Breeding and Racing

Since Marion and Philipp met through FRAULEIN TOBIN, their later foundation mare in 1994, they shared considerable success with the horses in the racing stable and now even more on the breeding side. Until the end of 2017 they have bred the winners of nearly 300 races more or less worldwide.

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The 1995 German Oaks winner CENTAINE (right) and the dual Classic winner of 1997 QUE BELLE (left) will always be specially remembereas the early driving forces for their enthusiasm. CENTAINE was one of the prime members of the broodmare band until her death in 2011 and produced two very good horses in CALRISSIAN and CLIFFROSE. The sale of dual Classic Winner QUE BELLE finally allowed to finance the setup of the stud farm SCHLOSSGUT ITLINGEN.

"Quality not quantity"

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has been the aim since the beginning. First through the purchase of mares or fillies from leading German and International families they have developed a selected band of broodmares. These are at home at SCHLOSSGUT ITLINGEN. Generally the offspring is sold at all the major sales in Europe either as foals or yearlings; only some of the fillies will be retained to continue the families, Marion and Philipp are trying to establish. The broodmare band numbers between 10-15 and are nowadays mainly homebreds, some of them already 3rd generation.

FRAULEIN TOBIN and her influence

Even if she died in 2003, FRAULEIN TOBIN is still one of the cornerstones. The first foal for Marion and Philipp was by Acatenango and was sold in Deauville to Teruyo Yoshida, one of the leading owners worldwide. So the combination of German and International elements had paid dividends immediately from the beginning. Her legacy is passed on through her daughters FIREDANCE and FOUR ROSES. (Portrait by Manfred Busemann) FOUR ROSES provided the small operation with some of their highlights so far. Her second foal FOUR SINS was in the headlines, when she was purchased by HH The Aga Khan at the Goffs Million Sale. She won the Blandford Stakes, Gr.2 in his colours and topped the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale, when he sold her on to Katsumi Yoshida. In 2017 FABRIANO a colt out of FOUR ROSES became the most expensive yearling ever sold by SINNDAR, a day before his retirement.

LADY MARIAN the best so far tracing back to LA CONCORDIA

CollageLadyMarian.jpgOne of the first broodmare purchases was LA CONCORDIA. She was bought privately from Walther J Jacobs, the founder of Gestut Fahrhof. Very well bred and a Stakes performer herself, she fitted the bill to establish good families. Luckily the mare produced only fillies for her new connections. The first unfortunately died at birth, but the next was LA FELICITA, who became the first Stakes performer bred by Marion and Philipp, the first homebred broodmare, the first mare to produce a Group winner (LUCIDOR) and the first to produce a Gr.1 winner. This is LADY MARIAN, winner of the Prix de l'Opera, Gr.1 and Champion Filly in Germany.