Archive for August, 2011
Suomenhevosliitto, the finnhorse association, works for preservation and respect of finnhorse in all horse sports and brings the enthusiasts together.
Saran Salamalta riisutaan kengät (ESS.fi 30.8.2011)
Photo from the article/ESS archive.
The three-time trotter king Saran Salama will have his shoes removed at Jokimaa race track on Thursday. Shoe removal is a historical moment and symbolizes the end of horse’s racing career.
Saran Salama is one of the most succesful finnhorses of all time. Besides the crowns he has won the Suur-Hollola race four times and Suurmestaruus (“grand champion”) race once and made nearly 831 000€ profits. His breeder, trainer and driver are the same person, Tapio Perttunen. His daughter Sara-Juulia owns the stallion.
Copy of an article by Minna Harmaala, links added
published in 2007 in the Vapaa Sana newspaper, North America’s Finnish weekly
The Finnish multipurpose horse breed 100 years
The Finnish “sisu” is not just an attribute of people. The Finnhorse has plenty of it, too, say the enthusiasts.
- We are in massive debt to the Finnhorse. If it wasn’t for the Finnhorse we would be speaking Russian in Finland, says Jukka Salonen, the president of Suomenhevosliitto, Finnhorse union, referring to the Finnhorses in the wars.
The wars 1939-1945 are a significant part of the history of not only Finnish people but also the native horse breed. During the wars, tens of thousands of Finnhorses pulled the cannons, delivered food and mail to the front and took the injured soldiers to safety.
As important as the past is, the 100th anniversary of the Finnhorse studbook in 2007 is more focused on the present and the future.
- The future of the Finnhorse looks good at the moment. At some point things were looking gloomier as the need for working horses at farms ended so suddenly in the 1970s. If you look at the curve representing the amount of horses at that time it is practically vertical, says Päivi Laine, the director of the adult education in the Equine college of Ypäjä.
In 1950 there were around 409 000 horses in Finland, most of them Finnhorses. In the 1980s the numbers went down to as low as 14 000 horses.
Today there are approximately 19 500 Finnhorses in Finland.
- The history and the versatility of the Finnhorse makes it so unique that it will always have special value to Finns, believes Suvi Louhelainen who is the contact person of the project Finnhorse 100 years.
The monarchs of racing
Jukka Salonen from the Finnhorse union says that the Finnhorse is increasingly popular as a riding horse. It is mostly used for harness racing, however.
- The Finnhorse either lives or dies with the harness racing. After the depression in the early 1990s, the situation of the Finnhorse has continuously worsened in the horse racing field as the use of standardbreds has boomed, says Salonen.
It does not, however, look like the racing people would discard the native breed altogether. The “Kuninkuusravit”, the Finnhorse racing championships, is a proof of this. It’s an event in which the “king” and “queen” of Finnhorse trotters are crowned.
In 2002 the Kuninkuusravit brought 50 000 people to Kaustinen, a small town of 4 000 inhabitants.
- The event is enchanting because people in the provinces know the horses, says Jukka Salonen.
According to Päivi Laine, the horse racing industry has influenced the development of the Finnhorse throughout the times, alongside with agriculture. The state used to arrange races to which the farmers took part in with their Finnhorses.
Enduring and healthy
Finnhorses have succeeded even on world championship level in carriage driving.
For someone seeking success in international riding arenas, however, the Finnhorse is not the right breed. But it is increasingly popular among recreational riders.
- The Finnhorse is an enduring, healthy breed that has been specifically developed for the conditions in Finland. Also, its calm but persistent character is highly suitable for recreational riding. The valuable cultural history of the breed also contributes to its popularity. As a sport horse the Finnhorse is long-lived, ponders Suvi Louhelainen on the reasons for the breed’s success.
Performance is emphasized
The historical uses of the Finnhorse made the breed sporty and mild mannered.
The Finnhorse is considerably lighter in build than any Central European working horse breeds. This is due to its job in forestry. The lumber was cut and collected from the forests in the winter so the horse had to be light enough to work in deep snow. Also, the horse had to have patience.
When the studbook was opened the horses were chosen to it by judging their physical characteristics. If the horse had features considered foreign, such as white colour, he was not accepted in the studbook.
According to Terttu Peltonen, The breeding director of Finnish Trotting and Breeding Association Hippos, the Finnhorse looks pretty similar today as it did 100 years ago. Since 1929 however, the emphasis has been on performance.
- I doubt the horses that lived 100 years ago would pass today’s requirements. As a trotter the record times for Finnhorses are nearly 20 seconds faster today.
The pedigree makes all the difference
According to Päivi Laine of Ypäjä, it is of outmost importance to know the pedigrees of the Finnhorse. Without this knowledge it’s hard to choose the right horse for the task.
