Little one is already 6 months old! This photo was taken December 1st, 2013. :)
From Kuninkuusravirankingin pistetilanne 4.7. julkaistu (kuninkuusravit.fi)
It’s that time of the year again…! Yes, Kuninkuusravi time!
Without a doubt the biggest annual trotting event in Finland and one of the biggest in Europe, a unique concept that has a long tradition starting from the 1920s… and it’s only a few weeks left!
I am, of course, talking about the finnhorse trotting championships (coronation trot?) weekend, that takes place in Kuopio in 27th-28th July this year.
One of the most thrilling parts of the waiting is to follow the ranking. Which horses will make it to the queen and king races? Only the twelve best horses can make it!
Mares ranking 4.7.2013
From Vilpotar palasi hallitsijaksi suomenhevosten työmestaruuskilpailussa (Suomenhevosliitto.fi)
This year the work horse championship competition took place at Seinäjoki in western Finland. It is open only for studbook inspected finnhorse stallions and mares (its purpose is basically the same as the finnhorse trotting championships -to serve quality horse breeding). This year’s competition was exceptional for having five first time competitors and five champions from previous years participating.
The horses are given points for their 500 m walk and 1000 m trot times, but the most significant (and the most exciting!) part is the pulling, where the horses pull a sleigh on sand starting with 500-600 kg weight. More weight is added into the sleigh after every two stairs (stair=10 m). This year the best puller Pihan Alma pulled a tremendous 28 stairs, at the final stairs the sleigh weighed about 1 200 kg. It brought her to second place in the overall
competition after Vilpotar, who renewed her title from 2011 by receiving the highest possible score in walk and trot and finishing it with pulling 23,3 stairs.
1.Vilpotar 2187-97Ta (Vispok – Vilma-Neiti, Eri-Teräs) 37,3 points
2. Pihan Alma 1348-05T (Kihin Hiski – Ritukka, Karski) 36,4 points.
3. Tähden Piirros 2294-07T (Ventterin Vili – Jojon Tähti, Jaavan Jojo) 34,4 points
4. Suikun Lukko 1324-95J (Suikun Ero – Luontoriina, Luonnos) 32,8 points
5. Titaanin Hurmuri 1352-08T (Murron Titaani – Muskotti, Vilkki) 31,5 points
6. M.L. Elviira 1276-00T (El Vihuri – M.L. Hoppu, Hovi-Paavi) 30 points
7. Luomutar 1775-01Ta (Luomus Jr – Selissa, Selmeri) 30,9 points
8. Tähti-Vie 2504-99J (Viesker – Patrikin Tähti, Patrik) 24,7 points
9. Tennari 1351-02T (Eri-Luonnos – Tutotar, Toto) 21,3 points
10. Laippa 1324-97T (Pysteri – Peliitta, Luonnos) 21 points
11. Hovingatar 1206-03Ta (Hovi-Ari – Hiiro, Vinkaus) 20,5 points
12. Vokmarin Vappu 1308-06T (Vokmar - Ansan Vire, Vireeni) 19 points
13. Jojoriina 1588-98T (Jaavan Jojo – Peilaus II, Ihme-Puli) 17,3 points
14. Hovingas 1443-05T (Hovi-Ari – Hiiro, Vinkaus) 13 points
Our little filly was born on 19th of June 2013, just after midnight (00.01). She is the first foal for her dam and the last one for her sire, which makes her quite exceptional, and also the special first one for me as a breeder! It’ll be so exciting to see her grow up.
And guess what, she’s already on Sukuposti, too!
