23 Sept 2015

Quinn and Chance

Here are my boys - Quinn is the roan, and Chance is the black bay. This is the first day I turned them out at our place when we moved in 4 years ago, and I love this photo because they were, and still are, so happy to have the space to run. 

My passion for horses came to light when I was 5, and I always managed to find a way to be around them. I've learned some of the most important lessons in my life from horses. After a fairly successful career as a trainer, I left my equestrian life in my 20's for an education, then work and family, and I was a 'has been' in the realm of horses.

I got Quinn as a weanling in 2002, and I'm grateful for him every day. He is a ham, and a muddy mess, but he has a heart of gold and will do anything for me. Chance came to me from my brother; and he brought the two of us closer. I rode Chance until I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with my daughter (she's almost 8 now), with never an incident. I can put my daughter on either of these horses now and have no worries. These boys have been partners for almost ten years.

I was lost, and these boys have brought me back home. I can rely on them to help me find clarity, to remember who I am, and to remind me that I have the strength to move forward no matter what the obstacle. At 45, with all my flaws and shortcomings, they help me remember that I am the best I've ever been, and I'm only getting better. They help me be the woman I want my daughter to learn from.

Thanks for sharing all the heartwarming stories, and your beautiful art.

Lynda Lindsey,
 Orlando, USA

11 Sept 2015

She Did It Again - Tracey Venter and her Black Mare

nannasalmi sponsored 
Inspections this year again.

The ring Artema was to be given to the owner of 
the champion mare in Great Britain 2015.

Must say it was not a surprise to learn that Tracey Venter
got a new item to her collection of nannasalmi horsehair jewellery...
Her Friesians are all quite amazing!

This year she earned it with this beautiful mare, Doutzen.

Congratulations Tracey and Doutzen!

"Our 2nd premie Ster and Champion Mare on her way to the highest score (79) 
achieved in an IBOP in the UK to date", Tracey wrote in Facebook.

"She's the third offspring of her Brandus mother (Stam 1) we have worked with. The first was Wouter who achieved Ster in 2012, the next was Berber who scored 77.5 points in the IBOP and gained Kroon and overall champion in 2014. This mare was very weak through her back when we bought her over from NL and benefited from 2 years running with the herd before I backed her as a 5yo last spring.

She has been a absolute delight to work with and I was delighted my views on her ability under saddle were recognized by the inspectors on Monday. She is well and truly part of the team here and hopefully I'll find some time to compete her for a few years before we choose
a suitable stallion for her", Tracey writes.

You can read more about Doutzen here: www.blackhorses.co.uk

Follow the Friesian Experience in Facebook

Sandy Kitching has taken these pictures of Doutzen. More of her work

Tracey will have the ring Artema woven with Doutzen´s hair.
Look, what she got last year!


One more time: Congratulations Tracey and Doutzen!

6 Sept 2015

Perfect Finnhorse - Kullannuppu

This week has been an official Finnhorse week and today, 6.9.2015, it is a Finnhorse Day.

"The Finnhorse or Finnish Horse (Finnish: Suomenhevonen, literally "horse of Finland")
is a horse breed with both riding horse and draught horse influences and characteristics,
and is the only breed developed fully in Finland. In English it is sometimes called the Finnish Universal, as the Finns consider the breed capable of fulfilling all of Finland's horse needs, including agricultural and forestry work, harness racing and riding (of all kind). In 2007, the breed was declared the official national horse breed of Finland."

The breed standard defines the Finnhorse as a multi-purpose horse of average height, and sturdy conformation. The ideal Finnhorse is easy-to-handle, versatile, and combines strength, agility, speed and endurance. Finnhorses are lively, with both a reliable and alert temperament. The breed standard encourages a horse that is "honest and sincere"; eager to cooperate with humans, obedient, and willing to work. They are hardy with good endurance, robust health, and are generally long-lived.


This mare equates the breed description perfectly. May we introduce the Finnhorse Kullannuppu, Golden Bud, and her master Heikki Mikola from Turku.

