Stud book registration and Young Mares Show 25-28 April 2019 in Egna/Neumarkt
Registration list now closed – catalogue available online
17/04/2019 – The registration process for the 2019 stud book entry event from 25 to 28 April is now concluded: 128 Haflinger and 12 Noriker mares born in 2016 have been signed up for the big day at the Alps Coliseum Equestrian Sports Centre in Egna/Neumarkt.
In parallel, the 2019 South Tyrolean Young Mares' Show will see the cream of the crop in this latest generation lined up on Saturday 27 April, and the top five new mares crowned in a number of categories on Sunday 28 April.
15/04/2019 – On 08 and 09 June 2019, the San Genesio/Jenesien Haflinger Horse Breeders' Association will host the Haflinger Endurance Trophy, organise together with the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders and the FISE Committee for Trentino-South Tyrol.
Riders who would like to participate with a Haflinger horse but are not FISE members are kindly asked to get in touch with the Secretariat of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders (+39 0471 063970, email@example.com) by 29 April 2019. The Federation will collect and submit their registrations.
08/04/2019 – At a recent presentation training session organised by the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association on 6 April in Meltina/Mölten, course instructor Bruno Six from Germany equipped the17 participants with the dos and don'ts of how to correctly prepare and present a horse. Having covered the basics of evaluating a horse's conformation, the Haflinger expert shared his expertise on the art of the handling and presenting horses in a lively, interactive discussion with the keen group. In the afternoon, the participants then had a chance to put into practice what they had learned in the theoretical part in the morning, and the group left endowed with plenty of information and fresh motivation to try out their newly acquired skills on their own horses.
Round table debate: a straightforward and fitting format
The participants (left to right): Manfred Canins, Roland Morat, South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association Chairwoman Sabine Stuefer, Vice Chairman Richard Gamper, Priska Kelderer, Nicola Metzger, Federation Chairman Erich Messner, South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association Chairman Richard Plack, Federation Director Michael Gruber, Luca Marini and Evelyn Tarasconi (Photo: Armin Mayr)
01/04/2019 – On Monday 1 April, a number of stakeholders from the Haflinger community met for a round table event at the Federation headquarters.
In an informal and unbiased discussion, the group debated a wide range of topics in light of the diverse background of those present. The leitmotif of the lively get-together turned out to be the positioning of the Haflinger breed in South Tyrol and of South Tyrolean Haflinger horses on a world-wide scale. With a multitude of constructive contributions, the discussion opened up some new perspectives on the status quo and future of Haflinger horses in breeding and sport. A key point that stood out all the way through: The work of the Federation, which has succeeded in establishing a consolidated cooperation with the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association and the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association as partners, is greatly appreciated.
The many different stakeholders, who took a very active and outspoken part in the discussion, unanimously expressed their interest in a stronger network among the existing South Tyrolean elements in horse breeding and equestrian sports, with the aim of bringing together all interests in the medium to long term. On the one hand this ensures continuity, while on the other hand it opens up new paths and fields of action in which the tried-and-tested elements can be promoted in a targeted fashion.
The round table debate has brought forward a series of exciting and constructive results – a successful format that will certainly be continued.
First jumping training for eventing riders
29 March 2019 in San Genesio/Jenesien
01/04/2019 – With the jumping session held on Friday 29 March 2019, the Federation's eventing project has now officially entered a new stage. During the training at the riding arena in San Genesio/Jenesien, instructor Nicola Metzger expressed her satisfaction with the progress so far. Because most participants are still relatively inexperienced, the training plan for the near future will contain a great deal of basic work. The potential, however, is quite evident even at this stage, and everyone is motivated and already working hard.
Presentation training with Bruno Six and Hendrik Fiegel
23 March at the Sandhof inn (Passiria/Passeier valley)
25/03/2019 – At the invitation of the Passiria/Passeier Haflinger Horse Breeders' Association, the two horse experts Bruno Six and Hendrik Fiegel talked about a series of topics that typically interest every breeder in spring: With the stud book registration just around the corner, most owners now strive to prepare their horses and bring out their very best qualities – an undertaking that is far from easy, as it requires a great deal of effort. Breeders can exert some degree of influence with the help of proper feeding, expert preparation and a professional presentation – the first decisive factor for any horse, however, is its correct conformation. The participants took notice of both the theory and the practical explanations with great interest.
Review of an eventful year
2019 Plenum of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders
18/03/2019 – This year, the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders held its plenary meeting on Saturday 16 March in Terlano/Terlan. Chairman Erich Messner and Director Michael Gruber gave an overview of the special events of the past year and provided an impressive account detailing the development of both the Federation and Haflinger as well as Noriker breeding in South Tyrol in general.
