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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

Photo Gallery

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 

Haflinger results

Haflinger picture gallery

Noriker results

Noriker picture gallery

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

South-Tyrol participants' results                         Catalog

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

Crowd magnet: Joint Livestock Show in San Genesio/Jenesien

23/04/2018 – Over the course of several months, Lorenz Höller and his team have gone the extra mile to organise the San Genesio/Jenesien livestock show, which traditionally unites the Haflinger horse, Grauvieh (Tyrolean grey cattle) and Tiroler Bergschaf (Tyrolean mountain sheep) breeds – and their efforts have truly paid off: On Sunday 22 April 2018, the very finest examples of dedicated breeding were presented to a large crowd of visitors from near and far under ideal conditions.

Award ceremony: (from left) runner-up P-Schakira R (owner: Josef Reiterer), winner Quelle (owner: Konrad Grünberger) and 3rd placed Teodorasia (owner: Franz Oberkofler) 
                                                                                                                                                     Photo: Armin Mayr

A mesmerising sight: The irresistible charms of some 80 Haflinger horses, their proud owners clad in their best Sunday dress, once again put the audience under their spell. Overall, the local breeders demonstrated a very high level of commitment and skills:
Konrad Grünberger's QUELLE BZ26553 was crowned overall Show winner, followed by Josef Reiterer's P-SCHAKIRA R BZ25498 and Franz Oberkofler's TEODORASIA BZ27817.


Lottery drawings


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2018 Trento Spring Festival

17/04/2018 – Every year, Trento holds a traditional Spring Festival. This time it took place from 14 to 15 April and, to the great delight of the audience, featured a series of Haflinger and Noriker shows: A total of 27 Haflinger breeders presented 41 golden sorrels alongside 19 Noriker breeders with 32 of their finest horses.
Out of the five three-year old Haflinger mares presented at the stud book registration, Renzo Giuliani's Vivienne di Prabi was rated IB and crowned prettiest mare of her year. On Sunday, she was also selected as runner-up in the overall show classification, with Daniela Nicolodi's Talina-S taking home the title of show winner.

Winner Talina-S (owner: Daniele Nicolodi)
Runner-up Vivienne di Pradi (owner: Renzo Giuliani)

Expert advisory councils for sports, breeding and marketing

13/04/2018 – The latest Plenum of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders has adopted a new set of rules and regulations. Following the approval of the amendments, the Federation can now appoint expert advisory councils in charge of looking into clearly defined, specific topics and provide the decision-making bodies with specialist data and proposals for motions.
The background: At the express wish of the General Assembly, it was decided at the last plenary meeting to establish specialist groups focusing on breeding, sports and marketing. The aim is to discuss current topics of interest to the breed, formulate proposals and contribute to the development of key areas. In setting up the new expert advisory councils, a wide range of qualification profiles will be taken into account to ensure an ample radius of expertise and competences. The National Association of Breeders of Italian Haflinger Horses, too, will be expected to nominate one member for each council.


Preliminary schedule and list of judges now available

12/04/2018 – The preparations for the Haflinger event of the year are already in full swing: While the individual WHBSF member organisations are busy organising the qualifying contests, the coordinators of the Commission of Experts for the Haflinger breed have drawn up a preliminary schedule and the list of judges working at the 2018 European Haflinger Championship.

With the entire Haflinger sports world now getting ready for the much-anticipated highlight of the year, the number of participants which can enter the tournament will be announced on 30 June.



Presentation training with Bruno Six and Hendrik Fiegel in Lazfons/Latzfons

04/04/2018 On Saturday 31 March 2018, the riding arena of the Chiusa/Klausen Horse Fans was the venue of a very hands-on training session on how to prepare for horse shows and stud book events organised by the Lazfons/Latzfons Haflinger Horse Breeders' Association.
After a brief welcome by Chairman Walter Unterthiner himself, Bruno Six and Hendrik Fiegel from Germany shared their expertise with plenty of humour not just during the theory unit covered in the morning, but also in the practical session after lunch: While the theoretical aspects included insights into the anatomy of horses and advice on how to correctly feed and look after a horse, the practical part gave the participants a chance to put their newly-acquired knowledge to direct use.
Bruno Six demonstrated a number of handling tricks which can help to improve how the horse is perceived by the jury and explained just how significant the whip holder's impact on a presentation can be.

To round off the event, a few participants performed an awe-inspiring version of the ring jousting test featured in the Oswald von Wolkenstein medieval tournament – leaving the instructors decidedly impressed.
With the reassuring confidence that the course had equipped the participants with a number of new skills, the Association bid the group farewell after an instructive and eventful day.

