Classification Day 2013

The HHANZ Classification Day and seminar was a success with a good number of participants and a very stimulating seminar presented by Wayne Hipsley. The attendance from A&P Judges was very much appreciated and it is hoped that they will in time step up to support HHANZ by being classifiers. It was particularly nice to see some HHANZ members on the day to show their support… some of which had come all the way from the North Island. The weather played along and the horses all looked fantastic!

Photos taken by Simon Bell


Anne and her mare Limelight


Bianca Marshall and Albert



Anne and her mare Limelight


Anne and her mare Limelight


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Hi to all

We have managed to get some good deals on apparel… download this PDF for all the info. There is a minimum order of 10 of each items overall, so please get your orders in now as individual small orders which are placed late can unfortunately not be processed by the supplier. Deadline for orders and payment is 26th of October; this way we will have orders ready to be picked up at the classification day on 16th November.

This is a local Canterbury business – no overseas mail order. This means that all stock will be in Canterbury. If you are coming to Ancova Farm to attend the classification day on 16th November this year or the AGM in March 2014 you are most welcome to pick your items up then.

Vidhi Marshall

16th November – Horse Assessment & Evaluation Seminar for All Horse Breeders


Horse Assessment & Evaluation Seminar

For All Horse Breeders

Regardless of your breed or discipline, knowing how to identify the qualities of horses and ponies should be the number one priority of all breeders. Learning to objectively analyze and assess the qualities of your horses is vital to continually breed for improvement in quality for breed standards of your animals.

To assist in this learning process, the Haflinger Horse Association of New Zealand (HHANZ) is offering an education opportunity on Saturday, November 16th (immediately after the Canterbury A&P Show) to all who are interested, regardless of the breed you own or want to own. The location of the seminar is near Rangiora, at Ancova Farm.

The 5 hour seminar will be presented by Wayne G. Hipsley, BSc, MSc, an equestrian professor, evaluator and judge from Lexington, Kentucky. Wayne will be visiting New Zealand to serve as one of the official judges for the Canterbury A&P Show, and immediately preceding this event, he will be one of the instructors at Equitana-Sydney. Wayne is no stranger to New Zealand as he has conducted seminars from Invercargill to Whangarei. He has conducted exhibitor and judge’s educational seminars for many different breed associations and discipline groups in NZ, Appaloosa, Andalusian, Haflinger, Miniature Horse, Pinto and the RAS. In the United States, he has participated in the establishment of breed standards for the Norwegian Fjords and the Gypsy Vanners (Cobs), while working with the American Hanoverian Society and its evaluation program.

Although this seminar is focussed on breed evaluations for the Haflinger Horse, the content is applicable to all other horse breeds. Sound knowledge of general horse conformation is a prerequisite for attending this advanced seminar.  Participants can expect to gain knowledge on how to evaluate a horse in practice using a tried and tested evaluation scoring system developed by Wayne.

The day is planned as follows:

9am – 12 noon: Classroom seminar to review the basics and introduce numerical methods for assessment of horses and ponies.

12 – 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 3pm:  Apply the techniques introduced in the classroom to live horse classification of Haflingers

All participants in the seminar will receive a certificate of participation for attending. And for those wishing to work as HHANZ evaluators, participation in the seminar is mandatory toward receiving the evaluator status. The registration fee for the seminar is: $50.

For more information and to book a place, please contact: Vidhi Marshall, HHANZ Secretary, 0274 313662, 03 3128987,

Procedure for Classification of Haflinger Horses in New Zealand – from March 2013


Contact the Registrar of HHANZ who will arrange the classification

HHANZ regulations are to be followed


Regulation 9 (b)

Al l horses must be microchipped and DNA recorded before being presented for classification or at the time of classification.  Members must forward to the Registrar details of all brands put on horses, microchip number and DNA details.  Micro chips shall be inserted in the left neck region.  Locations of previous micro chipping if not in this location shall be lodged with the Registrar.


Regulation 10

  1. Only Classifiers approved by the Association may classify horses.
  2. Only horses three years of age and over may be presented. (Calculated from 1st August each year)
  3. All horses will be scored and graded by the classifiers in accordance with the form marked Appendix 1
  4. The Association’s standard description is the MINIMUM standard.


e.   All horses to be classified must be have a current RAS height certificate or a measure by a vet using a proper Measuring stick/rod complete with spirit level measured on flat concrete or similar surface. The height certificate must be presented at the classification, the height recorded in centimeters by rod measure.  Measurements recorded in hands will be converted by the Association. The classifier can measure the horse on the day of the classification providing that a true spirit level measuring rod and correct measuring conditions (i.e. flat ground) are available.

