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Happy 30th birthday, Pette!

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Invitation for Pette’s party (click to enlarge)

Pette was born on May 13th, 1984 at Ypäjä. He made a great career in racing. He won the Trotter King title as well as the Nordic Championship for coldblood trotters TWICE in 1993 and 1994. These are just a few merits on his list. Altogether his career included 163 races with winnings over 200 000 euro. He retired from the race tracks in 1997.

Being an active horse, he didn’t settle for just resting in his retirement days. His owners decided to introduce him to riding, and started schooling him for dressage and jumping.

Pette was inspected for J (Juoksija, trotter) studbook with first prize in 1995 and for R (Ratsu, riding horse) studbook without a prize in 2004. He has sired 112 foals to date, and is standing at stud this year as well.

Here’s a beautiful short document of Pette, made by Ville Virtanen in 2013 (in Finnish).

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The new Coronation Trot ranking system explained (go, Valo, go!)

From Vieskerin Valo viikon ranking-nousija (kuninkuusravit.fi)

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Vieskerin Valo at the coronation Trot in Kuopio 2013

Traditional Coronation Trot ranking system has been given an update this year.

Vieskerin Valo (the sire of our next horsey baby, by the way :) ) received 20 more points by winning the Killerin Kimara race at Jyväskylä on Saturday 26th of April (You can watch the race here), so he got mentioned in the weekly report. Go, daddy, go!

Here’s an example of how the new system works:

Valo has 47 ranking points at the moment, which earns him the 9th place at the ranking. Horses can earn these ranking points in 11 categories. The best horse of each category gets 15 points, the second 12, third 10, and so on by 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. For example Finnish records, high earnings from this and last year and good records from each racing distance (1600, 2100, 2600, 3100 m) give the horse quite good points in this ranking.

  • Vieskerin Valo earns 15 points for having the best record at 3100 m distance.
  • This year’s best results at 2100 m autostart races. Vieskerin Valo’s newest 23,7a is the second fastest this year, so he earns 12 points for it (ranking leader in this category is Villihotti).
  • In this year’s earnings category the points get multiplied by three. Vieskerin Valo is placed 8th in the earnings category, so he get 4 points, which adds up to 12 ranking points.
  • He earns 7 points for having the fifth best record at 2600 m distance (volt). Plus he earns one point at earnings of 2013 ranking.

See the full ranking tables by clicking here. The online ranking page updates weekly.

“What’s this Coronation Trot you speak of?”

The Coronation Trot is the biggest annual finnhorse event, the biggest trotting event and one of the biggest summer events of all in Finland, gathering about 60 000 people to watch the best finnhorses race. Stallions compete for the crown of a Trotter King and the best mare is crowned as the Trotter Queen. This year this event takes place in Pori on 2.-3.8.2014. The ranking defines which horses get to participate the race.

This English-spoken video from a couple of years back sums up quite well the history and present day of the Coronation Trot event:


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Video: Under the Northern Star


A beautiful video about finnhorses by Tiina S on Youtube.

The song used in this video is called “Olen suomalainen” (I am a Finn / I’m Finnish).
It’s a rewritten version of Toto Cutugno’s “Sono l’italiano“.

Here’s a rough translation of the Finnish lyrics. They are quite different and more melancholic than the original Italian ones,  written to fit the Finnish state of mind, I guess… :)

Voi jospa tietäisivät maailmalla,
Oh, if only people out there knew

Nyt mitä voikaan olla taivaan alla,
What can exist under the sky

On täällä kansa, jonka kyyneleistä aikaan saisi aika monta valtamerta
Here is a nation, whose tears could fill oceans

On täällä monta yksinäistä, mutta
Many of us are lonely, but

Niin paljon kiellettyä rakkautta,
So much forbidden love

Nyt ettei siitä riitä kertojaksi taulut eikä ikävöivät lemmenlaulut…
That paintings or longing love songs could not explain…

On täällä elämä raskasta työtä
Life here is hard work

Ja siinä harvemmin on onni myötä,
And luck is rarely on our side

Sen tietää vain, yksin suomalainen
A Finn knows it

On pohjantähden alla
Under the Northern Star

Tää koti mulla mainen,
This earthly home of mine

Mä elämästä laulan,
I sing of life

Sillä oonhan suomalainen
Because I am a Finn after all

Mä rakkaudesta laulan,
I sing of love

On siinä mies ja nainen
There is a man and a woman

Pohjantähden alla,
Under the Northern Star

Elää suomalainen
Lives a Finn.

On tässä maassa itsepäinen kansa,
The stubborn people of this country

Ystävät jos pitää toisistansa,
If friends are close to each other

Ei siinä erottaa muu, silloin voi kuin yksin kuolema ja virkavalta vain
The only thing to separate them is death or official authority…


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Video: Moves like Peppi

A little clip of Peppi having fun :)

I’ve got the moves like Peppi from Viivi Huuskonen on Vimeo.


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Video: Rimatonna is already a winner

This lovely short film has melted hearts all around Finland, I believe you also might enjoy to get to know this little filly. Her name is Rinteen Rimatonna. :)

The video is narrated in Finnish by Ilari Nisula, free translation below:

In sports, often only the biggest and most beautiful winners are remembered. After all not every winner succeeds in races. The star of this short film is Rinteen Rimatonna. She hasn’t – at least not yet – won any big races. She is not very big yet, and definitely wasn’t when she was born. Yet she has already won the biggest prize of all – a life.

In May 2013, Rinne stables staff  were eagerly waiting for Sirinän Sissi to finally start foaling. The approximate date had already passed. Finally it began, but a promising start turned into grief. Sissi had had twins, one of which, Rimatonna’s brother, had already died. Also the filly had suffered pre partum injuries. Her left hind leg had been in compression and left in wrong position. She couldn’t walk with her hind legs, she could only use her front legs to drag herself.

Rinne stables staff and vets wouldn’t give up. They supported her hind legs with special shoes and bandages. She received stretching, massage and exercise for her weaker leg, so she could stand up, walk and run.

Rimatonna herself had something to keep her going. She had the Finnish sisu. She circled around her mother and greeted cheerfully everyone who came to see her. She was gripping to life.

Still, as if all these setbacks weren’t enough, Sissi died when Rimatonna was only seven days old. It seemed that two foals and a difficult foaling had been too much for her. Now Rimatonna was an orphan. She had to suckle a bottle, at first every hour but already after four months the owners could sleep their nights without having to feed her during the night. The vet came to see her every day and even called the stables in the evening. Everyone wanted to see Rimatonna survive. And she did.

She received help and care from other horses as well. Pirske hadn’t had a foal this year, but she adopted Rimatonna, and, for everyone’s surprise, also started producing milk!

Now it seems that Rimatonna has conquered all those difficulties and made it after all. Time will tell if she ever becomes a sport horse, but now she has a chance.


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Finnish Work Horse championships 2013

Vilpotar is the Finnish work horse champion 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

Vilpotar & Markku Mässeli

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.

See a big photo gallery on Finnhorse Association’s homepage!

Results 2013

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

Pihan Alma & Matti Ahola

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

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