A Haflinger Horse is defined as:- The progeny of a registered classified Haflinger stallion and a registered classified Haflinger mare and shall conform to the standard description of the World Haflinger Breeding and Sporting Federation.
The Dalgety Land Company imported the first Haflingers from Austria to Australia. The stallion Narrogal, and 5 mares, Ditha, Liebkind, Morena, Orsi and Siena as well as 2 fillies Elflein and Gaby were imported. Two of the mares Morena and Siena, were bred in Austria and gave birth to the fillies Merinda and Sorena in quarantine in England en route to Australia.
All the horses arrived safely in Australia. After quarantine in Adelaide, they were then taken to the Dalgety property 'Yammatree' near Cootamundra, NSW, in 1974.
In 1979 the Dalgety Company decided to sell all the horses at an auction at 'Bibaringa Stud' in Canberra. By 1981 it was apparent that there was a need for another male bloodline in Australia. The stallion Admiral was imported from Holland. This was also the case in 1988 when Wintersun was imported from Austria.
The cost of importing horses from overseas was high so it was decided to import frozen semen from Haflinger stallions in England. This took place for the first time in 1994 from the Austrian born stallion Alpine and later in 2000 from the stallion Marlon. 2009 saw more frozen semen imported from Germany. Between 2010 - 2012, ten new bloodlines were imported - one German Stallion and a number of mares in foal to top European stallions, creating a new genetic pool to further develop the Haflinger in keeping with it's outstanding temperament and looks.
All registered Haflingers must be bred from two pure bred registered Haflingers, in accordance with Tyrolean guidelines.
The Australian Haflinger Horse Breeders Association is a member of the Haflinger World Breeding and Sports Federation and keeps all registration details while promoting the Haflinger Breed in Australia . In July 2013 there are approximately 450 Haflinger horses in Australia .