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Inspection and Classification

This inspection and classification of breeding stock is an important part of both breed improvement and breed records. The AHR program was developed to offer the inspection and classification of Haflingers in North America at the owner’s request. It is not a mandatory step in the registration process, as is the custom in Europe and in many other breeds here in North America, however is an important tool available to all breeders and owners.

Horses of all ages may be presented for breed inspection and classification. The inspection team consists of three Haflinger experts, one of which may be a judge of international stature, (revision 8-17-05) and at least one must be a Senior AHR “C” Card judge. The team grades the horse according to the Breeding Objectives of the American Haflinger Registry, which were developed in accordance with the Breeding Objectives of the World Haflinger Federation. Horses age two and older are given a score of one to ten in each of ten categories: Type, Head, Neck, Forehand, Midsection, Hindquarters, Front Legs, Hind legs, Correctness of Movement and Overall Movement. Young horses, i.e. weanlings and yearlings, are informally evaluated by the team in the first nine of the above ten categories, and are scored “Very Good”, “Good” or “Needs Monitoring Through Maturity” in each of the nine sections. Mature horses (2 and over) are awarded ribbons according to their scores: A Gold ribbon is awarded to horses scoring 81 points or above (this is very rare, only 1-2% of Haflingers achieve the “Gold” status), a Silver ribbon is awarded to horses scoring 75-80 points, a purple ribbon is given to horses scoring 71-74 points and a white ribbon is given to horses scoring 69 or 70 points. Mares scoring 68 points or less are not recommended for breeding. Stallions scoring 74 points or less are not recommended for breeding.

Inspected stallions and mares are also awarded certain distinct honors based on the scores of their offspring, as the offspring mature and are inspected. Stallions may achieve the “Proven” status by presenting a cross section of their offspring for evaluation. In addition, Stallions and Mares are awarded the “ Star”, “Elite” or “Supreme” status through the scoring of their offspring at inspections.

At the end of each inspection, the owner is provided with a copy of the score sheet, complete with the judges’ commentary, which will aid in choosing the right breeding match up for that particular horse. Through the records produced by the inspection and classification of breeding stock, breeders have access to information that aids in good decision making for future breeding. Undesirable traits as well as desirable traits may be identified and tracked. Traits thrown by certain stallions, mares or bloodlines are also recorded.

Breed Inspection and Classification is offered once a year through the AHR, usually in the late summer or early fall. Registration forms are available through the AHR office and are published late spring in the AHR magazine.

Inspection & Classification 2018

Location: Central Ohio Haflinger Show, Ashland Ohio

Date: July 26, 2018

Time: Measurements will start no later than 8 AM

Judges: Dave Ayers | Grace Greenlee | John Dunkel/Ray Miller serving as alternates

Application: Download Here

Remember, it is cheaper to get your applications in before the deadline, so the quicker the better! Fees increase July 1!

Stabling: Exhibitors may arrive July 25, 2018. The horses who are participating in the Central Ohio Show should send the stall fees in with entries. Classification exhibitors NOT showing in the show please send a separate check with your application made out to: HAFLINGER SHOWS LLC, for $40 per stall required.

The I & C committee are continuing to pursue an Inspection or other show activities in the western region.

Questions and request should be directed to the following:

Bill Hendershot, 607-504-5076,

Ian Wengerd, 330-275-2975,



Participant Information Sheet      |      Invitation

AHR Inspection & Classification Participation Handbook
Participants must read the handbook and return the last page with their signature along with the application for Inspection.
Does your horse need DNA testing? There is no longer a need to order DNA kits from the office. Simply send in a hair sample in a separate envelope along with the appropriate DNA testing fee ($35 for members or $75 for non-members), along with a note including the horse’s details, your contact information, and that testing is needed for Inspection.

Policies & Procedures      |      Scorecard      |      Breed Objectives

Inspection & Classification Data through 2017

Total number of inspection records: 869 (812 different horses, some being inspected more than once)

26 Geldings; 606 Mares, 180 Stallions

81 Points & up – Gold: 8 stallions; 18 mares

75-80 Points – Silver: 90 stallions; 287 mares; 5 geldings

71-74 Points – Purple: 52 stallions; 232 mares; 17 geldings

69-70 Points – White: 13 stallions; 39 mares; 2 geldings

DNP – Do Not Publish. Scores withheld at owner’s request.

For complete information, click on the spreadsheets below


View 2017 Inspection and Classification Results

View prior years’ inspection results sorted by:
Horse’s NameComposite ScoreSireYear of InspectionForeign Inspections reported to AHRStar/Elite/Supreme Status