Fohlenhof Ebbs - History
When the Tyrolean Breeders' Association was restructured after the 2nd World War in 1947, a stallion breeding farm for the Tyrolean Haflinger breed was setup in the castle Wagrein in Ebbs to guarantee a central, professional breeding of young stallions. One of the main aims of the Tyrolean Association was breeding improvement and development. These basic prerequisites could only be achieved by pure association structured stallion breeding, at that time still in conjunction with the Republic of Austria. The stallion breeding farm that bred annually approx. 25 young stallions from all 7 blood lines was the foundation.
In the following years a part of the castle farm Wagrein was bought and converted. This extending and modernising continued and very soon a new field of activity for the Fohlenhof Ebbs became apparent from a breeding and economic point of view making an expansion of the facilites necessary. Already at the beginning of the fifties the 30 ha stallion pasture was bought and since then also the high pasture with a further approx. 50 ha has been permanently leased. To date about 10 ha have been bought at the Fohlenhof Ebbs which are used exclusively for paddocks and buildings. During this time the leased stable building has become today an internationally recognised horse centre. The leased stable building of 1947 has in the meantime been bought and a few years later the second central building was bought where now the mares, the museum and a riding hall are situated. At the end of the sixties a young stallion pen was built for approx. 50 young stallions. At the beginning of the seventies followed the large riding hall and a new stud stallion stable. In 1975 a hotel was built that today serves as the adminstrative centre of the Tyrolean Haflinger Breeders' Association and the World Haflinger Federation and where still today a holiday can be spent in several holiday apartments directly at the stud. In the eighties the young stallion pen was extended and additional paddocks were bought. In 1993 the arena with 3,500 seats was built and since then the complete interior of the stables have been renovated.
As owner of the Fohlenhof Ebbs the Tyrolean Haflinger Breeders' Association is trying in conjunction with all breeders in their region to affiliate the stallion breeding farm into a stud, to be able to control and target breeding and is today a showcase horse farm at an international standard with Tyrolean flair.