What is hobby horse competition?

Riders participating in competitive hobby horsing – a toy consisting of a stick with a model horse head – perform and mimic the movements and technicality of horseback riding in the disciplines of show jumping and dressage, then translate that to their stick horse, where judges will mark and score their rounds.

Are hobby horse competitions real?

The sport is still largely a grassroots, DIY activity in its native Finland. There’s no official rulebook or governing body; participants communicate, organize events, and even trade homemade hobby horses primarily through social media and online forums.

Is hobby horse racing a sport?

It’s a sport for the few – the rich. Hobby horsing allows enthusiasts to act out their fantasies of owning, riding, and competing with their own horse, minus the high expenses. And minus cleaning up piles of dung! Another reason behind its popularity is the community.

What is hobby horse sport?

Hobby horsing (from hobby horse) is a sport with gymnastic elements, in which movement sequences similar to those in show jumping or dressage are partly simulated in courses, without real horses being used. Instead, the participants predominantly use self-made hobby horses.

Do kids actually like rocking horses?

Rocking horses are a great toy for young children. They can bring out their most imaginative side and be soothing at the same time. Furthermore, kids get to work on their balance and coordination skills.

What is the name hobby short for?

‘Hobby’, originally a diminutive of ‘Hob’, pet form of ‘Robert’, was used to denote a small horse, hence a child’s toy with a horse’s head, later a favourite occupation—cf.


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