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couple of years ago I rode a friend’s horse in a Conrad Schumacher clinic at Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Georgia. While watching one of my fellow

students, I found myself admiring her beautiful, talented young horse. After her lesson, I followed the young rider to the barn to inquire about the horse. To my surprise I noticed the Württemberg antler brand on the horse and cried out, “Oh—a horse from my home state in Germany.” The young rider looked at me surprised and said, “You are the first person I’ve met who knows this brand!” Although I had lived in the

United States for more than 10 years at the time and was in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, I couldn’t help it—I was still proud of my home state in southern Germany. I suddenly realized that Americans were very familiar with the cars that are being built there (Porsche and Mercedes), but almost nobody knew the wonderful horses that are bred in the south of Germany. So I went home and contacted the Baden-Württemberg breed registry, informing them on how little the American equestrians knew about their horses. I was quite astonished when I received an immediate response: “Can you help us?” It is not that I am bored

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The Breed Registries of Germany’s South

By Susanne Lauda

Until the late 19th century, the code of inheritance in the southern states of Germany was very different from the common practice in the northern parts of the country. In the north it was almost always the oldest son who inherited the whole farm, whereas in the south the land was divided between all children. Subsequently nowadays the farms in the south are much smaller than they are in the north, which naturally impacted the way horses are bred. Most breeders in the south have not more than a handful of mares, and therefore it is very important to them to use quality breeding stock. The southern breed registries consist of breeders from the federal states Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate-Saar, Hesse and Thuringia-Saxony. All five breed registries together have about 11,000 Warmblood mares and 480 licensed stallions on record. For a comparison, the Hanoverian Society alone has 19,000 registered Warmblood mares and 540 stallions in their stud book. Now, is it just the

and don’t know how to keep myself occupied. Between my professional job as a representative for several European machine and equipment builders and my two horses, I am usually quite busy. But I could not resist the temptation to help the Württemburg’s publicize their breed. (Baden-Württemburg horses are normally referred to as Württemburg horses for short.) Fortunately I came across Warmbloods Today and noticed that this magazine publishes interesting points of view. I’d like to take this opportunity to share some background and history of the breeds in southern Germany.

66 November/December 2009

Susanne Lauda with her Württemberg gelding Forrest

Gump. (French Kiss x Weltmeyer)

tongue-breaking name of the southern breeds that distinguishes them from their northern relatives, or is there a significant difference? What exactly is a Württemberg Warmblood for example? Before artificial

insemination became possible, breeders used the stallions that stood at stud in their local region, and the foal became automatically registered with the state it was born in. Staying with our example, the foal’s papers were from the Baden-Württemberg breed registry. Back in 1573 the state founded the stud farm Marbach to provide guidance for the breeders, and still today all major decisions are made in this tiny village just outside of Stuttgart. The most important decisions are the same as in 1573: which stallions should be licensed, which mares Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77
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