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Hafl ingers in Competition Throughout the United States Hafl inger sport horses are

holding their own and winning against other breeds with children, amateurs and professionals alike in sport horse venues. In addition to numerous wins in dressage and hunters, in 2010 A Gold Review HMF won the Jumper Itty Bitty Speed round over twenty-nine other entries and swept the Prudential $500 Mini Prix Classic at the Bucks County Horse Park (Pennsylvania). On the west coast, imported stallion Maximotion WSF owned by Wingspann Farms LLC (Oregon) won numerous fi rst and second place ribbons at training level dressage in 2011 and is continuing his winning ways at third level in 2012. The gelding Star Wars TOF, owned by Jillian Santi (Washington), was successfully shown at Grand Prix in 2011, the fi rst Hafl inger to achieve that level. Jillian and “Star” were the only pair in 2011 to qualify to ride the Grand Prix Freestyle in Region 6, and they brought home the Northwest Cup for the FEI level with their combined Grand Prix Freestyle and Grand Prix test scores. Avanti of Cedar Lane, owned by Deer Haven Farm (Kentucky), has won more than one dressage championship and several combined training competitions against the “big boys.” In eventing, Anita’s Legacy

and Melanie Rousseau of Tudor Oaks Farm (Illinois) qualifi ed and competed in the 2009 American Eventing Championships, where in a fi eld of over seventy juniors, they fi nished twenty-fi rst on their dressage score. In 2010, Melanie and “Anna” again qualifi ed and competed at the American Eventing Championships, once again fi nishing in the top third of the fi eld on their dressage score. They were in the top four on the USEA National Leaderboard in the Junior Novice division for most of the 2010 competitive season, and they were the Area IV Junior Novice Leading Horse and Rider for 2010. Melanie has already qualifi ed for the 2012 American Eventing Championships by winning two or four events at the Beginner Novice level thus far this year, this time with Heaven Sent TOF, another mare owned by Tudor Oaks Farm. At the Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials, “Flo” fi nished in a three- way tie on points for fi rst place. Also qualifying in 2010 for the Junior Beginner Novice Championship was American Express FAH and rider Jordan Lane, and Linka ridden by Tess Kelly. In

Area VII, Waidring SCH (aka “Pippin”) with rider Chesna Klimek of Nayborly Farms (Washington) was the 2010 USEF Eventing Association champion at training level. Also in Area VII, Adler's Whisper ridden by Kena Knott has been successfully competing at the Preliminary Level with his young rider since 2010. Hafl ingers are also coming out on top on-the-line at

dressage sport horse breed shows throughout the country. Alomar RVM owned by Supplicant’s Acres (Ohio) was Champion Mature Stallion at the 2011 Mid Ohio Sport Horse Showcase I & II and won Reserve Grand Champion Stallion in the GAIG/USDF East Coast Breeders Championship at Dressage at Devon. Alomar ranked tenth in the nation in the 2011 Adequan/USDF DSHB HOY mature stallion division. Stellar TVR, owned by New Horizons Hafl ingers won Reserve Champion colt/gelding at the Bucks County Horse Park DSHB Show, and ranked sixteenth in the nation in the Adequan/ USDF DSHB HOY open three-year-old colts/

geldings division. Stellar ended 2011 with the highest median score out of all Hafl ingers competing in open classes at USDF DSHB shows throughout the country. And, for a complete change of venue, Always Alert GVS, a.k.a. Ollie, a gelding owned by Dreamfi eld Manor Farm, who is a consistent champion at hunter shows under saddle, entered the Extreme Cowboy Race hosted by Craig Cameron at the 2011 Pennsylvania Horse World Expo “just for fun.” Ollie surprised everyone as the wild card entry in the fi nal round by fi nishing second place out of thirty

entries! (You can see Ollie and Chelsea on YouTube at “Always Alert GVS “Ollie” and Chelsea wCraig Cameron.”)

In addition to being versatile and athletic, Hafl ingers are easy keepers known for their soundness, longevity, intelligence and excellent work ethic. They are quick to learn and very people-oriented. Sport horse breeders pride themselves for producing willing horses with excellent temperaments, rideability and trainability, with gaits that are pure, rhythmic, and powerful. Next time you see a Hafl inger at an open competition, feel free to ask us about these “golden mini- Warmbloods” and see for yourself what they can do!


Opposite page: The mare A “AAA” Review HMF owned by Dreamfi eld Manor Farm. Above, top: The stallion Maximotion WSF winning at third level dressage, owned by Wingspann Farms LLC, rider Elizabeth Brown.  Above, bottom: The stallion Nordtirol jumping over fi ve feet at the 2005 World Show in Austria , owned by the Folenhoff , Ebbs, Austria.

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Photo by Heidi Forchemer Photo by Lyle Trimmer

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