Christmas Greetings from Helsinki Horse Show


New Visitor Survey published


The Visitor Survey of Horse Show 2017 is ready. Sponsor Insight has collected data of Helsinki Horse Show for over 10 years. Sponsor Insight conducts surveys of many events and disciplines.

In nationwide comparison Horse Show is the most popular event amongst young women (18-29 y). According to the survey over 400 000 adults are interested in the event. Helsinki Horse Show visitors recognise the event sponsors better compared to other event visitors and they favour the sponsors more when making purchase decisions.

The survey confirms that Horse Show visitors enjoy the event. The atmosphere and high-level sport reached once again over 90 % contentedness scores. The Land Rover Grand Prix session hit 100 %!

The yearly survey gives the organiser excellent tools to develop the event into an even more interesting and high-quality event.


© Satu Pirinen

CSI-W5* Helsinki - Another year of great success!


The 33rd edition of Helsinki International Horse Show was a great success. A big group of high-ranked top riders, including several European Championship medalists, honored Helsinki with their presence.

The main focus was in the Longinges FEI World Cup™ Jumping competition on Sunday. A big question ahead was whether Swiss rider Romain Duguet could make a ”hat trick” after his two victories in 2015 and 2016. Duguet was brilliant in the Saturday main competition, the Land Rover Grand Prix, finishing second after his teammate Steve Guerdat.

The packed Helsinki Icehall was presented a thrilling nine riders' jump-off. Last to go was Dutch Jur Vrieling, who put a pace and turned even faster than the other clear rounds. Thus the ”Flying Dutchman” returned the Dutch riders to the highest podium, like so many times in the first decade of the Helsinki event.

Jur Vrieling & VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest © Satu Pirinen

Helsinki Horse Show made global news headlines by being the first event ever having all it´s energy produced by 100 % horse manure. Fortum, global in energy, has developed the ”Fortum HorsePower concept”,  thus making a big step towards a cleaner event world.

Helsinki Horse Show was a part of Finland 100 years of independence celebrations. A big crowd of almost 50.000 visitors found their way to the Horse Show, making the event one of the biggest of all sports events in Finland.

The recently published visitors´ survey shows that the audience loves the Horse Show.

The dates for CSI-W5* Helsinki 2018 are 17th to 21st October.

For more information Event Director Tom Gordin /


Spectator Judging Great Success


The Helsinki International Horse Show used the Spectator Judging App for the very first time this year with extraordinary success. A new European record was set with 645 people submitting marks during the Grand Prix Freestyle on Saturday. Throughout the Helsinki International Horse Show the Spectator Judging App was accessed by more than 3000 users.

Graphics show that most participants were females aged between 18 and 24. The application is a wonderful addition to the dressage experience. Interestingly the points given by the Finnish spectators were amazingly close to those of the judges.

Jur Vrieling wins the second leg of Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping in Helsinki


The winners Jur Vrieling and VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest. Photo Iita-Maria Ahtiainen.

On Sunday afternoon it was time for probably the most expected competition of the Horse Show weekend when the second Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifier for the season took place in Helsinki. This year the winner came from the Netherlands when Jur Vrieling on VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest was strongest in the challenging course with time 36.85 and surprised not only himself but maybe the audience as well.

Jur Vrieling and VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest. Photo Satu Pirinen.

- This is now my second win in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and I have to say I’m a bit surprised because I didn’t really expected to be first today. I tried to get into top three and today it worked out in the best way possible. Before the jump-off Eric (van der Vleuten) said to me that I just needed to let go and be as fast as I could at the last three fences and that’s what I did, Vrieling said clearly happy after his performance.

- I’m really happy to have such great horses, Glasgow has super mentality and he is really a championship horse, maybe even the best horse I have ever had, Vrieling added praising his horses.

Henrik von Eckermann and Mary Lou. Photo Satu Pirinen.

