Editor's Note: This is a first-hand account by Steve Oldford, the United States representative in the World Cup of Amateur Racing, after the final day of the three-day competition in Finland.
On the final day of racing we were treated to a daylong tour of Helsinki, Finland's largest city. It is a beautiful city with fabulous world history.
We arrived at Helsinki's Vermo Racecourse and were escorted to the track for winner's circle introductions in a wagon pulled by a local Coldblood breed horse.
|Photo courtesy of Steve Oldford|
|Steve Oldford won two of the nine races in the World Cup of Amateur Racing.|
In the end it was the Finland native son who won the World Cup of Amateur Racing. Janne Raisanen, with two wins and several on the board finishes in the nine race series, won by one point over Switzerland's Joey Vignoni who finished second. Wim Brouwer from The Netherlands was third.
The nine race series was contested over three different race tracks during the three day event.
In spite of my second win of the series on the final night, I collected only enough points for a seventh place point finish overall. My good friend Jeff Darby from New Zealand finished fifth.
After the races concluded a wonderful banquet was held, hosted by our new friends from Finland. All the race stories were told as new friendships solidified.
Special thanks goes out to our Finnish hosts Mitja Nummenmaa, who is General Secretary of the Association of Finnish Horse Owners, board member Markku Jaaskelainen, and their staff.
It was an event of a lifetime. I look forward to sharing more stories from our trip. We are now off to Estonia before departing for home.