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Invitation to AHR Inspection & Classification

For those of us who love horses, they are all pretty. Some are just prettier than others. Why? Because they are balanced, have correct confirmation and are breathtaking to watch when they move.

Haflingers originate from Europe, specifically Austria. Europe and Austria are well known for consistently breeding excellent horses. How do they do it? Almost all breeds of horses in Europe are inspected and classified, including Haflingers. Only those stallions and mares, which meet or exceed a strict “standard” are entered in the studbooks and allowed to breed.

How does the process work? Three specially trained, qualified Haflinger judges will carefully examine each horse. The horse is evaluated against the Breed Standard, as prescribed by the Breeding Objectives of the American Haflinger Registry.

TO JUDGE THE BODY AND LEGS – The handler will stand the horse in front of the 3 judges, so they can judge the horse’s type, head, neck, forehand, mid-section, hindquarters and legs.
TO JUDGE WALK AND LEGS – The handler will be asked to walk the horse on a 15 meter triangle, to judge legs, correctness of movement, and extension at the walk. The handler will first walk away from the judges, then along the far, backside of the triangle, opposite the judges, then back toward the judges, standing at the apex of the triangle.
TO JUDGE LEGS AND TROT – Next, the handler will be asked to trot the horse on a 30 meter triangle, so the judges can see legs, correctness of movement, and extension at the trot. First, away from the judges, then along the far, backside of the triangle, opposite the judges, then back toward the judges, standing at the apex of the triangle.
TO JUDGE OVERALL MOVEMENT – Finally, the horse will be allowed to “run free” in the arena, to allow the judges to see it’s movement, unencumbered by handler, halter or lead rope. The judges are specifically looking for how the horse expresses itself in trot and canter.

FOR MORE INFORMATION and WRITTEN MATERIALS, CONTACT:
Bill Hendershot –Email: – Phone: (607) 504-5076 or billhendershot80@gmail.com