World Haflinger Federation

The World Haflinger Federation is the largest and most important representative of Haflinger interests throughout the world and has become indispensable for Haflinger breeding.

This international organization, founded in 1976 at the consitutional general meeting at Fohlenhof Ebbs, Tyrol, is today the only globally active organization in which, with all important Haflinger breeding countries, above all, all the important Haflinger breeding organizations are represented. The World Haflinger Federation was founded by the first president ÖR Otto Schweisgut and from the beginning was directed by him and the Vice Presidents r. Willi Krapf from Switzerland, Leon Le Petit from France and Mary Bromiley from England. The number of members grew in the course of time so that today the World Haflinger Federation has, along with the founding nations, representatives from many countires. Otto Schweisgut was president from the foundation until 2000.

 

 

    

     

After his resgination Johannes Schweisgut was unnamiously elected as his successor at the congress in Alpbach and in 2005 he was re-confirmed in his function and for the third period he was elected for 6 more years in 2011.

 

 

 

Australia is a member with the „Australian Haflinger Horse Breeders Association“ under Julian Hele. Another member is the Belgian Haflinger stud book managed by Rudie Eerdekens. Brazil is a member with Ing. Emil Ritz in charge. Canada is also a member with the „Canadian Haflinger Association“ under the direction of President Jim Hird. There are two member organizations from Denmark in the World Haflinger Federation. They are on the hand the „Dansk Tiroler Haflingeravl AF 1986“ under President Inge Nobel and on the other the organization „Haflingeravlsforeningen Danmark“ directed by Henriette Altfeldt. France is a member with the „Association Francaise du Haflinger“ under President Monsieur Genest Brigand. Great Britain is a member with the „Haflinger Horse Society of Great Britain“ under Chairman Dug Seel. The „Associazione Nazionale degli Allevatori Cavalli di Razza Haflinger Italia“ is Italy's member with President Konrad Grünberger. Luxemburg is a member with the „Studbook Luxemborgeois pour chevaux Haflinger asbl“ under President Norbert Schumacher.


The Netherlands are a member with the „Koninklijke Vereniging Het Nederlandse Trekpaard en De Haflinger“ under Chairman H.W. van der Pols. East-Austria is a member in the form of a consortium of the Haflinger breeders in Austria under the breed representative Ing. Walter Werni, Spain is a member with the Haflinger Association Spain „Associació de Criadors de Cavalls de Pura Raca Haflinger“ under President Alexandra Navarro.

Sweden there are two organisations, the „Svenska Haflingerföreningen S H V“ under Chairman Börje Brostorp and the Svensk Tyroler-Haflingeravel "STH" with President Soren Seehusen. Slovakia is a member with the „Haflinger Associat. Slovenska SAHH“ under President Peter Slowák. Slovenia is a member with the „Slovenian Breeder Association Haflinger“ with President Stane Bergant. Switzerland is also a member with the „Schweizerischen Haflingerverband“ under President Albert Peter. The USA is a member with the organization „American Haflinger Registry“ under President Bill Jameson.

Hungary is a member with the State Association of Pony and Small Horse Breeders, Haflinger Department under the diretor Zoltan Nemeth. And Tyrol is a member under the chairman Lukas Scheiber. For two years there has been an arrangement in groups of individual members, for all breeders from countries that either do not achieve the required total population or whose national association is not itself a member of the World Haflinger Federation. Members of these groups at the momernt are breeders from Germany (almost all imoprtant breedersare members), the Czech Repbulic, Poland and Namibia. The functionaries of the World Haflinger Federation are Johannes Schweisgut as President, Honrary Presidents are Robert W. McArthur and as Vice-President John White, also John Newman, Inge Nobel and the fourth Vice-President is Dr. Johan Michiels.

The World Haflinger Federation holds an annual meeting and has its headquarters in the country of the elected President. Organizations can only become members if they are committed to breeding Haflinger horses in their country, have a stud book and fulfill the requirements of the World Haflinger Federation in regard to purebreeding, breeding aims and breeding programme. There is also the possibility for Haflinger Associations e.g without a stud book to become an associate member.

