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.
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Haflinger Sports Days: All eyes on the equestrian sports - read more in German - Italian
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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)
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
South Tyrolean medallists honoured for their achievements at the European Haflinger Championship
01/10/2018 – Just ahead of the renowned Grand Prix which took place on Sunday 30 September 2018 at the Merano/Meran race course, it was the Haflinger breed's turn to take to the stage: On Saturday 29, the very first Haflinger Grand Prix united some of the best Haflingers of this year's racing season and saw Evelyn Pöhl on Riki-B take home the title. The event was also a fine occasion to celebrate the South Tyrolean athletes who have won medals at the 2018 European Haflinger Championship in Stadl Paura (A).
Pictured from left: Priska Kelderer (bronze medal in Mountain Trail riding), Silvia Cottone Mair (Young Horses' gold medal in Horsemanship, bronze in Western Trail riding and silver in Ranch Riding), Luisa Schenk (silver in loose jumping) and her trainer Martin Steiner, Susanne Kremer (Young Horses' gold medal in show jumping) and Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster. Not present: Vera Senoner (show jumping gold medal for Horses Aged 6+) and Mirjam Brunner (silver for Reining).
Hats off to the new European Champions!
28/08/2018 – Four days filled with equestrian sports at the 2018 European Haflinger Championship have just turned the Stadl-Paura Equestrian Centre into the heart and hub of everything Haflinger-themed. Organised by the World Haflinger Breeding and Sports Federation, the tournament takes places every three years and unites a vast variety of different equestrian sports disciplines – a fact that mirrors just how extremely versatile this traditional horse breed is... Click here to read more
Silvia Cottone Mair on Urania, gold medal winner in western horsemanship, silver in ranch riding and bronze in trail (young horses category)
Susanne Kremer on Ulisse-Z, gold medal winner in show jumping, young horses category
Vera Senoner on Rosenrot, gold medal winner in show jumping, adult horses category
Thousands of visitors, 370 participants and over 330 Haflinger horses are expected in Stadl-Paura (A)
23/07/2018 – Picture this: It's 2018. The last weekend of August. A carriage rides past you, making the gravel crunch and grit under its wheels. On the box seat: an elegant lady who appears to have come straight out of times long gone – as does her groom, dressed in flawless style and sporting a top hat. Strolling casually along his way, a cowboy lifts his hat in greeting as he spots two young riders in white breeches, black tailcoats and graceful silk hats.
No – we are not on the set of a horse-themed movie about the different disciplines of equestrian sports. We're at the Stadl-Paura Equestrian Centre in Upper Austria, where the 2018 European Haflinger Championship takes place from 22 to 25 August. But in a sea of tournaments, what makes this one stand out? It's the sheer diversity of protagonists it attracts... Click here to read more
Oswald von Wolkenstein medieval tournament
Renon/Ritten wins again
29/05/2018 – It was the closest outcome in the history of South Tyrol's largest medieval equestrian sports event: With a lead of just 0.44 seconds, team Ritten (Hansjörg and Paul Tauferer, Claudia Putzer and Oliver Nocker) won this year's Oswald von Wolkenstein tournament ahead of team Kastelruth Dorf. The 2018 Oswald von Wolkenstein trophy, sculpted by artist Erich Trocker from Castelrotto/Kastelruth, goes to Renon/Ritten for a year.
The winning team: Hansjörg Tauferer, Claudia Putzer, Paul Tauferer and Oliver Nocker, together with Oswald von Wolkenstein and Franz Wendt
This 36th edition of the contest had visitors on the edge of their seats right until the grand finale at Prösels Castle: The ring jousting test had left team Sarntal Durnholz in the lead, followed by team Kastelruth Dorf and team Kastelruth Hauenstein, and with team Ritten, another favourite for the victory, in fourth place. After the labyrinth test in Siusi/Seis, team Kastelruth Dorf was in the lead, and team Ritten was still lagging slightly behind in fourth place. Then, during the obstacle gallop race at Lake Fiè/Völs, the two squads proved to be in excellent shape and similarly fast. In the meantime, team Kastelruth Tisens 2 had also managed to wrangle its way into the top three positions.
With such fierce competition, the contest remained thrilling until the very last minute – the final test at Prösels Castle in Fiè/Völs: Cheered on by huge crowds in the scorching heat, team Ritten finished the gate-riding test with a top-level time result. In spite of their outstanding performance, team Kastelruth Dorf (Martin Peterlunger, David Tirler, Peter Hofer and Alexander Rier) ended up missing the title by less than half a second. Team Kastelruth Tisens 2 (Hannes and Christian Jaider, Theodor Königsrainer and Paul Scherlin) came in third.
Hannes Jaider with his gelding Amoroso-P BZ25831 (Sam) during the gate-riding test at Prösels Castle; his team Kastelruth Tisens 2 finished the competition at 3rd place
For a detailed list of the results of all four tests, please visit www.ovwritt.com.
2018 South Tyrol stud book registration in Merano/Meran
2015: a splendid generation
06/05/2018 – On Sunday 06 May, the 2018 edition of the South Tyrol stud book registration in Merano/Meran saw a total of 139 Haflinger mares born in 2015 lined up to be assessed and ranked with the aim of being entered in their respective breeding registers.
Out of the latest generation of three-year old horses, 34 mares were awarded IB breeding value class ratings (very good) – that's 25% of all candidates evaluated.14 mares missed the top category by a hair's breadth and were rated IIA+ (good+). Another 48 young mares were classified IIA (good) and 38 were rated IIB (satisfactory), while one mare was found to be third-class. Four mares were deferred and will be presented for evaluation at a later point.
Breeder Peter Braun was in for an unforgettable day: His mares V-Biuti PB BZ28489 and V-Bonita PB BZ28490 were crowned overall Show winner and runner-up, respectively. Waltraud Innerhofer's Viona BZ28389 came in third.
Haflinger award ceremony: (from left) runner-up V-Bonita PB BZ28490 (owner: Peter Braun) with David Unterholzner, winner V-Biuti PB BZ28489 with owner Peter Braun, 3rd ranked Viona BZ28389 with owner Waltraud Innerhofer, 4th ranked Vita BZ28417 (owners: Josef und Julia Delueg) with Alois Höller, 5th ranked V-Resi BZ28524 (owner: Josef Mahlknecht) with Iwan Mahlknecht
Overall Show winner V-Biuti PB BZ28489 with owner Peter Braun
Best presentation's winner Lukas Innerebner (2nd from left)
Runner-up V-Bonita PB BZ28389 with David Unterholzner
The most beautiful Norikers: (from left) winner Rea NBZ004/15 (owner: Paul Gartner), runner-up Sabrina NBZ030/15 (owner: Edmund Seeber) and the two equally 3rd ranked Farina 040006730062515 (owner: Peter Erardi) and Ruby NBZ005/15 (owner: Paul Gartner)