The oldest state-run stud farm of Germany
The Marbach, Mainhausen and Landgestüt with its stud farms in Marbach, Offenhausen and St. Johann is idyllically situated on the high plateau of the Swabian Alb, in the middle of the biosphere area.
With almost 500 years of history, it is the oldest state-run stud farm in Germany and also the largest education facility for equine professionals in Germany. Breeding stallions of the German warm blood horse line, Black Forest heavy horses and Thoroughbreds stand in the stables of the stud. Marbach also owns two stud herds of 40 warm blood mares and 20 pure-bred Arabian mares.
The internationally renowned insemination facility is located in Offenhausen, this is where Marbach’s most prestigious stallions are. In the state-approved test institute for stallions and mares, about 80 horses are tested each year for character, temperament and performance under the saddle. A thousand hectares of agricultural land are used as the feed supply of the approximately 550 horses.
Marbach offers ideal rearing conditions for foals and young horses, which grow up together in groups within the herd organization. Old horses can enjoy their well-earned retirement at the “Schafhaus” facility in St. Johann.
Amongst the highlight are the stud auction and the central stallion presentation in the spring of each year, as well as the stud parades in autumn with 30,000 visitors. Marbach hosts top-class horse-breeding and horse sporting events every year and around 1,000 people attend riding and driving courses at the Landesreit- und Landesfahrschule in Marbach every year. Courses in riding and driving are available all year for beginners and advanced riders.
The stud is open to the public all year round and offers guided tours for groups of all ages as well as carriage and wagon rides. A children's club gives young Marbach fans an insight behind the scenes. In addition, various rooms can be booked in the stud farm for corporate events or family celebrations. The stud museum in Offenhausen shows the history of Marbach Land Estate and horse breeding in Baden-Württemberg.