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our farm and family life in Whatcom County, as published in Country Magazine,
go to the Barnstorming blog
Wheaton BCH in the field at BriarCroft on a summer afternoon
Our 19 year old mare Marlee M&B on a snow day at BriarCroft with her friend Emily Dieleman
Yearling filly BriarRose BCH --photo by Chesna Klimek
Our Gold rated mare Noblesse BCH (L) Silver rated import Belinda van de Wortel and her Waldheer filly BriarRose BCH (R) photo by Emily Vander Haak
photo of Waldheer van de Wortel and Jessica Heidemann by Poulson Photography
BriarCroft, our breeding farm in scenic northwest
Washington, began in 1985 with the purchase of our first
Haflinger filly. We now have a herd of top quality
Haflingers, including several broodmares producing
exceptional foals each year. These Haflingers have been
carefully selected from the offspring of Austrian and
Dutch imports to combine the best features of the
Haflinger breed: calm, quiet temperament, excellent
conformation, beautiful smooth movement, and correct
color. Our Haflingers have done field work with harrow,
manure spreader and plow, 30 mile mountain trail rides,
won in dressage and jumping events, and served as
schooling horses for students.
Visitors to our farm can stroll over well-tended rolling pastures of an old dairy farm with the majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies to the north, and Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters to the east, and enjoy traditional farm buildings once again filled with hay, grain, and the sounds and smells of our Haflingers. Our family is Dan (an attorney working for local county government), Emily (a family physician), and our children Nate, Ben, and Lea. Stewardship, shown in care of the land and rehabilitation of the older buildings, extends to our breeding program and our desire that people who purchase Haflingers from us will love and enjoy these horses as we do.
Haflingers are a loving and gentle breed, with great grace and beauty, heartwarming to the soul and a delight to the eye. To own a Haflinger is to rediscover the joy of a having a horse become part of your family.
We prefer to keep our herd small
so that daily handling is routine for our horses and from
their first day, they learn to trust and respect people
of all ages. They are trained in ground work and
manners up to age three, when they receive professional
schooling under saddle with a dressage trainer, teaching
them the fundamental basics that will serve them in any
discipline in the future. Our goal is to raise
truly versatile Haflingers on our farm.
BriarCroft Haflingers can be found from Hawaii to Utah to Kentucky and most western states. A listing of our past sales can be found on our sale page.
We are a member of the American Haflinger Registry and Emily has served on the Registry Board of Directors for three terms. Our farm hosts a free on line Haflinger Horses Community for national news, events, features, and ads at www.haflingerhorses.com
2008 Waldheer van de Wortel fillies BriarRose BCH and Narnia BCH meet a visitor to the farm
Noblesse BCH photo by Kelsy Smith
Join the Haflinger Friends internet discussion group! This is a supportive, encouraging community of Haflinger owners and enthusiasts who wish to share information about Haflinger health, nutrition, breeding, genetics, training, promotion and just plain old fashioned enjoyment.
(L) Wheaton and our old Amos (C) Sharing a kiss with a 3 month old foal (R) Lea and Wheaton
Our hay barn at BriarCroft, built in the early 1900s from old growth timbers recycled from a nearby sawmill--drawing and watercolor by Dick Laninga
Official barn cat Jose who is learning to ride horseback at the walk, trot and canter, as well as over jumps