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Presentation training with Bruno Six and Hendrik Fiegel

23 March at the Sandhof inn (Passiria/Passeier valley)


25/03/2019 – At the invitation of the Passiria/Passeier Haflinger Horse Breeders' Association, the two horse experts Bruno Six and Hendrik Fiegel talked about a series of topics that typically interest every breeder in spring: With the stud book registration just around the corner, most owners now strive to prepare their horses and bring out their very best qualities – an undertaking that is far from easy, as it requires a great deal of effort. Breeders can exert some degree of influence with the help of proper feeding, expert preparation and a professional presentation – the first decisive factor for any horse, however, is its correct conformation. The participants took notice of both the theory and the practical explanations with great interest.

Review of an eventful year

2019 Plenum of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders


18/03/2019 – This year, the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders held its plenary meeting on Saturday 16 March in Terlano/Terlan. Chairman Erich Messner and Director Michael Gruber gave an overview of the special events of the past year and provided an impressive account detailing the development of both the Federation and Haflinger as well as Noriker breeding in South Tyrol in general.

Distinctions for top breeders (from left): Federation Chairman Erich Messner, Vice Chairman Richard Gamper, Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster, Regional Minister for Agriculture Arnold Schuler, Markus Theiner, Katja Müller, Josef Waldner, Peter Braun, Lukas Mair, Norbert Rier and Paul Premstaller

The list of positive things was long: Together with the memberships which are at a constant high and the overall number of horses which is on the increase, a series of events with considerable appeal as well as the Federation's solid financial situation made for a very constructive review of the past year. Favourable market developments recently saw both domestic sales and exports significantly on the rise once more, and in the past year, cooperation efforts with both the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association and the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association were greatly intensified.

At the General Assembly, several Haflinger breeders received accolades for the results their horses obtained in the stallion performance test (5) and the aptitude test for mares (10).


Val Sarentino/Sarntal Haflinger Horse Breeding Association decorates meritable members

Honorary Chairman Georg Kofler

15/03/2019 – On the occasion of the annual general meeting of the Val Sarentino/Sarntal Haflinger Horse Breeding Association on Saturday 3 March, several members were distinguished for their many years of commitment and work for the association board:

  • Katrin Trojer – 9 years of service
  • Simone Innerebner – 9 years of service
  • Karl Seebacher – 31 years of service
  • Jakob Gross – 33 years of service

Georg Kofler of San Martino/Reinswald, who has served as Chairman of the association for 36 years, was appointed Honorary Chairman. His passion for the Haflinger breed remains undiminished: Only recently, he acquired the two high-quality stallions Wilo-Z BZ28967 and Ares V. Baumann BZ28916, making a valuable contribution to the development of Haflinger breeding in the Val Sarentino/Sarntal valley.

Vice Chairman Peter Thaler, Katrin Trojer, Simone Innerebner and Chairman Christian Plattner (left to right)

Outgoing members of the Board of Directors (from left): Karl Seebacher, Katrin Trojer, Honorary Chairman Georg Kofler, Simone Innerebner and Jakob Gross

New arrivals: Honorary Chairman Georg Kofler with his two new stud horses

Sleigh racing, skijoring and strength tests for Haflinger and Noriker horses

Saturday 23 February 2019 in Renon/Ritten

Thrills galore: the strength tests

05/03/2019 – For the third time in a row, the popular club race in the winter disciplines organised by the Renon/Ritten Haflinger Horse Breeders' Association took place on the last weekend of February at the Arena Ritten ice rink. Despite the mild temperatures, the 51 horses competed in ideal conditions.

An impressive way to illustrate the versatility of the breed: With the contestants divided into three groups, some competed in several disciplines – Günther Mur and his mare Rosalie, for instance, in all three. The guest class included passionate equestrian athletes from all over South Tyrol and added yet another level of quality the club race.

Category winners  
Sleigh racing: 3-year-olds
Zweety (Alfons Kofler, Renon/Ritten)
Sleigh racing: Noriker horses
Stella (Klaus Lanziner, Valle di Casies/Gsies)
Sleigh racing: older mares (Association members only)
Queeny (Alfons Kofler, Renon/Ritten)
Sleigh racing: older mares (guest category)
O-Hara (Roland Pechlaner, S. Genesio/Jenesien)
Haflinger strength tests
Blizzard (Judith Pramstrahler, Renon/Ritten)
Noriker strength tests
Flinke (Toni Lanz, Dobbiaco/Toblach)
(Richard Plack, Val Sarentino/Sarntal valley)

The Arena Ritten ice rink once more proved to be the ideal location for the tournament

All results

Photo gallery

Raffle: lucky tickets

Eventing project: dressage training in San Genesio/Jenesien

25/02/2019 – On 23 February 2019, the aspiring eventing riders completed yet another training session under the supervision of Nicola Metzger and Roland Morat – this time with a focus on dressage. The experts equipped the highly motivated participants with a series of valuable suggestions on how to increase both their own potential and that of their horse. As both trainers confirmed, the group is already on a solid basis. The next meeting, scheduled for the end of March, will focus on show jumping. 