Swedish Henrik von Eckermann on Mary Lou also did great two rounds and took the second place in time 38,41.

- I’m very pleased with the second place, Vrieling did great job today and I’m not sure we could have been able to beat him even without the stumble in the jump-off. My biggest worry now is that the horse is okay after that stumble.

-The first round was fantastic and I have to complement the course designer Guilherme Jorge. 17 obstacles in this arena is a lot but the course was still great to ride, Eckermann commented.

Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and Celena VDL. Photo Satu Pirinen.

The third placed Marlon Modolo Zanotelli managed to make two clear rounds as well and followed very close after Eckermann.

- We have had a fantastic season so far and I couldn’t be happier with today’s result. The horse was really good already in Oslo and overall I’m really satisfied. It is a bit difficult to get invitations to Europe but I hope to get more of them in the future and hopefully I will get a chance to ride in World Cup Qualifiers more as well, Modolo Zanotelli said after the competition.

Best home rider was Juulia Jyläs on Courage T Z placing 21th. Despite the two down in the first round, she was happy with her performance today.

Juulia Jyläs and Courage T Z. Photo Satu Pirinen.

- The horse was relaxed and gave me a fantastic feeling so I’m pretty happy with our round. When I walked through the course I thought that maybe this was still a bit early for us because the horse is quite young and we haven’t jumped much on this level. It is good to continue from here and I hope to attend to more competitions on this level in the future, Jyläs said smiling.

The feeling during the weekend was again really great and there were almost 50 000 visitors altogether in five days. The event director Tom Gordin was pleased with the amount of audience and thanked everyone for coming.

- This year we had maybe the highest amount of top riders here in Helsinki which is something that doesn’t happen every year because Helsinki is very far away and not every horse wants to do the long journey. The event was very succesful and I want to thank the whole team for making this possible. I tend to say that teamwork makes the dream work, we had an amazing crowd, top riders, the best course designer and a great team building this wonderful event, Gordin said clearly satisfied. 

Longines FEI World Cup Jumping
160 cm, one jump-off. Starts 40, placings 12.
1) Jur Vrieling/VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest NED 0-0/36,85, 2) Henrik von Eckermann/Mary Lou 194 SWE 0-0/38,41, 3) Marlon Modolo Zanotelli/Celena VDL BRA 0-0/38,6, 4) Robert Whitaker/Catwalk IV GBR 0-0/39,27, 5) Felix Hassmann/Cayenne WZ GER 0-4/38,83, 6) Aldrick Cheronnet/Tanael Des Bonnes FRA 0-4/39,11, 7) Chloe Reid/Codarco USA 0-8/40,16, 8) Francois Jr Mathy/Uno de la Roque BEL 0-8/42,71, 9) Geir Gulliksen/Edesa S Banjan NOR 0-8/43,37, 10) Kevin Staut/For Joy van't Zorgvliet HDC FRA 4/68,84, 11) Christian Rhomberg-Saphyr Des Lacs AUT 4/72,22, 12) Evelina Tovek-Castello 194 SWE 4/72,45 …21) Juulia Jyläs/ Courage T Z, FIN 8/73,72

Longines FEI World Cup League
Top 10 after Helsinki
1 Kevin STAUT, FRA 24
2 Daniel DEUSSER, GER 20
4 Robert WHITAKER, GBR 18
9 Christian RHOMBERG, AUT 13
10 Douglas LINDELÖW, SWE 12
10 Felix HASSMANN, GER 12

Knock Out win for Högberg


International Dressage Knock Out Presented by Westerback ended the dressage program for this year’s Helsinki Horse Show. Jeanna Högberg and awesome FWB-stallion Duendecillo P continued amazing performances and took their third win for the weekend. Second place in this playful competition went to home rider Maria Pyykönen with Zelle and third was Swedish Per Duvefelt on Edvin.

- I think today was a question of having fun but of course pink boots and Finnish flag helped a lot. “Peikko” had so much fun today and he really enjoys the audience but at the same time he is still so relaxed, Högberg smiled after her performance.

