horses have built the country, they have been bred here for over a hundred years and nowadays they serve as athletes.
Of course the wars are also part of near history. In the play it is shown from the home front’s point of view. How it was painful to lose the men and the horses to the front without knowing if they would ever come back, and on the other hand the unlimited joy of seeing them again.
The show was planned by Kristiina Ertola, Jari Ansio and Päivi Laine. The historic facts (in properties etc) are checked by Juha Erola from the Finnish Horse Sport Musem, the old driving equipment by Jari Ansio and costumes by Johanna Liinaharja-Poutanen. The show takes about 20 minutes.
Kuninkuusravien kokonaistulokset 2000-luvulta (Hippos.fi 25.7.2011)
Click the link above to visit Hippos site. There you can find all the results from the finnhorse championship races from the 21st century.
For those who are not familiar with the championships rules, I will try to clarify them. Let’s take an example from last year’s queen race’s final table.
Queen race results (Oulu 2010)
P=Place, T=Time, D=difference. I had to squeeze some information so the table would fit. ;) See the complete results at Hippos.
The race consists of three parts: 2100m, 1609 and 3100m races. The 2100m race is run on Saturday and the other two on Sunday. Every race has it’s own winnings, tote betting etc.
The crucial part is the time. The winner is the one who trots all the three races in the shortest time. For example, last year’s winner I.P. Vipotiina won all the three races, and therefore was the fastest overall, so she was also crowned as the queen. The horse doesn’t necessarily have to win all the three races to be crowned, but they shouldn’t be left too far from the winner neither. For example in Seinäjoki (2005), crowd got to see fascinating drama on the final race, where Milia won the final 3100m race with tremendous spurt. She had been 7th on the 2100m and 8th on the mile, so she was not considered to challenge the favourites Hymyhuuli and V.H. Suvitar, but she DID catch up the 1.6 seconds she lacked on shorter races and won the crown! I still get the chills as I think of it! :D
And, as you can see, if the horse gets disqualified even one time, it is out of the final result count. They still can participate in all races and compete normally, but the big winning wishes are gone with the gallop.
Kauneimmaksi kruunatulla Aino-Ilonalla on eloisat sääret ja häkellyttävä harja (Aamulehti.fi 20.7.2011)
“Miss-like legs, lively legs, astonishing blondness, fashion queen”. One way to describe Aamulehti newspaper’s “Teivo’s queen”-voting winner, finnhorse mare Aino-Ilona.
Aino-Ilona received her rug and flowers by the Aleksanteri Palace at Tampere centre. This was just the place to crown the beauty queen, any other place would have been left to her shadow. It was close even now. Her highness did not get disturbed by the flashlights. The rug was bright red-coloured and signed with her name and title ‘The Most Beautiful’. So she is. Next weekend we will see if she is also the fastest.”
Click the link above to watch the video from Aino-Ilona’s rewarding ceremoy. ;)
From Työsuhdehevonen (Uutiskynnys.fi 14.10.2007)
A.P. Igor is not just a horse. It is a company horse. He is owned by two Finnish companies, Welltime and Sinituote. Their staff can book the horse for riding simply writing their name and time on Igor’s book, and then get to the saddle on their free time. It doesn’t matter if they have ridden before or not, the stable staff helps and the horse works like a dream in all situations.
Igor is a former trotter, but seems to work even better as a riding horse. He has jumped 110cm fences and competed in HeA-dressage, so he could have even aimed for the finnhorse riding championships, but his main job is to offer easy and relaxed rides for the companies’ workers.
