20/08/2019 – While most Haflinger horses are still busy indulging in an invigorating summer break pasturing at high altitudes, our aspiring eventing riders are getting ready for the next round of training. The upcoming session will be held from 14:30 on 07 September in San Genesio/Jenesien.
Instructor Nicola Metzger is pleased with the group: The riders are highly motivated and will be able to give the crowd a first taste of what they've learned over the course of the past few months at the 2019 Haflinger Sports Days in mid-October in Merano/Meran.
The riders' gaze is now firmly set upon the 2021 European Haflinger Championship – their time to shine.
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Anniversary Show in Sarentino/Sarnthein:
great tradition - read more in German - Italian
22/07/2019 – From 21 to 24 May 2020, the Fohlenhof Ebbs stud farm will be dedicated entirely to the 2020 Haflinger World Show. On 23 September 2016, the WHBSF General Assembly decided to put the Haflinger Breeders' Association Tyrol (HPT) in charge of organising and hosting the upcoming edition of this renowned breeding event held under the auspices of the World Haflinger Breeding and Sports Federation. The regulations for admission are now available.
03/07/2019 – On Tuesday 02 July, the Federation management organised a meeting to inform its members about the disagreements with the National Association of Breeders of Italian Haflinger Horses (ANACRHAI) and to discuss which steps to take next. The breeders' interest in the matter turned out to be enormous: More than 120 members attended the meeting and expressed their unanimous support for the chosen path. Backed by a desire to overcome the standstill that has lasted far too long, the breeders are determined to work together for the sake of progress.
South Tyrolean drivers sweep the board
2019 Italian Carriage Driving Championships, 21-23 June 2019 in Padua
24/06/2019 – From 21 to 23 June, the 2019 edition of the Italian Carriage Driving Championships took place at the Breda race track near Padua in northern Italy, featuring once again the Italian Regions' Cup for Teams and the Italian Combined Driving Championships (dressage and obstacles). With a total of eight drivers and their horses, the South Tyrolean team was strong in numbers as well as quality:
Coming in first just ahead of Helmut Telser, Josef Kraler won the "Brevetti (ponies single)" category, which also saw Lisa and Walter Lemayr as well as Lisa and Stephanie Laner on the starting grid.
The team of the Pusteria/Pustertal valley riding and driving club (left to right): Lisa Lemayr, Siegfried Weifner, Stephanie Laner, Oswald Plankensteiner, Helmut Telser, Walter Lemayr and Lisa Laner
Siegfried Weifner took home the "1° Grado (ponies single)" trophy after being the only South Tyrolean contestant in the category. Oswald Plankensteiner and his Noriker mare won the "Brevetti (work horses)" category.
The South Tyrolean team's results at a glance:
"Brevetti (ponies single)" Winner: Josef Kraler and Quinta (Circolo Ippico Steinwandterhof/Reitclub Steinwandterhof) Runner-up: Helmut Telser and Noble Star-K (Assoc. Dil. Pusterese per l'Equitazione e gli Attacchi/Pustertaler Reit- und Fahrverein) 6th place: Lisa Lemayr and Nadia (Assoc. Dil. Pusterese per l'Equitazione e gli Attacchi/Pustertaler Reit- und Fahrverein) 7th place: Walter Lemayr and Nadia (Assoc. Dil. Pusterese per l'Equitazione e gli Attacchi/Pustertaler Reit- und Fahrverein) 8th place: Lisa Laner and Quinta (Assoc. Dil. Pusterese per l'Equitazione e gli Attacchi/Pustertaler Reit- und Fahrverein) 11th place: Stephanie Laner and Noble Star-K (Assoc. Dil. Pusterese per l'Equitazione e gli Attacchi/Pustertaler Reit- und Fahrverein)
"1° Grado (ponies single)" Winner: Siegfried Weifner and Ida (Assoc. Dil. Pusterese per l'Equitazione e gli Attacchi/Pustertaler Reit- und Fahrverein)
"Brevetti (work horses)" Winner: Oswald Plankensteiner and Valentin (Assoc. Dil. Pusterese per l'Equitazione e gli Attacchi/Pustertaler Reit- und Fahrverein)
Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders resigns from ANACRHAI
The Administrative Board of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders today unanimously decided to leave ANACRHAI, the Italian National Association of Haflinger Horse Breeders (Associazione Nazionale Allevatori Cavalli di Razza Haflinger Italia), as the interests of the members of the South Tyrolean Federation are no longer represented due to the reorientation of ANACRHAI.
