Have we confused your ideas a little bit? It could be like this: think of dressage, remove the horse and replace it with a puppet.
Just a moment, dressage? An equestrian discipline in which horse and rider perform geometric movements, creating figures predetermined by national and international federations for horseback sports, in an attempt to impress judges and the public.
But then, what is the Hobbyhorse?
This activity has already won over 10000 practitioners in Finland alone.
And it seems that a real subculture around the Hobbyhorse is emerging. The athletes take care of their horses as if they were true: they decorate and comb them, give them a name, determine their race, cover them with a blanket when they sleep; and together with the increasing number of enthusiasts they have built a particularly close-knit community.
The community is one of the most appreciated factors for those who have chosen to devote themselves to the hobbyhorse as an athlete or spectator. Even those who stop riding often remain attached to the community, paying more attention to the "Crafts" aspect of this hobby by building their own horses.
Importantly, it is the sense of belonging, which remains and is strengthened.
The release of the film, entitled "Hobbyhorse Revolution", was also an opportunity to launch the social campaign #kepparitkunniaan, translated into "Respect the Hobbyhorse" aimed at condemning the prejudices surrounding this sport. The film is a further demonstration of how the Hobbyhorse is a daring and welcoming community, a secure space that allows young girls to talk about bullying, confrontation, protection and support each other. Practicing sport.
A sport like everyone else
And it is also a way of approaching the world of horse riding sports for some people who would otherwise not be able to. There is already an association and national competitions for the sport, such as the Annual Hobbyhorse Championships, held in April in Vantaa, Finland, where those who are competing definitely deserve the nickname of "athlete".