Suomenhevosten valjakkomestaruus (SRL.fi 11.7.2011)
Boker, Photo: Hippos.fi photo bank
These stallions will be competing for the Trotter King’s crown 2011:
(in alphabetical order)
Boker (Viesker – Bonaatti – Patrik)
Frans (Turo – Kössin Virkku – K.K. Kössi)
Huiman Pyste (Pysteri – Hulinan Huima – Hulina)
Hullumies (Turo – Tunteva – Vokker)
I.P. Lento (Vistari – I.P. Suvitar – Suikku)
Patrikin Muisto (Patrik – Päivä Rusko – Vokker)
Saran Salama (Kihin-Muisto – Vipo – Vieteri)
Suikun Rilla (Suikku – Nasatar – Patrik)
Tuokkolan Touho (Liising – M.A. Vipi – Vispok)
Tähen Tuuri (Viesker – Tähden Satu – Ero-Ponsi)
Tähti-Optio (Viesker – Iso-Tähti – Hiluri)
Villihotti (Aatami – Hovi-Meeri – Ruutu-Poika)
These horses will go for the Queen’s crown:
Marimin, photo: Hippos.fi photo bank
Aino-Ilona (Viltterin Vile – Erotiikka – Kihin-Muisto)
B. Helmiina (Viesker – B. Vilmiina – Vekseli)
B. Turolii (Turo – B. Vilmiina – Vekseli)
I.P. Vipotiina (Turo – I.P. Vipotti – Viltter)
Kromi (Turo – Milinan Yllätys – V.T. Ajatus)
Maiskaus (Hovi-Ari – Vokmai – Vokker)
Marimin (Turo – Donna-Min – Voltti)
Oktaavia (Taikuri – Tuuva – Lokker)
Poljento (Santeri Dahlia – Polento – Poika-Uro)
Sekottaja (Kihi T – Tipan Tuikku – Suikku)
Sirun Valpuriina (Pajatso – Vapun-Siru – V.T. Ajatus)
Vokukka (Vokker – L.P Kukka – Ero-Ponsi)
Tintin Timjami 1176-06P at Harju inspection.. One of the few non-snowy photos I could find x)
Photo from Hippos’ photo bank
The National pony show is an annual event where there are about 420 ponies from 7 different breeds, including pony-sized finnhorses, in one weekend. This show has been arranged in Vermo, Espoo for the last 10 years, so it has got a nickname of “Vermo’s pony show”.
This year’s finnhorses (links will take you to horse database for more info)
Horse’s name (register number)
1. Sirukko (246001S00101260)
2. Tintin Muskotti (246001S00101747)
3. Voto (246001S00101334)
4. Hillan Jarran (1565-08)
5. Tuulensuun Sinuhe (1808-08)
6. Haka Rentun Ruusu (246001S00101920)
7. Herttuan Helmi (246001S00101093)
8. Millin Vadelma (246001S00102148)
9. Tintin Kuukunen (246001S00101746) FOR SALE
10. Tosi-Iloonen (246001S00102158)
11. Tuhkimon Regina (246001S00101002)
12. Tulileimutar (246001S00101291)
13. Tuliliekitär (246001S00101741)
14. Villin Viritys (246001S00101984)
15. Penny (246001S00091625)
16. Dallidens Vimma (2296-05)
17. Millin Onneli (1249-03)
18. Millin Rentukka (2105-06)
19. Taika-Mimmi (1378-06)
20. Vantasiina (1492-04)
21. Pikku-Mini (1328-00)
22. Tinurin Tuuli (1263-95)
23. Vuohimäen Silmu (1117-01)
24. Millin ? (246001S00111595)
25. A.T. Ukko-Myrsky (1038-02)
26. A.T. Jesperi (1004-90)
If you are a Finn or a traveller visiting Finland, you might want to visit Ypäjä, “the horse municipality of Finland” where lies the biggest equine college of Finland, named simply Ypäjä Equine College. On the same hill lies MTT’s (Agrifood Research Finland) horse research stables and a horse clinic.
Keep your eyes open – there’s a GEOCACHE waiting to be found! :D
More information on the GC site, Suomenhevonen geocache by PekkaR.
“Geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name.
Geocaches are currently placed in over 100 countries around the world and on all seven continents, including Antarctica. After 10 years of activity there are over 1.3 million active geocaches published on various websites. There are over 5 million geocachers worldwide.”
This wordpress blog has reached the limit of 200 visits! Thank you everyone!