Read more posts about the little filly:
prt 157 cm s. 1999† FINsh
|V.T. Akseli 1642-84R
tprt 159 cm s. 1983 FIN
|Vekseli 324-74J P
prt 157 cm s. 1971† FIN
|Vekkuli Jo 101 P
25,7aly-29,0ly prt s. 1964 FIN
|Pelho 100053 Valio||Mutri|
|Vekkuli 100606 Vj
37,6 prt s. 1956 FIN
|Valokko yh 1034||Valokas|
svrt s. 1976 FIN
29,8aly-34,8ly trt s. 1969 FIN
|Ero-Vila Jo 2||Ero-Lohko|
|Kulotar 1782-75T P
tprt s. 1965 FIN
tprt s. 1992 FINsh
|Paavin Into 3025-84J
tprt 156 cm s. 1984 FIN
|Hovi-Paavi Jo 74 P
29,2aly-33,2ly tprt s. 1964 FIN
|Eri-Hovi 5469 Valio||Eri-Aaroni|
|Paavitar 503950 Vj||Paavi|
|Ilo-Pilleri 275-73J Valio
38,4aly-38,4ke prt s. 1970 FIN
|Erilo 5731 Valio||Eri-Uljas|
|Pulitar yh 61969||Eri-Puli|
tprt 148 cm s. 1984 FIN
24,9aly-26,9ly prt s. 1971 FIN
|Ero-Lohko yh 1160 Valio||Lohko|
tprt s. 1979 FIN
|Tähti (i. Eri-Hovi 5469 V)||Eri-Hovi|
prt s. 2005 FIN
|Suikun Ralli 2290-94J
prt 159 cm s. 1994 FIN
|Suikku 1810-78J Valio
prt 163 cm s. 1978† FIN
|Vekku-Lento 555-74J Valio
26,7aly-28,2ly tprt s. 1971 FIN
|Vekkuli Jo 101 P||Vesseli|
|Mutrin-Lento Jt 57||Mutri|
|Aritar 101057 Vj
40,2 prt s. 1960 FIN
|Ari yh 1054||Eri|
trt 147 cm s. 1984† FIN
27,3aly-27,9ly trt s. 1969 FIN
|Vilperi Jo 18 Valio||Pisteri|
|Eritta 123-71T Pj||Ero-Lohko|
32,8aly-33,4ly tprt s. 1970 FIN
|Ero-Lohko yh 1160 Valio||Lohko|
prt 157 cm s. 1988 FIN
tprt 158 cm s. 1981† FIN
30,0aly-34,4ke tprt s. 1975 FIN
|Hilu Jo 65 Valio||Vihi|
|Ero-Liinu 1028-74J Valio||Ero-Lohko|
|Lissu 1179-76T H
tprt s. 1967 FIN
prt 156 cm s. 1981 FIN
|Puhemies 6572 Pj Valio
26,0aly-27,8ly trt s. 1957 FIN
|Erilo 5731 Valio||Eri-Uljas|
|Tähti 46913 Valio
prt s. 1963 FIN
|Eri-Ylpeys 5841 Valio||Eri-Aaroni|
|Inbreeding coefficient||5.868 %||Full generations||7||Furthest generation||22|
|Vekkuli Jo 101 P||(4) + (5)||Erilo 5731 Valio||(5) + (5)||Ero-Lohko yh 1160 Valio||(5 + 6) + (5 + 6 + 6)|
|Eri-Hovi 5469 Valio||(5 + 6) + (6)||Mutri 5360||(6) + (6 + 7)||Aromus yh 586 Valio||(6 + 7 + 8) + (7 + 8)|
|Eri-Aaroni 3423 Valio||(7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 8 + 8 + 9) + (6 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 8)||Eri-Vili 4057 P||(7 + 8) + (7)||Vorna 3098 AA||(6 + 7 + 9) + (8)|
Maternal line’s production
|Suikun Ralli||35,3ke||380 EUR
|6% / 19%|
|Hikupoika||27,7aly-29,4ly||13 757 EUR||11% / 25%|
|Vokker||33,3ake-32,5ke||2 185 EUR||5% / 19%|
|Viesker||28,9aly-31,7ke||5 005 EUR
|7% / 19%|
|Suikun Ralli||35,3ke||380 EUR
|6% / 19%|
|Puhemies||40,7aly-37,3kp||1 673 EUR||3% / 19%|
|Hikupoika||27,7aly-29,4ly||13 757 EUR||11% / 25%|
|Hikupoika||28,4aly-30,7ke||6 635 EUR||4% / 27%|
|Viesker||28,7aly-30,3ke||6 357 EUR||0% / 14%|
|0% / 11%|
|Päistäre||32,3ke||1 245 EUR
|25% / 50%|
|0% / 0%|
|Hilun-Merkki||-||0 EUR||0% / 0%|
Little filly was born 19th of June 2013 at 00.01. She is a chestnut with beautiful head marking, like a shooting star! More pictures to come, but feel free to take a look at our foaling camera in Elyse’s box by clicking here. We’ll leave the camera on to give you an opportunity to check out how the girls are doing. :)
“Our aim is to have a race similar to Åby Stora Pris, but for coldblood trotters”, tells Kaj Närhinen, the manager of Romme and Rättvik race tracks.