- Basically a Finnhorse is good for any equestrian sport but there are enormous differences in type among family lines and individual horses.
The build of a successful trotter is different from the one of a good riding horse. A trotter needs speed, a riding horse three good gaits – including a rolling canter which is rarely a trait of a trotter.
Päivi Laine notes that the Finnhorse has always been intertwined with the development of the Finnish society. The horse families with characteristics unwanted at the time would vanish and others blossom. One of the discontinued lines is by a stallion called Manu.
- It has been suggested that had women been riding when Manu influenced the Finnhorse population, his family would have continued. His offspring were extremely sensitive and light to ride but too speedy for farm work.
Most modern day Finnhorses have a stallion called Eri-Aaroni in their pedigree.
- Eri-Aaroni has produced the best trotter and riding horse lines. And apparently he himself had all the characteristics we look for in a Finnhorse. He had a pleasant temperament, he was beautiful and had enormous trotting talent. Based on his build he looked like he would have made a good riding horse, too, says Päivi Laine admiringly.
- Sisu (mustapaa.wordpress.com)
Suomenpienhevosyhdistys ry, the pony-sized finnhorse association, offers information about this breeding section, the breeders, sellable P-horses and available stallions for stud. Finnish speakers find also interesting articles and news.
Brief map for surfing: etusivu=front page, tapahtumia=activities, arkisto=archive, jäseneksi=membership, kasvattajat ja oriit=breeders & stallions, lehti=magazine, lehtileikkeet=articles, orimainokset=stallions’ ads, pienhevonen=the pony-sized finnhorse, pienhevospörssi=horses for sale, pienhevospuoti=webshop, uutisia 2011=news 2011, yhteys=contact
“Tänään poika saunoo” (Hevosurheilu.fi 27.8.2011)
Tero E. Mäenpää celebrated Sörkän Sälli’s win -which happened just in time for the groom Kati Tuomainen’s 33th birthday.
Sörkän Sälli’s home stretch spurt brought the Derby win to Tero E. Mäenpää’s stables.
|Place||Number||horse / driver||km-time||prize|
|1.||9||Sörkän Sälli / Tero E Mäenpää||25,9||25 000 €|
|2.||2||Gustav Dahlia / Jukka-Pekka Kauhanen||26,1||12 500 €|
|3.||3||I.P. Osuma / Mika Forss||26,7||7 500 €|
|4.||1||Turossi / Hannu Hietanen||26,8||5 000 €|
|5.||5||Rompi / Tapio Perttunen||27,3||1 250 €|
|6.||12||Sopun Haaste / Tuomas Pakkanen||27,5||1 250€|
|7.||6||Niemen Apori / Markku Hietanen||27,6||220 €|
|8.||10||Veisker / Antti Ojanperä||28,2||220 €|
|9.||4||Camri / Esa Holopainen||28,5||ep||220 €|
|10.||11||Nopsan Nero / Kari Alapekkala||30,2||x||220 €|
|11.||8||Nopsan Vauhti / Ari Moilanen||30,4||220 €|
|12.||7||Sakari / Harri Kotilainen||33,1||220 €|
23,5/Gustav Dahlia 1000m: 28,0 1500m: 26,0 final 500m: 21,0
Official results from Hippos.fi
I’m having such a foal fever right now..
Photo by Smerikal.
Taika Tami at last year’s (2010) elimination at Harju.
Photo by Peppi-Emilia Salmi
The age classes from three- to five year old finnhorses have an annual competition of their own at Ypäjä, called Laatuarvostelu (warmblood horses have their own Breeder’s Prize competition, so I’m having trouble translating this), an age-class competition for R-breeding section horses (of course the pony-sized can sign in too).
The eliminations were held at Harju, Perho, Ruukki and Ypäjä earlier in the spring, and soon it’s the time for the finals, which takes place at Ypäjä.
