The Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders

The breeding organisation in the Haflingers' region of origin

The Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders is the successor of the first officially recognised breeders' cooperative, which after its foundation in 1904 established and maintained the first stud book of the breed.

Today, the Federation represents the interests of breeders in the Haflingers' region of origin. Being the breeding organisation with the largest population of horses, it is a key bench mark in the international breeders' community.

Committed to tradition – and to the future: In its work, the Federation aims to preserve and promote the breed in South Tyrol with a focus on its genotypic and phenotypic diversity.

Careful breeding efforts are put in place to safeguard and boost the horses' health, robustness, fertility and longevity. In doing so, the work is practice-orientated and based on scientific expertise: Great importance is attached to the characteristics and distinctive features of the breed in order to ensure the selection and rearing of horses with an excellent character that can perform at the very highest level.

To achieve that, it is crucial to bring together breeding and equestrian sport. The Federation links and promotes both areas intensively: All breeding and selection is based on each horse's breeding value evaluation as well as data and figures concerning its performance and information on its pedigree and lineage.

The Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders currently provides its services and assistance to some 800 members who own approximately 3,500 horses used for breeding (2019). Among its members are the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association and the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association. The Federation has also taken South Tyrolean Noriker breeders under its wing.


Administrative board

Chairman: Erich Messner
Vice-Chairman: Richard Gamper
Board members: Thomas Alfreider, Peter Braun, Paul Gartner (Noriker breeders' representative), Johann Hafner, Georg Höller, Tobias Marth, Alexander Mittelberger, Richard Plack (Representative of the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association), Svenja Ratschiller (Representative of the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association), Josef Reiterer, Johann Spiss, Heinrich Unterweger, Peter Zöggeler


Executive committee

Erich Messner, Thomas Alfreider, Peter Braun, Richard Gamper, Georg Höller


Breeders' representatives

Julian Breitenberger, Georg Oberkofler, Peter Zöggeler


Breeding Advisory Council

Thomas Alfreider, Alessandro Botte, Peter Braun, Julian Breitenberger, Richard Gamper, Georg Höller, Erich Messner, Alexander Mittelberger, Katja Müller, Georg Oberkofler, Josef Reiterer, Helmuth Senn, Peter Zöggeler


Sports Advisory Council

Kathrin Erschbamer, Johann Hafner, Priska Kelderer, Christine Kofler, Lisa Lemayr, Roland Morat, Claudia Pircher, Richard Plack

News and events


2021 Calendar
All Haflinger Events

Großer Erfolg für Südtiroler Fahrer

Haflinger Sport


2021 Stud Book Registration
When, where and – most importantly – how?


The new Haflinger book
Dive into the atmosphere of gallop racing in Merano/Meran

Haflinger Info 2020-04

Out now: Haflinger News!
Topics and reading samples

Zucht und Vermarktung

Breeding and marketing
Online survey for Haflinger breeders

Haflinger-Weltausstellung 2020

2021 European Haflinger Championship
Ready, steady, go – registration forms now online!

Großer Erfolg für Südtiroler Fahrer

2021 Italian National Selection of Haflinger Colts and Stallion Parade
Aspiring stallions attract considerable attention


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