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AHR Website Updates

AHR Website Updates

The American Haflinger Registry has two internet avenues for communicating with members, prospective members and people interested in the Haflinger breed: the AHR Facebook page and the AHR website.

The AHR Facebook page provides a vehicle to get information to people in near real time. The newsfeed feature allows us to get announcements, important notices, show results and other current information out quickly. Information on this page is not static like a website. At this point, it is important to clarify that the AHR Fan Page is not administered, operated or monitored by the Registry. If you are looking for information from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, you need to access the AHR Facebook page. I know the two pages have caused some confusion, and while we value input from our members, we have some control over the message that the Haflinger Breed presents to the overall horse world and prospective owners and members. We have plenty of avenues for discussions. All Board members’ emails, addresses and telephone numbers are published on the website and in the magazine. Please give us a call or drop us a line, we would love to hear from you.

The website is more static. We use this for members and non-members to access forms, general information on the breed, about the Registry, Registry programs and committees. This information does not change every day and can easily get outdated. The Board noticed several issues with outdated information on the website at the end of 2017. In addition, at the annual meeting in August, members suggested that we should have a members’ only section. At the annual Board planning meeting in November, the Board established a project to completely update the website and to implement a new members’ only section. We have targeted the completion of the members’ only section by the end of the first quarter of 2018. We hope to complete most of the website update in the same time fame, but because several committees need to review and potentially develop new information, this may extend into the second quarter.

The members’ only section will be accessed with a combination of your member identification number and a password. It will contain communications and information intended only for members. Members will be able to access an online version of the Haflinger Horse through this section. Any special benefits that accrue to members will be publicized and accessed in this section. We want to make this section contribute to the value of the membership, but understand that it is important to have public facing material that supports our breeders, trainers and owners in promoting the breed and selling Haflingers. Presenting the Haflinger in the best light, highlighting their versatility, athleticism, temperament and trainability will help all Haflingers. As of this writing the members’ only section is a work in progress and the final components have not been approved by the Board. We will keep everyone informed as this project progresses and final decisions are considered.