2019 Haflinger Sports Days – 12-13 October in Merano/Meran
14/10/2019 – From 12 to 13 October 2019, hundreds of equestrian sports enthusiasts once again flocked to South Tyrol's most famous spa town to marvel at the versatility of the Haflinger breed during the second edition of the Haflinger Sports Days. Saturday saw the last stage of this year's Italian Haflinger Western Championships take place at the Merano/Meran Equestrian Centre, while on Sunday the crowds at the race track were awed with eventing, trot racing, carriage driving and the traditional autumn gallop races.
In the future, the second weekend of October will be a fixed date for Haflinger racing across all disciplines, with the Merano/Meran racecourse offering the very best conditions and a simply magnificent backdrop.
Awards ceremony after the grand finale of the autumn gallop races (left to right): Barbara Aster on PIA-MARIA (third place); Rita Zöggeler on the wining mare THE BEAUTY; runner-up Kathrin Erschbamer on UDINE II
The trail-riding course for beginners on Saturday morning was a big hit – especially as the participants had a chance to demonstrate their newly-acquired skills during the Western riding contest in the afternoon of the same day
The Western riding tournament featured a total of four categories: Open Amateur, Youth, Walk & Trot and Beginners
To demonstrate their eventing skills, the equestrian athletes and their horses had to master a cross-country course
The participants of the eventing project (from left): Svenja Ratschiller on ZEBRA, Raimund Gross on TESSA and Claudia Pircher on RAYSCHA
Trot racing is a staple among the traditional Haflinger sports disciplines in South Tyrol. Pictured: Roland Pechlaner with O-HARA (left) and Alois Egger with ROSARIA
South Tyrolean drivers lined up (left to right): Siegfried Weifner with IDA; Oswald Plankensteiner with Noriker mare CIRME-MAIA; Lisa and Walter Lemayr with NADIA
Around 60 candidates expected at this year's edition
08/10/2019 – The nominations for the 17th South Tyrol Haflinger Foal Championships on 20 October at the Unterwirtshof inn of San Genesio/Jenesien have now been finalised: Following a series of inspections during the annual appraisals of foals, some 89 candidates have been selected from among almost 400 contenders. A total of 14 colts and 40 fillies out of that short-list will participate in the Championships – a fine selection for a high-profile breeding show.
This also explains the popularity of the Championships – an event that unites the best foals of the year in a line-up that impressively illustrates the development and state of breeding. In addition to rewarding the accomplishments of the breeders' efforts and choices, participating in the Championship instantly increases the horses' market value – an added value which breeders far and wide have come to greatly appreciate. And due to high demand, the Championships have been open to Italian foals born outside of South Tyrol since last year.
Incidentally, the traditional Haflinger autumn auction takes place on 19 October 2019 in Bolzano/Bozen – just one day before the Championships.
Examining a horse's character
Judges' training course in San Genesio/Jenesien
30/09/2019 – Organised by the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders in collaboration with the Free University of Bolzano/Bozen, a training course on how to judge the character of Haflingers was held on 24 September 2019 at the Salto/Salten veterinary clinic in San Genesio/Jenesien. The aim of character exams is to assess and evaluate the reactions, attitude and behaviour of a horse in a variety of situations.
Course instructor Sarah Kühl and the prospective judges will meet again on Saturday 12 October 2019 at the Merano/Meran Equestrian Centre, where a first round of non-official character exams will take place at the occasion of the 2019 Haflinger Sports Days.
Special anniversary show
45 years of Haflinger breeding in Regglberg
Show winner: VALENCIA BZ28364 (owner: Richard Tauber from Collepietra/Steinegg)
Runner-up: QUILLA BZ26108 (owner: Hans Lunger from Cornedo/Karneid)
16/09/2019 – On Saturday 14 September 2019, the Regglberg Haflinger Breeders' Association celebrated its 45-year history in Nova Ponente/Deutschnofen.
Haflinger husbandry and breeding on the lush plateaus of Regglberg has a long tradition to look back on – which makes for all the more reason to celebrate. And with around a hundred horses of the Haflinger and Noriker breeds lined up before the judges and an audience of avid fans and breeders, the anniversary show provided a superb overview of the background and development of the organisation.
Hands-on support came from the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association, who contributed two categories to the show.
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.