• The ‘Society’ is ‘The Haflinger Society of Great Britain’
  • The ‘required breed standards’ are based on those currently laid down by the Haflinger Pferdezuchtverband Tirol. (See Appendix 1 attached to these rules). These will be subject to ongoing review by the Haflinger Society of GB
  • ‘Inspection Panel’ means a minimum of two International judges for fillies and three International judges for colts.
  • ‘Blood/DNA typing’ means the ascertainment and recording of an animal’s identity by establishing its distinctive genetic profile at the owner’s expense.  The blood tissue or other genetic material must be certified by a veterinary officer, or a qualified person and forwarded to the Animal Health Trust, or such other testing authority as the Committee may in future decide.  The resulting identification information will be recorded in the Society’s appropriate register along with each horses microchip number
  • Pure bred means the pedigree of a Haflinger will go back to the Founding lines with no added inclusions of Arab or foreign blood.



The Society maintains a stud book in two sections.  All pure bred Haflingers will be recorded in Section 1, and each will be entered in a class in that section which is appropriate to that individual animal.  Section 2 will record all part-bred Haflingers and any Haflinger that does not comply with the definition contained in 1(e) above but which has been registered in a European stud book. Each horse will be registered in a category in that section which is appropriate to that individual animal.


  1. a) Section 1

In order to be eligible for entry in this section a Haflinger must be pure bred as defined in Rule 1(e) above and comply with the requirements of Rule 10 (Eligibility for Registration).

Class 1 – All stallions and mares that have been inspected in compliance with Rules 3 & 5 and have achieved the required standard

Class 2 – All mares that have been inspected and have not met the required standards for inclusion in Class 1.  This class will include mares previously registered in Section B of the Stud Book, which closed on 31st December 2000.  Mares entered in the non-breeding register established on 1st January 2001 will also be included in this class.

Class 3 – All colts or stallions which have been gelded will be entered in this class.

Class 4 – All pure bred youngstock, all pure bred imported stock awaiting inspection, and all pure bred stock which does not meet the required criteria for entry into one of classes 1 – 3.  This will include any animal which has not been presented for inspection as required under these Rules.

Class 5 – Progeny of any horse who at the date of conception of that progeny was under the minimum age permitted for breeding.


  1. b) Section 2

In order for a horse to be eligible for entry into this section the existence of a pure bred Haflinger in the animal’s pedigree must be proved in accordance with the criteria required within the individual categories of this section.  The progeny of any animal registered in this section can never be eligible for entry in Section 1.

Category 1 – Haflingers accepted into other European stud books as pure-bred, but which cannot establish that they are pure bred as defined in Rule 1 (e)

Category 2 – Any animal with Haflinger blood that has not been entered in the pure-bred section of a European Stud Book.

Category 3 – Any animal containing 50% Haflinger blood (neither more nor less).  The Society reserves the right to carry out at the owners expense such tests or investigations as in the Society’s sole discretion may be appropriate to establish the percentage of Haflinger blood in the animal.



For a colt to qualify for inclusion in Section 1 Class 1 as a stallion the following conditions apply:

(a) The colt may be presented at one year old and again at two years old for assessment by an International judge at a place and on a date to be arranged by the Society. The opinion of the judge as to the colt’s prospective stallion qualities on the first and second year inspections will not be final but is intended to enable the judge to assess the colt’s prospects for subsequent stallion qualification and to advise the owner. This sub rule will apply to imported colts only for such annual assessments (if any) occurring after the date of importation.

(b) Colts ultimately put forward as potential stallions will be inspected by a veterinary surgeon either in the week before his inspection or at the inspection itself at a place and on a date to be arranged in the year that they are three years old. The International judges, having consulted the veterinary report, will decide whether or not the colt complies with the required standards for stallion registration. A favourable decision must be unanimous.

(c) If a colt fails inspection solely because it has marginally not attained the prescribed minimum height but is excellent in all other stallion qualities and at the sole discretion of  the International Judges, he may be re-measured (unshod) by a veterinary surgeon not later than 30th September in the same year. The report will be sent to the Honorary Registrar. If the colt is then of the required height he may be accepted for registration. There will be no right of appeal against the final decision.

(d) A colt passing inspection as a three year old must be Blood/DNA Typed and the certified details thereof recorded by the Society’s Registrar and will then be registered in Section 1 Class 1 of the Stud Book.

(e) The cost of colt inspections, including veterinary inspection and Blood/ DNA typing fees will lie with the owner and will be required to be paid with the inspection application.  Owners of colts which fail will have the Blood/DNA typing fee reimbursed.  Veterinary fees may be reimbursed where appropriate at the discretion of the Honorary Registrar.

(f) A colt registered in Section 1 of the Stud Book but not presented for inspection at the prescribed times; or failing inspection as a three year old should be gelded. Thereafter it will be entered in Section 1 Class 3 of the Stud Book.

(g) For the purposes of paragraph (a) of this Rule “currently” means “at the time of the colt’s inspection”


  2. It is recommended that owners of stallions should be members of the Society. Books of covering certificates and A.I. certificates, necessary for foal registration, will be issued by the Registrar.
  3. Stallion owners will be deemed responsible for:
  • sending annual covering returns forms to the Registrar with details of all mares covered by 31st December of that year.
  • providing fully completed Society covering certificates to mares whose progeny should be eligible for registration with the Society, or
  • ensuring that the Society A.I. certificate is fully completed and signed by him/herself and the Veterinary Surgeon in charge of insemination.
    1. Stallion owners will be expected to advise mare owners if by the current rules the resultant progeny of their mare is likely to be unacceptable for registration in any of the Society’s Registers.
    2. Stallion owners will be required to notify the registrar if their stallion is leased or loaned, giving name and address of lessee.
  1. For the purposes of paragraph (c) of this rule, ‘current’ means ‘at the time of covering’.



For a filly to be accepted for entry in Section 1 Class 1 or Class 2 the following conditions apply:

  1. The filly should be inspected within 14 months after 1st November in the year before it reaches the age of 3. Older horses may be inspected at the discretion of the Honorary Registrar.
  2. Inspection of fillies shall be by two International Judges, at a place and on a date to be arranged.
  3. Fillies meeting the required standards will be entered in Section 1 Class 1.
  4. Fillies who do not meet the required standards will be entered in Section 1 Class 2.
  5. Owners of mares not accepted into Class 1 are entitled to appeal for a second inspection in the following year. The decision of the second inspection is FINAL and NO further appeal can be made.
  6. If a filly fails inspection solely because it has marginally not attained the prescribed minimum height but is excellent in all other mare qualities and at the sole discretion of the International Judges, she may be re-measured (unshod) by a veterinary surgeon not later than 30th September in the same year. The report will be sent to the Honorary Registrar. If the filly is then of the required height she may be accepted for registration. There will be no right of appeal against the final decision.



Female progeny of Class 2 mares, if sired by a stallion included in Class 1 of Section 1 may be accepted in Class 1 on attaining the required standards.  Male progeny of any generation of Class 2 mares cannot be considered for entry into Section 1 Class 1.


  2. International judges shall at the time of inspection complete the form issued by the Registrar, sign it and return it to the Registrar along with the Passport issued under Rule 10 hereafter and the registration fee. In the case of a special private visit, travelling expenses should be notified to the Honorary Treasurer by the International judges immediately after the inspection. The Honorary Treasurer will recover the cost from the owner of the inspected stock.
  3. Non members will be required to pay twice the current registration fee in addition to complying with all other requirements.



The following animals will be eligible for entry in Section 1 Class 4.

  1. All pure bred youngstock born in the UK or an EU Country and subsequently imported.
  2. Mares and Stallions imported from an EU country which inspects to HPT standards, provided that they hold a passport endorsed by the Society.

Youngstock entered in Class 4 may be transferred into Class 1, 2 or 3 as appropriate once they have been inspected under Rule 3 or 5.


Mares and Stallions registered in accordance with Rule 8(b) may be transferred to an alternative class once they have complied with the requirement of Rule 10(b) or (c).



The fully completed application forms for registration of all foals must be received by the Registrar before 1 October of the year in which the foal is born, or within one month of that birth whichever is the later, or a double registration fee is payable on subsequent notifications.

The following information must be provided.

  • The name and address of the owner of the animal the subject of the application with a drawing, completed by a vet, either on the Society’s form or on a veterinary form showing its identification markings and whorls and a full frontal photograph of its head.
  • The full name of the parents and their Registration numbers
  • A covering certificate or an AI certificate.
  • Microchip details as recorded by the veterinary surgeon



Eligibility for registration in Section 1 of the Stud Book is subject to the following further conditions:

  1. (i) No animal bred in the United Kingdom except as at (ii) below, is so eligible unless at the time of its conception both of its parents were inspected and registered in Section 1 of the Stud Book or would have been eligible for such registration by virtue of paragraphs (b) or (c) below.

(ii)If, in exceptional circumstances, the Society has been unable to hold a Central Inspection in a particular year, owners of three year old fillies may apply to the Registrar for a special dispensation for covering to take place. A mare covered under such dispensation must be inspected prior to foaling for the progeny to be eligible for registration. Mare owners in these exceptional circumstances must be in possession of a written approval from the Registrar before taking the mare to stud. Offspring of uninspected mares covered without written dispensation from the Registrar, dated and issued before the relevant covering, will not be eligible for registration under any circumstances.

  1. Imported animals, which have passed inspection by the Tyrolean Haflinger Breeder’s Association (The Haflinger Pferdezuchtverband Tyrol) are eligible for registration in Section 1 class 1 without further inspection.
  2. Any other imported animal will be eligible only if:
    • It can be shown to the satisfaction of the Society’s Registrar that it has 100% pure Haflinger blood with a pedigree originating in all ancestral lines with Austrian stock; and
    • Both its parents have passed inspection in their own countries up to HPT: and
    • It passes inspection by the international judges.
    • Stock imported from any country that does not prove to be 100% pure bred Haflinger to the inception of the breed must be placed in Section 2 of the Stud Book. Stock that has been imported from countries that do not apply or have not in the past applied the HPT standards must also be approved by the International judges.  The Registrar may call for evidence to enable a reasoned decision as to which Section of the Stud Book a horse is eligible for entry.
    • If there is at any time any confusion with the interpretation of the Rules for eligibility then the Registrar, together with, if possible, the draftees of the rule in question should be asked to give a definition of the Rule for consideration by the Society.
    • Details of imported animals must be reported to the Registrar and if not so reported within 28 days and registered within 56 days of arrival in Great Britain, a double registration fee will be payable, at the discretion of the Registrar.
  1. d)
  • No foal born on or after 1st January 1994 shall be eligible for registration and subsequent inspection unless its sire’s blood/DNA typing has been recorded in the Stud Book.
  • Both parents of foals born in or after the year 2000 must have been blood/DNA typed.
  • Both parents of foals born on or after the 1 July 2009 must have been microchipped
  • Owners of former registered stallions, which have covered Haflinger mares at any time and are now gelded or no longer standing at stud are invited and encouraged to have such animals tested at the Society’s expense.



Pure-bred progeny resulting from the mating of either a colt or filly which was then under the age of three years shall only be eligible for registration in Section 1 Class 5.



Pure-bred geldings will be entered in Section 1 Class 3 of the Stud Book.  Animals can be registered at any age, subject to proof of parentage, without inspection, or having failed inspection as a colt.  The Society should be notified within 28 days of castration if the animal is already entered in the Stud Book.



Part-Bred Haflingers may be registered in Section 2 of the Stud Book.  They will be entered in the appropriate category of Section 2 as described in Rule 2(b).  The following information must be provided with the application for registration:

  1. The name and address of the owner of the animal together with a drawing either on the Society’s form or on a veterinary form showing its identification markings and whorls and a full frontal photograph of its head.
  2. Details of its breeding including the full names and registration numbers of any Haflingers in its pedigree.
  3. The breed and registration numbers of any non-Haflinger ancestors should be provided if possible.
  4. In the case of a foal, a covering certificate or an AI Certificate.
  5. Registration and transfers of part-bred animals will be accepted from non-members of the Society subject to the above conditions and upon payment of double the registration or transfer fee then in force.






Notice in writing must be given by the transferor to the Society of the transfer of any animal registered in the Stud Book or any of the Society’s Registers, whether by sale or otherwise and whether within Great Britain or exported, stating date of transfer and the name and address of the transferee and the appropriate fee paid; or of the death of a registered animal, stating date of death.


  2. The Society shall maintain a register of Haflinger Stud Prefix names in which, upon payment by the applicant of such fees as the Society may from time to time determine, a prefix may be entered by and at the discretion of the Society and the Central Prefix Register.
  3. A Prefix so registered may be used only by the registered proprietor by whom it must be applied in the naming of all Haflingers bred by him or her.
  4. Except as hereafter provided a registered prefix may not be transferred.
  5. The right to a prefix registered in joint names shall pass to the survivor of them.
  6. A prefix may be transferred by its registered proprietor or by him or her personal representative(s) (as the case may be) by written assignment or at the death either by will or by written nomination previously lodged with the Society only in either of the following circumstances and only with the consent of the Committee.
  • To an assignee who is either a close relative of or has been closely associated with the registered proprietor in the breeding of Haflingers for a continuous period of not less than ten years preceding such transfer; or
  • To any member of the Society if the registered prefix has not been used in relation to the naming of Haflingers for a period of not less than ten years immediately preceding such transfer.
  1. Suffixes will NOT be registerable.



The correct forms and fees MUST be received by the Registrar before transfer / registration can be completed.











The Haflinger horse should be an all-round pleasure horse suitable for riding and driving. It should have an excellent character and an even temperament. It should be dependable and uncomplicated.


COLOUR All shades of chestnut, from pale chestnut to dark liver, are possible. The colour should be full and pure, trace black spots etc. are not desirable and will be judged negatively, very severe risks non acceptance for registration
MARKINGS Head markings are acceptable, but not required. Too many markings are not desirable and may lead to disqualification. Leg markings are not desirable, but markings up to half shin will not be judged negatively Light or white mane and tail are desired, slightly reddish ones are tolerated; red, salt-and-pepper and grey are undesirable. Two leg markings lead to a one point deduction, three leg markings to a two point deduction. Four leg markings will lead to an exclusion. Leg markings on the ankle also mean exclusion
DIMENSIONS Required is a height between 140cm to 150cm. If the minimum is not reached, it means exclusion. The maximum height can be exceeded if the horse reached high marks in the exterior assessment.
TYPE Important is the overall impression of how individual parts of a horse harmonize together. This includes a noble head with large eyes, a well-shaped neck, a well-muscled, long forehand with pronounced withers and sufficient depth of chest. A long and deep centre piece with a firm yet supple back and hindquarters which are well-shaped, well-muscled, sufficiently long, not too broad or too strongly divided croup. Breeding stallions and mares should have a clear gender expression. Undesirable is a coarse, clumsy, unsportsmanlike appearance, a rough head, blurred contour, unclear joints, a coarse foundation, as well as a lack of gender expression.


1.      The head should be noble and dry and harmoniously fit to the size of the body. It should have wide nostrils, large eyes, a correct position of the ears and be good through the jowl

2.      The training collar should not be too short and should be tapering towards the head

3.      The forehand includes the withers, shoulders and chest. The foremost part of the back spine is the withers, which should be distinctive, wide, and high and reach far into the back. The chest should be wide. These are the most distinctive features of the forehand.

4.      The back should be of medium length and well-muscled, and unite in the movement vibration, capacity and balance

5.      The ideal hindquarters have a long, slightly inclined, strongly muscled croup, which is not too drained and split. The tail should not be set too low.

6.      Overall, a harmonious division of the torso applies in forehand – metacarpal – rear, which fit in proportion to each other

7.      The foundation should be stable, correct, with clearly pronounced joints and durable hooves. The limbs should be in a straight position if seen from behind. From the side the front leg should be straight and the ankle of the hind leg should be at an angle of about 150° with a straight toe axis of about 45° to 50° to the floor. The pasterns should be long and well developed and the hooves should be round, clear and hard.

8.      The gait should be correct, supple, with pure rhythm and without serious errors.

9.      The horse should have a striding, even gait, energetic, spirited and supple trot, light on the feet with uphill tendency at the canter and pure rhythm, good ground coverage and accuracy.

10.  The breeding goal is in particular to breed a horse with an outstanding character without deficiencies and a calm temperament are fundamental requirements.

Undesirable is:

1.      A discordant physique and a lack of gender expression.

2.      A coarse or large head, a ram’s nose and also a wide or too small head are unwanted. Likewise a dental flaws are undesired. The ears should not be too long.

3.      A short, heavy or low collar.

4.      A small, steep shoulder, short or little prominent withers.

5.      A back which is too short, long, soft or firm with a hard or hollowed loin and a low chest with raised flanks.

6.      A short or straight croup with a high set tail or a too broad or strongly divided croup.

7.      Incorrect limbs; these include small, narrow or constricted joints, weak or massive cannon bones and short, steep or excessively long or too soft shackles and too small or too steep hooves. Toes, ankles and forefeet which are too narrow or too wide. Furthermore, undesirable are knock-knees, cross-legs and bandy legs.


Desired are correct, supple and expansive gaits (walk 4-beats, trot 2-beats, canter 3-beats).

Desired is that the horse uses a supple, energetic step in secure four-stroke, that goes through the whole body. The step is a translational motion in the four-cycle without a floating phase, which consists of a series of aligned steps.

There should be a thrust coming from the hindquarters which transfers over a loosely swaying back and shoulders to the forehand. A little knee action is desirable. In particular the canter with clear jumping moment of suspension and well under-stepping hind leg.

Undesired are especially short, flat and non-elastic movements, a stiff back, ponderous, falling on the forehand or movements which are out of rhythm, as well as swaying movements with narrow or wide toes and high knee action.




Rules Governing the Use of A.I. and E.T. and the Registration of Resulting Stock


  1. ‘The rules@ means the Rules governing the Stud book and Registers of the Haflinger Society of Great Britain (‘The Society’) to which rules these rules are an appendix and which must be carefully read and applied.
  2. ‘The Registrar’ means the Registrar of the Society.
  3. The designation ‘Semen’ includes fresh, cooled and frozen semen.
  4. ‘Approved Centre’ means a centre managed or approved by DEFRA or the Stallion reproduction Service.
  5. The definitions of the abbreviations A.I. and E.T. A.I. = Artificial Insemination, E.T. Embryo Transfer.


  1. Animals used to produce Semen or donate eggs must fulfil all the criteria specified in the Rules.
  2. Semen from registered Haflinger Stallions may be held only by or stored for full members of the Society who will be responsible for keeping the Registrar informed as to the use and location of all collected semen.


  1. The owner of a registered Haflinger Stallion from which semen is collected must, within 14 days of collection, notify the registrar on Form CS1 and provide all the information therein specified.
  2. (i) Semen imported from abroad must comply with the Rules.

(ii)      Within 14 days of importation of semen from abroad, the importing

member or  his agent must give notice to the Registrar on Form IS1 and

supply full details of straws held and of the stallion pedigree, height, age

and any other information required by the Society.  The stallion from

which the imported semen has been collected must comply in all respects

with the provision of rules 11 and 12 of the Rules.

  1. The registrar must be informed within 14 days:-
    • If semen is moved to a different storage unit ;
    • If semen is no longer held for any reason (e.g. Sale or destruction)


  1. Collection of semen must be carried out by a Veterinary Surgeon or a Technician at an Approved Centre. Evidence of this must be supplied if required by the Society.
  2. Insemination must be carried out by a technician from an Approved Centre or by a Veterinary Surgeon.
  3. An A.I. Certificate (AI1) supplied by the Society must be correctly completed and signed by the Veterinary Surgeon or Technician and returned to the registrar with the application for registration of the resulting foal.
  4. Prior to the registration of a foal resulting from the use of E.T. and within one month of a positive pregnancy determination, the mare’s owner must submit to the Registrar Form ET1 (part one) with all the information therein specified.
  5. The Society will refuse to register the progeny born by the use of A.I. or E.T.
    • If it has any doubt about the identity or validity of the parentage.
    • If the semen or donated egg has been collected by person(s) or bodies not approved by the Society.
    • If the semen or donated egg has been inseminated by person(s) or bodies not approved by the Society.
  1. A separate stallion return (AIAR1) must be supplied to the Registrar annually with details of

straws sold for insemination into named mares.

  1. All foals born by A.I. or E.T. must provide a DNA sample taken by a Veterinary Surgeon or a Society Inspector, with the exception of those that are gelded and these may be exempted on receipt of a signed evidence of castration.


  1. A stallion’s vendor wishing to retain semen collected from such stallion and stored, must inform the purchaser of the stallion the number of straws so retained and as to its possible future use.
  2. Members wishing to export semen to other countries will be responsible for ensuring that the semen they are exporting fulfils the requirements of the importing country and notify the registrar of any such exportation.
  3. Subject to the rules the Society will register foals born by the use of A.I.
  4. After the death of a stallion.
  5. After the stallion has been gelded.
  6. After the stallion has been disposed of by sale, gift, bequest or exportation, but only with the written consent of the current owner of the stallion.





All fees are doubled for non members


Prefix Registrationincludes recording with Central Prefix Register:



PURE BRED ANIMALSFoal Registration – for foals born in the UK, to include Passport:

£20 if registered before 1st October in the year of birth.

£40 if registered after this date.


Foal Registration for Pure Bred foals imported from EU Countries already holding passports:

£20 if registered within 28 days of importation

£40 if registered after this date.


Registration of Mature Pure Bred Imported Animals already holding Passports:

£20 for Mares

£20 for Stallions

£20 + £5 for Gelding registration.



£20 for Stallions + £47 for DNA (Mandatory)

£10 for Section 1 Class 1 mares

£5 for Section 1 Class 2 mares

£5 for geldings registered within 28 days of castration

£10 for geldings registered after 28 days following castration



£20 all stock as part of annual inspection at a recognised inspection centre.


PART BRED ANIMALS Born in the UK ( passport if required)

£20 if registered before 1st October in the year of birth

£40 if registered after this date.


PASSPORT: Re issue of damaged or lost Passport (UK born animals)

£50 where identity is proven.


TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIPBritish registered animals only

£10. All categories.



£30 for stallions £20 others (incl transfer of ownership and tags).

Valuation expenses paid direct to valuer


POSTAGE It is recommended that documents be sent to the registrar by recorded delivery.


All charges include recorded delivery for return of passport to owner.