The reasons behind this step can be summarised as follows:
The needs and concerns of the breeders/members were not sufficiently taken into account upon drafting and establishing the new statutes, nor were the reservations, which were expressed repeatedly and in writing, taken into consideration. Following the Italian legislative decree D.Lgs. no. 52 of 11 May 2018, it became necessary to amend the statues; however, this was done without neither consulting nor involving the breeders or their representatives – an approach that conflicts with the purposes of ANACRHAI as a representative of the breeders' interests and with the principles of its nature as a participatory and democratic body.
The internal rules of procedure drawn up by the ANACRHAI Board of Directors, which will soon be submitted to the General Assembly for approval, provide for a drastic restriction of the breeders' autonomy, especially under Art. 4 B, thereby putting at risk a series of long-standing traditions in organising local events and horse shows, which are a significant identity-defining factor for Haflinger breeding – especially in South Tyrol.
In the internal rules of procedure, Art. 27 of the statutes is not implemented as intended.
The Federation cannot support the approach adopted in drawing up and establishing the contents of the new statutes and internal rules of procedure. Since the conditions for ensuring the preservation of the breed and its genetic diversity taking into account the joint goals shared by all breeders are no longer met, it is with great regret that the Board of Directors of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders has decided to resign from ANACRHAI.
Team Kastelruth Dorf wins the 2019 Oswald von Wolkenstein medieval tournament
All-Haflinger team Völs Völser Aicha scores excellent result
This year's winners: David Tirler, Alexander Rier, Peter Hofer and Martin Peterlunger, pictured with "Oswald von Wolkenstein" (left) and Franz Wendt (right)
03/06/2019 – Our warmest congratulations to Martin Peterlunger, Alexander Rier, David Tirler and Peter Hofer on winning the 37th edition of the Oswald von Wolkenstein medieval tournament! After they finished the legendary agility contest in just 4:41.12, the much sought-after Oswald von Wolkenstein trophy now belongs to the Kastelruth Dorf team – until it is time to saddle up again next spring.
Two thumbs up and congrats also to the teams Kastelruth Grondlboden and Kastelruth Bühlen on finishing second and third, respectively!
Haflinger team finishes sixth
This is not the first time that the team Völs Völser Aicha – that's Alois, Klaus, Tobias and Martin Zöggeler with their four Haflinger horses – has managed to secure one of the coveted spots on the starting grid of the medieval-themed equestrian agility contest. This year, having completed the course in an impressive 5:15.93, they finished sixth in the overall ranking. Congratulations on this top-notch result. We were especially pleased that this year, a total of three Haflinger-only teams took part in the tournament: Völs Völser Aicha, Tisens Dorf and Sarntal Vormeswald.
With its nerves of steel, stamina, manoeuvrability and sure step, the Haflinger breed is ideal for high-profile agility tests such as the Oswald von Wolkenstein tournament. To provide its support, the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders has established a tradition of rewarding any all-Haflinger teams that finish among the top 15 contestants with a bonus prize.
Joy all over – the team Völs Völser Aicha celebrating their outstanding result: Tobias, Klaus, Martin and Alois Zöggeler with their Haflingers
Photos: Helmuth Rier
Large turnout of South Tyrolean Noriker breeders in Ebbs (A)
2019 Greater Tyrol Noriker Show on 19 May
The South Tyrolean winner: SORAYA NBZ017/11 with Hannes Gruber (owner: Vitus Gruber from Aldino/Aldein)
The South Tyrolean reserve winner: FARINA 040006730062515 with Peter Ferdinand Erardi from Perca/Percha
24/05/2019 – On Sunday 19 May, the all-new Fohlenhof Ebbs stud farm (A) opened its doors to the 2019 Greater Tyrol Noriker Show. The popular event is held at five-year intervals, with the breeding associations from North and South Tyrol taking turns to organise the cross-border show promoting and fostering the values of Noriker breeding. This year's edition, hosted by the Tyrolean Noriker Horse Breeders Association, attracted a total of 186 horses.
The show is the first EUREGIO project in the context of horse breeding – and to foster the cross-border sense of community, instead of crowning one single show winner, it was decided to determine an overall winner and an overall reserve winner for each of the provinces taking part: North Tyrol and East Tyrol in Austria, South Tyrol and Trentino in Italy.