Distinctions for top breeders (from left): Federation Chairman Erich Messner, Vice Chairman Richard Gamper, Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster, Regional Minister for Agriculture Arnold Schuler, Markus Theiner, Katja Müller, Josef Waldner, Peter Braun, Lukas Mair, Norbert Rier and Paul Premstaller
The list of positive things was long: Together with the memberships which are at a constant high and the overall number of horses which is on the increase, a series of events with considerable appeal as well as the Federation's solid financial situation made for a very constructive review of the past year. Favourable market developments recently saw both domestic sales and exports significantly on the rise once more, and in the past year, cooperation efforts with both the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association and the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association were greatly intensified.
At the General Assembly, several Haflinger breeders received accolades for the results their horses obtained in the stallion performance test (5) and the aptitude test for mares (10).
Val Sarentino/Sarntal Haflinger Horse Breeding Association decorates meritable members
Honorary Chairman Georg Kofler
15/03/2019 – On the occasion of the annual general meeting of the Val Sarentino/Sarntal Haflinger Horse Breeding Association on Saturday 3 March, several members were distinguished for their many years of commitment and work for the association board:
Katrin Trojer – 9 years of service
Simone Innerebner – 9 years of service
Karl Seebacher – 31 years of service
Jakob Gross – 33 years of service
Georg Kofler of San Martino/Reinswald, who has served as Chairman of the association for 36 years, was appointed Honorary Chairman. His passion for the Haflinger breed remains undiminished: Only recently, he acquired the two high-quality stallions Wilo-Z BZ28967 and Ares V. Baumann BZ28916, making a valuable contribution to the development of Haflinger breeding in the Val Sarentino/Sarntal valley.
Vice Chairman Peter Thaler, Katrin Trojer, Simone Innerebner and Chairman Christian Plattner (left to right)
Outgoing members of the Board of Directors (from left): Karl Seebacher, Katrin Trojer, Honorary Chairman Georg Kofler, Simone Innerebner and Jakob Gross
New arrivals: Honorary Chairman Georg Kofler with his two new stud horses
Sleigh racing, skijoring and strength tests for Haflinger and Noriker horses
Saturday 23 February 2019 in Renon/Ritten
Thrills galore: the strength tests
05/03/2019 – For the third time in a row, the popular club race in the winter disciplines organised by the Renon/Ritten Haflinger Horse Breeders' Association took place on the last weekend of February at the Arena Ritten ice rink. Despite the mild temperatures, the 51 horses competed in ideal conditions.
An impressive way to illustrate the versatility of the breed: With the contestants divided into three groups, some competed in several disciplines – Günther Mur and his mare Rosalie, for instance, in all three. The guest class included passionate equestrian athletes from all over South Tyrol and added yet another level of quality the club race.
Eventing project: dressage training in San Genesio/Jenesien
25/02/2019 – On 23 February 2019, the aspiring eventing riders completed yet another training session under the supervision of Nicola Metzger and Roland Morat – this time with a focus on dressage. The experts equipped the highly motivated participants with a series of valuable suggestions on how to increase both their own potential and that of their horse. As both trainers confirmed, the group is already on a solid basis. The next meeting, scheduled for the end of March, will focus on show jumping.
Val d'Ultimo/Ulten Rosser Weekend
21/02/2018 – Action galore at the Val d'Ultimo/Ulten Rosser Weekend on 9 and 10 February, the event that unites the most exciting horse racing disciplines on snow: Saturday had the crowds on the edge of their seats at the second edition of the "Ultner Ross Ski Cross" race featuring Haflinger horses, while Sunday saw the 2019 South Tyrol Haflinger Sleigh Race and Skijoring County Championship return to the Val d'Ultimo/Ulten valley for the first time in many years.
Action-packed and a thrill for the spectators and participants alike, Ski Cross with horses originated from the USA. This was the second contest organised by the horse breeding and sports associations of the valley. Ross Ski Cross is all about fast horses and good skiers, and with participants from all over South Tyrol and Trentino, the races had top-notch names from the local equestrian sports scene fighting for the finish line... read more
Haflinger sleigh races and skijoring in the Val Sarentino/Sarntal valley
20/02/2019 – On Saturday 16 February 2019, the Val Sarentino/Sarntal Haflinger Horse Breeding Association hosted the 64th edition of the traditional Haflinger horse sleigh races with skijoring. The contests were held at the Rabensteiner farmstead in Mules/Muls, where ideal conditions awaited the equestrian athletes. Tradition requires all sleigh race participants to use wooden sleighs and collars. Siegfried Nussbaumer's Quilli was the fastest, while Michael Seebacher's Zacharin won the category of three-year-olds.
