Hobby Horse Workshop
Read more about hobby horses here.
With nails for teeth and a snapping jaw, the hobby horse is a strange mummers disguise and a most peculiar breed of animal. Build a hobby horse and submit a video for our Virtual Mummers Parade! We want a cavalry of holiday beasts and need your help!
This year we are offering one Virtual Hobby Horse Workshop.
We are preparing free material kits so participants can join us online from the comfort of their own homes! Please register for the workshop on the side bar to the left, or at the bottom of the page on your mobile device.
Registration is required in order to obtain material kits.
Once you register we will email you to arrange for contactless pick up at the Victoria Park Poolhouse in St. John's. (Unfortunately we are unable to deliver or have kits available outside St. John's.)
Material kits are limited and based on first-come, first-served.
One (1) Hobby Horse Kit per family. We want to spread those kits around!
Material kits will include everything you need except duct tape, a hot glue gun and glue sticks, and a stick of some kind to insert into the Hobby Horse Head (old hockey sticks work great!). We'll provide a piece of material to drape over your head - but feel free to mix it up with whatever you have at home too.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide large numbers of kits to community groups or organizations. To determine if we can accommodate your small group, email us at
This workshop is free. Donations to the Mummers Festival are always appreciated.
Join us online for your Zoom webinar workshop, and follow facilitator Kyle Krumsick as he teaches you how to build your very own Hobby Horse!
This workshop is perfect for the whole family! A supervising adult for each child under 16 years of age is highly recommended.
Make Your Own Hobby Horse at Home!
Can't pick up a material kit?
Want to join us from ANYWHERE in the world?
Just register for our workshop, download the material list and detailed template below, and join us online
Making your own Hobby Horse from the comfort of your own home has never been easier. Watch this video, download and print our template and you're off to the races!
About the Hobby Horse Workshop
The Mummers Festival has been running Hobby Horse Workshops since 2009. We turned to archival materials and conducted interviews to learn more about this tradition. Our template is modelled after mid-1900s hobby horses located in the Memorial University Folklore Archives. These horses now turn up at the Mummers Parade and are used during the traditional Christmas-time, house-visiting tradition of mummering. The Festival has successfully repopulated the province with this nearly-extinct and most peculiar breed.