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 magnificent stallions had been all properly prepared and lined up in excellent physical condition
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.
The most beautiful stallions: (from left) runner-up ADLERFELS HU-Z BZ28925 (breeder: Franz Oberkofler; owner: Georg Oberkofler, S. Genesio/Jenesien), champion WILO-Z BZ28967 (breeder: Simon Dapoz, Badia/Abtei; owner: Georg Höller, Renon/Ritten) and third placed ST SKY - Z BG11667 (owner: Mauro Cavagna, S. Pellegrino Terme - BG)
Champion WILO-Z BZ28967 with his owner Georg Höller (Renon/Ritten)
Runner-up ADLERFELS HU-Z BZ28925 with his owner Georg Oberkofler
Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster with Mauro Cavagna, owner of third placed stallion ST SKY - Z BG11667
Please don't forget to pick up your prize before 20/02/2019! Contact (evening hours): Martina – 339 2890497
South Tyrolean Haflinger promotes new version of cult horse films
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.
Ready for action: (from left) Susanne Kremer on Ulisse-Z and Alexander Obexer on Viola-Z
2019 calendar and annual subscription to Haflinger Info
02/01/2019 – The calendar including beautiful Haflinger pictures and an annual subscription to the Haflinger Info magazine are available for € 37,00 (please add € 9,00 for the calendar's shipping cost).
Christmas get-together at the Forst Brewery in Lagundo/Algund
14/12/2018 – Following tradition, every year the Federation management and committee members gather for a cosy get-together with the Presidents of the associations a few days before Christmas to celebrate and round up the year together. And so, after the board meeting on Thursday 13 December 2018, some 40 Haflinger enthusiasts met at the Forst Brewery in Lagundo/Algund: the members of the administrative board, the breeding commission and the expert advisory councils for breeding, sport and marketing alongside the representatives and chairpersons of the many
The participants had the chance to visit the Forst Brewery
breeding associations, of the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association and of the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association, together with the staff of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders.
After an interesting guided tour of the well-known South Tyrolean brewery, the group retired to the quaint Sixtus dining room, where a lively and merry discussion of the events and successes of this intensive year ensued – accompanied by a hearty traditional meal. Federation Chairman Erich Messner and Director Michael Gruber thanked those present for their good and close cooperation in this past, eventful year with a small gift, the 2019 Haflinger calendar, to wish everyone a pleasant festive season and happy, exciting New Haflinger Year.
"Horse husbandry today"
Training session in San Genesio/Jenesien
Nicola Metzger explained what are the basic needs of horses
11/12/2018 – On 07 December 2018, a training course on how to adequately rear and keep horses was held at the Salto/Salten veterinary clinic in San Genesio/Jenesien. Organised by the South Tyrol consultancy for mountain agriculture (Beratungsring Berglandwirtschaft Südtirol) in cooperation with the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders, the event was fully booked and met with great interest and a lively contribution by the participants. Drawing from their great expertise, the speakers – Dr Alessandro Botte and Nicola Metzger – expertly outlined a number of topics in their talks.
Dr Botte explained the complex digestive system of horses and the most important aspects to consider in equines diets: the basics of feeding and different feeding systems. Nicola Metzger presented the concept of horse husbandry oriented on the animal's welfare and the pros and cons of different types of stabling. The participants also had a chance to inspect the new veterinary clinic with its state-of-the-art facilities to learn about the significance of a healthy stabling climate with the right fittings and resources.
The session was very well received and provided a great deal of new insights on adequate, animal-friendly horse husbandry.
Aptitude test in San Genesio/Jenesien – outstanding performances
28/11/2018 – On 24 November 2018, three mares completed their aptitude test at the San Genesio/Jenesien equestrian sports arena. The small group excelled in its performance, as judge Michele Toldo described in his evaluation. While VATNE BZ28374 (a Steintänzer D.410733303 offspring owned by Markus Theiner from Malles/Mals) was presented for both the riding and the driving test, UMBRIA BZ28210 (a Winterstern BZ25226 daughter owned by Georg Oberkofler from San Genesio/Jenesien), and ROSALIE BZ26975 (out of Maxl-B BZ24548, owned by Alois Höller from San Genesio/Jenesien) only took part of the driving test for the time being.
VATNE BZ28374 (owner: Markus Theiner from Malles/Mals)
VATNE BZ28374 in action during her tests
20th St. Leonhard Horse Parade
Record number of horses in Alta Badia
06/11/2018 – The Saint Leonhard Horse Parade in Badia celebrated this year its 20th anniversary, registering an unprecedented number of participating horses. More than 130 steeds took part at the procession, which started in Pedraces and reached the village of San Leonardo.
25/10/2018 – On the last weekend of October this year, the 16th edition of the South Tyrolean Foal Championship took place in San Genesio/Jenesien – and for the first time featuring participants from all over Italy.
The event is held in high regard by breeders from near and far as it offers a chance to directly compare the horses available and promotes a culture of exchange and cohesion in the community. And in that same spirit, the decision to open the Championship to breeders from across Italy was welcomed with much enthusiasm – after all, it also provides superb marketing opportunities.
The best colts (overall category): (from left) 4th placed NACHTFÖHN-B (owner: Zita Hillebrand, S. Pancrazio/St. Pankraz) with Katja Müller, 3rd placed WILLIAM-B (owner: Hartmann Zelger, Nova Ponente/Deutschnofen), runner-up ADLERFELS II HU-B (owner: Franz Oberkofler, S. Genesio/Jenesien) with Georg Oberkofler and Italy-winner WIXEN AM-B (owner: Daniela Nicolodi, Isera TN)
The judges' commission was marked by the outstanding teamwork of Italian Haflinger expert Valerio Raschetti, Peter Zöggeler – the breeders' representative for South Tyrol –, and Austrian breeding judge Lothar Zebisch from northern Tyrol. Praise for the event also came from WHBSF President Lukas Scheiber and ANACRHAI President Erich Messner.
