This year's traditional Autumn Gallop Races, organised annually by the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association at the Merano/Meran racecourse and held this time the 13 October, will be complemented once again by a number of equestrian sports disciplines: With the preparations already in full swing, the schedule will feature affability and aptitude tests, a driving derby, jumping and jump-and-drive contests and an eventing show run. And there's more: The final stage of the Italian Haflinger Western Championship will also take place in Merano/Meran.
Preliminary schedule (variations still possible)
Saturday 12 October (location: Centro Equestre Merano/Reitzentrum Meran)
The long-term plan is to establish the second weekend in October as a fixed date of the annual Haflinger calendar: a date to unite all equestrian sports disciplines, celebrating the great versatility and athleticism of the breed and at the same time presenting them to a wider audience.
Every year at the beginning of November, the Badia tourist association and the Val Badia horse association organize the Saint Leonhard horse parade in traditional costume. Many town bands and cultural associations from Alta Badia in costume add an extra touch of fun to the event.
There’s also a food stand with characteristic Ladin specialities.
01 February at the Alps Coliseum Equestrian Sports Centre in Egna/Neumarkt
Organised by the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders in coordination with the stallion licensing events in Stadl Paura and Ebbs, the 2020 Selection of Haflinger Colts will take place on Saturday 01 February at the Alps Coliseum Equestrian Sports Centre in Egna/Neumarkt (I). In order to take part, all horses must be registered in the Haflinger stud book of a WHBSF member organisation.
Friday 31 January before 15:00 Arrival and accommodation / Veterinary examination, measuring
Saturday 1 February from 8:00 Triangle presentation and on hard grounds 12:00 Lunch break 13:00 Running free 15:30 Discussion of the results, awards ceremony