Official Selection: Hot Docs
The sport of competitive hobbyhorse riding isn’t a sport that we generally hear too much about, but after seeing this genuinely engrossing documentary about the movement, we’re totally in!
Originating in Finland, the sport consists of its athletes attending large-scale competitions where they ride, jump, prance, trot and canter through a dressage course; their ride being a stuffed fabric horse head on a stick placed between the rider’s legs. As these “animals” take on life-like personas, their riders are judged for poise, accuracy and control – just in any dressage competition. These riders take things very seriously with considerable training (often on weekend training camps), gain an enormous level of social media interest and have professional trainers.
Winners or losers, this wonderfully warm documentary follows some of Finland’s finest hobbyhorse riders and enthusiasts, mostly young girls, as they talk of their dreams, challenges and triumphs in just being themselves. Ultimately Hobbyhorse Revolution is about individuality, authenticity and innocence, and in that it’s really very lovely.
Fri 6th, 6.45pm, Luna Leederville