It seems that a depression has got into finnpony breeders. It shows as shutting down or shifting down the stables and breeding any mare with only fast, commercial trotter stallions, even many good horses are left out of the studbook for simply not showing them.
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1. Mare Lobina 503-72PJT may have been the only one of its kind. As you can see on her register number, she was approved for three breeding sections studbook out of four. She got the first prize for the P-studbook.
2. Jessimo 186-80RP is a very qualified P-section stud.
3. Manni 2052-80RP has an excellent type.
Finnpony breeders feel that their work, the pony-sized finnhorse, is not appreciated enough. The riding horse type breeders have the same situation. P-studbook driving test is often made by trotter horse drivers, who have a completely different thought of what a horse should feel to the reins than what would probably be suitable.
On the other hand it is not much better in the riding tests either. The skill levels and backgrounds different widely between the test riders. The worst case scenario is to have a committee of one-eyed trot men, who simply judge the horses by their pedigrees without even taking a good look at the horse itself. As there are four equal breeding sections, it would be reasonable to ensist the committee to consist of people who know the backgrounds and could work unbiased and unprejudiced.
Photo: One of the best finnpony mares, Pyrri 2987-84P (Ist prize) has started her broodmare career promisingly.
Hippos could give more attention for the finnpony and their breeders. It would not even demand high investments. A few years back when Hippos and Suomenratsut ry searched for finnponies just to see how many there were. Hundreds of finnpony friends appeared, glad simply by the fact that they had been noticed. They should be brought together constantly, for example by organizing a seminar.
A connection to Estonia could be refreshing. Their horses got new blood from the few finnhorses that were taken over the Gulf of Finland before. As I have introduced finnponies to my Estonian guests, they have, of course, pointed out their economical situation, but also told me that they are concerned about finnpony’s heavy head and front. This might mean that I haven’t found the horses they are looking for, since there are lighter-fronted horses too. The Estonians also want to see riding horse type and schooling in a stallion.
Maybe Suomenratsut could get a few Estonian horses to the upcoming farmer fairs, those which have Finnish blood in them? This could lead the conversations to much higher levels!
And one more thing: Let the upcoming year 1994 be the year of the finnpony!
– Ilmari Ojala 1993