Greetings from Ariès Annual Breeders Showcase! I was so thrilled of this show that I just had to bring as many horses there as possible! Because the event had a magic word "breeders" in its name, I decided that this would be an amazing opportunity to show some homebred horses! Some people say that bringing seven horses there was already so
insane big plan but to be honest I was disappointed that I had to leave some R.M. horses home too... Yes, hello, it's crazy horse lady Luna from Finland! However, here are our horses in the show ring, some making me proud more, some a bit less (I'm looking at you, Jali!). Let me know who is your favourite :heart: Don't be too hateful when it comes to the stories, I have so big struggles to write in English!
R.M. Alvar (Ajan Kuiske – Pauliina)
& Peppilotta Kotakorpi
“Ok, Alvar, let’s begin our adventure”, Peppi whispered to a brown ear full of fluff. They entered into a big tent arena which was surprisingly full of light. Peppi herself loves decorating and pays attention to little details, so she was very impressed how nice atmosphere there were in the arena with all those decorations. Cartwheels, tulips, plants, colorful poles… This was the very first trip Alvar made so Peppi was happy when she noticed how calmly and full of trust he followed her into the arena even though her concentration shattered for a while to arena details. “What a smart boy you are”, Peppi said and patted him.
In the middle of the arena there was a dark brown fence surrounded by green plants. That was the spot where all horses were shown while judges looked at their conformation. This was the first time for Peppi to show a horse in a show like this, so she paid a lot of attention how other handlers were showing their yearlings before Alvar’s turn. When Alvar’s name was announced Peppi guided her little boy to the right spot and everything went so much better that was expected. She had been nervous earlier that what if little gentleman wouldn’t feel like standing still but here he was, like he would have been made of posing and looking incredibly cute at the same time.
When judging was done, one of the judges came to Alvar and complimented how well behaving young man he was. Peppi was so proud how well everything went, how all the effort she had put into this event paid off and couldn’t help smiling when they left the tent into the sunny spring weather.
R.M. Kaunokki (R.M. Uniikki – R.M. Kauno-Kaneli / Joelme)
& Luna Andrews
“And next, R.M. Kaunokki handled by Luna Andrews!”
I felt so nervous – this was a whole new experience to me, whole new place to experiment, all the other horses and people with them… I walked nervously to a big white indoor arena, where Ariès Annual Breeders Showcase was held. Spring was coming and this competition was held much souther than where I live, so there wasn’t even snow outside like we had at home. But the weather was still chilly and when I breathed out, a small amount of steam formed a cloud right in front of my nose.
I had never felt so small. That arena was huge and I was surrounded with people looking at me. And there were other horses too. I was feeling hideous and tried to stay close to my mom, that lady with mane as white as my socks. I nudged her a little with my head; “Mommy, is it really necessary to go there? There were much nicer places outside the arena, some green fields and horses that came with me from home. Horses that I know and horses that I’m friends with.”
Mom was really determined and encouraged me to continue our way in the middle of the arena. I followed her and glanced the other horses. I pricked up my ears towards them and nickered quietly. I was full of happiness when some other small horse like me neighed back to me! Perhaps this wasn’t that bad place after a– But then I realized where we were going.
I hadn’t noticed at all that there was some kind of strange orange thingy in the middle of the arena. And mom was taking me towards it. “No, mom, I wouldn’t trust such suspicious creature like that one over there!” She acted calmly even though we were heading right towards that orange monster, so I believed that she just hadn’t noticed that yet. What a lucky lady she was that she had me with her taking care of our safety!
I used all my brain capacity to figure out how to survive from a situation like this. My first idea was to run away as fast as I could before that orange monster would see me and attack, but to be honest mom was my safe haven here and I really wouldn’t like to go anywhere without her. So, my second best idea was to stop. And hope that the orange monster wouldn’t see me and eat me. Of course mom didn’t have a clue what was going on and she tried her best to get me nearer that monster. I tried not to think that perhaps her idea was to feed me to that monster. “She wouldn’t do that, right? She loves me, right?”
Mom kept telling me they were only tulips and I was the silliest little girl ever because I was scared of flowers but I knew better and stood still glancing the monster. Luckily my mom is clever and she finally realized that it wasn’t a good idea to go towards that orange monster and she gave up trying to convince me going near it. Some people in fancy blankets started to circle around me but I was too busy to play a statue (to make sure that monster won’t pay attention to me!) and kept staring it just in case. After a (way too long) while mom started finally see the sense and we were finally able to go away from that monster. I was so relieved and when we got out of the arena, I put my head to mom’s arms and felt tired, but happy. We survived.
R.M. Vikatiuku (Nuivan Vikatikki – Kuutar)
& Viktor Andrews
This is Titi and she is not impressed. Don’t get me wrong – Titi is definitely a show horse whose grumpy soul is on fire when she can show off her movements on dressage arenas. But this was something she didn’t like, at all. “First we travelled such a long time to get here and for what? To stand in a specific position like a statue? Excuse me, humans, this is an extremely dumb idea.” No matter how much her personal servant aka my husband Viktor tried to make her ears to go forward for a pretty photo of her, they remained backwards and got even closer her neck the more he tried. Well, at least she was standing still in nice position, so… let’s just hope that judges love grumpy little mares!
