|The state stud of Marbach welcomes some 500.000 visitors per year. But only few of them will realize the cultural significance of this farm: the Arabian horses of Weil-Marbach, tracing back through 20 generations and 180 years to the year 1817, when King Wilhelm l of Württemberg founded his private stud farm Weil at Esslingen.|
Among its foundation horses was the more Murana I 1808, whose dam line sti11 continues at Marbach today.
| ||Other imports followed, mostly from Arabia, and through such horses as Bairactar DB and his son Amurath I 1829, the Weil stud became famous and influential throughout the world.|
The last owner of the royal Weil stud was Princess Pauline zu Wied, who purchased the stallion Jasir in Egypt.
He became an important sire in the breeding program, siring excellent broodmares during the 30s and 40s. But the years during and after the War brought new problems: only few foals were born, and there was no suitable sire to continue the program.
| ||In order to carry on, the stud management used stallions from Poland during the 50s and 60s.|
Finally in 1955, a new stallion from Egypt arrived:
the snow white Hadban Enzahi, along with Gharil), who became an attraction for Arabian enthusiasts because of his black colour.
| ||Here and now|
Today, the Marbach breeding herd includes between 20 and 25 purebred mares, of which not quite half are from the old dam line of Murana I 1808. The others are from the Egyptian families introduced in the 50s. While all horses of the Nadja family are "straight Egyptian", some of the horses from the Murana I family have Polish blood.
|There are normally some 40 to 50 young-stock at the outlying farms of Offenhausen and St. Johann.|
There, the foals are raised in large herds, which is good for their mental as well as their physical development.
| ||The stallion contingent usually includes three or four homebred stallions as well as a few others purchased or leased to bring in new blood.|
All outside stallions used at Marbach have to be performance tested, as are all the farm's own stallions.
|Great importance to placed on training under saddle, because most of the customers are riders. The mares are also ridden and driven - Marbach's famous five-in-hand old Arabian mares is a popular display al many equestrian events. Continuing 185 years of tradition is a task taken very seriously by the management.|
The purpose is to preserve a unique cultural heritage, not to follow short-lived fads and trends. It is to be hoped that Marbach's aim to breed Arabians with good conformation and impeccable disposition for the amateur rider will become more significant for all Arabian enthusiasts -for here is the market of the future.
| For further informations please contact:|
Haupt- und Landgestüt Marbach
phone: +49 (0) 7385 9695 - 0
fax: +49 (0) 7385 9695 - 10