A Rock earned the highest honor in the Haflinger World by being classified ‘GOLD’ According to the World Haflinger Federation Standards. There are only three other Gold stallions in North America who have been approved and inspected World Haflinger Federation approved inspectors (the other 2 being Winterschon CCF, and Adanac). Only the top 1% of Haflingers in the world have the honor of being Gold. He was a great outcross option in the US as his offspring do not have any Nabucco, Winterstein or Afghan blood 6 generations back! A Rock is a extremely versatile horse, excelling in Hunter under saddle, dressage, western pleasure, trail, and pleasure driving.
A Rock offspring are unique, have very kind dispositions, are extremely smart and that being the case do very well in all around performance events which is our goal at Woodward Performance Haflingers. Since these offspring are so straightforward to train, they are very willing to learn. His offspring also tend to be ‘late bloomers’ and mature when they are around five years old, so not great for futurity babies when judges like a more filled out ‘mature’ looking foal, (although filly Marquis MJW taking 2nd place in 2008 is hardly anything to be upset about for a three month old!) however once they hit the ring as three year olds the true potential shines through.
A Rock was introduced to me as a two year old, recently imported from Austria. I started him under saddle and had a instant connection with this horse. Something that to this day I have yet to find with another horse in the capacity that I had with A Rock. He is the reason I switched to the Haflinger breed.