13 Dec 2018

DIY Equestrian Christmas Decoration

Tail hair is a beautiful material. 
This year Nanna made some Christmas decorations with horse hair.
It´s easy to make your own, try!

All you need is some tailhair, glass beads, glue and
ribbon of your choice.

The diameter of the circle is 5 cm. For this size you would need
hair strands ca. 20 cm long. There are 35 hair strands.

Pull hair off rather than cut. You can also collect hair strands when grooming
the tail. You will be surprised how small bundle 35 hair strands is!

Thread the beads to hair strands and use a little drop of glue
to keep them in place.

                             "They sparkle beautifully in the
                                                         candle light!"

Tie hair strands together with the chosen ribbon.

Use the colors of your Christmas on the beads and ribbons.

Have a lovely Christmas time!

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18 Jun 2018

Midsummer Magic

You can always try these... And if you want to make a wish, instead of
"husband" you can wish for a horse - or at least a little pony...

Roll around naked in a wheat field and your future husband will appear in your life
within a year. If you wish to become more beautiful, do it when there´s morning dew...
You can collect dew in cloths and press it into bottles for the year to come.

          "But is there anything - or anybody - better
                                 than a loyal, beloved horse?"

Look for a four-leafed clover from the yard in the evening. Hide it under your shirt,
next to your bosom. By the midnight, let your hair loose and run to the field. Walk
around the field three times. When the person you love will eat bread made out of the
wheat from that specific field, he will fall in love with you.

Collect eight different flowers or herbs. Hideout the bouquet underneath your pillow. 
You will see “the one” in your dream.

Dandelions, daisies and buttercups

In the night, climb up somewhere high – on a hill, on top of a fell or a big rock. Your
future husband will come from the same direction as the first sound of the morning.
If you hear music, it means an approaching wedding.
If you hear a child crying, it is a sign of birth.

                               The mist of the nightless night

Midsummer, the magical time of the midnight sun and meadow flowers.

For these photos we thank Jessica and her beautiful Finnhorses. We think that
in these photos she has beautifully captured the spirit of the midsummer night and
the nature of a Finnhorse, our national treasure.

We wish you all a happy Midsummer Eve!

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19 May 2018

Sleepover at the Stables

Sometimes it would be nice to stay over night at the stables,
especially if a foal is expected!

Make yourself comfortable in hay, have a good friend along...
But which are the necessities for a long night? 

If you choose pure wool or cashmere you will have a blanket for the rest of your life.
When choosing high quality and timeless patterns you will have a blanket to take 
with you where ever you might need some extra warmth!

Photos and Blankets from Burberry

Oil lamps or candles are the most ambient, but they would
be an extremely dangerous combination with hay.

LED lantern is a safe choice!
This one by Winsome House you can find in a webshop

Tea or coffe with caffeine keep you awake and a good thermo flask
 keeps them warm. Which would be your favourite one?

Below right: Chinese thermo flasks, Alfi Albergo in the middle and
on the left a steel bottle  from airam.fi   

 Food. A lots of food.

The baits are usually the best part of the picnics and sleepovers. Make delicious 
sandwhiches, take nuts and fruits along, not forgetting fresh water. They will keep 
you going all night long. And to avoid the damage the mice might do, 
pack your bait in a basket! This traditional ‘Devon Maund’ picnic hamper is  
handwoven by master basket-weaver Hilary Burns using Devon willow and hazel. 
You´ll find it here: www.thenewcraftsmen.com

For music and a weather forecast - a radio!
Digital Radio Ruark R1 was chosen as a most beautiful radio in the world 
by some magazine. And that´s true, it is very beautiful! 

The radio link will take you to the pages of  a German webshop "Manufactum".
If you prefere classic stuff and high quality, that is your place to shop,
There you find everything from toothbrushes to garden furniture in 
the best possible style and quality.

And here is also something in the best possible style and quality:

Photo Hilary Halliwell

After all-night vigil and excitement it´s time to celebrate new life!
Could you do it any better way than having a glass of champagne with 
hand made truffels? 

This cool horse bit cooler is from The Longest Stay Ltd and
if you wish to make the truffels by yourself, you fnd a recipe from 

For the proud mother, of course,  a special treat.

We wish you all a succesfull foaling time and many happy
moments with the newcomers.