“We invite eight coldblood trotters from Sweden, Norway and Finland. The race takes place on the last Friday of July (26th). The competition consists of two races, first in 2140 m and then in 1640 m. If one horse wins both races, it wins the overall competition as well. If a different horse wins these races, we will have a third race in 1140 m distance.”
The overall winner has a chance to gather prizes worth 300 000 kr. “The prizes are the same level as in Elitkampen, so we hope to get the best horses to compete. Unfortunately the timing rules out the best finnhorse stallions and mares because the finnhorse trotting championships takes place in the same weekend (July 27th-28th), but on the other hand this is a great opportunity for geldings like Pihlajan Aaroni!”
“We hope that coldblood racing enthusiasts welcome this competition to their calendar. The collision with finnhorse trotting championships is unfortunate, but it’s because the racing calendar was already made when I started here in January and the last Friday of July is a traditional racing day in Romme” says Närhinen.
A nicely edited and sporty looking video resume about all kinds of things you can do with a finnhorse. :)
Video by SpiderTiipa
From Klemola oli oikeassa: Suomenhevosessa on Splashed White-kirjavuusgeeni! (Leena Alerini at Hevosurheilu.fi 11.5.2013)
It has been widely argued wether this rare color gene exists in finnhorses or not. Valto Klemola, a scientist who researched color genetics already in the 1930s, said it did, and now his theory has been proved true. Splashed white is said to be extremely rare and wanted color on horses.
There are multiple examples of finnhorses with exceptionally big white markings, both in living horses and in old photos. But still there seems to have been some lack of evidence that wasn’t known until now. The gene test had to wait until 2012. It was made in Davis University in California, and the test showed that this gene is indeed found in the finnhorse.
The horse that was tested is called Intiaani. She was tested for splashed white and sabino genes. Sabino test came out negative, but the current gene technology can only find one of the many mutations that gives the sabino coloring, so she might be a carrier of some other mutation. Intiaani is a heterozygous splashed white, which means that she got it from either her sire Turtuma or dam R.R. Vilma.
Just to inform and celebrate, since I can’t help but be excited about this. It’s a milestone! My first book!
“Hevonen” (horse) is my self-initiated college project. It’s a 20-page book with hard image wrap cover. I made the first order of these books for my friends and family, and got them a few days ago.
I can assure you it’s a quality print job, and I’m very happy with it. The poem I wrote and illustrated for the book is my ode for the horse, a way of showing my thankfulness for everything they have taught me during the years.
You can see the book on e-preview at the Blurb Bookstore. The bookstore price is 32.89€ or 38.24$.
For now it’s only available in Finnish, but here’s a translation of the poem:
They say that you live in a moment
but you have the knowledge of a thousand years in you
from this life and the past.
You carry the weight of the world
silently, without complain.
One earns respect only then
when he stops asking for it
you have taught me that
through countless mistakes.
When I’m telling others about you
I tell more about myself
what I am and what I would like to be.
You show me what I am.
Thank you, my friend, the horse.”
video by Katri Leppämäki
It seems that summer will be here soon. That big yellow bulb has been reported to be seen in the sky every now and then, the snow is melting -and many foals of 2013 have already been born!
My Facebook wall is full of photos of those tiny, ever-so-cute creatures trying to figure out their spider-like long legs, seeing and tasting the world… And soon galloping big circles around their mom outside in the field. Needless to say I can’t wait to see our first foal to be born in July.
The sire of this next king/queen is the 1st prize R-stallion Sumiainen. He unfortunately died in October 2012, so this will be his last age-class. He succeeded well in national dressage arenas as well as in show ring for years and has sired 7 foals until 2012. This little one will be a rarity! :)
The “foal project” as we like to call it with my friend, started last summer first just as a joke, but it caught on quite quickly and soon we were looking at stallion ads -why not?! The Finnish summer is short, the ideal time for a foal to be born would be May or June to provide them the longest possible time for grazing outside. Still we weren’t too slow with the decisions and the first covering was an instant success. A few weeks later we could start thinking about the possible names we could be giving to this newcomer.