The most beautiful fillies (overall category): (from left) 4th placed BAYA HL (owner: Hans Lunger, Carnedo/Karneid) with Simon Lunger, 3rd placed BRITA PB (breeder: Peter Braun, Lana; owner: Matteo Ferrari, Arco TN), runner-up BLONDEGITSCH (owner: Alois Zöggeler, Fiè allo Sciliar/Völs am Schlern) and winner BEAUTY (owner: Erich Steiner, Lazfons/Latzfons)
WIXEN AM-B TN13273 (owner: Daniela Nicolodi, Isera TN) was chosen as the best colt in the overall category Italy
The winning filly was born in South Tyrol: BEAUTY BZ29523 (owner: Erich Steiner, Lazfons/Latzfons)
The beautiful BEAUTY BZ29523 won the overall category Italy as well
ADLERFELS II HU-B BZ29648 (owner: Franz Oberkofler, S. Genesio/Jenesien), winner in the category South Tyrol (and runner-up in the overall category), with (from right) Georg Oberkofler, the Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster and local mayor Paul Romen
The colt WILLIAM-B BZ29644 (owner: Hartmann Zelger, Nova Ponente/ Deutschnofen) placed 3rd in the overall category and was runner-up in the category South Tyrol
3rd placed filly BRITA PB BZ29458 with (from left) her breeder Peter Braun (Lana), the Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster and her owner Matteo Ferrari (Arco TN)
South Tyrolean stallions and mares bring back excellent results
25/10/2018 – After a 30-day training programme covering both riding and driving at the Stadl-Paura Equestrian Centre, on 23 and 24 October 2018 it was time for the South Tyrolean Haflinger stallions Mandl-G-U BZ28116, Andy NR-V BZ28474, Atos-S BG11559, Stolz-S BZ27246 and Standing Eyecatcher 528005000033843 to demonstrate their qualities to a group of external judges, together with the two mares V-Biuti PB BZ28489 and V-Bonita PB BZ28490. And, much to the delight of their proud owners, they did so with great success: Out of the ten Haflinger stallions taking part in the performance test, the South Tyrolean candidates achieved outstanding results.
Stolz-S BZ27246 (owner: Alexander Mittelberger, Meltina/Mölten), the highest-ranked South Tyrolean stallion
Peter Braun, Lana, with V-Biuti-PB BZ28489, the winner among all mares
V-Bonita-PB BZ28490 (owner: Peter Braun, Lana), 4th ranked mare
The two mares made their owner beam with pride, too: V-Biuti PB BZ2848, who was crowned best mare at this year's stud book registration in May, obtained the best result of the performance test, while V-Bonita PB BZ28490 came in fourth.
These impressive outcomes once more show that the athletic aptitude of South Tyrolean Haflinger horses makes them ideal partners for equestrian sports.
Andy NR-V BZ28474 (owner: Norbert Rier, Castelrotto/Kasterlruth)
Rier's stallion Andy NR-V in action
Atos-S BG11559 (owner: Georg Oberkofler, S. Genesio/Jenesien)
Mandl-G-U BZ28116 (owner: Egon Gamper, S. Genesio/Jenesien)
Gamper's Mandl-G-U in action
Willi-V BZ28431 (owner: Manfred Zuhr, Taufkirchen) was bred in South Tyrol
Loose-jumping test: the winner among mares V-Biuti-PB BZ28489
Standing Eyecatcher 528005000033843 (owner: Josef Waldner, Marlengo/Marling)
All eyes on Haflinger horses and equestrian sports
15/10/2018 – This year, the very first edition of the Haflinger Sports Days took place in Merano/Meran on the second weekend in October. Held at the occasion of the traditional Autumn Gallop Races, the tournament featured Western riding, show jumping and driving in a bid to offer a major stage for a number of slightly less well-represented disciplines. With the Merano/Meran Equestrian Centre just around the corner from the race track, the venue was an ideal choice: perfect for putting the spotlight on the Haflinger breed.
The much-anticipated grand finale of the Autumn Gallop Races might have been the official highlight of the weekend, but the crowds proved to be equally enthusiastic about the winners of each day's contests and when the South Tyrolean medallists were honoured for their achievements at the 2018 European Haflinger Championship.
Autumn Gallop races – Final race award ceremony: (from left) 3rd placed Rita Zöggeler on The Beauty, winner Kathrin Erschbamer on Pia Maria and runner-up Irene Moser on Rexi
The Western champions – Adults category: (from left) 3rd placed Niccolò Trevisani on Inni, winner Luca Tognetti on Selva and runner-up Petra Marini on Luna
Western medallists from the 2018 European Haflinger Championship: Priska Kelderer and Silvia Cottone Mair on Urania
Susanne Kremer and Ulisse-Z (owner: Luisa Schieder Schenk) teamed up with the skilled driver Lisa Lemayr and managed to win the Jump & Drive competition
Stefan Hubauer and his 9-year-old stallion Andrey R-P: the magnificent pair won the Show jumping competition
Trot show race award ceremony: (from left) 4th placed Siegfried Nussbaumer with Quilli, 3rd placed Roland Pechlaner with O-Hara, runner-up Alois Zöggeler with Doroty Perkins and winner Alois Egger with Rosaria (owner: Alfons Kofler)
Amazing performance from all drivers: (from left) Eduard Frötscher, Lisa Lemayr and her father Walter with the Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster and the President of the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association Richard Plack