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 as well.


The 1995 German Oaks winner CENTAINE (left with trainer Harro Remmert and Jockey Kevin Woodburn) and the dual Classic winner of 1997 QUE BELLE (right with head lad Ludwig and Marion and Philipp) will always be specially remembered as 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 so far. The sale of dual Classic Winner QUE BELLE finally allowed to finance the setup of an own stud farm.

"Quality not quantity"

Portrait CentainePortrait Que Bellehas been the aim since the beginning. Through the purchase of well bred mares or fillies from leading German and International families they have developed a selected band of 10-15 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 with the families, Marion and Philipp are trying to establish. So the racing stable serves for qualifying fillies for the breeding shed and there are now mainly homebreds serving the broodmare band. In 2011 the first 3rd generation foals were born.

FRAULEIN TOBIN and her influence

Fraulein Tobin und ihre TöchterEven 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. (Portraits 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. The third foal out of FOUR ROSES a colt by Tiger Hill topped the Goffs November Foal Sale, when sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum.

LADY MARIAN the best so far tracing back to LA CONCORDIA

CollageLadyMariankl.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 and Champion Filly in Germany.