The Finn Horse has been bred as a pure breed for 106 years. Suomen Hippos, the head organisation of horse breeding and harness racing in Finland, gives a flag recommendation on sixth of September annually.
The Finn Horse Declaration
This declaration was given at Ypäjä Equine College yesterday sixth of September 2013. Ypäjä is one of the biggest Finn horse breeders in Finland. Here’s a rough translation of the speech:
The Finn horse’s studbook was founded 106 years ago. The Finnish horse has been bred as a pure breed ever since. At first the purpose was to breed a draft horse that would cope with the Finnish climate. Later on the Finn horse was given a task to work as a riding horse for the army, then for harness racing and nowadays also as a riding horse for leisure riders.
The Finn horse has always lived up to any task given to it, and even exceeded. It is one of the most versatile horses in the world. The Finn horse has helped us built this country and also defended it. Nowadays Finn horse serves as a sport and leisure horse just as honestly as its ancestors did. We owe for our national horse, the symbol of Finnishness. Our task is to give these horses the honor they have earned also in the future. Let’s be proud of our Finn horse.