Jeanna Högberg and Duendecillo P. Photo Satu Pirinen.

Their performance also pleased the judges and they were yet again impressed by the skill and the cooperation of the horse and the rider.

- It’s lovely to see how “Peikko” grows up in front of the audience and is in good rhytmn with the music. His style is relaxed which gives something extra to the performance, Irmeli Summanen commented. 

Results Sunday 22.10.

International Dressage Knock-Out presented by Westerback. Started 4, Placed 4

1) Jeanna Högberg/Duendecillo P, SWE 4, 2) Maria Pyykönen/Zelle FIN 3, 3) Per Duvefelt/Edvin SWE 2, 4) Mia von Schantz/Zatal FIN 1

Maikel van der Vleuten fastest in the international 145


Sunday’s show jumping program continued with the International Final 145 cm Presented by Yliopistollinen Eläinsairaala. Maikel van der Vleuten on Dana Blue did an amazing round and took his first win for the weekend with over two seconds separating him from the second placed Luca Maria Moneta on Neptune Brecourt. Third place went to yesterday’s Grand Prix winner Steve Guerdat with Urzo d’Iso.

- I’m really happy with our round today, my horse is only nine years old and this is one of the first five star shows she’s doing. She has a great mentality and she is very quick and and that is what the horse needs if you want to win classes and compete at this level, van der Vleuten said after his performance.

Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue. Photo Iita-Maria Ahtiainen.

Results Sunday 22.10.

International Final 145 cm, International jumping competition, against the clock. Starts 24, placings 12.

1) Maikel van der Vleuten/Dana Blue, NED 0/53.62, 2) Luca Maria Moneta/Neptune Brecourt, ITA 0/56.37, 3) Steve Guerdat/Urzo d'Iso, SUI 0/57.28, 4) Tobias Meyer/Skik, GER 0/57.52, 5) Peder Fredricson/H&M Carat Desire, SWE 0/57.85, 6) Manuel Fernandez Saro/Royalty Des Isles, ESP 0/57.93, 7) Jur Vrieling/Quality Fz, NED 0/58.72, 8) Aldrick Cheronnet/Atlantys By Wisbecq (e.T), FRA 0/64.70, 9) Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum/Calle, GER 0/67.05, 10) Michael Whitaker/Con Man JX, GBR 1/76.60, 11) Yuri Mansur/Inferno, BRA 4/57.62, 12) Philipp Weishaupt/Call Me Eva, GER 4/58.13

Olivier Robert wins the 140 speed, great success for Finnish riders as well


International Speed Champion Final 140cm opened the last day for this year’s Helsinki Horse Show. French Olivier Robert with Fleur de Lune did an amazing round and was fastest against the clock in time 49.60.

- It felt really good to ride this morning and the horse jumped great. This is now my second time here in Helsinki and I enjoy competing here. I’m happy with our round and hopefully this continues in the afternoon as well, Robert said after his win.

The class also offered many great Finnish performances when the home riders took three places in the top six. Juulia Jyläs on Copain Z continued their great weekend placing second with time 50.17. Emma Tallberg was fourth and Susanna Granroth sixth.

- Copain felt good today and I’m really happy with it. It is good to continue from this, Jyläs commented on her performance.

- Dobbelt Quidam felt good this morning and the round went as planned. The horse lost his balance a bit after the combination and we lost the rhytmn for a moment so without that our time would have been a bit better, Tallberg said.

Results Sunday 22.10.