A classified Haflinger can have a final height recorded as measured above at the age of six years in the purebred register. On a veterinary or preferably RAS height certificate in accordance with RAS rules.

f     Minimum height for Purebred Haflinger stallions must be 140cms (one hundred and forty centimeters) and Purebred Haflinger Mares must be 135 cm (one hundred and thirty five centimeters). (As from 2020 HHANZ will be following AHHBA and World Haflinger Sports and Breeding Federation and males and females must be 140cms)

g    Stallions must score at Class IA to pass classification. which means a minimum score of 80 with no score lower than 5 points on any sub score

h    Geldings may be inspected by a local veterinarian using the Certificate as per Appendix II in the Regulations.  The Veterinarian should complete and sign the certificate, which is to be forwarded to the Registrar with a clear photograph of the OFF side, the NEAR side and HEAD-ON showing facial markings.  There will not be a point score or branding with the Edelweiss for this procedure.  The Registrar will forward the photographs and Vet certificate to the Classifier(s) for approval.  If acceptable, the horse is deemed to be classified for show purposes.  A fee Classification as per the current Fee List is payable.  A Gelding accepted as above, may be presented at a future classification day, to be scored and branded.  A second fee will be charged for presentation in this case. Geldings do not receive the edelweiss brand, it is for studbook horses only that are in the breeding register. Horses must exhibit a calm quiet temperament and must be able to be closely inspected.  Failure in this regard means the horse will be rejected.

i     Blemishes, such as wire marks which do not affect the horse’s movement are not detrimental and must NOT be used to withhold classification. Injuries resulting in bad movement should be taken into consideration when judging a horse.

j     Application may be made for re-presentation of a horse at any of the Association’s future classification days.  The score achieved at the latest re-presentation is the recorded score.

k    All written comments concerning scoring at classification days are to be strictly confidential to the owner of the horse, the classifier and the Registrar.

l.      All Haflinger horses must be foal registered or otherwise recorded in the stud book

m.   Stallions need to be classified by 2 classifiers recognised by HHANZ, one of these can be a video classification at the discretion of the registrar. This is usually granted when geographical isolation is a factor.

n.    Video classification should be taken on the same day as classification, preferably at the same time. This video should have no audio.

o.    It is important that the horse is videoed  continuously standing square on near side, front, off side and back view. This segment should be about 2 minutes long to give the classifier sufficient time to view the horse. Following this a classic triangle workout should be performed with the video taking the position of the person judging the horse.  “Tracking” views on the triangle must be included and at the conclusion of the triangle horse stood square.  In addition, footage of mane and forelock being moved and close –ups of hooves.

p.    Classification should be based on a simple triangle workout: walk away from judge, walk  out across the second side of the triangle, turn and walk towards to classifier (a minimum of once).  A second triangle workout is also required at a trot.  Options to further assessment are to allow the horse to be ridden, worked on a lunge line and/or worked in an enclosed area at liberty. However, while ridden or  lunging is an option, owners choosing the traditional workout only, should not be penalised.

q.    Decisions of the classifiers at the time of inspection shall be binding.  Appeals against any decision must be made to the Executive in writing for their consideration.

r.     A photographic record of the horse must be taken on the day of classification to establish a photographic record of the horse at that time for archive records.

Classification fees will be set at every Annual General Meeting.  The owner(s) are responsible for this payment to the classifier and the travel costs incurred.



Canterbury Breeders Show, 2010

As the show season for 2010 continues, the next show on the cards was for the South Island horses at the Annual Canterbury Horse and Pony Breeders Association Show.

Thanks to Vidhi Marshall for the following update, and the pictures.

Anne and a very sleek, fit and CLEAN looking Rosie [Rosebud] took the well deserved 1st place in the turnout. Same for the mare section, Rosie led the herd with a first placing with Rianna and Lady [Ladida] coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Albert had a hard time competing against himself but fought it out and came home with the best gelding sash. Then the foals: after some deliberation Aslan took the price with Ruby a close 2nd. The judge commented that both are very correct foals. The paced class was interesting, Rianna was beaten (just about for the first time in her life) by her filly Ruby and came in 2nd with Rosie taking 3rd place. The Supreme Champion sash went well deservedly to Rosie – congratulations Anne!