So far the winter has gone by the book with no problems whatsoever. I can only hope that the foaling will be like that as well and Elyse will prove herself as a good mother. Luckily we have one other mare foaling in the same stable this summer, and she has had a few foals so there is also support available for the newbie. ;)
(We are semi-secretly hoping for a flaxen-mained colt, but we’ll see…)
From Kuninkaallinen kuvavisa! (Kuninkuusravit Facebook page)
This competition is not organised by this blog, but I wanted to help promoting it because I love the idea. It requires a bit of investigation work, but is not too difficult task thanks to Sukuposti‘s well organized site. I found them all, can you? :)
The idea is to find names for each horse. All the pictures come from Sukuposti database.
You can find the pictures here.
Do not comment the pictures on Facebook! Let’s give a chance for others too. ;)
- Send your answers to email@example.com
- Just a list: 1. “Horse X” 2. “X and X”.
- Remember to give your contact information in the e-mail, so they can send you the prizes if you win. First prize is two tickets to finnhorse trotting championships weekend in July.
- Only correct answers get to participate the raffle!
- The competition is open until 19th of April, 2013
Translated clues for pictures:
1. What is the name of this Pikkukunkku winner?
2. Trotter king
3. Trotter king
4. Pikkuprinssi winner
5. Trotter queen
6. Trotter king
7. Trotter king
8. Trotter queen
9. Trotter queen, dam for a Derby winner
10. Trotter queen AND the king -you have to know both
11. Pikkuprinssi winner and sire for a trotter king
12. Pikkuprinssi winner
From Franko ja Marimin kuninkuusravirankingien kärjessä (Hevosurheilu.fi 12.3.2013)
The finnhorse trotting championships weekend is without doubt one of the biggest events of the year for finnhorse- and Finnish harness racing enthusiasts. We all dream of the day when we could have a trotter king or queen of our own. These horses have always been the absolute top of the breed.
The horses who get to compete for the grand prizes and glory are chosen by their earlier accomplishments. This year the point system has been changed to emphasize the more recent races, which gives the winter stars good points for this first ranking list. The ruling king Erikasson, just like many other open level stallions, hasn’t started his season yet, and these rankings will still change several times before July.
King race candidates
Happy women’s day, folks!
Women’s Day celebration seems to get bigger and bigger every year in Finland as well, at least according to news headlines. People celebrate it in variable ways, for some it’s Valentine’s Day all over again and other take it as a reminder about the gender equality questions that are nowadays mostly taken care of, but it wasn’t that long ago when mares where not horses and women were not people. But that’s another story!
I came across this funny quote by Finnish retired news anchor Arvi Lind. He told the interviewer that he had used this metaphor before, but was misunderstood. What he meant with it, was that Finnish women can do anything, like finnhorses.
Finnhorses can work as draft, trotter and riding horses, whereas a Finnish woman can be a successful career woman, a mother and lover at the same time. We should respect them for their work for our society, was Arvi’s message.
Some people take offence when compared to an animal, some even commented that Finnish women and horses have nothing more in common than short and hairy legs, but those of us who really know and value these horses take this metaphor as a compliment. :)
Can’t help but smile for this one :)
I met Annukka online at Haynet, the social network for equine bloggers. She told that she had moved to UK from Finland and brought her finnhorse with her. Annukka was kind enough to write a guest post and share their story with us. :)
Two years ago my family moved to UK. That family includes two horses and it was not an option to leave them behind.
Just before we found out that we are moving here I bought a Finnish Horse called Sarasteen Simeon. His nickname is Simppa and he is now five years old.
When I considered the breed I was going to buy I had couple of options but I knew I would need a cold blood. They can be outside 24/7 and they are so easy to look after. In the end I chose Finnish Horse as I have always thought we should need to support more this rare breed so that it would not disappear. My father was always telling stories how Finn Horses were helping with the farm work as he was a child. They were always very loyal, hardworking and the gentlest horses he knew.
We always had horses and I have had my own Shetland pony since I was ten years old. I was so sure that even though I buy a youngster he will be my best friend for life like my Shetland. That belief vanished quite quickly. I didn’t have a clue what to do with a youngster. Luckily since the beginning I have found the best people to help and support us.
Since the beginning everyone told me that I have found a horse with whom I have the best chances to succeed. They were so right. Even though I didn’t really know how to train him and how to be a good leader for him he still was kind to me and did everything I asked from him. It has been nice to grow together and as I have gained more experience I´m like a part of our small herd now.
