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The Uniquely Empowering Sport of Hobby Horsing

Hobby horsing is a popular sport amongst young Finnish girls between the ages of 10 and 18, who recreate equestrian traditions such as show jumping and dressage with their own bodies while properly holding on to their beloved companions. While hobby horsing appears to be unusual or childish to outside eyes, the girls who participate and compete find the sport to be supportive, creative and empowering.

The best thing about hobby horsing is, I think is the community. Especially the community and also the limitless imagination you can use. Like all of the sky is the limit. I think hobby horsing has a feminist agenda at least in some point, since …this is a girl thing mostly. Because this is where girls can be kind of free there’s no boys, coming and saying what we need to do.

The Selma Vilhunen film Hobbyhorse Revolution takes a closer look at the girls involved in Hobby Horsing.

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Tässä aamun voimakuva kaikille, joita jännittää mennä kouluun kiusaamisen takia. Älkää jääkö yksin kiusaamisen kanssa, puhukaa siitä vanhemmille, opettajille ja ystäville, te ansaitsette sen, että kiusaamiselle tehdään stoppi, ja että teitä tuetaan. Te olette hienoja ja rohkeita keppihevosharrastajia, te tiedätte miten luodaan itse harrastus, joka on hauska ja sosiaalinen ja kaikkia mahdollisia taitoja kehittävä, muistakaa aina se! Joskus ihmiset hämmentyvät harrastuksen mielikuvituspuolesta. Hämmennys on ok, kiusaaminen ei. Te osaatte ja uskallatte käyttää mielikuvitustanne, se on tässä pelontäyteisessä ja suorituskeskeisessä maailmassa radikaalia ja inspiroivaa! 🐴✊ -Selma #hobbyhorserevolution — I wanted to write a word of encouragement to those who are afraid to go to school because of bullying: Do not remain silent about bullying, talk to your parents, teachers and friends. You deserve to be supported, you deserve bullying to be made to stop. Never forget that you are a part of a magnificent hobby which you young people have created all by yourselves. The use of imagination sometimes confuses people who are new to this hobby – or people who have a hard time respecting other people. Confusion is ok, bullying and disrispect are not. You know how to and you dare to use your imagination. In today's fearful and performance-oriented world that is a radical and inspiring thing. -Selma

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