I’ll put up more statistics at the end of the year. ;)
Kuninkuus- ja kuningatarkilpaan ilmoitetut hevoset (Hippos.fi 18.7.2011)
Trotting King race:
1. Tuokkolan Touho / Kari Rosimo JUVA – JUVA
2. Patrikin Muisto / Jouko Tarvainen TARVAALA – TARVAALA
3. Tähti-Optio / Teemu Okkolin ORIMATTILA – ORIMATTILA
4. Villihotti / JUVA – JUVA
5. I.P. Lento / Pekka Korpi ESPOO – KAJAANI
6. Suikun Rilla / Harri Sulku KUOPIO – KUOPIO
7. Frans / Juha Utala KUHMOINEN – KUHMOINEN
8. Hullumies / Seppo Sarkola HUITTINEN-YLÖJÄRVI
9. Tähen Tuuri / Terho Rautiainen KANGASNIEMI – KANGASNIEMI
10. Huiman Pyste / Harri Konttinen JYVÄSKYLÄ/JOUTSENO – SUONENJOKI
11. Boker / Esa Holopainen PUUMALA – HOLLOLA
12. Kokeva / Matti Honkonen YPÄJÄ – YPÄJÄ
13. Köppinen / Pertti Puikkonen SIUNTIO – SIUNTIO
14. Saran Salama / Tapio Perttunen ORIMATTILA – ORIMATTILA
15. A.L. Viku / Esa Korhonen TUUSULA – TUUSULA
16. Rillaus / Hannu Hietanen EURA – EURA
17. Ruuvari / INARI – INARI
Trotting Queen race:
1. B. Helmiina / Ari Moilanen LAPPEENRANTA-LAPPEENRANTA
2. I.P. Vipotiina / Pertti Puikkonen JÄMSÄNKOSKI – ESPOO
3. Marimin / Arto Hammar YPÄJÄ-YPÄJÄ
4. Vokukka / Ilkka Korpi ÄÄNEKOSKI – LAUKAA
5. Sirun Valpuriina / Jouni Törmänen JÄMSÄ – JÄMSÄ
6. Maiskaus / Jorma Kontio ORIVESI – YLÖJÄRVI
7. Siirius / Mika Forss TURKU – UURAINEN
8. Kromi / Risto Tupamäki TAMPERE – SASTAMALA
9. B. Turolii / Akseli Lahtinen LAPPEENRANTA – LAPPEENRANTA
10. Oktaavia / Kari Venäläinen YPÄJÄ – JOKIOINEN
11. Liinan Linkki / Jorma Liimatainen LAHTI – LAHTI
12. Luvisan Lento / Matti Nissinen TUUSNIEMI – TUUSNIEMI
13. Poljento / Jukka Kolkka ALAJÄRVI – ALAJÄRVI
14. Aino-Ilona / Hannu Hietanen VANTAA – YLÖJÄRVI
15. Sekottaja / Mika Kallio POIKELUS – YLÖJÄRVI
Tuokkolan Touho Suurmestari (Hippos.fi 16.7.2011)
Photo: Hippola / Irina Keinänen (archive, Marimin on the left & Tuokkolan Touho on the right)
Last year I wrote about Leena Jaakkola and her finn-mare Valssandra. Yet another finnhorse has made it to the international dressage fields! That’s great!
Disabled rider Johanna Lindblad’s trip to Disabled Riders’ Nordic Championships in Denmark was not for nothing. She and her horse Kain Aapeli came home with two fourth places and a silver medal! She writes in her blog post at Relaxant Animal’s site that her neck was injured several times in the 90s due to riding accidents, and it has gone worse during the years. She competes in disabled riders dressage in III class with her finnhorse gelding Kain Aapeli and this was their first international competition.
SRL News writes about Finnish disabled riders’ trip:
“One day before the competition I decided to do my best and not to stress. I wanted to ride and show my horse as well as possible. That the finnhorse can do it too. I went there with a smile on my face and even got compliments for joyful riding.” Told Lindblad.
Lindblad designed her program very simple and rided with her heart. She wanted to honour her father, who passed away when she was a child. Father was Finnish army’s last cavalry master, so the kür program followed Finnish military march.