1 m Harjun Murmeli
2 m Kuningatar Tuike
3 s Harju-Vetopeli
4 s Karkurin Tango
5 m Katallin Leidilei
6 m Lakeuden Hallayö
7 m Ilolan Martta
8 s Palon Totemi
9 s Romeon Poju
10 g Ilaron Poika
11 s Kurt Ruben
12 g Runopoika
13 s Ypäjä Arska
14 g Lavilan Jussi
15 m Piparilla
16 m Liljan Lumous
17 m Lavilan Minttu (P)
18 m Lavilan Muru (P)
19 m Jerinda
20 m Ypäjä Armeli
21 s Ypäjä Artsi
22 m Ania
23 g Kajon Hurmuri
24 m Nekku Etevä
25 m Helmi Vilistäjä
26 s Vinski Valdemar
27 m Iiriksen Lempi
28 s Ässän Onni
29 m Aamukaste
30 m Pikku-Tarkka
1. s A.T.Mikael
2. g Säteen Jasperi
3. s Anisian Alvar
4. g Veli Viimeinen
5. s Taika Tami
6. g Jatkolan Keikari
7. m Janella
8. g Jaihe
9. m Kiieksen Lilja
10. m Haapamäen Helmi
11. s Koivuahon Vänni
12. m Sanni Salama
13. g Huson Ryske
14. m Suvi-Juttu
15. s Ruskan Reipas
16. s Pihan Pinkasu
17. g Jyrkkiön Oliver
18. s Vilppulan Valo
19. s Murron Into
20. m Anisian Aamu (I/2010)
21. s Niisun Nestori (II/the most promising jumper 2010)
22. m Hunajakaneli (III/2010)
23. m Aho-Orvokki (the most promising dressage horse 2010)
The five-year-old finalists will be announced later.
Aho-Orvokki at last year’s eliminations at Harju.
Photo by Peppi-Emilia Salmi
See the tables:
Team Rohkelikko (Gryffindor in Finnish, if you have read your Harry Potter books :D)has put an effort on their website. I think it looks very nice and professional. They have a few R-finnhorse broodmares and they breed horses by the name “Rohkelikon —”. Only in Finnish, but still a site to visit!
Ravikuningas saapui kartanoon (Länsi-Savo 21.8.2011)
Anna Virtala, Jarmo Nykänen, Pertti Puikkonen, Marjo Kaipainen, Seppo Suuronen and Ari Moilanen are important names in the Southern-Savonian racing success. Trotter king Villihotti met the celebrating people this Sunday at Juva.
Photo from Länsi-Savo newspaper (see the link above)
The people of Juva flashbacked to three weeks back, as the ruling trotter king Villihotti arrived to Partala king’s mansion. Suuronen racing stable and town of Juva held an open triumph in honour for the double winnings Suuronen stable got from the trotting championships at Tampere 30th-31st of July. Eight hundred people were expected to arrive.
The king himself, fresh trotter king Villihotti was also present, taking the pats and photographing in calmly, as it is appropriate for a king.
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Suomenhevosten Derby-finalistit selvillä (Hippos.fi 19.8.2011)
The Middle-Finnish Derby elimination races were held at Jyväskylä on Thursday. The most important race for the five-year-olds is at hand on 27th of August in Jyväskylä, with the first prize of 25 000€. Gustav Dahlia, Sörkän Sälli and Turossi took the elimination race wins, but will this success continue at the final?
The Derby is a classic age-class race. Many legendary finnhorses have shown their true talent in the Derby,the winners table shows for example the four-time trotter king Patrik, the three-time queen I.P. Vipotiina, the breeding giant Turo and last year’s winner Pihlajan Aaroni, who can now be called the best coldblood trotter of the nordic countries.
So these five-year-olds are also names one should remember, very possible future open class trotters.
The race is 2100m auto start. Drivers are announced later.
1. Turossi (Turo – Salperon Tähti – Nils-Aslak)
2. Gustav Dahlia (Turo – Vokkerin Palsami – Vokker)
3. I.P. Osuma (Turo – I.P. Virkku – Vokker)
4. Camri (Cameron – Suvi-Syke – Vokker)
5. Rompi (Viesker – Reituli – Turo)
6. Niemen Apori (Sipori – Niemen Reea – Etsaus)
7. Sakari (Viesker – Samantha – Visku)
8. Nopsan Vauhti (Vaikin Vauhti – Hela-Nopsa – K.M. Nopsa)
9. Sörkän Sälli (Ture – Tupla-Suhina – Suikku)
10. Veisker (Viesker – I.P. Viola – Turo)
11. Nopsan Nero (K.M. Nopsa – Tokkeriina – Viesker)
12. Sopun Haaste (K.M. Nopsa – Metsolan Sopu – Suikku)
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So far there are a few finnhorse-related blogs, in Finnish though, not surprisingly. If you have a blog or other site or know one that would somehow relate to finnhorses and be interesting to visit, just let me know. :)
A video at YLE areena. Tuokkolan Touho was one of the biggest (if not the biggest) favourites to win the Trotting King race this year and got also quite much of media’s attention. As we know, he placed second after his stable mate Villihotti, who has also received similar training.
This is how you train a horse in the land of a thousand lakes. :D
Tähen Topelius alitti kolmantena nelivuotiaana valiorajan (Hevosurheilu.fi 15.8.2011)
Tähen Topelius was the third finnhorse ever to break the 1.25-limit as a four-year-old.
Photo by Juhani Länsiluoto.
