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The Haflinger Society of Great Britain holds the Registry of the only Purebred Haflinger Studbook in Great Britain. Approved by Defra to issue all Haflinger Passports



On this page you can find all documents and policies relating to breeding, registration & studbook management: this includes transfers of ownership as well as the importing & exporting of Haflingers.

Photography by Jane Eardley


The Haflinger Society of Great Britain holds the Registry of the only Purebred Haflinger Studbook in Great Britain and is approved by Defra to issue all Haflinger Passports. As a Breed Society, we seek to constantly improve our breeding program in conjunction with our breeders, following the Tyrolean Haflinger Breeder’s Association (The Haflinger Pferdezuchtverband Tyrol) in the betterment of the breed in the UK.


Performance breeding

Within the framework of the prescribed aims of the GB breeding program for the Haflinger, the Society pursues the following aims:

1. The promotion of diverse uses based on performance predisposition
2. The retention of breed standards, whilst promoting health and fertility
3. The retention of the Haflinger breed's genetic diversity (bloodlines) in pure breeding

Part of the Society’s aims is to promote the Haflinger within the UK by breeding animals that are versatile (because of performance predisposition) as well as maintaining the breed standards and encouraging the retention of the Haflinger breed’s genetic diversity (bloodlines) in pure breeding.


For registration of offspring within the HSGB studbook, breeding is exclusively with purebred Haflingers, with ancestors that are purebred for at least 6 generations on both paternal and maternal sides.  The permitted mares and stallions of the Haflinger breed are those in section 1 of our studbook and are in accordance with the rules of the mother studbook, (Haflinger Pferdezuchtverband Tirol) with Haflinger breeding horses being descendants of the compact small horse, with the stallion 249 Folie (1874) as the founder of the Haflinger breed. 


The paternal line of ancestors all go back to Folie,  with 7 distinct lines currently recognised:

                A – Anselmo (1926)

                B – Bolzano (1915)

                M – Massimo (1927)

                N – Nibbio (1920)

                S – Stelvio (1923)

                St – Student (1927)

                W – Willi (1921)


Male offspring take the Line letter(s) of the sire’s name, female offspring of the dam’s name.


Foreign breeds are not permitted in the line of ancestors, but a maximum ratio of thoroughbred Arabian of 1.56% is permitted to be registered in Section 2 of the studbook (calculated over 6 generations of ancestors) and must show the % thoroughbred Arabian blood after the name of the horse (if over 0.09%), but these horses are not permitted in the breeding programme of the Haflinger Society of Great Britain.

TheStudbook Rules & Breeding Programme
is available to download here

Breed Standards


Characteristics of the breed

The aims are for an expressive, versatile animal true to the specific characteristics of riding horses; a noble, sweet-natured, undemanding, capable and motivated Haflinger with a good character, which may be used for all riding and driving purposes by children and adults. It should also be possible to use the Haflinger as a workhorse. 

There are seven genealogical bloodlines – A, B, M, N, S, St and W. 


Basic colours: all shades of chestnut from pale chestnut to dark liver. The colour should be full and pure, white hairs and a dorsal stripe are not desirable. Head markings are permitted, leg markings are not desirable. 

Mane and tail: light or white is desirable, slightly reddish mane and tail tolerated, but red, mottled greyish to grey is not acceptable. 


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A distinct character, sweet nature, versatile, motivated, and capable horse is desired, suited to

all types of use. This is especially important for use in recreational sports.


Other traits

A healthy, fertile, robust horse suited to all types of use.

The full Studbook Rules & Breeding Programme
is available to download here



The Haflinger Society of Great Britain produces our own passports which are issued by the Registrar.

The passport acts as a record of the horses' life data including identification, ownership, pedigree, vaccinations, etc.


The Society holds an inspection (usually annually) for purebred colts and fillies who may potentially want to be used for breeding in the future, to ensure that the horses being inspected meet the minimum standards we require for their offspring to be registered with us.  


Colts must be inspected by the age of 3 (although they can come forwards earlier for assessment on a progressive basis) for final assessment as a potential stallion and also require to have a veterinary report completed within the week before the inspection or at the inspection itself.    Any colts not brought forward at 3, or who fail inspection, should be gelded and would be entered into class 3 of the purebred studbook at that point.  Fillies should be inspected at 3 also but can be inspected at an older age, although this may affect marks awarded, usually dependent on how much older.


The inspection also enables the inspected horses to be permanently entered into the relevant section and class of our studbook and thereby enables them to compete at the breed show and county shows where a permanent registration in the studbook purebred section is required.