Text: Walter Unterthiner


Third Easter Monday title for Ozone

Traditional Easter Monday Gallop races in Meran - April 2nd, 2018

03/04/2018 – Ringing in the 2018 racing season, this year's traditional Easter Monday Haflinger Gallop Races took place on 02 April 2018 in Maia Bassa/Untermais. Now in its 122nd edition, the event was organised by the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association in collaboration with the City Council of Merano/Meran, the local Tourist Office and Merano Galoppo GmbH.
Some 6000 visitors from near and far lined up to marvel at splendidly adorned Haflinger horses parading through the city centre in the morning – and spent the afternoon hanging on the edge of their seats as the fastest fair-haired mares this side of the Alps fought for gold. Building up to the final heat, the racing schedule consisted of three preliminary rounds in the Older Mares category, a shorter race covering a distance of 1200 km, one round for four-year old mares and another two for three-year olds.

Award ceremony: (from left) Franz Egger, Sara Moser on Rexi, Helene Zöggeler with her son Philipp, veterinarian Dr Alessandro Botte, Richard Plack, Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster, Clara Martone, Paul Alber, Raiffeisenbank Meran’s market area’s director, Albert Erschbamer, Kathrin Erschbamer on Ozone, Evi Erschbamer, Hiltraud Neuhauser Erschbamer, Gianni Martone, Christoph Zöggeler, Vice President of the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association, Manfred Tschigg on Tooley, Franziska Götsch and friends.

Ozone wins ahead of Tooley and Rexi

The much-anticipated final heat featured the 12 fastest horses from the previous races. With owner Kathrin Erschbamer in the saddle, Ozone secured the title for the third time in a row, winning ahead of Manfred Tschigg and Tooley (owner: Christoph Zöggeler) and Helene Zöggeler’s Rexi, who came in third with Sara Moser in the saddle.    Results


Parade through the city centre

Winners of Older Mares category

Excited fans on the grandstand

 Video of the parade





Photos: Doris Covi, Stephan Matzoll



2018 Plenum of the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders – 24 March, Terlano/Terlan

Breeding, sports and young talents all under one roof

27/03/2018 – There's no horse breeding without equestrian sports, no equestrian sports without horse breeding and no future without the young generations: Those are the principles which inspired the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders to aim for an even closer cooperation with the South Tyrol Haflinger Sports Association and the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association.

On Saturday 24 March, the Federation's annual plenary meeting paved the way for this new synergy – and with a new set of rules of internal procedure, the partnership has a solid footing upon which to continue developing the Federation in an up-to-date, modern approach.

Chairman Erich Messner and Director Michael Gruber looked back on an eventful and successful year. To mark the last plenary meeting of the current election term, the management also took the opportunity to thank all Federation officials for their commitment and work in the past three years.

The new Board of Directors (from left): Georg Höller, Thomas Alfreider, Hans Hafner, Svenja Ratschiller, Richard Gamper, Alexander Mittelberger, Hans Spiss, Josef Reiterer, Haflinger Queen Andrea Aster, Richard Plack, Chairman Erich Messner, Heinrich Unterweger, Peter Braun and Tobias Marth                                  (Photo: Armin Mayr)

Erich Messner confirmed as Chairman, Richard Gamper elected as new Vice Chairman

Erich Messner will be in charge of running the local Haflinger and Noriker breeding concerns for another three years. At his side: Richard Gamper, who replaces Norbert Rier as outgoing Vice Chairman. The new Administrative Board consists of Thomas Alfreider, Peter Braun, Paul Gartner, Hans Hafner, Georg Höller, Tobias Marth, Alexander Mittelberger, Richard Plack, Svenja Ratschiller, Josef Reiterer, Hans Spiss and Heinrich Unterweger. Julian Breitenberger, Georg Oberkofler and Peter Zöggeler were selected as the new breeders' representatives.

Lukas Scheiber, Chairman of the Haflinger Breeders' Association Tyrol and President of the World Haflinger Breeding and Sports Federation, was also present: "We represent a world-class breed. Joining forces to pool our best interests and advance the breed is the way forward", he explained.
To honour tradition, 2018 must also have a Haflinger Queen: Manuel Gufler and Maria Rabensteiner of the South Tyrol Young Haflinger and Noriker Breeders' Association presented the newly-elected Haflinger ambassador Andrea Aster with the ribbon sash for 2018.

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Extraordinary Haflinger Colt Selection

17 March 2018 in Egna/Neumarkt

Bandito-V BZ28638 (owner: Alfred Paris from Val d'Ultimo/Ulten) made the highest class of breeding value

22/03/2018 – On Saturday 17 March 2018, all Haflinger colts which could not take part in the Italian National Selection in early February were presented at the Extraordinary Colt Selection in Egna/Neumarkt.
Out of the five colts registered, three were selected for breeding. All five are owned by breeders from South Tyrol. Alfred Paris' BANDITO-V BZ28638 (Val d'Ultimo/Ulten) was rated IB (very good). Two more colts, both owned by Egon Gamper from San Genesio/Jenesien, were classified IIA (good).

Results (in German and Italian)


 2018 Haflindex

28/02/2018 – With the selection of Haflinger colts now successfully concluded, the Italian National Association of Haflinger Horse Breeders has drawn up a comprehensive index containing the genetic information of the Italian Haflinger population.