In UK I found classical riding teacher who was also very good at ground work. She introduced me to Parelli Natural Horsemanship. I knew about it already but never really had the time to look into it.
I didn’t go very far within the program as I felt something was missing. It’s a good program but nowadays I follow several horsemen and take from them what I think are the most useful parts and mix them together. Mostly I have been concentrating on our ground skills but I have also tried to improve my riding.
I’m going to see Monty Roberts in a few weeks. I haven’t ever seen his clinics. There is so much mixed opinions about his work that I thought it´s better to go and see it myself. I´m very excited what I will learn from him.
In Finland it seems that horsemanship knowledge is disappearing and only few people can help if you have problems with your horse. Here it is not a problem to find help but you have to be very careful to whom you turn to. It´s good to follow they work closely so that you know that you like the way they handle horses and how they teach.
I have to admit that in the beginning I really had my doubts if I had bought the right horse. I felt I didn’t connect with him and I didn’t know how to help a young horse. I didn’t even realize how nice horse I actually have. The more I learned the more he opened my eyes to look at him differently. He seems to be very dominant horse but partly because he is young and doesn´t really know enough about life. After bringing him over to UK he was a bit unconfident but he hasn’t travelled a lot and everything was new to him. I think both my horses got used to UK very quickly. At least I didn’t notice any problems. They were happily grazing on the pasture since the arrival.
I think that life will not be boring with Simppa. We have so much to learn from each other and life. But life will be a lot easier than I thought. Almost all of our problems I have created with my inexperience. I have now learned that he has a huge play drive, he learns very quickly and always wants to please. As he learns quickly he also gets easily bored and finds something else to do. I used to confuse that to naughtiness. He is not the easiest horse for me as he is young but his heart is pure gold. I haven´t earned his heart yet but I´m sure he will be the best horse I will ever have.
In our new home country our Finn Horse has got some mixed comments. Some people love him right away and his huge head gets lots of attention. That is only sign to notice that he is actually a draft horse. It’s quite difficult to say what people think of him. Some people are interested and want to know more about our breed but some look at his direction maybe once and return to their warmbloods. But that is something you’ll find also in Finland. Many people have noticed that he is very laid-back horse even though he is very young.
I believe his size, stamina, characteristics and versatility for use might be something of interest to people here. Finn Horse is after all able to pull as much as 110 percent of their own body weight and can carry even very big men on their backs even though they are quite small horses.
I don’t know yet what we are going to do in future. If it’s dressage, TREC or if we are just one of the happy hackers I once participated onto clinic where one of the instructors told us who were there with young horses “Don’t give them their last names yet.” And he was right. We will figure it out, we have time.
From Kylmäveriottelun torstain lähtöradat arvottu (Hippos.fi 20.2.2013)
Prix des Trotteurs Sang Froid is the first of the two coldblood trotter races that are held in Vincennes, Paris this week.
Here is the list for Thursday’s race:
|1||TRONS PILA N.P. BRAEKKEN 0’00″0
(LOME ELDEN – TRONS BRITTA) - Propriétaire : Jan Olav DAHLOE (NOR) – Entraineur : N. BRAEKKEN – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 154905 €
|2||GULI JARVEN J.O. PERSSON 0’00″0
(JARVSOFAKS – TERNEMY) - Propriétaire : HALSINGE TRAV AB (SWE) – Entraineur : J.O. PERSSON – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 157785 €
|3||FOYNLAND KONGEN G. FLAATEN 0’00″0
(LOME KONGEN – KOYDA) - Propriétaire : Paal KRISTIANSEN (NOR) – Entraineur : Paal KRISTIANSEN – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 120773 €
|4||HIBOGUBBEN B. LANDGREN 0’00″0
(JARVSOFAKS – SIVA) - Propriétaire : EVAN INVEST AB (SWE) – Entraineur : B. LANDGREN – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 98359 €
|5||TESANTTI E. HOLOPAINEN 0’00″0
(LIISING – TURON TUULIA) - Propriétaire : Pentti HYVARINEN (FIN) – Entraineur : Pentti HYVARINEN – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 104130 €
|6||LARKAN U. LARSSON 0’00″0
(HALLSTA LOTUS – LASSAS TRAVINA) - Propriétaire : Torsten NORBERG (SWE) – Entraineur : J.O. PERSSON – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 109098 €
|7||RAGGMUNKEN M. ABRIVARD 0’00″0
(JARVSOFAKS – GRANLITROLLA) - Propriétaire : Mlle Ulla GUSTAFSSON (SWE) – Entraineur : Tord GUSTAFSSON – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 130111 €
|8||BRODSJO STINA P. VERCRUYSSE 0’00″0
(SPIKELD – BRODSJO BAUSA) - Propriétaire : Stall HAUGLAND (NOR) – Entraineur : Hans HAUGLAND – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 90308 €
|9||FETTER’N T.G. G.V. GUNDERSEN 0’00″0
(ELDING – TROLLVILJA) - Propriétaire : Mlle Charlotte Teien GUNDERSEN (NOR) – Entraineur : G.V. GUNDERSEN – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 120048 €
|10||METKUTUS E. RAFFIN 0’00″0
(LIPTUS – MIKUN METKA) - Propriétaire : J.M. PAAVOLA (FIN) – Entraineur : J.M. PAAVOLA – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 69730 €
|11||SUIKUN RILLA H. SULKU 121a5a1’23″4(Vinc.)
