Trotting in Finland
Trotting is one of Finland’s most popular sports. Some 730,000 spectators visit trot races annually. Almost 900,000 view races in remote betting locations outside the tracks.
Approximately 600 meetings are held every year, with almost 8,000 horses and more than 2,000 drivers participating. There are some 160 professional trainers in Finland. More than 7,000 people are registered in the amateur trainer register. The annual total turnover from horse betting is approximately EUR 200 million.
In Finland, meetings are held throughout the year with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The meetings vary from international major events and weekly provincial meetings to small meetings organised in villages or on ice.
In addition to the traditional trotting races in which the horses pull carts, le trot monté racing (“racing under saddle”) is also practised in Finland.
In international comparison, Finland is among the five largest trotting countries in Europe.