“AGT” Season 19: Who is Ada Filppa? A skilled athlete won many “horse” competitions

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA: Ada Filppa, a 23-year-old hobby horse enthusiast, trainer and social media influencer from Finland, is gearing up to showcase her talent on the upcoming episode of ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 19.

Hobby riding, a sport that involves gymnastic movements with stick horses, originated in Finland and simulates equestrian disciplines such as horse jumping and dressage without using real horses.

Ada is excited to bring this unique sport to a wider audience on a global platform like “America’s Got Talent”. Having won many hobby horse championships in the past, she showed her skills again at the recent Finnish Championships in 2024.

This time, the blonde beauty claimed the gold medal in the International freestyle category and the bronze medal in the Finnish Dressage champion category. After her impressive wins, she took to Instagram to share her joy and excitement with her followers.

“HOW AMAZING WAS IT TO BE BACK COMPETING AT THE FINNISH CHAMPIONSHIPS?” she started by writing.

Ada added, “It’s been almost five years since I last started in FM. I struggled and was afraid to come back. Why? We never know. But can we talk about how cool it is to be back? Let my smile do the talking. for that International freestyle champion.

The hobby horse athlete continued, “Wow, wow! I’m ready for a new season and training. Many thanks to other competitors and FM organization team­čźÂ­čĆ╝ More than that I would like to thank you @khtvera for helping me get through the whole day. Without you I would not have survived Thanks to @rezperohorses for jumping behind the camera and helping record it all.”

“A big thank you to @seppanen.aleksi & @osteocenterturku keeping my body healthy and helping a lot with recovery and training. A big thank you to my lovely friends @jussi.rynnas and @loboto_mia whose help and support throughout the spring until this big day. See you next year,ÔÇŁ she concluded.

The contestant of the 19th season
“AGT” season 19 contestant Ada Filppa recently won gold at the 2024 Finnish Championships (Instagram/@adafilppa)

“AGT” Season 19 contestant Ada Filppa is also a hobby horse trainer

Ada Filppa, a contestant on “AGT” Season 19, is not only a talented performer but also a dedicated hobby horse trainer. Taking to Instagram on June 15, she shared her thoughts on her coaching experience and expressed her gratitude for the students she had the privilege of coaching.

Her post was filled with heartfelt sentiments and appreciation for the hard work and dedication her students have shown. Ada’s passion for both performing and training shines through her words, demonstrating her commitment to helping others succeed in their hobbyhorse endeavors.

“To the beloved trainers, you have come a long way this season. We started training together on a regular Saturday in the fall. Each of you dreamed of qualifying as show jumping riders, and you were dedicated crop riders. However, your own desire to learn and the amount of practice quickly proved that obstacles alone are not your strength, but that each of you is an immensely talented dressage rider,” she shared.

Ada continued by saying: “You took the bull by the horns, and with a little encouragement, you decided to strive for the school championship as well. The road was not easy, and it was full of insights, but also small ones. You were never afraid of the workload, new things, or gave up in the middle of a single training. That work has been rewarded, and you can proudly start the Finnish championships.

She continued, “I hope that today you will wake up proud of yourself and the courage to try something new. You would be gracious in the face of the pressure of new and exciting competition. You would enjoy every moment during the performance, and you would enjoy. remember the beginning of the way we started.”

The NBC show contestant added, “You are smart, persistent, brave and unique competitors. It was great to be a part of your journey, and I hope that no matter what happened in the races today, you dare to say that you still did. it, even though it was scary and exciting You made it to the finals, and together you cheer everyone on for the last time before the next season Look in the mirror today and you did it, Your coach.”

“AGT” Season 19 contestant Ada Filppa also teaches a hobby to students (Instagram/@adafilppa)

“AGT” Season 19 contestant Ada Filppa responds to trolls with kindness

Over the years, Ada Filppa has faced significant criticism for treating hobby horse riding as a profession. Despite the backlash, she has consistently responded to trolls with grace and positivity. In a heartfelt Instagram post in March 2024, Ada shared her perspective on prioritizing love over hate in the face of adversity.

“Just a quick note to all of you: If someone gives you hate or says stupid and mean things to you. You don’t need to give them the same hate or say the same stupid things to them. Because who wants to act like the people who hate each other,” she wrote.

Ada added, “Sometimes we feel that we can and that it’s our right to say bad things to the people who hate and bully us, but by doing that you’re just making yourself a bully in the process. Sometimes it’s totally fine. just remove the bad comments, ignore them or just reply saying it’s ok and that’s just your opinion.”

“Lately I’ve been getting a lot of not so nice comments especially under my videos. Sometimes they make me sad and I feel like I want to respond and give them a piece of my mind. If you sometimes find yourself feeling the same and wanting to say bad things to the commenters, hang up the phone and go outside,” she concluded.

“AGT” Season 19 contestant Ada Filppa shuts down trolls with kindness (Instagram/@adafilppa)

‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 19 airs every Tuesday at 8pm ET only on NBC.

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