Kaivopuisto Park Will Gather 100 Horses During the Weekend – 30,000 Visitors Expected

Leopold Van Esten is jumping the obstacles at Helsinki International Horse Show at the Helsinki Ice Hall in October 2016. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Do you like horses? If so, book the weekend to your calendar as over 100 horses will be tapping their hooves across the Kaivopuisto Park. The event for the whole family consists of show jumping and racing competitions. Also, this is the place to spot ponies, Finnish and Icelandic horses and visit a petting zoo. In addition, the event marks the 110th anniversary of the Finnhorse. The arrangers are expecting about 30,000 visitors.

The event starts on Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 in the morning.

The opening ceremony will be held at 12:00. Soon after (around 12:15), you can see police horses demonstrating their skills.

At 18:15 there will be a horse obstacle jumping competition between different riding schools.

Other interesting highlights include a hobbyhorse arena where you can even get training. You can meet some of the characters from the documentary Hobbyhorse Revolution at the arena on Saturday and Sunday from 11:45 to 12:30.  For those first in line may get group lessons in hobbyhorse riding.

Oh, and do you like sauna? So does Hevillä, a Finnhorse stallion, too. You can watch him enjoying the heat and steam at the horse sauna on Saturday at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:30 and on Sunday at 11:00 and 15:30.

On Sunday, the event starts at 09:00 in the morning with a show of Shetland ponies.

Finnhorses will be jumping obstacles at 11:15. The event will end at 17:00 with an award ceremony.

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