Although preparation can start long before, on the day itself the horses will be checked against their passport details (including microchip confirmation) and have a number of measurements taken (height, girth, bone) as well as a DNA sample being obtained.


Following the initial checks, measurements, and photographs, the animals are then assessed by judges from the Haflinger international judges panel for their conformation and movement.  This is done in an enclosed arena and includes an assessment of walk and trot for all the horses, plus a free school assessment of canter/gallop for colts.


Following the assessments, the awarded marks are recorded and the overall score is calculated from the individual marks.  


The required standards for Section 1 Class 1 mares are

  • Free from undesirable health-related defects

  • Have on the assessment under the judging system at the minimum age of 3 reached an overall score of 7.0

  • Have no individual score on sub-criteria of 5 (adequate) or lower.


  • Mares reaching an overall score of 7.7 or more will be awarded the status of “British Elite”

  • Mares reaching an overall score of 7.9 or more will be awarded the status of “International Elite”


The required standards for Section 1 Class 1 stallions are:

  • Free from undesirable health-related defects

  • Have on the assessment under the judging system at a minimum age of 2.5 years reached an overall score of 7.6

  • Whose height at withers does not exceed 155cm

  • Have no individual score on sub-criteria of 6 (satisfactory) or lower.


Following the inspections, a parade of the animals may be held for audience information and the animals' passports are sent in for updating with the permanent registration number and photograph.

Registration Documents


Registration of Haflingers born in the UK 

Owners of foals need to obtain a passport for them by 1st October in the year of their birth, or by six months after their birth, whichever is later.

Transfer of ownership

When a horse is sold a transfer certificate form must be completed by both the vendor and the purchaser. The passport, along with the completed ’Transfer Certificate’ and necessary fee must be sent to the Stud Book Manager within those 30 days in order that the passport can be amended to record the new owner.

Gelding Registration

As soon as a colt is gelded permanent registration must be applied for.

Prefix Registration

Any prefix that you wish to use when registering your foals must be registered with the Society.

Ai & Embryo Transfer


The Society is delighted to accept foals born through both Artificial Insemination and via Embryo Transfer. Please ensure you read the relevant section of the Stud Book rules to ensure you comply with current requirements. Any stallions used must be proven to have no foreign blood in their pedigree if you wish to register the foal as purebred.

Importing Haflingers


The Society can only register purebred Haflingers in the breeding section of the studbook. To help you establish whether a horse is purebred or not, we need the following questions answered by the Haflinger Society that the horse was imported from.

  1. Is the horse registered in your purebred studbook?

  2. Does the horse have any foreign blood within his/her pedigree? If yes what is the percentage?

  3. Does its pedigree originate in all ancestral lines within Austrian stock?

  4. Have both parents passed inspection in their own country?

  5. Please provide us with a 6 generation pedigree.

Exporting Hafingers


the EU is making changes to its laws through the EU Animal Health Regulations (AHR). The AHR means that the Export Health Certificates (EHCs) used to export equines to the EU, and move them to Northern Ireland, will be changing from 21st August 2021. Among the changes previously communicated, these new certificates require the premises/establishment from which an equine is exported to have a registration number issued by the Competent Authority.


Other Info


DNA Testing

In accordance with the Society ruling, all breeding stallions must be DNA tested. Both Fillies & Colts attending their three-year-old inspection will have hair samples taken that can either be kept in their individual file held by the Society or processed immediately. The fillies will have the hair sample held for record-keeping purposes should a DNA test need to be conducted.

Central Equine Database

As a PIO we are required to record horse and owner details for all passports issued. These details are passed to the CED (Central Equine Database) who will publish details of your horse on the public CED website. Your personal details will not be displayed on the site but are available to enforcement bodies and may be used in the event of a disease outbreak. That is why it is essential to transfer horses into new owners’ names and also inform the Society of any change of permanent address in case anything should occur in your area.



*All fees are doubles for non-members*

Prefix Registration
Includes recording with Central Prefix Register
Including transfer of ownership and tags. Valuation expenses paid direct to valuer
£40 for stallions £30 for others
Transfer of Ownership
For all categories
Passport Replacement
Re-issue of damaged or lost Passport (UK born animals)
Permanent Registration
Following inspection or castration.
£100 for Stallions including 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
Registration of Imported Animals
For mature Pure Bred Imported Animals already holding Passports.
£20 for Mares & Stallions £20 + £5 for Gelding reg
Registration of Imported Animals
For Pure Bred foals imported from EU Countries already holding passsports
£20 if registered within 28 days of importation £40 if registered after this date.
Foal Registration
For pure bred 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
Inspection Fee
For all stock as part of annual inspection
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