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Hobbyhorse Championship 2019

Hobby-horsing is a new craze in Finland for young girls

It may sound weird, especially for professional horse riders, but it's a real and serious annual competition in Finland. Over 10,000 people are involved in hobby-horsing throughout the country. Most of them are girls between 10 and 18.

The Equestrian Federation of Finland organizes the event, which gathers thousands of spectators and hundreds of participants. There are several sub-categories in the competition, which include dressage and show jumping. The championship is held in the city of Seinäjoki, attracting hobby horse enthusiasts from all over the country. All the hobby horses are hand-made by their owners and are given names. Sometimes they are exchanged or even sold. The popularity of hobby-horsing is growing in other Nordic countries, as well as in the rest of Europe.

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