The organised breeding of Haflinger horses in South Tyrol dates back to 1904, the year in which the 1st Association of Haflinger Breeders, Meltina/Mölten was founded. In order to achieve the ambitious aim of a "pure breed of Haflinger", both a mare book and a stud book were introduced. After the founding of the association, its members immediately dedicated themselves to filling the register books. With the creation of the first breeding register of the Haflinger breed an important step was taken. Every horse received its own page in the register. The collection of these individual pages is conserved in the archives of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders and is displayed to the public on special occasions.
Since the establishment of the 1st Association of Haflinger Breeders, Meltina/Mölten, the breeding of Haflinger horses in South Tyrol has been carried out in a thoroughly organised and structured manner. The two World Wars have, however, left their mark on these horses. It was the annexion of the region to Italy which influenced the breeding most of all.
The Federation in its current form was established in 1947 with the merging of numerous small, independent associations. On 10 April 1953 it was officially founded as a limited liability cooperative based in Bolzano/Bozen.
Literature of historical interest
Der Original Haflinger Haflinger und sein Ursprungsgebiet Südtirol (in German language) Publisher: Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders
Publishing company: Folio Verlag (ISBN 3-85256-004-7) Chronik über 100 Jahre Haflinger Pferdezucht am Tschögglberg (in German language)
Publisher: Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders