About the Haflinger breed

The Haflinger breed originated in the Tyrolean Mountains of Austria and Italy with some documentation going back to Medieval times. These sturdy mountain horses were used for farming and pleasure, as well as traversing difficult mountain paths.

The first present-day Haflinger was 249 Folie, born in 1874 by the half-Arabian stallion 133 El' Bedavi XXII and out of a Tyrolean mare. All Haflingers today trace their lineage back to Folie through seven stallion lines: A, B, M, N, S, St, and W.

Today, Haflingers are bred to be large ponies and small horses that are versatile, solidly built, and kind. In addition to their good temperaments, a popular characteristic of the Haflinger is their beautiful chestnut coloring with flaxen manes and tails. You can find the Haflinger in virtually every riding and driving discipline.

Adapted from the American Haflinger Registry

About the Sportpony breed

Although there are several Sportpony registries, we have registered our ponies with the NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry (NASPR), a part of the American Warmblood Registry. These registries began to give North American Warmblood owners a registry based on European procedures for inspecting Warmbloods.

The purpose of the Sportpony is athleticism and versatility in the Sporthorse disciplines - just as it is for other Warmblood breeds. Sportponies are made to do the same activities of bigger horses, but they come in smaller packages. They are bred for their strong, balanced gaits, jumping ability, athletic conformation, and temperaments, which allows them to excel in Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, Combined Driving, and Pleasure Driving. These ponies show that bigger isn't always better. Some famous Sportponies include Theodore O'Connor, who represented the United States internationally in Eventing, and North Forks Brenin Cardi, who won the National Grand Prix Freestyle in 2014.

Adapted from the NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry

Want to know more about having a Haflinger in your life?

Check out these articles written by Happy Haflingers!

Feeding the Haflinger

The Haflinger temperament

Fitting a saddle to the Haflinger

Training the Haflinger

An example training program


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