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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

Attention Haflinger Owners!

It is that time of year to start planning the Inspection and Classification of your special Haflingers.

The first step is to determine several potential program sites (the procedure calls for this step to be complete by Dec. 31, 2017). Site Requests should be accompanied by a Site Feasibility Form which includes an individual or organization who will assume the responsibility of contact person and obtaining further information regarding site and committed number of horses. It is imperative that the participation must be sufficient to cover all program costs.

Upon receipt of the requests, the committee will review, all sites will be announced by the end of January 2018. At this time each host group will be ask to supply firm numbers of horses to participate at the respective locations.

Based on all of the above the committee will publish site location, dates and judges by April 1, 2018.

Questions and request should be directed to the following:

Bill Hendershot, 607-504-5076,

Ian Wengerd, 330-275-2975,


Site Request Form       |       Site Feasibility Form

Site requests are due December 31!


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.
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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