(SUIKKU – NASATAR) - Propriétaire : TAKTER OY & SULKU TAPANI (FIN) – Entraineur : H. SULKU – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 85514 €
|12||KEISAR J. TORMANEN 0’00″0
(HOVI ARI – JOSSE) - Propriétaire : Stall HUPI-TALLI (FIN) – Entraineur : A. VUORISALO – Distance : 2100 – Gains : 80280 €
From Johannan suomenhevossivut (12.2.2013)
Johanna has made a huge amount of work collecting all rare colored (non-chestnut that is) inspected finnhorse studs of all studbooks. Every now and then there are people looking for studs of certain color, and this list made to help those people without taking any sides in the argument whether the coat color is an important aspect of horse breeding or not.
The list of sabinos is made by looks of the horses, there is no 100% certainty that all of these horses carry the gene.
|Tuuvan Herpertti||P||Ukkosen Poika||Jeppana|
|Ahon Odotus||P||V.L. Titan||Jessimo|
|Tintin Timjami||P||Tussarin Luonnos||Jessimo|
|Tuuvan Herpertti||P||Ukkosen Poika||Jeppana|
|E.V. Jovankka||P||E.V. Johtotähti||Vokkerin-Liikku Hå|
|A.T. Musta-Ritari||P||V.P. Jehu||A.T. Pikku-Nikko|
|A.T. Ukko-Myrsky||P||A.T. Jesperi||Portteri|
|Anton H||P||Nikolai H||Vieterin-Vilo|
|Herra Herman (klm?)||R||Hermeli||K.K. Kössi|
|Lastun Leka||R||Pilven Poika||Vekkuli|
|O.K. April (klm?)||RTa||Siruluonto||Uusi-Veto|
|Valon Veikka||R||Murron Valo||Pellervo|
|A.T. Unikuva||P||A.T. Unikki||Portteri|
|Friisin Paletti||P||Ukkosen Poika||Varjo-Luonnos|
|Hurran Toivo||R||Hilton Hurra||Heluri|
|Lehtolan Wiljam||R||Poika-Wiljami||Postin Kuva|
|Mani Mekkeri||R||Jaanen Suikku||Henri|
|Pilven Lento||R||Pilven Poika||Ero-Ruuti|
|Totaarin Aihe||R||Aiheen Ote||Toto|
The Finnhorse might be the perfect cross with the beloved Gypsy Vanner to produce size and athletic ability without sacrificing temperament. Since the Finnhorse is a larger coldblood I believe the Gypsy Vanner Finnhorse cross would be considered a Drumhorse. The Finnhorse might also be the perfect cross to produce the Georgian Grande when crossed with the American Saddlebred. The Finnhorse Georgian Grande should prove a better mover and more athletic than the Saddlebred Draft horse cross. The real market here for Finnhorses might be fresh cooled semen or frozen semen. If we could get one Finnhorse stallion here who is large and a good mover, we could prove this theory. For the American market he must have a beautiful head. Flaxen mane would be great, Palomino would be great, Silver Dapple would be very marketable also, and black. However, size and a good mover is the most important. (Susan’s Comment to poll “Would you consider a finnhorse, if you were buying a horse right now?”)
Thank you for your comment, Susan!
Those crosses sure do sound interesting, I believe no one has ever tried them!