- “After the last greets I looked up to the sky. Sometimes you just have to follow your heart.“
Besides competing, both Jaana Kivimäki (another Finnish disabled rider) and Johanna Lindblad were re-classified due to their injuries. They were placed to higher groups, where riders’ injuries are worse and ridden programs easier. This only adds more value to their accomplishments in these games with more difficult programs. The new classes will be used in the European Championships in Moorsele, Belgium at the end of July.
Photo from Johanna’s blog at Relaxant Animal’s site
A video from a work horse course. Elder horse enthusiasts taught younger horse people how to train a horse for a T-studbook inspection driveability test and what do the judges look at in a horse.
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Taikahuure on ainoa päistärikkö suomenhevosori (Hevosurheilu.fi 21.4.2011)
Photo: Anita Viitanen’s “coloured horses” in line: Matta (smoky black), Taikahuure (chestnut/strawberry roan), Helmi (gray) and Taika-Varpu (bay roan)
This yearling, colt Taikahuure, has got attention, since he is so far the one and only living finnhorse stallion with this rare colour.
The last roan-coloured stallion Jesper Jr lived in the 80s, though he had been registered as a gray. This colour has survived in finnhorses to these days only by one maternal line. Overall there are only a few roan finnhorses at all.
Maybe time will tell if this little colt has what it takes to become a stud and make all the color-enthusiastic breeders go wild ;)
Helsinki City Library’s (Helsingin kaupunginkirjasto) children’s site has a page with some general information about finnhorses and a few tips for books and music about them. The year 2007 was finnhorse’s 100th birthday and during that year these horses were shown widely in several medias. The goal was to make the finnhorse known by the public, also those who weren’t familiar with horses at all before.
Pellervo lähti saappaat jalassa (Hevosurheilu.fi 9.5.2011)
R-stud Pellervo has died this spring. He left over 80 foals offspring and lived until 22 years of age.
He won the finnhorse show jumping championship four times in 1999-2002. At the time he was ridden by Minna Nikmo.
His best-known foal at the time must be the stallion Knuutilan Veikko, who has done excellent work both in the competition fields and as a stud. It sure looks like Pellervo has left his hoof mark permanently in the Finnish riding horse pedigrees.
Photo: Pellervo had the chance for peaceful retirement days at his home farm in Ahlainen. Photo by Margit Ticklén.
Taikuri jouduttiin lopettamaan (Hevosurheilu.fi 5.7.2011)
A well-known stallion Taikuri was put away last Monday evening at Ypäjä due to a serious colic and intestinal infection.
Owned by Ypäjä Equine College, Taikuri’s sire was Suikku and dam Muiston Piiru. He was born in 1987 and had 178 offspring, the best-known of them have been Oktaavia, Ulleri and the year 2000 Satakunta-race winner Harjun Humina.
This is a humorous video and song about Teivo’s finnhorse trotting championships, starring a horse driver Erkki-Pekka Mäkinen.
I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw this – it’s great!
This translation is sort of loose -it’s not so easy to translate Finnish rap! :D
I still try to find some words so also the non-Finnish-speakers could get into the mood. The fever is rising! Enjoy!
(chorus: teivossa ravataan = trotting in Teivo)
E-P from Tampere, hello!
Now we’re not at Särkkä, nor Pyynikki, nor Hakametsä.
Right now we’re at Teivo!
Let’s tap the rhythyms to the sky! Let’s see what’s in there!
This is not hockey, this is not basketball.
This is not skiing, nor football.
This is the sound of true horse powers,
The trotting championships magic!
The true Finnish stallions and mares
This great horse of blue and white
This is Teivo’s trotting championships magic!
People come to Teivo from all over Finland
There’s no way one can miss it
This is Teivo’s trotting championships magic!
That’s not even all of it, Eput* are coming to play in the evening fest!
First time in trotting history
This is whole of Finlands trotting magic
That specific Teivo’s trotting championships magic!
* (Eppu Normaali is one of the most popular Finnish pop bands)