The Federation holds an annual meeting where all member organizations are entitled to vote. The goal is to standardise Haflinger breeding, Haflinger breeding guidelines and performance tests. Another task of the World Haflinger Federation is the international training of judges. National judges who already have several years experience at the national level have the chance to become a judge for the World Haflinger Federation after a two year training. There are Federation judges in Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerlandand and the USA. In total this group of judges is very small as only very experienced judges come into question as World Federation judges who are then involved worldwide in stud book registrations, stallion selection and large shows.


The training of judges is a part of the work that the World Haflinger Federation specifically performs for the member organizations to be able to have internationally uniform judging according to the same criteria. Naturally there is also a World Haflinger Federation breeding objective which has been exactly defined. This can be adapted or improved only after detailed discussion with all Federation functionaries and delegates but also with international judges who can add their practical experience. Breeding success depends on a long term uniform direction and guarantees satisfied breeders with a worldwide uniform Haflinger model. In addition the regulations at international exhibitions are uniformly regulated. These and the breeding objective can be downloaded as a PDF.

An international equal Standard for the breadprofile and a worldwide unique judgement for inspections and classifications for the studbook are in the center of interest.

 

   


Die Welt Haflinger Vereinigung ist heute eine aktive Organisation, die weltweit agiert.
Die Kongresse sind aber nicht nur ein Treffpunkt für Funktionäre, sondern sie sind immer in Kombination mit Zuchtveranstaltungen. Dadurch erhalten die Mitglieder einen guten Überblick über den Züchtungsstand, den Leistungsstandard und die Qualität der Haflinger-Pferde in den einzelnen Mitgliedsorganisationen. So bekommen die Mitglieder untereinander einen sehr guten Einblick über den Stand der Haflinger-Rasse, über die Verwirklichung des Zuchtziels, vor allem aber über die gleiche Ausrichtung des Haflingers auf internationalem Standard.

 

 

 

Die Welt Haflinger Vereinigung ist nicht nur eine Organisation des Redens und des theoretischen Tagens, sondern vor allem eine Organisation der Zucht und der Haflinger-Züchter. So wurde seit dem Beginn 1976 ein gemeinsames Zuchtziel erarbeitet, ein einheitliches Leistungsprüfungsmodell erstellt, es wurde die internationale Richterausbildung in die Wege geleitet, aufgenommen und umgesetzt. Es wird weiterhin an dieser Ausbildung intensiv gearbeitet, um dem Haflinger ein international gleiches Bild, eine weltweite gleiche Zuchtausrichtung zu geben und damit den Erfolg der Rasse in Zukunft zu sichern. Pioniere wie Otto Schweisgut haben die Notwendigkeit für einen weltweiten und internationalen Erfolg erkannt und dabei festgestellt, dass nicht nur ein einzelnes Land Zuchtarbeit betreiben und Zuchtfortschritt erreichen kann, sondern dass dies nur möglich ist in der Gesamtheit aller Haflinger züchtenden Staaten der Welt.

Heute hat die Welt Haflinger Vereinigung diese Position erreicht und wird auch unbestritten diese Stellung in den kommen Jahren innehaben. Das Ziel nicht nur in der Zuchtausrichtung, sondern in einer weltweiten Verbreitung mit einem gleichen Haflinger zu erreichen, kann man verwirklichen, aber nur durch Verlässlichkeit und langfristiges Denken. Das bedeutet, dass man, wenn man Haflinger meint, auch einen Haflinger bekommt. Das ist die Basis, die den Haflinger weltweit erfolgreich gemacht hat.

Der Haflinger – das Universalpferd, das Freizeitpferd – der Haflinger, das charakterlich starke Pferd mit ruhigem Temperament – der Haflinger, der Fuchs mit der weißen Mähne – der Haflinger mit seiner idealen Größe für Kinder, Jugendliche, Erwachsene und Senioren – wird erfolgreich auch in Zukunft diesen Weg beschreiten, wenn man am gemeinsamen weltweiten Zuchtziel auch weiter arbeiten wird. Die Welt Haflinger Vereinigung ist eine Organisation, bei der 25 Mitglieder den gemeinsamen Weg suchen, und sie wird diesen auch in Zukunft für alle Haflinger-Züchter weltweit weiter gestalten.