Inspection and Classification

The American Haflinger Registry has an inspection and classification program for evaluating our horses and how closely they adhere to the Registry’s written breeding objectives. Horses are inspected by a panel of three expert Haflinger judges, compared to written standards, and then given numerical scores in ten different categories. The highest-scoring horses are awarded a gold classification, and so on. Less than four percent of the Haflingers presented for inspection are awarded the gold ribbon.

The AHR program is similar to keuring inspections used by many European horse breeds, but our program is voluntary and not required before the Haflinger produces offspring. However, our panel of experts agree that the Haflinger inspection and classification process is a valuable tool for evaluating horses and making breeding decisions in the best interest of the individual, and the breed.

2024 Inspection and Classification Details

A 2024 Classification will be held June 6-7 at the Rancho Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, California. If interested, please download forms below and return completed applications and fee to: Kathie Hanson, 2749 Vermilion Drive, Cook MN 55723 by April 1st.

Questions? Contact Kathie Hanson at 218-780-2902 or or Erwin Slabaugh at 440-487-7940 or

Forms and Information

Results and Resources

Individual Scores: 10=Excellent, 9=Very Good (much above average), 8=Good (above average), 7=Sufficient (average), 6=Not Sufficient (below average), 5=Poor

Total Points & Ribbons Colors: 81 points or above = Gold, 80 to 75 points = Silver, 74 to 71 points = Purple, 70 to 69 points = White

Note: Stallions scoring a total of 74 points or less – not recommended for breeding. Mares scoring a total of 68 points or less – not recommended for breeding.

Breed Inspection and Classification is offered once or several times a year through the AHR, usually in the late summer or early fall. Registration forms are available through the AHR office and online.

AHR is committed to serving our members in various regions throughout the country, and are working on a three-year rotation of I and C sites generally in the west, south, and the midwest, so that members can plan ahead to participate and/or attend to observe and learn more about the inspection process.

Inspections and Classifications will be scheduled when there is sufficient interest in a region to present ten or more horses for inspection. A host location, manager, and volunteers are also needed to hold a successful Inspection and Classification.


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