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Established in 2000 as Lilac Farms, New Horizons Haflingers is a small, private Haflinger breeding farm located in central Michigan that is the product of a lifelong dream to breed, raise and train horses. We raise modern, refined Haflingers for sport and pleasure that descend from the strongest Austrian, German and Dutch bloodlines in the Haflinger breed. Haflingers are a small breed of horse that originated in the Tyrolian mountains of Austria. Contrary to some sources, the purebred Haflinger has no draft blood, but descends from a half-Arabian stallion and a refined Tyrolean mountain mare that resembled a small warmblood. Their calm, gentle temperament, beautiful coloring, athleticism, and "easy-keeper" quality make them a great horse for people of all ages and disciplines.
New Horizons Haflingers consistently win top honors at major shows throughout the country. Our foals are born on the farm and bred by us, handled daily from birth, shown extensively, and receive age-appropriate training using natural horsemanship techniques. This includes round pen work, as well as ground driving and long-lining, before they begin their driving and under saddle work at age three. As a result, our Haflingers are well-mannered, well-trained and extremely sociable, both with humans and horses.
Our muti-champion silver classified mares are by GOLD and silver classified, ELITE, SUPREME, STAR, and/or NATIONAL CHAMPION stallions, and have been bred to multi-champion and national champion GOLD and silver classified stallions. We are very fortunate to have acquired our Austrian imported stallion, Stellar TVR, who brings an exceptional hindquarter, substance, and powerful movement, along with an incredible temperament and character to our breeding program! The result--offspring that are the total package--correct conformation, excellent movement and athleticism, refinement with clean bones, yet enough substance and bone to ride, drive or compete in any arena. All of our horses also possess wonderful work ethics, and outstanding rideability and trainability. Our stallion is registered and inspected by several Warmblood and sport horse registeries, in addition to being AHR inspected, and is approved for breeding through the AHR, Weser-Ems and RPSI. Our goal is to have all of our mares inspected and approved through Weser-Ems and RPSI as well.
Haflinger Horses excel under saddle in dressage, jumping, eventing and other disciplines, as well as in combined driving and pleasure driving venues. These small Warmbloods are consistently winning on-the-line and under saddle throughout the United States in open USDF and USEF rated shows and at sport horse and warmblood breed inspections, holding their own against other breeds!
At New Horizons Haflingers, we focus on quality, not quantity. Specializing in young horses that are handled daily,we usually have young sport horse and breeding prospects available, and often have horses-in-training for sale or lease. Our goal is to raise well-trained, versatile horses that are respectful, trusting and easy to handle, and to place them in permanent homes. It is important to us to match the right horse to the right person. If we don't have what you are looking for, we will refer you to someone who does. Since nearly all the horses we offer for sale were born and raised on our farm, we know their history as well as their genetic make up. In addition to receiving the utmost in service, you will also receive a packet with your purchase that includes medical and health-related history or your horse, photos from various stages of their life, copies of show records, and other pertinent information. We will also gladly serve as a resource to assist you as you plan for future shows and events, and (if you are unable to show your horse yourself), we will show horses purchased from us for you.
We invite you to inquire about our services, including: stud services,
horses for sale, payment plans, and our significant discounts for foals purchased in utero. For more information on in-utero foal purchases, please click
HERE. We also offer several breeding discounts and breeders' incentives to our clients.
We are located in Laingsburg, Michigan, 30 minutes Northeast of Michigan State University. Please feel free to contact us via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone (b) 517 410 8000 or (h) 517 651 2011. Credit card payments through PayPal are also accepted.
Haflinger Horses--Versatility with a Heart of Gold!
Photos, from top: Rosina of New Horizons in-hand as a yearling at the New York Gold Haflinger Classic in NY (photo by L.A. Brown Photography). Rosina was inspected as a three-year-old at the 2011 AHR Inspections where she achieved GOLD status and a 9 on movement and type; Romantique of Lilac Farms winning second place in the Haflinger IBC class at the 2011 Buck's County Horse Park DSHB show in PA (Stephen Crower Photography); Reahna at the BCHP winning first place in the elementary starter horse trials (dressage, stadium jumping, cross country jumping); Our SILVER classified Austrian imported stallion, Stellar TVR, at the 2011 BCHP USDF Dressage Sport Horse Breed Show where he won 1st place in the open 3-yr-old colt/gelding class and was Reserve Champion Colt/Gelding in the Championship class; Arturo of New Horizons winning National Champion Pleasure weanling colt/gelding at the 2010 AHR National Show; Our 2011 foals, Rendezvous of New Horizons (left-Alfa of Genesis x Ricola DTA) now owned by Dreamfield Manor Farm, and Radiance of New Horizons (Arno van het Neishof x R Noble Rose APF, full sister to GOLD classified Rosina of New Horizons).