A total of 42 candidates from South Tyrol attended the show: Vitus Gruber's SORAYA NBZ017/11 from Aldino/Aldein was elected best South Tyrolean Noriker horse, with Peter Ferdinand Erardi's FARINA 040006730062515 from Perca/Percha coming in second.
Second oldest breeding cooperative celebrates anniversary
Haflinger Anniversary Show in Sarentino/Sarnthein on 04 May 2019
The winners (from left): Melanie Oberhöller and Rosalinde Pamer with runner-up QUEEN-MARA BZ26366; Thomas Schwarz and Albert Spiess with ULLI BZ28141, the show winner; Andrea Aster with ZWENDY BZ28759 (third place)
Photo: Flora Brugger
06/05/2019 – On Saturday 04 May, the Val Sarentino/Sarntal Haflinger Horse Breeding Association held a large-scale horse show to celebrate its 110th anniversary. In spite of rather poor weather, more than 80 Haflinger mares – all beautifully groomed and prepared – were paraded in front of a large audience by their breeders clad in traditional local costumes, paying tribute to the long history of the breeding cooperative, which was founded in 1909 – only four years after the Meltina/Mölten First Association of Haflinger Breeders. Today, the traditions of the Val Sarentino/Sarntal valley are still largely regarded to have formed the basis of the breed that is now spread out all over the world.
Five-year-old ULLI BZ28141 (owner: Thomas Schwarz from Prati/Auen) is the winner of the anniversary show, with the reserve victory going to nine-year-old QUEEN-MARA BZ26366 (owner: Robert Oberhöller from San Martino/Reinswald). Three-year-old ZWENDY BZ28759 (owner: Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster from Prati/Auen) was voted the third most beautiful mare.
02/05/2019 – Among the many Haflinger events in South Tyrol, the spring-time day on which Haflinger colts from near and far are traditionally brought together, getting them ready to spend the summer months on the mountain pastures of the Passirio/Passeier valley, has long been a clear number-one favourite – and to this day it has lost none of its appeal. Particularly those unfamiliar with the spectacle typically delight in watching how gangs of boisterous "teenage" Haflingers are released to pasture together and immediately engage in a raucous, playful brawl.
As every year, on this first day of May a large crowd gathered to revel in the fascinating, merry frolic of young stallions that meet for the first time on the green pastures of the Sandhof farm and wrangle each other to establish their place in the herd with which they will spend all summer.
2016: a superb generation
121 new Haflinger and 9 Noriker mares presented at the stud book registration event; Additional attraction: the 2019 Young Mares' Show
The prettiest Haflinger mares born in 2016 (from left): runner-up Z-TEBBY BZ28969 (owner: Peter Marini from Appiano/Eppan; presented by Heidi Marini), Haflinger experts Christine Kofler and Helmuth Breitenberger and ZURI MARIS BZ28884, this year's winner, with owner Alois Schweigkofler from Renon/Ritten
29/04/2019 – For four whole days in late April 2019, the Alps Coliseum Equestrian Sports Centre revolved entirely around Haflinger and Noriker horses, when in spite of the changeful April weather, horse fans from near and far made their way to Egna/Neumarkt to catch a glimpse of approximately 200 magnificent and perfectly groomed horses. The 2019 stud book registration will no doubt be remembered as an all-round success that faithfully captured the high-quality status quo of today's breeding activities in South Tyrol.
Zuri Maris crowned most beautiful out of 121 new Haflinger mares
A total of 121 Haflinger mares born in the year 2016 – all lovingly prepared and skilfully presented – were lined up before Haflinger experts Christine Kofler and Helmuth Breitenberger, who were well aware of their great responsibility and went to great lengths to describe and evaluate the horses correctly.
Equipped with striking typical characteristics and harmony, Zuri Maris BZ28884, a William-S daughter owned by Alois Schweigkofler from Renon/Ritten, was proclaimed best mare of her year. Z-Tebby BZ28969, a Winterstern-O offspring owned by Peter Marini from Appiano/Eppan with plenty of typical features alongside a harmonious and graceful structure, was selected as runner-up, followed by Zabea BZ28850 out of sire Weltherr-W, whose owner is Daniel Senn from Villandro/Villanders).
