Have Fun ♡ Charming Challenges

This is it! This is where you collect our signature Saddle Charms – available exclusively to members. You can obtain your saddle charms in a variety of ways, but they can only be earned, not purchased! Every charm has a story, and it’s up to you to tell it.

From fun photo contests to challenges designed to inspire and motivate, we’ve got loads of excitement for you!

Every AHA! member starts out with our signature Sassy logo charm, and we hope you join us in these Charming Challenges to grow your collection. Snap them on your saddle and bridle, hang a token on your backpack or keyring, or just wear them as jewelry – we can’t wait to see all the creative ways you display your charms!

Charms can only be earned, not purchased!

Charm Accessories!

Head on over to the Swag Shop to check out the great ways we have to help you get started showing off your Saddle Charm collection!

Curious how you stack up?

Facebook Photo Fun

Strike a pose! These weekly photo contests are posted every Sunday night. Set your alarm and start sharing early, because the member’s photo with the most likes at the end of the week wins!

Does your horse have the pretzel-iest pose to get at the grass on the other side of the fence? Show us! Contest categories include topics like “best matchy outfit” and “muddiest mess” so we know everyone’s Haflinger is ready to be a star. Next week’s top photo might already be on your phone!

We’ll announce the winner when the next topic gets posted, and then send them a distinctive camera charm so they can show off their modeling mastery to everyone in the barn!

Note: to help spread the love, members may only win one Facebook Photo Fun contest per month. If the winner has already won, second place will get the charm.

Monthly Motivations

Sometimes, you just need a little motivation to get out to the barn, am I right? Or, maybe you’ve ridden one too many circles in the sandbox and need some inspiration. That’s where we come in!

Each month we’ll give our members a challenge (a charming challenge, of course!) designed to encourage fun and promote trying new things with your Haflinger. Might a few be slightly outside of your comfort zone? Sure – that’s the whole point! But we promise nothing will be too crazy. Some don’t even include working your horse.

Are you busy training hard and competing and don’t have much time left for added extracurricular activities? Do you work all week and only make it out the barn on the weekends? That’s okay! We’ve got you in mind, and most of our challenges should easily be accomplished in an hour or so per week. Plus, join us on the Haflinger Connection Forum for a weekly check-in to share your progress and see how others have been doing! Make it to four weekly check-ins and complete the challenge to get your unique charm.

Each challenge has its own charm, so hang with us each month and collect them all!

To participate, visit the Charming Challenge board on the Haflinger Connection Forum and look for this month’s check-in post!

When your check-ins are complete, request your charm here!

April: It’s a Marathon!
In honor of the would-be Boston Marathon, log 26 sessions with your Haflinger during April to earn your Marathon charm! Rides, drives, or long grooming sessions still trying to find a tail under the mud, these hours all count for My Haflinger Path too!

May: Trick Training
At the beginning of the month, select a trick, movement or skill you’d like to teach your horse. Plan and share your approach, and touch base throughout the month with updates! Encourage others if there are struggles and get ideas to improve your own technique. And then show off your handiwork at the end and earn a charm for teaching your horse a new trick!

June: Trail Blazers!
Be adventurous! Explore unchartered (or familiar) territory with our pioneering challenge that includes: one trail ride, one moonlit ride, one arena trail/obstacle ride, and one bareback ride. Try one a week and share your photos. Or, be wild and crazy and go for a bareback trail and obstacle ride in the dark and just do it all at once. The challenge is up to you!

Quarterly Quests

Looking for something a little more intense? We got you! Introducing our Quarterly Quests…. These longer programs will require some dedication and real time commitment to complete the challenge. You won’t want to miss out!

Each quarter we present you with a unique challenge, and for a $25 registration per Quest, we’ll provide you with inspiration, weekly accountability (to be that kick in the pants to keep going!), and a custom stall medallion token to remind you of your eQUESTrian accomplishments!

2021 brings a trio of quests to reflect our own three pillars of Haflingers: Dream Big, Do Stuff, Have Fun!

Dream Big (April/May/June)
Emerging from covid, we encourage you to Dream Big with goal setting for 2022 and beyond. Ride, evaluate, improve… decide what you and your horse should really be doing! Explore what new skills you and your horse should focus on, whether that’s trail riding more, or bumping up to the next dressage level. Or, look through the Haflingers In Action Gallery and see what new activities call to you!

Do Stuff (July/August/September)
Act on what you have learned in the Dream Big challenge! Get coaching, do more with friends, schedule things so your goals happen!
Have Fun (October/November/December)
You’ve dreamt big, you’ve done the stuff, now Have Fun with it! We’ll help you connect and explore so you can enjoy your new skills to fullest as we approach 2022.