Haflinger Festival

31 May – 02 June 2024

Sluderno/Schluderns, South Tyrol, Italy

Our horses. For 150 years.

It all began here: in 1874 in Sluderno/Schluderns, in the Venosta/Vinschgau valley. And in 2024 – our anniversary year – we return to the roots of the Haflinger breed.

In 1874, at the farm of breeder Josef Folie, a truly special colt was born: 249 Folie – the very first Haflinger and founder of the breed. Since then, Haflingers have conquered the globe: Friendly, high-performing and charming, they are now bred all over the world as ideal partners for sport, leisure, therapeutic riding or work.

In 2024, we celebrate 150 years of Haflinger breeding in South Tyrol as well as the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders’ 70th anniversary.

In Sluderno/Schluderns, South Tyrol – where it all began.

A Festival for everyone

Three whole days dedicated entirely to the Haflinger breed – with a welcoming, authentic and joyful celebration.

  • South Tyrol Haflinger County Show with a grand parade and awards for the most beautiful Haflingers
  • a retrospective: 150 years of Haflingers writing history in South Tyrol and 70 years since the Provincial Federation of South Tyrol Haflinger Horse Breeders was founded
  • a look ahead to the future of the breed: World Haflinger Congress with a range of international experts
  • music, dancing and plenty of chances to socialise on all three evenings
  • culinary delights in the shape of regional specialities and a South Tyrol-themed evening with high-quality local products
  • artisan market with traditional handicrafts and authentic souvenirs
  • activities for kids: a chance to meet Haflingers up close, horse riding, games and crafts

Schedule

Thanks to our indoor riding arena, our festivities will go ahead as planned regardless of the weather conditions!

Thursday 30 May

14:30 – 18:30
Arrival of the horses, vet check and accommodation
19:30
Get-together for our exhibitors over a relaxed dinner

Friday 31 May

from 7:00
Get-together and breakfast for exhibitors
8:30 – 17:00
Haflinger County Show – presentation of the show categories: mares
morning
Schoolkids’ meet-and-greet with our Haflingers
12:30
Traditional horse-blessing ceremony
19:30

Food, drinks and entertainment: South Tyrol-themed night featuring a selection of culinary specialities and live music by David Frank & Mark Perin with a crossover between blues and Alpine folk

21:30
Live music by South Tyrolean folk music band TITLÀ

Saturday 01 June

from 7:00
Get-together and breakfast for exhibitors
8:00
Haflinger County Show – presentation of the show categories: stallions
10:30
Parade with over 150 horses, adorned carriages and floats, accompanied by several bands through the streets of Sluderno/Schluderns
13:00
Haflinger County Show – awards ceremony: stallions
14:00
Musical performance by Alexander and Norbert Rier
15:00
Presentation of the book “150 Jahre Haflinger” by Dr Erich Messner
15:15 – 19:00
Show highlights in the arena
15:30
Live music by Die jungen Pseirer
17:00 – 19:00
World Haflinger Congress at VUSEUM (Venosta Valley Museum)
19:00
Live music by Völser Musikanten
20:30
Historica – gala show in the arena
22:00
Live music by Salten Oberkrainer

Sunday 02 June

from 7:00
Get-together and breakfast for exhibitors
8:00 – 12:00
Haflinger County Show – final line-up of all show categories: mares
12:30
Live music by Oberwind from the Venosta/Vinschgau valley
13:00
Accolades, discussion of the results and awards ceremony
15:00
Closing event and departure

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Feel free to browse this list of different types of accommodation close to the Haflinger Festival in the upper part of the Venosta/Vinschgau valley.
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See you soon in Sluderno/Schluderns! The Haflinger’s birthplace.