Saturday, June 22, 2024 2pm – 3pm

On the Festival Lawn

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 (on a smaller, less competitive level!).

Saddle up for the Hobby Horse Ride!

A course with jumping obstacles will be set up on the festival lawn – participants will complete the course as fast as they can. Registration will begin Saturday June 22 at 1:00 (inside the festival) – advance registration is not required. There is no entry fee for this event, but there is a $5 fee to rent a horse (premium horse may have a higher rental rate). Bring your own Hobby Horse (stick pony) if you have one!

1:00 – Registration Desk opens. No advance Registrations.

2:00 – 2:30 Riders aged 8 and under

2:30 – 3:00 Riders aged 9 and up

Results will be posted by 4:00 pm.

All participants 16 & under will receive an award ribbon, certificate, and a treat.

Visit the Vancouver Finlandia Club table in the Finland Tent for more info!


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 our Scandinavian Midsummer Festival!)