Randy Derrer driving the 6 up
|Waidring SCH ridden by Chesna Klimek|
The Haflinger originated in the middle of the 19th century during a period when South Tyrol was a part of Austria. The first official documentation of the present day Haflinger (named for the Tyrolean village of Hafling) was in 1874 when the foundation stallion 249 Folie was born of the half-Arabian stallion 133 El’ Bedavi XXII, crossed with a refined native Tyrolean mare. All modern purebred Haflingers must trace their ancestry directly to Folie through seven different stallion lines: A, B, M, N, S, ST, and W.
During the years of World War II, there was a significant shift in Haflinger breeding practices - the military needed a packhorse that was shorter and stockier. Since the war, the height and refinement of the breed have returned, with an emphasis on developing a small horse that is versatile for both riding and driving. Characteristics observed are a strong constitution, a solid conformation with substantial bone, and an uncomplicated personality.
|Noble B Baggins ridden by Janie Frazier|
Haflinger horses were first introduced into the United States in 1958. The first importation was done by Tempel Smith of Chicago, Illinois. On August 18, 1958, thirteen Haflingers (a two-year-old stallion, nine broodmares and three foals) arrived in New York. From those humble beginnings, the number of registered Haflingers in North America has grown to over 30,000.
The Haflinger is known for its unique golden chestnut coloring with a long, flowing white mane and tail. But more unique is the people-loving, willing and forgiving temperament that was established over centuries of living alongside and working with the mountain peasants, serving all purposes for all family members. Haflingers, very simply, became part of the family.
|Mountain Gold MVR ridden by Lisa Fivash Pepper|
After the stallion Folie, crossing with a horse from another breed is not permitted either on the side of the stallion or the mare. "Pure breeding" is the primary guideline for the breeding objectives of the American Haflinger Registry.
Color: Color may range from pale chestnut to dark liver chestnut with pale mane and tail. Color impurities in the base color, such as and roaning and black spots, and in the mane and tail are undesirable. Excessive deviations will be judged as negative and strongly discouraged for breeding animals.
Markings: Head markings are desirable, but not a prerequisite. Too many markings are undesirable and can go as far as being strongly discouraged. Leg markings are not desirable; one white leg will not be penalized, two white legs will result in a one point deduction, three white legs will result in a two point deduction, and horses with four white legs or white above the knees or hocks will be strongly discouraged from breeding. A white leg is a white sock that extends above the fetlock joint. White markings are signified by a change in skin pigment.
Size: The desired size is from 54 in. to 60 in. Non-achievement of the minimum size should result in the horse being strongly discouraged from breeding. The maximum size may be exceeded in the case of an excellent or outstanding exterior evaluation.
Type: A desirable appearance of the horse is one of elegance and harmony. To this belongs a lean and expressive head with large eyes, well-formed neck and supple mid-section, a good croup not too divided and not too short, a distinct musculature as well as correct, defined limbs with good joints. Stallions and mares for breeding should have clearly defined masculine or feminine features. Undesirable is in particular a stout, plump non athletic appearance, a coarse head, unclear contours, undefined joints, and coarse limbs with a lot of feathers as well as a lack of defined masculine or feminine features.
|Rachel Rose PFH, Second Star Haflingers|
A harmonious body structure that is suitable for all-round pleasure horse. It should have the following qualities:
Not Desirable is:
Desirable are: hard-working rhythmic and swinging basic gaits (Walk 4-time, trot 2-time, canter 3-time). The movements at a walk should be relaxed, energetic and elevated.
The movements at the trot and gallop should be supple, swinging, light on the feet with a noticeable swinging phase and with a natural suspension. The clear thrust of the foot from an active working hindquarter should be transferred over a loosely swinging back to the anticipating forehand moving freely from the shoulder. Some knee action is desirable. In particular the canter should demonstrate a clear forwards and upwards springing sequence.
Undesirable are: especially short, flat and non supple movements with a stiffly held back, heavy movements falling on the forehand or movements without rhythm as well as, pigeon-toed, travelling wide, splay-footed movements, interference, brushing or rope-walking.
Desirable is a horse with a strong character, a good-natured, strong, all-round, eager and able to perform, an easy feeder, resistant to disease, easy to acclimatize, that is useful for all purposes. In particular this is valid for riding, driving and vaulting in the pleasure and sport sector, but also as a working horse for pulling and carrying.
For recognition of the predisposition for performance the following features will be examined at the age of three years.
The classification of breeding horses aged 3 or over are final decisions. The judgments will not be revised up or down afterwards, however; an owner is entitled to one appeal and the opportunity to re-present the horse one time only at a later inspection under different judges. The decision at the second inspection will be final.
The measurements for entry in classification records are taken at 3 years. These measurements correspond to the minimum and maximum sizes laid down in the breeding objectives. Failure to attain the minimum height at 3 years means the animal will be strongly discouraged from breeding.
|Starwars TOF ridden by Jillian Santi|
The modern Haflinger is now found all over the world, active in such varied disciplines as dressage, jumping, vaulting, packing, pleasure driving, western trail riding, endurance riding, draft work and therapeutic riding programs. Haflingers hold their own in competition with other breeds, often showing surprising athleticism and strength for their size.
The Haflinger continues to capture hearts and enrich lives as it has for over two centuries. Horse lovers desiring an equine companion that is safe, versatile, dependable, and beautiful have discovered the Haflinger. Intelligence, character, willingness, grace, stamina, athleticism, and a long life make the Haflinger a wise choice for everyone.
Wasabi VHH driven by Brandy Wagner
For additional information, contact:
American Haflinger Registry
PO Box 124
Fredericktown, OH 43019