Val d'Ultimo/Ulten Rosser Weekend

21/02/2018 – Action galore at the Val d'Ultimo/Ulten Rosser Weekend on 9 and 10 February, the event that unites the most exciting horse racing disciplines on snow: Saturday had the crowds on the edge of their seats at the second edition of the "Ultner Ross Ski Cross" race featuring Haflinger horses, while Sunday saw the 2019 South Tyrol Haflinger Sleigh Race and Skijoring County Championship return to the Val d'Ultimo/Ulten valley for the first time in many years.
Action-packed and a thrill for the spectators and participants alike, Ski Cross with horses originated from the USA. This was the second contest organised by the horse breeding and sports associations of the valley. Ross Ski Cross is all about fast horses and good skiers, and with participants from all over South Tyrol and Trentino, the races had top-notch names from the local equestrian sports scene fighting for the finish line... read more

Haflinger sleigh races and skijoring in the Val Sarentino/Sarntal valley

20/02/2019 – On Saturday 16 February 2019, the Val Sarentino/Sarntal Haflinger Horse Breeding Association hosted the 64th edition of the traditional Haflinger horse sleigh races with skijoring. The contests were held at the Rabensteiner farmstead in Mules/Muls, where ideal conditions awaited the equestrian athletes. Tradition requires all sleigh race participants to use wooden sleighs and collars. Siegfried Nussbaumer's Quilli was the fastest, while Michael Seebacher's Zacharin won the category of three-year-olds.

A fast team: Siegfried Nussbaumer and Vaja                         

Skijoring is typically a spectacular sight: In this discipline, the horse and rider pull a skier in full gallop. The skijor races were won by Michael Seebacher's  U-Jenny (older mares) and Joachim Thaler's Zilla  (three-year-olds).


The youngest contestant and the most senior horse: Jakob Plattner with Danae

Siegfried Nussbaumer, the overall winner of the sleigh races

Excellent performances by all 3-year-old mares

Sulky race in Meltina/Mölten
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 place Dolly
owner: Walter Wiedmer
2nd place Mary
owner: Walter Wiedmer
3rd place Tessa
owner: Alexander Mittelberger

Mares not in foal

1st place Quendi
owner: August Schwabl
2nd place U-Jenni JR
owner: Carina Hauser
3rd place Gloriose
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

Raffle: lucky tickets

2019 Stallion Parade: the new breeding season is now open

17 Haflinger stallions presented to help breeders pick the ideal stud horse

The stallions were excellently prepared and in top shape, exuding plenty of masculinity

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.
Results available in German and Italian

Cream of the crop (from left): runner-up ADLERFELS HU-Z BZ28925 (bred by Franz Oberkofler; owner: Georg Oberkofler from San Genesio/Jenesien); this year's winner, WILO-Z BZ28967 (bred by Simon Dapoz from Badia/Abtei; owner: Georg Höller, Renon/Ritten) and the second reserve winner, ST SKY - Z BG11667 (owner: Mauro Cavagna, San Pellegrino Terme)

Georg Höller from Renon/Ritten with WILO-Z BZ28967, this year's best colt

Runner-up ADLERFELS HU-Z BZ28925 and owner Georg Oberkofler 

Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster with Mauro Cavagna, whose colt ST SKY - Z BG11667 came in third

Photos: Armin Mayr

South Tyrolean Haflinger promotes new version of cult horse films 

Valerie Huber with the Haflinger mare Carina

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.

ARD Brisant interview (in German)

Eventing project

Promising talents on the eventing horizon

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.

Photo gallery

Ready for action (from left): Susanne Kremer on Ulisse-Z and Alexander Obexer on Viola-Z

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 group on their visit to 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 provided an in-depth overview of what horses need

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)    
Horse Riding Driving
Vatne BZ28374 9,07 9,00
Umbria BZ28210 8,56
Rosalie BZ26975 8,28

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.

Press release available in German and in Italian.


Nicola Metzger on the stallion Alpenbue-I

Val Sarentino/Sarnthal Haflinger Breeding Association's typical four-in-hand, led by Jakob Gross with the Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster

Peter Braun (left) and his beautiful mares: V-Biuti PB and V-Bonita PB, the latter ridden by Alois Zöggeler

Official photogallery

Haflinger Foal Championship on 28 October 2018

51 foals examined by a jury of experts

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)


Photos: Armin Mayr

Photo gallery

Colts results


Fillies results

Performance test in Stadl-Paura

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)

Stallions results
Mares results

2018 Haflinger Sports Days

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

                                                           Photos: Armin Mayr

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Show jumping /

Trot races
Gallop races

A grand stage for Haflinger horses

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

Photos: Armin Mayr

Photo galleries of the 2018 European Haflinger Championship: Armin Mayr / Team Myrtill


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) 

Photos: Armin Mayr 

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Federation members sweep the board in Travagliato

03/05/2018 – It is with an impressive score that the members of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders returned from the 80th National Haflinger Horse Exhibition held on April 29-30 and May 1 in Travagliato near Brescia in northern Italy. Four mares and two stallions represented South-Tyrol at the event: Arthus-T BZ27665 and Ruby De Luxe BZ26825 (owner: Bernhard Zöggeler), Saugitsch BZ27249 with her foal (owner: Alois Zöggeler), Ulmea BZ28118 (owner: Egon Gamper), Baros BZ25987 and Ulme BZ28019 (owner: Franz Oberkofler).

And in Travagliato, the members of the Federation once more impressively demonstrated their commitment and success in breeding, with Franz Oberkofler's Ulme being crowned overall Show winner. 

Overall results

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Show winner Ulme BZ28019
(owner: Franz Oberkofler)

Luca Agosti (left), Georg Oberkofler
and Show winner Ulme BZ28019

Saugitsch BZ27249 with owner
Alois Zöggeler from Fiè/Völs

Ulmea-G BZ28118 (owner: Egon
Gamper) with Bernhard Zöggeler

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