Crossing finnhorses with other breeds is somewhat a tabu subject for the Finns. It’s understandable, we can’t bring any new blood from anywhere. All in all Finnish horse breeders are often quite strict with the pure breeding issues unless the cross is officially accepted somewhere, whatever horse or pony breed in question, and especially in case of our beloved finnhorse.
Every now and then there has been discussion about the northern trotter, which would be result of crossbreeding Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian coldblood trotters. I don’t know if there have been any experiments with this theory. Nowadays with all frozen semen exporting technology, personally I wouldn’t see these kind of experiments as a problem, but in larger scale it might eventually affect the purebred population, and we don’t want that to happen.
But, just to play with this hypothetical thought: what would the results look like IF we crossbred finnhorses with some other breeds?
I have been told there were a few official crossbreeding experiments with both lighter (trakehner, arabian) and heavier (ardenner) horses in the early 20th century, but those ended up as disappointments and were given up at early stages. It is said that the gray color came to finnhorses as a result of crossbreeding with Russian orlov trotters, though this might have been before the finnhorse studbook was founded, so there’s no further record about it.
I searched for finnhorse crosses and found a few:
- Ein Ethel, Ein Finn Gream, Ein Lisetter and Ein Valtter are all finnhorse & arabian crosses.
- Full brothers Ojanrinteen Paddington and Ojanrinteen Pokemon, Irish Cob & finnhorse crosses.
- Finnhorse & thoroughbred cross Pinewood Peikko.
- Tähden Piirto is quite a mix: finnhorse dam and standardbred & new forest pony-cross sire.
- Nicolina Sandas is a new forest pony & finnhorse mix
- Sunrises Hobero warmblood & finnhorse
- Wild Sunday Night standardbred & finnhorse
Stallion Suikun Lukko 1324-95J
si. Suikun Ero
d. Luonto-Riina (Luonnos)
Breeder Markku Pajunen, Hämeenkyrö
Race statistics: 1.24,6 a – 1.26,8, winnings. 32.746,00€, st. 147, 9 – 10 -22
Offspring (until 2012):
|2003||s||Maistro||1420-03||28,3ake-30,1ke||13 780 EUR (27.5.2011)||9||Vokmai 1671-90J|
|2011†||m||Pihlajan Rakas||Viptyttö 1268-01|
|2009||m||Lukon Mimmi||246001S00091315||1||Kristal 1997-00|
|2011||s||Tine||246001S00111257||Hultan Inkku 1635-03|
Jarmo Korkeaniemi bought Suikun Lukko as a yearling. Suikun Lukko’s very well-built legs and hooves caught his eye at first. The colt was also very co-operative and kind. The best thing in this colt was that there were no downsides, Jarmo smiles. The horse has always been exceptionally humble towards human.
Suikun Lukko made an impressive career as a trotter: he placed third in Erilo-race as a five-year-old, placed second in finnhorse monté championship race in 2005 ridden by Tiia Tirkkonen and made a new Finnish record in monté at the age of 14, ridden by Susanne Klemola.
In the year 2012 he became the work horse champion. His trot time was 1.33 and walk 5.50. He pulled 19,2 stairs. Working has been a part of his training since the beginning, Jarmo and Suikun Lukko started with bringing firewood home when he was three years old. After his trotter career he has had a job as carriage horse in weddings and other special occasions, and Jarmo says Suikun Lukko is also his “personal therapy horse”, making every grey thoughts disappear once he harnesses his beloved horse.
Suikun Lukko has also tried a few other disciplines: he has attended in horse swimming competitions held annually at Kurikka. He hasn’t won anything from those competitions, being more interested in enjoying the nice, cool water than swimming fast. Another interesting fact is that he has also been shown at endurance riding competitions.
More photos and articles about Suikun Lukko:
- Suomenhevoset vetivät hurjia lasteja -perässä nähtiin myös auto, katso kuvat! (ksml.fi)
- Työmestaruus Suikun Lukolle (hevosjalostusliitot.fi)
- Valtakunnallisen Työmestaruuskilpailun voittoon Suikun Lukko (Hippos.fi)
- Suikun Lukko is the new Finnish work horse champion (finnhorseblog.com)
- Suikun Lukko Porissa montén Suomen ennätykseen (Olympiaravit.fi 2009)
- Photos from finnhorse trotting championships 2010 (Katrin.kuvat.fi)