Ypäjä in a nutshell
The Loimiriver valley with its fertile arable land pastures filled with noble horses epitomises Ypäjä`s countryside. Ypäjä`s ancient horse pastures form an exceptionally large area of meadows and forest glades still grazed by horses to this day, an important part of Finland’s national heritage.
Ypäjä, on border of Häme and Varsinais-Suomi sees the traditions of the past meet the modern era. The state horse breeding programme which began here in the 1930s was the impetus behind equine research in the region, while the military riding school left its mark on Ypäjä for over two decades. 1972 saw the founding of the Finnish Riding College in Ypäjä. The traditions of these institutions are continued today by Equine College of Ypäjä and MTT Agrifood Research Finland´s equine research unit.
The work of the Equine College brings life, lively competitions and lots of events to the district, the most famous of these being the annual international Finnderby in early June.
In addition to equine sports, Ypäjä offers plenty of opportunities for leisure activities.
The excellent golf course, Loimijoki Golf, is located on the shores of the Loimijoki river, a magnificent setting for enthusiasts of the popular sport. The sports ground and the Pertunkaari indoor sports centre are ideal for athletics and ball games, while Ypäjä´s beautiful countryside can be enjoyed by orienteering using the network of fixed points or canoeing down Loimijoki river.
For the less athletic, singing and acting with the amateur musical theatre company Ypäjän Musiikkiteatteri produces the thrill of success and the satisfaction of achieving something with other people. High quality performances are enjoyed in the setting of the local rural museum.
Tourist visiting Ypäjä can enjoy life on a farm or trekking on Finnish horses. Ypäjä´s excellent accommodation and catering make it an ideal place for longer stay.
Whether you come on your own or in a group, Ypäjä is always worth a second look.
"Whether you come on your own or in a group, Ypäjä is always worth a second look."