A great day was had by all, and congratulations to Anne and Rosebud on taking out Supreme Champion Haflinger Horse.

Results :-

Class/Placing Horse Owner
1 Rosebud Anne Bishop
Mare section
1 Rosebud Anne Bishop
2 Rianna Vidhi Marshall
3 Ladida Vidhi Marshall
Gelding section
1 Albert Vidhi Marshall
Foal section
1 Aslan Vidhi Marshall
2 Ruby Vidhi Marshall
Paced section
1 Ruby Vidhi Marshall
2 Rianna Vidhi Marshall
3 Rosebud Anne Bishop
Supreme Champion Haflinger Horse
Supreme Champion Rosebud Anne Bishop

North Island All Breeds In Hand Horse Show, 2009

January 2009 marked the 6th year in which New Zealand’s Haflingers competed at the North Island All Breeds In Han Horse Show.  The numbers of haflingers in the country have certainly increased from the year in which Lee, Lorelei and Rianna made their first appearance at the show, competing against Clydesdales in the Heavy Horse section, as there was no other class for them to enter.

This year, for the third year in a row, the Haflingers were competing in their own class, and there were 6 Haflingers that turned out.  Suzzi, shown by Colin Reid, Lee, shown by Kelly Anderson,  Oo-La-La shown by Stephanie, a friend of Petra’s who was over from Germany, Rose D’Amour shown by Petra Matheson, Restless, shown by Simon Bell, and Lilian, shown by Dawn Millar.

A great day was had by all, and congratulations to Petra and Rose on taking out Grand Champion Haflinger Horse for the second year in a row!

Results :-

Class/Placing Horse Handler Owner
585 Best Presented
1 Rose D’Amour Petra Matheson Petra Matheson
2 Lee Kelly Anderson Kelly Anderson
3 Restless Simon Bell Simon Bell
586 Foal or Yearling, any sex
1 Lilian Dawn Millar Dawn Millar
587 Youngstock, two and three years, any sex
1 Suzzi Colin Reid Colin Reid
Champion and Reserve Youngstock
Champion Suzzi Colin Reid Colin Reid
Reserve Champion Lilian Dawn Millar Dawn Millar
590 Dry Mare, four years and over
1 Rose D’Amour Petra Matheson Petra Matheson
2 Restless Simon Bell Simon Bell
3 Lee Kelly Anderson Kelly Anderson
4 Oo-La-La Stephanie Kelly Anderson
Champion and Reserve Adult
Champion Rose D’Amour Petra Matheson Petra Matheson
Reserve Champion Restless Simon Bell Simon Bell
Grand Champion Haflinger Horse
Rose D’Amour Petra Matheson Petra Matheson
592 Best Mane
1 Rose D’Amour Petra Matheson Petra Matheson
2 Lee Kelly Anderson Kelly Anderson
3 Oo-La-La Stephanie Kelly Anderson
4 Suzzi Colin Reid Colin Reid
593 Best Head
1 Oo-La-La Stephanie Kelly Anderson
2 Rose D’Amour Petra Matheson Petra Matheson
3 Restless Simon Bell Simon Bell
4 Lee Kelly Anderson Kelly Anderson
594 Best Movement
1 Rose D’Amour Petra Matheson Petra Matheson
2 Lee Kelly Anderson Kelly Anderson
3 Oo-La-La Stephanie Kelly Anderson
4 Restless Simon Bell Simon Bell
Kerstin meets Lee

Kerstin’s Visit, 2008

In early 2008, we were privileged to have a visit to NZ from a Swedish Haflinger owner/breeder, Kerstin Dreborg, who while on holiday took the time out to judge at the North Island All Breeds In Hand Horse Show, and to visit with NZ Haflinger owners.  The following is the article Kerstin wrote about her trip.

Haflingers at the end of the world – New Zealand by Kerstin Dreborg

What would you do if you got an invitation to judge a haflinger show on the other side of the Earth? Well, one thing you could do is to take a big part of your savings and buy yourself a ticket! That’s what I did when I was asked if I could judge the haflinger class at the 2008 NIABIHHS (North Island All Breeds In Hand Horse Show).

