Hobby Horse Race

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival 2023

 on Saturday June 24 & Sunday June 25

Hobby Horse Race


The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival second annual Hobby Horse Ride & Race Saturday June 24, 2023!

Hobby Horses – also known as stick horses – are pretend horses usually made with a fabric or wood horse head attached to a stick. Riders hold the stick between their legs and pretend to ride the horse. Competitions held in Finland feature traditional show jumping obstacles or dressage riding, and we will use a similar concept (at a smaller, less competitive level!).

Part 1 – Ride: Test your horse-riding skills in the show ring and weave and jump your way through a short obstacle course. Riders can go individually or with a friend.

Part 2 – Race: Participants will be matched up to riders similar in age and/or skill and set off to race around the course! Penalties may be added for hitting obstacles, so fastest may not the best 😉

Sign up here to show your interest – so we know how many riders to expect!



There is no entry fee for the contest, but there may be a horse rental fee. Riders are welcome (encouraged!) to bring their own horses!


Still not sure what a hobby horse is? Check out these YouTube clips:



(Please note – these are for inspiration only and are not representative of the course at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival!)




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