In its position as one of the organisations in charge of the original stud books for the Haflinger breed, by publishing the 2018 Haflindex ANACRHAI has put into practice the new EU guidelines regarding the evaluation of a horse's breeding value.

In South Tyrol/Italy, genetic evaluation methods have been in use since the early 1990s to help put breeding on a scientific foundation and offer the breeders a set of objective criteria for choosing the right animals for breeding. Among other things, ANACRHAI also carries out genetic evaluations for third parties – e.g. for the Swiss Haflinger Federation (SHV).


Selection of Haflinger colts in the original breeding regions

All colts selected in Stadl-Paura, Egna/Neumarkt and Ebbs in the year 2018 declared to be "OSB approved" 

19/02/2018 – From the very beginning, promoting measures to ensure the comparability of evaluations has been one of the declared goals of the WHBSF-led cooperation between the organisations in charge of the original stud books for the Haflinger breed.  To this end, in 2018 the colt selection events in South Tyrol/Italy, northern Tyrol and the breeding region covered by ARGE were for the first time synchronised to take place around the same time to create a framework of comparable conditions.
A team of judges consisting of an ANACRHAI Haflinger  expert,   another  expert of  the  Provincial

Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders, a HPT judge and an ARGE judge was put in charge of selecting the young Haflinger candidates. The process was coordinated by WHBSF Secretary Michael Gruber and accompanied by Cornelia Back, and the team worked entirely in the background without intervening in the national selection procedures... Click here to read more
Selection results: Stadl PauraNeumarkt/Egna - Ebbs 

41st South Tyrol Sleigh Race and Skijoring County Championship 

A contest of pure horse power in Villandro/Villanders - 11/02/2018

Michael Seebacher and Lilli, the brand-new Sleigh Racing County Champion

13/02/2018 – A sun-spoilt day in a stunning winter landscape with breath-taking, 360° panoramic views: The setting of the 41st South Tyrol Sleigh Race and Skijoring County Championship on Sunday 11 February 2018 was picture-perfect. And yet, the awe-inspiring background of the Villandro/Villanders mountain pastures took a back seat for most of the equestrian sports fans present: They had come to cheer on speedy Haflinger horses competing in exciting races, and they were in for a treat.

Lilli, the latest Sleigh Racing County Champion, has long been a household name in the South Tyrolean Haflinger sports scene: She already has a long list of titles to show for herself. And now, for the first time, the 13-year-old and her owner Michael Seebacher from Val Sarentino/Sarntal valley were crowned County Champions.

Another novelty County Champion: Umana, who at the tender age of four won this year's skijoring races. Her owner, Robert Plattner from San Genesio/Jenesien, was visibly pleased....Read on

Sleigh racing results                                   Skijoring results 


Text and photos: Flora Brugger

21st Italian National Selection of Haflinger Colts in Egna/Neumarkt

Willi-V BZ28431 and Stakkato-V BZ28367 crowned colts of the year

05/02/2018 – On 02 and 03 February 2018, the 21st Italian National Selection of Haflinger Colts took place in Egna/Neumarkt. Out of 35 registered colts, 30 were presented to be evaluated by Valerio Raschetti and Guido Grazioli of the Haflinger experts' team headed by Giovanni Rigozzi. Five of the candidates were classified IIB (satisfactory) and are therefore not yet eligible to be used for breeding. Fourteen were awarded IIA (good) breeding value class ratings, one was rated IIA+ (good+) and a total of four were deemed IB (very good).

This year's winner: Willi-V BZ28431, owned by Hans Wechselberger from Vipiteno/Sterzing

Willi-V BZ28431, bred by the Dejori family of Nova Ponente/Deutschnofen and owned by Hans Wechselberger from Vipiteno/Sterzing, was crowned colt of the year. Stakkato-V BZ28367, bred by Josef Mahlknecht from Fiè allo Sciliar/Völs am Schlern, is the runner-up, followed by Bravù-V BZ28498, bred and owned by Paul Mahlknecht from Steinegg/Collepietra.

This year, the Selection was held for the first time in early February. The dated allowed it be synchronised with the events organised by our neighbours across the border: On Friday 02 February, the Austrian Haflinger breeders selected their top colts in Stadl-Paura, and Sunday 04 February was the day the Haflinger Breeders' Association Tyrol had chosen for their selection Event.


Catalogue (available in Italian)        Results (available in Italian and German)        Photos (by Armin Mayr)

From left: Colt of the year Willi-V BZ28431, presented by Alois Höller, the newly-elected Haflinger Queen: Andrea
 Aster, the proud owner: Hans Wechselberger from Vipiteno/Sterzing, and Iwan Mahlknecht presenting the runner-up: Stakkato-V BZ28367, bred by Josef Mahlknecht from Fiè/Völs

Photos: Armin Mayr 


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