Archive for category Bookmarks
I had joined Pinterest a while ago to check what all the fuss was about, made a few pins and left it that way, waiting for time when I would find more use for it. Pinterest is basically an online pinboard where you can collect nice pictures, ideas and articles online.
A few days ago I logged on again, and found out that the number of finnhorse related pins and boards had grown tremendously since my last visit! How great is that!
I pinned a few to my own board, but I would suggest you to see also other Finnhorse boards by Holly Pol and Jenni Müller. Search terms “finnhorse” and “Finnish horse” give even more astonishing horse photos to look at. Have fun!
I haven’t updated the bookmarks category for a while, mostly because I rarely come across sites I haven’t already introduced or just are not that good so I don’t feel like showing them around. In general I would suggest stable owners try to get their sites at least up and running and spare a few thoughts for the sitemap and design. On the other hand I understand that horse professionals are very, very busy with their stables and horses but then again, a website is nowadays often the first thing that possible new customers look at. There are people who can build and manage a websites for a small fee, that could be an option for many busy people and a good website could pay itself back.
Anyways, these four finnhorse breeding stables have an updating website with at least some information in English on them to serve also those visitors who can not understand Finnish language. Have a look. :)
Loimihaka has contact information and a note that they can provide service also in English, Swedish and German. Also, quite nice website overall. Some effort has been made!
Tauron Talli has put a real effort on language options -the whole site is translated to Swedish, English, German and *gasp* Japanese!
Equine College Ypäjä is not a private stud, but one of the biggest, if not the biggest individual finnhorse breeder in Finland and they also sell horses every now and then. And they do have a summary version of their site in English as well as on their ESSA profile page.
Suomenhevosia.net is a gallery of finnhorse photos by amateur photographer and finnhorse enthusiast Elina Lehtonen. The gallery hasn’t been updated for a while now, but there are still dozens of beautiful photos from earlier years to see. Go check it out!
Katriina Viljamaa-Rissanen is a professional Finnish artist who enjoys painting horses and other animals, especially finnhorses.
You can see her current exhibition Suomen Hevonen – Suomenhevonen (Finland’s Horse – Finnhorse) at Galleria Contempo in Helsinki from 6th to 30th September 2012.
There are 20 000 finnhorses in Finland, but not so many outside the borders. So far I have read only about a few horses taken abroad.
Freunds Gestüt in Oberorke, Germany, has a pack of finnhorses that work for leisure rides for hotel-spa Freund’s customers.
Saajan talli is a riding school, but also breeds their mares, if not every year, almost every other year. ;)
They have 6 finnhorses, a russ pony and 2 warmblood horses, all of hem mares.
Liinakkotalli is located in Virolahti, in South-Eastern Finland. They focus on riding lessons and horse breeding, with R-section finnhorses and Finnish Warmblood (FWB) horses. Their stallion Hessin Leevi was inspected in October 19th 2011 to R-studbook with second prize. Congratulations!
Parvelan Hevostila is a 12-place stable that offers riding horse schooling services and finnhorse breeding.
By clickin the “Hevoskasvatus” banner on top of the page you will find more information and photos about their horse breeding program. Their R-stallion Lastun Leka is standing in stud also next year (his homepage banner is next to horse breeding program banner).
Unfortunately the site is only in Finnish, but there are lots of photos. ;)
Bronzed trotter king Eri-Aaroni on Kouvola racetrack’s winner circle. Sculpted by Herman Joutsen.
Photo from YLE Kymenlaakso article on Kymi Grand Prix (“Kouvolan ravirata majoittaa maailmantähtiä” 17.6.2011)
Herman Joutsen is one of my top favourite horse artists. His sculptures are so detailed and realistic, I would really want to make artwork that good some day. I have seen this statue of Eri-Aaroni quite closely for several times (as I live nearby the track and visit there often) and I am still stunned by it. It’s like the horse could neigh any moment.
Besides Eri-Aaroni, Joutsen has sculpted also the legendary finnhorses Reipas and Eino, along with the war horse statue and many others, smaller and bigger.
He has a website, also in English (!), that shows his work and briefly about the man himself. I suggest you take a few moments to get to know his work. It is worth it.
Mattilan ratsutila offers stables for rent, riding lessons and R-finnhorse breeding by the name “Lavilan –”. They have a few broodmares and a stallion, Valon Veikka, who hasn’t been inspected yet but is aiming for it.
Suomenhevosliitto, the finnhorse association, works for preservation and respect of finnhorse in all horse sports and brings the enthusiasts together.
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
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!
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. :)
If you are an active Facebook user, you might find it useful to like this page. :)
See also the Twitter updates on the right side of this page. I’m not very used to tweeting myself, but luckily WP has an automatic widget for that. ;)
Finnish Work Horse Association (Suomen Työhevosseura ry) has freshen up their website. I think it looks very good! :)