Gelding Reipas was a well-known race horse of his time, who won everything he could (only stallions were allowed to compete of the Trotter King’s crown). He also competed against the warmblood trotters in Moscow in the year 1957. His story was a true cinderella story, since he was a shabby market foal who ended up at Aapeli Miettinen’s house by accident.
Back then it was allowed in the rules to compete in several races during one day. This gelding ran approximately 1300 races. Depending of the source, he had either 348 or 339 wins.
Artist Herman Joutsen sculpted a statue of Reipas. It was placed in his home keeper Varpaisjärvi (nowadays part of Lapinlahti).
He was one of the first horses nominated to Stars’ Stable, along with Charme Asserdal, Friendly Face, Keystone Patriot, Vekseli, Vieteri, Patrik and Vonkaus.
A horse can be nominated to Stars’ Stable (Tähtien Talli) for outstandingly good performances in the trotting races. So far 8 warmblooded trotters and 8 finnhorses have been nominated. See them all at Hippos.fi / Tähtien talli