The Finnish Hobbyhorse Association
Welcome to the official website of The Finnish Hobbyhprse Association, the firts and only formal hobby horse society in Finland. This page is made for you, who would like to know more about hobbyhorses directly from the enthusiasts.
Shortly about the association itself; it was originally founded around 2002, but registrated 2016. We try to provide information and education about hobbyhorses and mot of our fuctions are in Internet, but our biggest yearly project is The Finnish Hobbyhorse Championships.
Our main principles are voluntarity - we don't have paid staff -, doing things together as a community and complementarity.
Understandably many of those who have just heard about our hobby are more or less confused.
The hobby includes despite riding, competing and coaching also making horses as realistic as possible, selling, collecting and trading them, organizing competitions and running the society. There are a lot of variety and every single hobyhorsist can build their hobby from the parts they like.
There are two stereotypes about hobbyhorsists; we are eather a bunch of school kids playing or a group of middle-aged women gone wild and jumping around the bushes.
A typical Finnish enthusiast is a girl between the ages of 12 to 18, but we don't see age nor gender as a limit, everyone is welcome as they are.
We have a great deal of adults in our community, most of them are on their twenties and started when they were young and just never stopped. Some "seniors" do still ride and compete, some of them enjoy the sport and hobby otherwice.
We are often asked if we provide something for under school-aged kids. The thing is that most clubs and camps have 9-year age limit. We tend to follow that example since we anyways try to provide activities in a national level. We thing that under school-aged kids should get to enjoy the sport and play on their own, not to be pushed too much. The great side ofthis hobby is that everyone can do it everywhere, so give your child a horse and let them play!
Where and when?
We Finns take great pride of saying that the modern hobby horses as a hobby come from Finland and it started to grow as a trend during 19th century. Nowadays you can find hobbyhorse people anywhere around the world.
The most of hobbyhorse activity is unofficial and organized by youngsters amoung our community. There are also emerging riding clubs and other societys who provide competitions and camps. Our society itself tries to organize schooling and evets in the highest level, educate trainers and societies so they could provide the best possible training-
Instagram: @skyhdistys and @keppihevosten_sm_kilpailut
Contact other hobbyhorse people
We have a free message board, it can be found here.
You can also leave a message to our guestbook.
We also have an international Facebook-group, pease do join!
About the website
Most of our pages are in Finnish. Here we have the most inportant ones.
Etusivu - The front page
Tietoa yhdistyksestä - About the society
Yhteystiedot - Contact information
Keppihevosrekisteri - The Finnish Hobbyhorse registry
Tietoa keppihevosharrastuksesta - Articles
Linkkejä ja vinkkejä - Links
Tietoa näyttelyistä - About hobbyhorse shows
Yleistä kilpailuista - About hobbyhorse competitions
SM-kilpailut - About Finnish Championships
Viralliset valmentajat ja tuomarit - The official judges and trainers