Vuohimäen Havu is a pony-sized finnhorse stallion. Lately he has been competing in the international driving competitions all around Europe with Leena Kalalahti.
Best pony-sized Finn horses in Vermo this year were:
Sirukko Best young horse, winner of the year 1
Tintin Sahrami Best stallion, winner of the year 2
Vieno-Kaneli Best mare, best veteran, winner of the year 3
Timilän Pisara Best foal
Merimaan Ruu Reserve Champion
See some photos on Facebook (public)
From Kansallinen Poninäyttely (poninayttely.com)
The national pony show is an annual event that takes place in Vermo, Espoo, Finland. There are altogether over 500 ponies participating, including show- and riding classes and seven different pony breeds (Connemara pony, Welsh pony, New Forest Pony, Shetland pony and Minishetland, Gotland Russ pony, Pony-sized finnhorse and partbreds). The show takes place 3rd-4th of August and there is no entrance fee if you wish to go and see the show and loads of pretty ponies. :)
This year the pony-sized finnhorse (finnpony:) show rings got 29 participants (Sunday 4th of August):
|Name||Sire – Dam – Broodmare sire|
|Hagelundin Aarre||Tintin Timjami – Pikku-Onerva – Kelmi|
|Leiskan Luoti||Postipoju – Myrskyn Helmi – A.T. Ukko-Myrsky|
|Tuokkonen||Jepon Julius – Vuohimäen Tuohi – Pölyke|
|Unita v-12||Millin Nokinen – Unita – Mikker|
|Millin Velmupöly||Pölyke – Vuohimäen Silmu – Tussari|
|Sirukko||Sibbo – Riikan Siru – Hiprakka|
|Tintin Neilikka||Tintin Timjami – Oksasimana – Varjo-Luonnos|
|Tulilumme||Murron Valo – Tulililja – Portteri|
|Kuukson Josefina||Voiveikko – Aatafina – Aatami|
|Tintin Lipstikka||Liptus – Vieno-Kaneli – Jessimo|
|Merimaan Ruu||A.T. Unikuva – Vätsäri – Pysteri|
|Tulileimutar||A.T. Unikuva – Tulilumikki – A.T. Vinski|
|Väisälän Veenus||Millin Nokinen – Vilin Leija – Tähen Muisto|
|Myntti||Liptus – Helan Hilkku – Jeppo|
|Pikku Roo||Ruuvin Roope – Solitar – Rick|
|Penny||Tussarin Luonnos – Helan Hilkku – Jeppo|
|Tuhkimon Telma||A.T. Ukko-Myrsky – Epona – Virkamus|
|Vuohimäen Silmu||Tussari – S.O. Jessiina – Jessimo|
|Vieno-Kaneli||Jessimo – H.H. Veera – Hilun-Valtti|
|Millin Yösydännä||Pölyke – Vuohimäen Silmu – Tussari|
|Rannan Rakkaus||Pikku-Jätkä – Tuhkimon Telma – A.T. Ukko-Myrsky|
|Timilän Pisara||A.T. Ukko-Myrsky – Penny – Tussarin Luonnos|
|Tintin Sahrami||Pölyke – Vieno-Kaneli – Jessimo|
|Tintin Timjami||Tussarin Luonnos – Vieno-Kaneli – Jessimo|
|Villin Vilkeri||Villeri – Miisa – V.T. Valtteri|
|Raja-Hurrikaani||Patrik – Hili Teri – Hilu|
|Elomyrsky||Sibbo – A.T. Pikku-Unelma – Portteri|
|Ukkoralli||Ukkosen Poika – Rilla Lai – Vokkerilla|
Summer is coming, I can feel it!
Pony-sized finnhorse, small horse, yet not a pony, but in my opinion a bit more describing term would be “finnpony”. One breeding section of the finnhorse, but
What is it actually?
Finnhorse was originally a small horse breed to start with, standing 105-130 cm in height. Crossbreeding gave them bigger size in pursue of strong working horses, resulting in the modern, 150-160 cm high finnhorses by average.
P-studbook was founded in 1971, when there was only a small population of these pony-sized horses left. There are breeders who are looking for these smaller individuals. The criteria for P-studbook is pretty similar to other pony breeds: the horse has to stand 148 cm or below at highest and be well proportioned, meaning small in every aspect, not just a big horse with short legs. Inspection consists of showing and riding or driving tests, which do not include very difficult tasks and passing is considered generally easier than to other studbooks.
So you could say that the P-studbook was founded to answer the growing demand of riding ponies. Importing riding horses and ponies grew vastly in the 70’s. Nowadays finnhorses have made their way to riding arenas but pony-sized finnhorses seem to be left behind. Or is this just my feeling?
What can you do with them?
Short answer: Anything.
Longer answer: Most often Finnponies are used for riding and driving. They are advertised as a multipurpose pony, since you can race them, ride them or use them as work horses same as the bigger ones, the only limit being the horse’s small size, which on the other hand makes them good for pony classes in riding and combined driving. A few finnponies have already shown their skills in combined driving, for example Hessin Vihtori and Vuohimäen Havu both placed in international Baltic Cup in 2012 and also in the Finnish championships.
Personally I think that the biggest problem in riding competitions are the age limitations for riders. After you turn 16, you either have to take your pony to open classes against bigger horses or switch to horses yourself. This means that very few adult riders are seen in the saddles of ponies in Finland. Luckily the Pony-sized Finnhorse Association has noticed this flaw as well and organizes their championships for both senior and junior riders on finnponies. But that’s only once a year…
There are also a few successful trotters that are pony-sized, the most famous of them must be stallion called Liptus, who competed altogether 412 times in his career with record 1.21,4 and over 300 000 € winnings, standing only 144 cm in height. Most often small horses are considered less good for racing, though, since the horses with longer legs seem to get an obvious advantage on the track.
Finnpony has its own fan base, but from the marketing point of view it could have a bit clearer brand so it would be easier to introduce to new people and possible buyers and future breeders. “Anything, but not exactly everything” doesn’t work very well as a motto for today’s market.
What do you think could be a good slogan for finnponies? :)