Cream of the crop: ZURI MARIS BZ28884, the best new mare of 2019, pictured with owner Alois Schweigkofler from Renon/Ritten
Heidi Marini with Z-TEBBY BZ28969, who came in second (owner: Peter Marini from Appiano/Eppan)
Noriker horses – a small group made up of very fine candidates
The Noriker breeding community showcased a total of nine young mares – a small but very high-quality group. Three horses were awarded the highest class of breeding value: Sara NBZ003/16 (owner: Erich Declara from Badia/Abtei) was the overall winner, followed by Drixi NBZ018/16 (owner: Martina Jungmann from Campo Tures/Sand in Taufers) and Belinda NBZ025/16 (owner: Richard Ramoser from Renon/Ritten) in third place.
This year's best Noriker mare: SARA NBZ003/16, pictured with Simon Declara (owner: Erich Declara)
Runner-up DRIXI NBZ018/16 (owner: Martina Jungmann) with Klemens Jungmann
BELINDA NBZ025/16, who came in third, with owner Richard Ramoser
Photos: Cécile Zahorka
Crowds wowed by the 2019 South Tyrol Young Mares' Show
A real crowd-pleaser: The 2019 South Tyrol Young Mares' Show boosted the stud book registration with an extra bit of charm and zest – an impression confirmed by the large audience and the participants alike.
Those breeders who presented their horses both for registration and in the show had to put in a considerable extra effort for taking part in the latter, but it all proved well worth it: The show provided a first-class platform for breeders to present a selection of excellently prepped and primed horses, and the audience was treated to an at-a-glance overview of what the breeding tradition in South Tyrol has accomplished.
Category: South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association; 6-9-year olds not in foal (left to right): winner TUNDRA BZ27711, runner-up RENNI BZ26633, SAMMY BZ27542 (third place), SUNSHINE BZ27446 (fourth place) and TWINSTAR BZ27878 (fifth place)
Category: South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association; 6-9-year olds in foal or with foal at foot (from left): winner THIANA BZ27593, runner-up SAUGITSCH BZ27249, SARAH-BELLA BZ27518 (third place), SHANGRI LA BZ27514 (fourth place) and SAMBA BZ27212 (fifth place)
4-5-year olds not in foal (left to right): winner VIONA BZ28389, runner-up VATNE BZ28374, V.SELINA-R BZ28410 (third place), VITA BZ28417 (fourth place) and UVANNA BZ28180 (fifth place)
4-5-year olds in foal or with foal at foot (from left): winner VALENCIA BZ28364, runner-up ULME BZ28019, ULLIANE V. BAUMANN BZ28306 (third place), ELINE 040003823884114 (fourth place) and UTOPIA BZ28052 (fifth place)
With such a magnetic addition to its show portfolio, the stud book registration attracted an international crowd of visitors and created a key opportunity for the local breeders' community to celebrate the achievements of breeding in South Tyrol.
Rexi wins Easter Monday title in Merano/Meran
Easter Monday Haflinger Gallop Races on 22 April 2019
23/04/2019 – Traditionally, on Easter Monday, the Merano/Meran racecourse revolves entirely around Haflinger horses. Already in their 123rd edition, the time-honoured Easter Monday Haflinger Gallop Races are organised by the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association in collaboration with the Merano/Meran Tourist Office, the City Council and Merano Galoppo srl/Meran Galopp GmbH. At 10 a.m., the eventful day opened in style with a splendid parade boasting floats, fanfare trumpeters and marching bands alongside countless Haflingers and their young riders wearing traditional costumes on their way from the city centre to the racecourse.
At the annual grand parade through the city centre
Thanks to the cooperation with the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders, this year, the 6000 or so visitors could not only cheer on the blonde-maned mares during the gallop races but also enjoy less common disciplines such as driving or loose jumping.
Happy faces at the award ceremony (left to right): Marta Innerhofer on PIA-MARIA, who came in third, winner Irene Moser on REXI and runner-up Kathrin Erschbamer on UDINE II
An exciting final round saw the four best horses from each of the three preliminary races compete for the much-treasured title, which Irene Moser and REXI BZ26943 (owner: Helene Zöggeler) won ahead of Kathrin Erschbamer on UDINE II BZ28063 (owner: Hubert Kienzl) and Marta Innerhofer on PIA-MARIA BZ25793 (owner: Josef Plattner).
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.