Harmonie TOF (yearling filly) and Zihna(three-year-old filly) were one and two at Dressage at Devon 2014 in the Haflinger IBC on 9/25/14
Are they purebreds or refined with Arabians or other breeds? Because they look very sporty to me.
They are pure Haflingers and yes they are very, very refined and we get that question a lot. Our goal is to breed a tall, refined modern sport Haflinger. Tudor Oaks has set the precedent and we are continuing the tradition. My filly is on the left and she is by Aristocrat TOF out of Heike TOF, full sister to Heaven’s Sent TOF who is coming up the ranks in Eventing. She was bred by Tudor Oaks Farm and we cannot thank them enough for allowing her to come to our program. On the right is Zihna (Zihna II GGHF, is by Next Level GHJ and out of Zanadu GGHF (Aristo TOF). Next Level GHF is by Neumeister TOF by Norditirol out of the elite mare Heike TOF. Zanadu has lived with us for over two years and we have just negotiated the purchase of Next Level TOF.
[Just throwing in that I think Nordtirol is gorgeous and I actually live just a few kilometres away from where he and many other “elite” Haflingers were bred.]
I think your Haflingers look sound and have a great build if you’re trying to make them real sporthorses but keep the “Haflinger-look”. Because you can still recognise the breed and it’s not just “a pangare palomino with a thick mane”. I actually dislike most German Haflingers because many of them have Arabian blood and then they are just small, elongated and very roundish horses with the fine head of an Arabian, if you know what I mean. It looks really silly.
At the Fohlenhof, they are actually trying to breed more sporty horses now, too. But I personally find it saddening that no one wants to keep up the “old-style” Haflingers anymore. Every successfull breeder jumped to sport horses now and they’ve lost their beautifully strong, sort of unique build: [a picture of my grandmother with a Haflinger in the 50s]
Not much horse, much grandmother, but I think you can still see what I mean. The strong legs with that little bit of feathering, the edgy head, the bold muscular shoulders and so on.
I love Nordtirol! He is actually on loan here to Tudor Oaks Farm in Barrington, Illinois. We have a Nordtirol granddaughter out of his lovely daughter Fascara WSF, an Austrian import. Tudor Oaks bred my girl Harmonie, the one pictured on the left above.
I do understand what you mean by breeding the ‘Haflinger’ out of the Haflinger. I wouldn’t want to go any finer of bone than we have, nor get a ‘dish’ face like an Arab (especially in Stallions and geldings!) In competition in the all-breed Haflinger shows here the competition is divided into ‘pleasure’ and ‘draft’ types, although the draft seem to not only have more bone but strive for height as well. They come out of the M-line and B-line often but certainly not exclusively. Those nice rounded 13.3 hh family ponies are not around as much.