City horse Kullannuppu is only 12 years old but for half of her life she has been walked in the City. Almost every day Heikki and Kullannuppu go for city rides, no matter if it was raining, snowing or freezing. People love them and Kullannuppu has plenty of friends in the city.

Photos by Heikki Mikola


Heading to the market place

 Scary? Not for Nuppu, she is a brave mare!

River Aura, Suomen Joutsen

Two princesses

Along the river Aura, Turku Cathedral

Need some money to do shopping...

Places for dogs - not for horses?  

Spring time, beautiful, light evenings

Down to the city...

...over the bridge...

Enjoy your evening!

Summer! Sun! Food!

And ice cream. Favourite one is vanilla - with extra cones
And ice cream. Favourite one is vanilla - with extra cones

Skateboarders - interesting!
Skateboarders - interesting!

Country life is the best anyway!
Country life is the best anyway!

International market by the river Aura
International market by the river Aura

Autumn leaves
Autumn leaves

Ripe crop
Ripe crop

Heikki and Kullannuppu

These two have a perfect understanding, trust and a strong bond
between them. It only comes with time and patience.

With a Finnhorse it is more than possible - if the human is wise enough!

Have a great autumn and a wonderful Finnhorseday, Kullannuppu and Heikki!
Thank you so much for letting us to publish these wonderful photos. We wish you many happy years together.

Read another story about the Finnhorse here in the blog

Riding in the city can be very dangerous to you, your horse or the others in the streets. 
The horse - and you - has to be absolutely trustable,
very well trained and used to all kinds of noises and distractions, also 
the unexpected ones. 
Always use a hat and a safety vest when riding - where ever.

2 Sept 2015

Thank You

Dear customers, dear collaborators, dear readers,

I have had the incredible 15 years with you and your horses. I have received beautiful tail hair, wonderful messages, heard amazing and touching stories...

I have had the priviledge to work with top professionals and wonderful agents. I´m happy I found and met you all!

It has been a long way. There has been ups and downs. But I have always believed in this product - so have you. Thank you for that.

No! These are not "goodbyes"! These are a big "hello, hello" for the next 15 years. I just feel
that this is a good moment to introduce my collaborators and give themthe c dit they deserve.

inspiration for the tailhair ribbons

Anitte Stensgård, my first horse, my greatest inspiration

nannasalmi horsehair jewellery

Tuisku, my second horse - what a wise mare

Our international agents

 Lidia Nagy and Alessandro Albanese - it was such a happy day
to have you visiting us here in Finland. Keep up the good work!

nannasalmi agent in Ireland

Stacey McMahon, Tailored Equestrian - thank you for staying with me
through this all.

Hakubado Kobe, Tatsuya Asano

Tatsuya Asano, Hakubado Kobe, Japan - you are a very special man.
It was fantastic that you also visited me in Finland.

lahtelainen kultaseppä Marjut Viitanen
photo Tarja Sipponen

Designer goldsmith Marjut Viitanen, Kultasepäntalo Marjut Viitanen
You have been a priceless help since the beginning, and most notably -
you understood my vision. Thank you for your beautiful work.

Goldsmith Lauri Eno, Hieno Jewel - in you I can trust when it comes to 
3D modelling and photographing jewelry. Thank you for your great work. 
And even on a short notice...

Engraver Tarja Kaarnakoski - you maintain nowadays more and more rare 
profession of hand engraving. You have a beautiful handwriting and
an excellent eye for space and size. Thank you for your exquisite work.

Second generation, my daughter Minna - thank you for your unconditional help
with marketing and social media.

Her husband Kari - thank you for economical advice and IT -support.

My son Sami - thank you for your help with graphic designs.
You´ve got talent.

My father, Jodi, Tiina, Monika, ElisabethStyle My Ride, Paula,
Paul, Adriana, Anniina, all my friends, all of you cooperating
with me in one way or another
- you know what you have done, how you have helped and supported me -
So grateful!

And last, but not least:
Thank you all our customers all over the world!
Thank you for following us in Facebook and Instagram.

Without you there would not be us...

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Kindest regards, Nanna Salmi