Riverfield Bastitini (also known as Basse and Fat Unicorn)
2002 FWB gelding
Fair Play BRD 97 x Napoleon
Owner: Roosa Rantanen
Breeder: Nadja Hitonen & Ville Arkkila
Basse came to us when he was 2 years old and he is still considered as the baby of the family. He was broken in by my brother and when he was 4 he moved to England with us when my brother and his horses moved over there as well. At the age of 5, I started riding him (I was 14 then!) and this was when he did his first dressage competitions. This started his competition career that consisted of about fifty unaffiliated and affiliated dressage competitions ranging from preliminary to elementary (helppo C-A in Finland) levels where he was nearly always placed.
From 2008-2010 Basse and I competed in many shows in and around West Sussex, mainly at Hickstead, Oldencraig Equestrian Center and Merrist Wood. During this time our worst placing ever in at a competition was 10th place in big classes, but normally we were placed in the top three. Our best result was at Hickstead in a novice class (helppo B) with a score of 70%!
In August 2010 our family moved back to Finland, along with Nelli and Basse. I started concentrating on my studies with the IB-diploma, and thus our competition career stopped. At the end of 2011 when mother bought Vallu, Basse moved over to our neighbor's riding school where he worked from autumn 2011 to spring 2012 as a riding school horse, and after he came 'back to us' he has been teaching leased to a few wonderful people who we are lucky to call our friends now. In February 2016 Basse had a freak accident in his paddock where he fell over and damaged his straight distal sesamoidean ligament (SDSL) but after more than 10 months of rehab, he is finally starting to get back to normal and when I moved back to Finland in the spring of 2016 I started riding him again. Our plan is to get him fit before spring and if all goes well, take him out for a competitions over the summer (2017).
|Flying on baby B!|
Basse will always be my baby, and I cannot thank him enough for everything that he has given me. He has gotten me through so much, and has a very special place in my heart.
Ramazzati (also known as Rama and the Parisian Prince)
1998 KWPN gelding
Flemmingh x Kommandeur
Owner: Anu Rantanen
Our most recent addition to our family, Ramazzotti is an ex-showjumper turned dressage horse who came to us through my brother from France. In France he was a show jumper until 2007 when he became a dressage horse. He's competed at 125cm levels in show jumping and in dressage he has competed at affiliated advanced medium levels, where he's gotten +70%!
Rama is one of the kindest and easiest horses that I have ever met, but he is also such a clown! Rama is incredibly vocal when I go to feed the horses at 6am, he is always whinnying and really hyper in the mornings but when he is ridden he will never put a hoof out of place. He's also super soft in the mouth and you only have to take the reins in your hands he will be on the bit. He has a very expressive canter and a very easy trot. He's an absolute dream of a horse to own, my mother is so lucky and what a great addition to our little gang.
Spirella (also known as Nelli and the Queen)
1994 Danish WB mare
Owner: Anu Rantanen
5.6.1994 - 23.6.2016 RIP
Nelli had been with us for over 10 years and has taught everyone so much about everything! Nelli was the most amazing horse that I had ever come across and she managed to get me off her more times than any other horse! When I fell off my pony in a bad way and was so scared that I seriously considering quitting riding, Nelli was the reason why I still to ride to this day. She was such a kind horse and made me feel so safe that I was able to feel comfortable riding again. Everyone needs a horse like this in their life at some point.
Vallu and I had only been back in Finland for 3 weeks in the spring/summer of 2016 before her teeth were beyond repair from diastema and she has to be PTS. It's been over 6 months and I still have days where I cry for her because she was the biggest character on the yard and such a massive part of our lives, especially my childhood. We all miss her so much and I hope she is ruling the roost wherever she is. Rest in peace my darling. In my dreams I get to see you and I can't wait to be reunited with you at some point.
|Nelli taught me flying changes when I first moved from ponies to horses|