(Written in Luna’s point of view)
R.M. Lupiini (Lumori – Ilo-Orvokki)
What’s little, grey and flies? Well, that’s Lulu! She was totally in love when she realized what was the point of this trip. (If you ask her handler Loviisa – who is now equipped with a few bruises – she would totally say that our little mare was even a bit too excited because Miss Impatience completely forgot that it’s not ok to roll over her handler and this kind of behavior wouldn’t take her to the jumps any faster.)
However, when Lulu was told how this works (“if you will not roll over Loviisa, you will be able to jump”), it surely started to work. She run way too fast towards the obstacles but somehow managed to get over them without touching any poles, she showed some happy bucks and even squealed out of excitement. And what a plane she was when she performed the jumps! We were all impressed and will surely have high hopes of this lady’s future!
R.M. Tuhatkomee (Joelme – Tuhatkauno)
& Luna Andrews
“Prrrr, hörrrrrrr!”, Kosti had a lot to say to all other horses he saw around him. And there were a lot of them so I had a full time job to keep him going into the right direction when he kept swinging with his head and was about to change our direction depending where was the most interesting horse friend located at the moment.
He kept his tail high (perhaps he tried to convince that not only Arabians can do so) and stepped next to me showing some kind of tense version of passage. And that was the moment when I didn’t pay too much attention where I was stepping. And at that very moment I also cursed myself for putting these fancy riding boots on – they were extremely slippery and of course I had by oversight stepped on ice… Well, before you can say Jack Robinson I was laying on the wet ground (if you’re gonna tumble down, why not to fall into pool of water?) and felt aching on my right butt cheek. Ouch!
Thankfully Kosti didn’t take any issues on this. He just stood there looking at me and quietly made “prrr, hörrr" sounds for me (“What are you doing down there, huh?”). When I managed to get up he looked me like I had totally ruined his chances in front of other horses; “Great, I was just about to impress everyone and then you decide to make a flip!?”
However, he started to pay more attention to me after this case (“who knows what crazy stuff she has in mind so better pay more attention”) when we continued our way towards the white arena tent where the event was held. Needless to say how happy I was that my wet breeches weren’t white and they could still keep a secret of the color of my underwear…
R.M. Jalome (Joelme – Mileedi)
& Juha Metsälä
Your horse is so handsome, they said. You should bring him to the Breeders Showcase, they said. It will be fun, they said.
Well, nobody really told me that it wouldn’t be funny to us but the horse. So meet Jali, our very own circus horse who had certainly a very wrong idea what kind of movements he was supposed to show in this event. Luckily his handler Juha has worked quite a while with him and wouldn’t be surprised no matter what this Mr. Horse would come up with. As he is a dressage horse he was supposed to show off his gorgeous trot but he knew better and thought that the judges would much rather see his very own gait which included jumping around, a few steps of canter and going on the rampage.
I tried to stay cool in the audience and thought that what a funny coincidence it was that this crazy wild animal had our prefix even though I had absolutely no idea whose that horse was……..
(Story was written in Luna’s point of view)
R.M. Tummahopee (R.M. Tuhatkomee – R.M. Vikatiuku / Nuivan Vikatikki)
& Viktor Andrews
"Juokse sinä humma,
kun tuo taivas on niin tumma
ja kahden tässä hiljaa mennään.
Humma on poijalla ainoa aarre
ja sellaista ei ole kellään.
Hummani hei, hummani hei, huputiti hummani hei."
Old Finnish popular song by Tapio Rautavaara from 1950s kept playing in Viktor’s mind. He had made a long, successful career in dressage arenas with Kuutar. Then he had tamed Kuutar’s daughter, R.M. Vikatiuku (also known as Lohikäärme (Dragon) around the stables) and conquered dressage arenas with her. When he was thinking which horse he could show in this event, there was no doubt it should be Humma, our Finnhorse flag ship out of R.M. Vikatiuku.
And there they were. Humma was standing next to the show tent, ears forward checking his surroundings at the new place. His silver mane and tail glistened a race against the spring sun. “This is why we breed horses”, Viktor thought and looked proudly the grandson of Kuutar.
When he went into the arena and started to run next to his young stallion to show its movements, the song went on in his mind: “Juokse sinä humma, kun tuo taivas on niin tumma ja kahden tässä hiljaa mennään. Humma on poijalla ainoa aarre ja sellaista ei ole kellään.”
"Run my little horse,
Since the sky is so dark
And we are going by slowly with the two of us.
Horse is the only treasure of a boy,
No-one else has quite alike it.
Hey my little horse, hey my little horse,
Huputiti hey my little horse!ittle horse!"
Tapio Rautavaara – Juokse sinä humma (1953)