New Zealand is situated as far from my home country Sweden as you can possibly get, and the flight took almost exactly 30 hours. Needless to say, I was very tired when we landed at Auckland International Airport in the morning of January 4th. There are many rules as to what you may and what you may not bring into New Zealand, so I was a little nervous about how much disinfectant I would get drowned in before I was let into the country, considering the fact that I live in the countryside, own horses etc., but sometimes luck strikes in the most unexpected way. In the customs at Auckland International Airport there’s a special employee named Kelly Anderson, who also happens to be one of New Zealand’s few haflinger owners, and I was lucky enough to meet her while I was looking for my luggage – which was lost in Sidney, by the way, I was very happy to have put not only my toothbrush, but also my judging dress, high heeled shoes and my hat in my hand luggage. Kelly let me pass the very long queue in the customs and disinfected me and my shoes in no time. Then she brought me to Pat Reid, chairman of the Haflinger Horse Association New Zealand, who was kind enough to pick me up at the airport. Pat and her husband Collin own two haflingers, Strizzi and Suzzi (mother and daughter).  Suzzi is the first haflinger born in New Zealand, imported in utero from Australia. Pat and Collin’s neighbour in Whangamata is Brigid Verry, whom I learned to know at the Internet 7 years ago, and with whom I have had many interesting conversations throughout the years. Today she has no haflingers, but it was very nice to finally meet her ”live”!

The show was held over two days in Hamilton on the North Island. The showground was full of well groomed horses in all sizes, from miniature horses to huge Clydesdales – and ladies! Ladies with hats of a size and style that at least I had never seen before. There were eight haflingers entered  in the haflinger class on Sunday. One did not turn up, so there were only seven, but seven very high class haflingers! Quite up to the standard of the haflingers in Europe. Very impressive!

After the show I realized that I had managed to give at least one ribbon to every single horse. That felt really good, as all the horses were nice representatives of the breed, and they were all very well prepared for the show. After the show I was also informed that no one less than Hannes Schweisgut, president of the WHF had expressed the same opinion on the overall quality of the New Zealand haflingers as I did. It’s nice to agree with such a “celebrity”… Champion Adult Haflinger was the four year old mare Rose d’Amour, owned by Petra Matheson. Champion Youngstock Haflinger was Colleen McGuinness’ handsome colt Ace, imported in utero from Australia. Most beautiful of them all, Overall Champion was Rose d’Amour, who thereby got the honour to represent the breed among all the other Breed Champions in the competition for Supreme Champion.

Directly after the show, I flew to the South Island, where I spent a week in the wilderness among firn trees and mountain tops. I also saw the haflingers in the South Island; Amberg, the only approved haflinger stallion in New Zealand, Rianna, Rosebud, Delta and Rianna’s foal with Amberg, little Albert. I had been given the honourable task to look at and judge all registered haflingers in New Zealand, and to choose one All New Zealand Haflinger Adult Champion and one All New Zealand Haflinger Youngstock Champion. This was arranged so because of the distances in the country, and the effort and costs that would have been huge for the breeders in the south to participate at the NIABIHHS. Also, I really wanted to see all haflingers in New Zealand, now that I had travelled all over the world and was in the country! At Vidhi’s I also got to see the first ”quarterlinger” in my life, i.e. a cross between haflinger and quarterhorse.

I then went back to the North Island, namely to Taranaki, where Colleen McGuinness and her family lives together with their horses, among others also six haflingers, Oolala, Ace, Ash, Winterthur, Lorelei and Lil Elmo. At Colleen’s I got to ride no one less than Lorelei, the mare who, together with Rianna, was the first haflinger to “set hoof” on New Zealand ground.

Outside Auckland, in the same barn as beautiful Rose d’Amour, is also the mare Restless and her colt Waldmeister. Poor little Waldmeister was ”imprisoned” at the time I visited, and was only allowed to spend the day in a small paddock, because of a knee injury. I was very happy to get the news that ”Waldi” was declared totally recovered shortly after I returned home!

I got to ride Rose d’Amour and later also Lee, and did a few other things, like hiking through beautiful waterfalls and petting an almost tame eel, before I left for Auckland International Airport again, with tears in my eyes, I must admit. The trip home took 37 hours from the airport in Auckland to the airport in Stockholm. And still I just wanted to go back immediately!

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the “kiwi” haflinger owners, for taking such good care of me. It was a lovely trip, to a lovely country, and I learned to know some lovely people.