Was this guy at Top of the Line Farm? Looks like Holly’s place in the old videos. I’ve never been there, but I know someone who does endurance in Redding and says it’s a great place. They had a mare that was a very near relative to my gelding that I sort of dreamed about. Someday I hope to make the 7+ hour drive up there and get a new golden pony for myself.
He’s an N-line, but I looked up his pedigree and he’s got some nice A-line stallions in his ancestry. Aristocraft TOF is like one of the best Haflinger stallions out there in the states, and there’s Alpen Konig (who shows up top and bottom in my M-line gelding) was really good too.
For Hunter pace and intro level endurance, you couldn’t go wrong. Haflingers can jump the moon if they wanted to. Somewhere, there’s a video of a mare jumping a 4ft fence from a standstill and Nordtirol was a stallion in Europe who set some pretty good jumping records for the breed (5.5ft) and he’s on the larger side, so that’s a plus. A friend of mine did 50 milers with her Haffie mare, so Intro level wouldn’t be hard at all, they’ll go all day with the right conditioning. I’ve always wanted to do intro with my gelding, was hoping this would be our year even though he’s 21, but covid-19 and all.
He’s nicely put together and pretty modern built. Haffies can be prone to overeating if they’re not managed carefully, but generally, they’re pretty healthy. Great feet. And iron stomachs for the most part. I’d say go for it. 11 hours is too far a drive for me, and who’s got money, but dang, he looks like a good deal.