International Speed Champion Final 140 cm, International jumping competition, against the clock. Starts 18, placings 12

1) Olivier Robert/Fleur de Lune, FRA 0/49.60, 2) Juulia Jyläs/Copain Z, FIN 0/50.17, 3) Harm Lahde/Oak Grove's Celebrity, GER 0/51.22, 4) Emma Tallberg/Dobbelt Quidam, FIN 0/51.96, 5) Eric van der Vleuten/Quivive S Z, NED 0/51.97, 6) Susanna Granroth/Baccara, FIN 0/52.30, 7) Johan-Sebastian Gulliksen/Quiet Easy 4, NOR 0/52.34, 8) Rein Pill/A Brok, EST 0/54.60, 9) Urmas Raag/Ibelle van de Grote Haart, EST 0/56.56, 10) Evelina Tovek/Beezie, SWE 0/56.98, 11) Marina Ehrnrooth/Evli Ellington, FIN 0/57.47, 12) Alexandr Belekhov/Chapter, RUS 4/53.65, 13) Sanna Backlund/Wilhelmina, FIN 4/53.69, … 17) Janna Jensen/Bleu Lady, FIN eliminated

”Finland 100 – Legends at the course” ended the show jumping program for Saturday


The last show for Saturday evening gathered together former Finnish rider legends along some international stars. The spectacle offered a lot of speed and excitement when the teams competed at the course in the spirit of Finland 100. In the Finnish team rode Kati Hurme-Leikkonen, Pekka Larsen and Kari Nevala and against them in the international team Swedish Henrik von Eckermann and Peder Fredricson and Francois Jr Mathy from Belgium.

Francois Jr Mathy, Henrik von Eckermann and Peder Fredricson. Photo Satu Pirinen.

Weishaupt quickest in Helsinki Classics 150


Saturday evening’s last international show jumping class ended with German celebration when Philipp Weishaupt on Call Me Eva managed to make the fastest clear round stopping the clock in time 57.08. The second place in the tight competition went to Brazil and Marlon Modolo Zanotelli with Extra van Essene who also did a great round in time 58.45. Third was Maikel van der Vleuten on VDL Groep Quatro.

The winners, Philipp Weishaupt and Call Me Eva. Photo Iita-Maria Ahtiainen.

From the left, Marlon Modolo Zanotelli with Extra van Essene and Maikel van der Vleuten on VDL Groep Quatro. Photo Iita-Maria Ahtiainen.

- I was very pleased with the horse and it jumped great today. I really like to compete here in Helsinki and both the facility and the audience are great, Modolo Zanotelli commented on his performance after the competition.

Susanna Granroth continued her great day placing 7th with Anatevka.

- Yesterday it was difficult to get the right rhytmn but today it went well and I was very pleased with the horse, Granroth said about her round.

Results Saturday 21.10.

HELSINKI CLASSICS 150 cm, International Jumping competition, against the clock. Starts 37, placings 12.

1) Philipp Weishaupt/Call Me Eva, GER 0/57.08, 2) Marlon Modolo Zanotelli/Extra van Essene, BRA 0/58.45, 3) Maikel van der Vleuten/VDL Groep Quatro, NED 0/59.00, 4) Steve Guerdat/Urzo d'Iso, SUI 0/59.95, 5) Manuel Fernandez Saro/Royalty Des Isles, ESP 0/61.29, 6) Christian Rhomberg/Corbusier, AUT 0/61.38, 7) Susanna Granroth/Anatevka, FIN 0/64.56, 8) Geir Gulliksen/Arakorn, NOR 0/66.00, 9) Shane Breen/CSF Vendi Cruz, IRL 0/67.53, 10) Romain Duguet/Sherazade du Gevaudan, SUI 0/70.64, 11) Urmas Raag/Carlos, EST 0/71.39, 12) Francois Jr Mathy/Cassis van de Kranenburg, BEL 4/57.68,… 20) Juulia Jyläs/Copain Z, FIN 4/65.75,… 27) Janna Jensen/Bleu Lady, FIN 8/67.07, 28) Sanna Backlund/Wilhelmina, FIN 8/67.20, 29) Marina Ehrnrooth/Evli Ellington, FIN 8/70.86,… 32) Emma Tallberg/Dobbelt Quidam, FIN 11/81.92