A fast team: Siegfried Nussbaumer and Vaja
Skijoring is typically a spectacular sight: In this discipline, the horse and rider pull a skier in full gallop. The skijor races were won by Michael Seebacher's U-Jenny (older mares) and Joachim Thaler's Zilla (three-year-olds).
12/02/2019 – On Sunday 20/01/2019, the Meltina/Mölten Haflinger Breeders' Association held a trot race at the Kircheben riding arena. Although the traditional sleigh races and skijoring had to be converted into a sulky race due to a lack of snow, the starting line-up featured an impressive 17 horses in two categories.
Mares in foal
1st placeDolly owner: Walter Wiedmer 2nd placeMary owner: Walter Wiedmer 3rd placeTessa owner: Alexander Mittelberger
Mares not in foal
1st placeQuendi owner: August Schwabl 2nd placeU-Jenni JR owner: Carina Hauser 3rd placeGloriose owner: Martin Egger
August Schwabl with Quendi
Day's top result: Quendi with August Schwabl (at 01:55:37)
Most senior contestant: Unda with Carmen Egger, 25 year-old, 5th place
2019 Stallion Parade: the new breeding season is now open
17 Haflinger stallions presented to help breeders pick the ideal stud horse
The stallions were excellently prepared and in top shape, exuding plenty of masculinity
11/02/2019 – Just one week after the annual Italian National Selection of Haflinger Colts, the second weekend of February saw 17 expertly trained and prepared stallions line up before an audience of avid Haflinger fans and breeders. Divided according to their bloodline and age, the stallions were presented in hand (halter class), running free and under the saddle.
The yearly Stallion Parade is a very popular date with breeders near and far: While the Colt Selection is regarded as the candidates' first step into the breeding community, the Parade offers a chance to observe how the selected stallions develop and fare in their career.
The stage is all set for a new generation of stallions
22nd Italian National Selection of Haflinger Colts – 02 February 2019
04/02/2019 – On Saturday 02 February, a total of 21 young stallions were presented at this year's all-Italian selection event in Egna/Neumarkt, South Tyrol.
At the 22nd Italian National Selection of Haflinger Colts, three colts were registered in the IB breeding value category of the stud book (very good), five were rated IIA+ (good+) and six were classified IIA (good), while two were deferred and a further five were classified IIB (satisfactory) and are therefore not eligible to be used for breeding.
WILO-Z BZ28967, bred by Simon Dapoz from La Villa/Stern in the Badia/Gadertal valley and owned by Georg Höller from Renon/Ritten, was crowned best colt. ADLERFELS HU-Z BZ28925, bred by Franz Oberkofler and owned by Georg Oberkofler from San Genesio/Jenesien, is this year's runner-up. Both colts are already familiar with the spotlight: They came in second and third at the South Tyrolean Foal Championship.
Cream of the crop (from left): runner-up ADLERFELS HU-Z BZ28925 (bred by Franz Oberkofler; owner: Georg Oberkofler from San Genesio/Jenesien); this year's winner, WILO-Z BZ28967 (bred by Simon Dapoz from Badia/Abtei; owner: Georg Höller, Renon/Ritten) and the second reserve winner, ST SKY - Z BG11667 (owner: Mauro Cavagna, San Pellegrino Terme)
Georg Höller from Renon/Ritten with WILO-Z BZ28967, this year's best colt
Runner-up ADLERFELS HU-Z BZ28925 and owner Georg Oberkofler
Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster with Mauro Cavagna, whose colt ST SKY - Z BG11667 came in third
South Tyrolean Haflinger promotes new version of cult horse films
Valerie Huber with the Haflinger mare Carina
17/01/2019 – Today, the latest Immenhof film premiers in cinemas across Germany. "Immenhof – Das Abenteuer eines Sommers" is a modern-day sequel to a number of popular horse-themed films and their follow-up TV series aired throughout German-speaking countries between the 1950s and the mid-1990s. To promote the release, actress Valerie Huber is interviewed on horseback – starring Haflinger mare Carina, bred by Simon Dapoz and owned by Evelyn Adang of the Teresa riding school and stables in Alta Badia, where the sequence was filmed.
07/01/2019 – Eleven riders travelled to San Genesio/Jenesien with their Haflinger horses on 5 January to take part in the first appraisal of the eventing project.
After assessing the aspiring contestants' skills and the horses' ability to perform, course instructors Nicola Metzger and Roland Morat were pleased: "As expected, the individual levels vary, but the participants are motivated and the project looks very promising."
The next step is to draw up a training plan, with training units scheduled to take place once every month.