Archive for January, 2012
I have to say, I am happily surprised of the new Fintoto TV ads, and not the least because of the stars they have chosen for the latest one.
“Horse powers in the game, every Saturday”
From Hevoset 2012 (hevosmessut.fi)
The finnhorse is going to be shown more widely than before in this year’s Hevoset 2012 Horse Fair at Tampere. The event promises to show the versatility of this splendid multipurpose horse breed. There are finnhorse events included in all three days of the fair, for both those who have already lost their hearts for these horses and for those who still have not got in touch with them.
The article promises variant information on the breed, for example, a stallion cavalcade and, of course, finnhorse is introduced also as a war horse, including as a full-equipped dragoon officer’s horse in the fair opening.
(I’m so excited. :D)
Mares, photo by smerikal
Hippos published the annual statistics for four- and five-year-old finnhorses as well as a PDF for finnhorses overall.
How to read:
The statistics have been collected between 1.1.2011 and 31.12.2011. They are sorted based on winnings from both sulky and monté races, including all mares, stallions and geldings. The first column shows the sire stallion’s name.
b=horses that have raced
c=horses allowed to race (3-16 years of age)
d=amount of wins
Finnhorses overall (pdf)
Feromoni Kuu. Photo by smerikal
This year’s Ravigaala was held at the Barona Areena in Espoo. This celebration for the best of the year is a big event for all of horse people involved in harness racing. Touching moments were seen and happy tears shed.
Saran Salama greeted his audience for the last time on Barona Areena, and was nominated to Star’s Stable, the Hall of Fame of horses. Photo: Ilkka Lukka
The most touching words of the evening came from Saran Salama’s owner Sara-Juulia Perttunen: “Saran Salama has been my whole life. I was only eight years old when he was born. The horse has so great meaning to me, a young girl, so I can not even imagine what he means to my father (breeder-trainer-driver Tapio Perttunen) or Erkki (Suhonen, Tapio’s trusted helper for years), who have worked with race horses for their whole lives.”
Ravigaala’s award winners are chosen each year by Suomen Ravitoimittajat, (Finnish racing journalists) association. There have been also votings on the internet, but this year the three most significant category winnings were based purely on open vote. There were four nominees in each category: The driver, the trainer and the horse of the year. About 3000 votes were given.
Horse of the year, the three-year-old international sensation Brad de Veluwe gathered 56% of the votes and sparkled in many categories. His breeder Lars Ingman Oy Ab was the breeder of the year, and groom Marie Karlsson was awarded for her hard work on the horse. The owner group thanked her as a true treasure. Tuomas Korvenoja gained the trainer of the year nomination with 47% of the votes. He summed up this year as the best of his career both in success and great feelings.
Trotter Queen and the finnhorse of the year nomination was given to I.P. Vipotiina (28% of the votes). Driver award was given to Ari Moilanen, who turned 50 years old 2011, reached the Trotter King win with Villihotti for the first time in his life (though there have been multiple Trotter Queen wins) and has been an audience favourite for years. He gathered 47% of the votes and won also Fintoto’s Kultakypärä (golden helmet) driver competition with most race wins in a month.
4-year-old finnhorse: Elmoori
5-year-old finnhorse: Sörkän Sälli
3-year-old warmblood: Brad de Veluwe
4-year-old warmblood: Seabiscuit
Youth action: Rovaniemi (Mäntyvaaran ravinuoret)
Monté-rider: Jenni Kaija
Summer race track: Vieremä
Golden helmet-competition: Ari Moilanen
Elite Mare: Celebration Ride (Finnish race horse breeders’ nomination)
Race track: Pori
Older warmblood stallion: Le Cannibale
Older finnhorse stallion: Tuokkolan Touho
Older warmblood mare: Target Hoss
Older finnhorse mare/Finnhorse of the year: I.P. Vipotiina
Comet: Orlando Croft
Most wins: Xanthis Seastar
Woman athlete award: Kati Lindsberg
Act of the year: EL Mistress Eeva’s charity project (over 20 000 euro for a children’s hospital)
Groom of the year: Marie Karlsson
Horse owner of the year: Ravitalli Suuronen Oy
Breeder of the year: Oy Lars Ingman Ab
Driver of the year: Ari Moilanen (open voting)
Trainer of the year: Tuomas Korvenoja (open voting)
Horse of the year: Brad de Veluwe (open voting)
nomination to Star’s Stable: Saran Salama
Special distinction: Finnhorses’ success in Paris coldblood race
Special distinction: Golda Apache
Special distinction: Jarno Kauhanen – on Womanizer’s success
“Ville” in the forest. Photo by Valonsa
From KIPA, Finnish riders association’s database. I listed the accepted kilometers that finnhorses have gathered during the year from all their classes, including national, regional and club level competitions. KIPA doesn’t show international results, or at least I wasn’t able to find them.
Rider – Horse – kilometers (altogether in 2011)
Taru Pentikäinen - Kalilei 155,5km
Riitta Ariluoma – Platino 133km
Laura Järvinen-Hannula – Severi-Poika 120km
Teija Kojo – Hessin Pirpana 127km
Mirka Kivelä – Nettaus 110,5km
Marja Salonen – Musketti 79,5km
Kirsi Seppälä – Welkko 87km
Helvi Nikkilä - Akviliina 86km
Ritva Lampinen – R.R. Suikutar 50km
Johanna Juvonen – Salmen Pinokkio 84,5km
Merja Nikkilä – Karu Neito 56km
Sari Lahtinen – Silminnäkijä 32,5km
Janita Kukkonen – Nellan Salama 22km
Jannica Olonen – Veivin Kemu 22km
Maaret Rantanen – Virisari 18,5km
Sisko Tiirinen – Amin Lounatuuli 18,5km
Satu Tiirinen – Jeremias Jermu 18,5km
Virpi Kangas – Murteri 18,5km
Tiina Vesterinen - Kiikun-Ajatus 17km
Satu Kirjoranta – Tihkusade 17km
Saana Meriö - Hilon Pilkku 17km
Anni Alanen – Valo-Veto 16km
Heidi Ahlgren – Liikun Poika 15,5km
Katri Suomi – Tosi-Juttu 15,5km
Elina Vahteristo – Koto Taito 15km
Marjo Rajala – Jonnan Tyttö 15km
Ronja Valkeala – Karangon Muru 15km
Maarit Halmetoja – Kikan Likka 15km
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2 300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.
Kuukauden työhevonen: Jalo-Jussi (tyohevosharrastajat.net)
Original text by Kirsti Forssen, free & shorten translation
Starting a new series of posts, inspired by the work horse group’s website’s horse of the month-posts.
Click the link above for more photos!
Photo by Peppi-Emilia Salmi
First up is gelding Jalo-Jussi, a Helsinki city worker, owned by Lauri Karjalainen.
Born 26th of March 2001, owned by Lauri since December 2006.
sire Muiston Kihhaus, dam Hipuli
After having two not-so-nice-tempered mares in his stable, Lauri was already going to leave the horses. Yet he was convinced to take the gelding Jalo-Jussi for a two-week trial. This horse was the first that stood still while asked, which made him a keeper in Lauri’s stable. Earlier the horse had worked in endurance riding.
Lauri and Jussi work in Helsinki city parks, such as a fortress from the world war I with its trenches. They are also highly expected visitors at the local day care centers.
Just like a work horse should be, Jalo-Jussi is calm and patient. Lauri tells he has also a sharp pull if necessary, but he won’t break the harness. Sometimes their load has fallen down but the horse stays calm. He goes well where the machines can’t, specializing in shore willow scything and other challenging environments.