P.S. When the tailhair of your foal is long enough, you can have some of it 
woven into one ribbon with it´s mother ´s (and/or father´s) and have a beautiful
keepsake for ever.

Ring Amate in silver, gold or white gold
hand woven ribbon 3 mm
- Hand crafted in Finland, custom made for You -

9 May 2018

Equestrian Summer Wedding Top 3 Tips

Planning a summer wedding?
Here the top 3 tips for a perfect day:

1. Get the right kind of a foot wear for an outdoor wedding.

2. Find yourself the most wonderful and reliable bridesmaids.

3. Get yourselves the most beautiful wedding bands with a woven ribbon
made of your bridesmaid´s tail hair.

Number 4 could have been: Choose your future husband carefully,
pick the perfect one and live happily ever after, but we know, you did already...

Photo Lukas Navickas/Pexels

We wish all the brides and grooms joyful weddings and 
many happy years together!

Photo by Blueridgefloral

3 May 2018

Printemps Menu in Restaurant Gösta

If you ever visit Finland and you have time, we recommend visiting Mänttä
in mid Finland. And our Finnish readers: when planning holiday trips, consider Mänttä
if you enjoy good food and art. Mänttä offers, although a very small city, a rich range of
cultural and culinary experiences and beautiful nature.

Click here to see what is going on in Mänttä this year:

In Serlachius museum restaurant "Gösta" we enjoyed a spring time
menu a´la restaurators, chefs Henry Tikkanen and Pekka Terävä.

Before the lunch we saw a movie "Set up to the plate" (click to read a review),
 a document film about star chefs Michel Brasin and his son Sébastian Bras, their life,
food and family.  The film is directed by Paul Lacoste.

Michel cooking at home with his grandson (from the movie)

Restaurant Gösta
Art by Heikki Marila, "Mänttä"wooden light fixture by Secto Design, Finland

Painting by Akseli Gallen Kallela, "Spring"
A sketch for a fresco in Jusélius´ mauseleum 1902-1903

This special day of a special Menu was one of the events on 


Crème Ninon - green pea soup with champagne
This classic French soup was a perfect starter for the spring menu:
fresh, soft and gauzy.

Wine suggestion Taittinger Brut Champagne

Lamb tartare, bone marrow cream, crispy bread and watercress
The combination of textures made this dish very interesting. Watercress
gave springlike freshness and crispy bread crunchiness. Tartare almost melted 
in mouth like a good tartare should do.

Wine suggestion Hecht & Bannier Rose

Bouillabaisse a´la Gösta
Shellfish broth, salmon, whitefish, scallops, shrimps and leak
Traditional, full bodied broth with seafood. Everything was perfectly cooked, 
especially the salmon which you too often get over cooked... So soft and tender.

Wine suggestion Sauska Chardonnay

"Coq au Vin" with polenta and asparagus in red wine sauce
Traditional dish in a modern way. Didn´t look like it, but tasted exactly like!
It was nice to have luscious champignons, onions and asparagus in 
one piece by the chicken, The broth was tasty and polenta nice change 
instead of rice or mashed potatoes .

Wine suggestion redwine Gotim Bru 

Lavender crème brûlée with strawberry sauce
This is a dessert full of spring and promise of summer. Perfect ending for a perfect menu.

Wine suggestion Hungarian Golden Beams, grapes from Germany

We all enjoyed the food a lot. There was no "weak link" which was quite
surprising considering it was a five course menu. The portion size was good,
the wine menu complimented food.

This menu deserves five stars!
Kuvahaun tulos haulle five stars

Thank you, we will be back.

26 Apr 2018

The hobby horses are here!

Last year as Finland had it’s 100th independence day the media world wide wrote a lot about us. 
The top 4 topics were education, Finland’s basic income experiment, Finnish culture in general 
and - hobby horses!

For hundreds of years children have had hobby horses. Boys had their wars and 
adventures, girls were riding their hobby horses and took care of them. For some reason 
in the end of 1990 a play with a toy turned into a more serious hobby here. At the moment 
there are over 10 000 hobbiests, or should we say "hobby horsiests" all over the country. 
The youngest ones can hardly walk yet, the eldest ones are grown ups to whom hobby 
horsing is an exercise in a more funny way. The biggiest group probably is, of course, 
the girls between 7 and 14.