The trotter talent, driven and trained by Pauli Raivio, ran the km-time of 1.24,8a in Lappeenranta last Monday.
This wasn’t a new Finnish Record, though. Jaanen Suikku still has it in his name with numbers 1.24,4a, the record is alrady 17 years old. The second fastest km-time for a four-year old is 1.24,6a by Cameron from the year 1999.
Ainon Ilo toisena maalissa – silti Suomen ennätys sen nimiin (Hevosurheilu.fi 14.8.2011)
Video from Fintoto video archive
Mikkeli had a three-year race with only four horses, but the race was still more than interesting. Voiton Tyttö crossed the finish line first, but the awards, the 1200€ first price and the new Finnish Record went to Ainon Ilo. Voiton Tyttö won the race clearly, but was disqualified due to her wrong gait. She paced over 100m on the last half.
Pihlajan Aaroni selätti Hallsta Lotuksen (Hevosurheilu.fi 13.8.2011)
Said to be the best cold-blooded trotter in Sweden, perhaps in the whole world, Hallsta Lotus had to humble in front of Pihlajan Aaroni‘s final spurt in Skellefteå V75 race last Saturday. Aaroni got a dream race behind the leading horse and pushed forward in the final few hundred. The final time was 1.20,3/1600m. Feseth Lynet placed third after leading the race to the final curve.
Hallsta Lotus’s last loss was from Elitkampen in May and he was aiming for the sixth win in a row.
The race is seen on ATG Play, Skellefteå V75-2.
Photo: Pihlajan Aaroni, from Hippos photo bank
A.T. Ukko-Myrsky. Photo by Heini Luttinen
Name, Prize (I-III), other nominations
A.T. Ukko-Myrsky I, Best of breed stallion (RP-O), VV1
Vuohimäen Silmu II, Best of breed mare (RP-T)
Sirukko I, Best of breed young horse (RP-N), VV2
Haka Rentun Ruusu I, Best of breed young horse of the opposite gender (VSP-N)
Millin Welmupöly I, Best of breed foal, (RP-VARSA) VV3 (for sale!)
Hillan Jarran I
Tintin Muskotti II (for sale!)
Tuulensuun Sinuhe II
Herttuan Helmi II
Millin Vadelma II
Villin Viritys II
Dallidens Vimma II
Millin Onneli II
Millin Rentukka II
Tintin Kuukunen III (for sale!)
Tuhkimon Regina III
Koskenkorvan hevoostalli, or Toiskan talli, offers social pedagogic services with horses. These services are mainly focused for people, especially children, coping with social difficulties.
Most of their horses are the trustworthy finnhorses and the site offers great atmosphere and photos, so I decided to link this. Maybe not so understandable for foreign visitors (only in Finnish), but anyhow shows another side of the multipurpose horse with capital M and great photos. :)
Group ownership has become more and more popular during the last few years. Owning a (trotter) horse in Finland is quite expensive due to the short paddock season and many other reasons, but when in group, the risk and the costs become smaller, and of course the joy of winning multiplies when you have friends to celebrate it with. :D
Lately I’ve seen a few interesting finnhorse groups that I thought I should advertise a little… Since these seem very well-planned. Hopefully these group stables will succeed and bring more people to see the fun with horses and races.
Viidensadan talli (the five hundred stable) is currently looking for people to invest in the 2-year-old stallion Hymynkare, whose ownership is split to five hundred stocks. The stocks cost 50€ each, including the horse’s purchasing price and upkeep for the first year. After this it costs 25€/year per stock. Sounds nice!
sire Sipori 19,4a; 195.407 €
dam Hymyhuuli 22,6a; 218.902 €
dam’s sire Vokker 22,3a; 170.412 €
Photo from kuopionravirata.fi
Talli Valonpilke (Light Sparkle stable) is also looking for interested horse owner candidates to own one or more 1/1000 part of the mare Lumi-Iiris, a light, good-looking and -trotting filly from a noble pedigree. One stock of the mare costs 50€ and there will not be any other payments. The project will be going on until the year 2013 when the horse will be sold. Be fast, the stocks are on sale only until the end of September 2011. ;)
sire Turo 23,8a
dam Vokkerin Helmis 27,8a
dam’s sire Vokker 22,3a
Photo from Valonpilke‘s site, photo by Anne Tala
And then there is Suomen Ravitalli (Finland’s stable), a massive group stable company that has over 2500 participants and anyone can join without a time limit. One stock costs 20€. The stable owns a few warmblood foals and the three-year-old finnhorse mare Virilii. Until these youngsters come to conquer the race tracks, the company has a few leased horses, perhaps the best known is stallion I.P. Lento, who won the 3100m race in the trotting championships this year and was sixth in the final results of the Trotting King race.
Photo from Suomenravitalli.fi