Hobby horsiests meet in the Internet and with the help of the social media the hobby 
has spread around and it´s well known among the commoners as well. 
"Suomen keppihevosharrastajat ry" (Hobby Horse Society) was and registered in 2016. 
You can visit their home page and read more HERE 

So, what do you do with a hobby horse? 
Everything you do with a real one! You can ride in a forest or a field. You can go to 
riding lessons, do dressage and show jumping or just hang around and groom the horses. 
One mother told that when her daughter goes away for a weekend she leaves strict 
instructions about feeding and walking her hobby horse while she is away. This 
mother says that she can´t help it: she goes to the "stables" as instructed and does 
what she was told to do. "I know how much that horse means to her. Although I feel 
a bit stupid, I do it anyway and for some miraculous reason, I feel good about it. 
And when she comes home, I don´t have to lie to her: the horse is well kept".

You can make one by yourself or buy one. There are different personalities and breeds.

TampereHevoset (Horses) -fair is one of the highlights of the year: hobbiests get together
and participate the Finnish Championships in the hobby horse show in jumping and dressage.
In the other hall there are the big, real horses and their riders, and in the other one hobby
horsing goes on for two days from the early morning til the evening.

Two generations of equestrian ladies
Ring 1

The judging goes exactly the same way as with real horses, only that it´s human 

movements that are judged: how you carry yourself, stretch your ankles, keep the 
rhythm etc. In the dressage a cource must be done correctly, in the show jumping 
should not be any knockdowns and a cource should be jumped in a maximum speed. 

The etiquette is also the same than in "the real world": it all begins greeting the jury 

and ends, if you are good enough, with the lap of honour.

Some show jumpers need a little help

Show office

You can borrow one

So it´s not just playing. Children learn to take care of horses, they can practise 
horsemanship and rules of riding together and in competitions. Most of them take real 
riding lessons as well, but hobby horses are available at home, every day. There is no 
right or wrong way to take an interest in hobby horsing, you don´t need money 
for doing it and you can do it anywhere. 

You can also practise shopping... There is everything available for the hobby horses!
If you don´t get it from the shop, you make it... "The iconic, traditional Early's of Witney horse blanket."

Photo booth and beauty salon

Hobby horse tattoo

Lookalikes of Power Park´s Nordic King 2017 Champions

And probably the best of all: it´s really good exercise, better than sitting at the lap top... 

If you don´t believe, try! The easiest and the most traditional way to start hobby horsing 
is to make a hobby horse by yourself. All you need is an old stocking, some yarn 
and a broom stick.

Photo yhteishyvä.fi

18 Apr 2018

About the Rings Cavaletti and Cavaletti Star

Cavalettialso spelled cavalletti,  cavaletto (Italian: "little horse") are small jumps, 
originally made of wood, used for basic horse training. Most consist of rails that 
are about 4 inches (10 cm) wide, and 10 feet (3.0 m) long. The rails are inserted 
into fixed standards, usually made in an "X" shape, that commonly are designed 
to be placed at one of three preset heights ranging from a few inches off the 
ground to a maximum of about 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 cm).  

"Do you have something for show jumpers?"

When thinking of what special we could offer the show jumpers,
Nanna went through all the jumps thinking, how to stylize a motive
inspired by them and turn it into a great looking, but not so obvious
embellishment for a ring that suit both, men and women.

At last, but not least, she thought about cavaletti.
Everybody has started with them, and everybody, no matter if a hobby rider
or a world champion, keeps working with them from time to time.

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Woven ribbon 'road'

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Woven ribbon 'solid'

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Woven ribbon 'custom'

The hand woven tail hair ribbon is 6 mm wide and the total
width of the ring is 8.8 mm. Looks great on men as well!

With the stones the ring is called Cavaletti Star.

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Woven ribbon 'arrow head'

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Woven ribbon 'flash'

This beautiful ring is available in solid silver (with Swarovskies), in solid gold 
or white gold (with diamonds).

In the pictures you can clearly see how high edges protect ribbon from hits and 
mechanical stress, metal plate shelters ribbon on palm side.
Inside surface is convex, that makes the ring more comfortable to wear.

Our whole, wide range of rings you´ll find here: