The Vorwerk farm, probably one of the most beautiful complexes of all, was first mentioned in a document in 1310. In 1875 Georg Vorwerk started a private stallion farm with the stallions Agrarier and Macro, after whom the road leading to the farm today is named. Subsequently Vorwerk stallion greats such as Furioso II, More Magic xx, Inshallah AA, Zeus and Rubinstein influenced breeding throughout Europe. By the way, More Magic xx is also sire of Mon Cherie, with whom Sissy Max-Theurer won Olympic and European Championship gold. In 2009 the Max-Theurer family took over the facility for their own successful breeding.
With a total area of over 70 hectares, 32 of which are grazing land, Gestüt Vorwerk offers ideal husbandry conditions. The broodmares and riding horses reside in 84 generously dimensioned boxes. The young horses spend the winter in eight large running and pasture stables. Two indoor riding halls are available for training the young horses, one of them measuring 20 by 60 metres, as well as two large riding arenas with a total of 8,000 square metres. In addition, there are 14 sand and ten grass paddocks as well as an oval horse walker.
The Vorwerk farm in Cappeln, already mentioned in a document in 1310, is one of the most famous and beautiful farms in the Oldenburg Münsterland.
Georg Vorwerk started a private stallion farm with the stallions Agrarier and Macro, the latter of whom had a decisive influence on chestnut breeding in South Oldenburg at the time and after whom the street leading to the farm today is named, a private stallion farm.
The stallion farm Vorwerk achieved such significance that it even found its way into the city coat of arms of Cappeln in the form of a black stallion's head.
The stallion station Vorwerk reached such a significance that it even found its way into the city coat of arms of Cappeln in the form of a black stallion head.
Georg Vorwerk's son of the same name, Georg ("Gregor"), took over the farm and, with the Lupus xx son, Ludenberg, he ensured the future-oriented replenishment of blood in Oldenburg breeding.
Georg Vorwerk, now the third generation stallion owner on the farm in Cappeln, acquired the Anglo-Norman Furioso II, a chestnut-coloured son of the Thoroughbred Furioso xx, thus leading German warmblood breeding into a new age.
Of no less importance were the Anglo-Arabian stallion Inschallah AA, the Selle Francais stallion Zeus and not to forget the Irish thoroughbred More Magic xx, the sire of Sissy Max-Theurer's grey Mon Cherie, with whom the young Austrian even beat the highly favored Swiss rider Christine Stückelberger on Granat to the silver medal at the 1979 European Championships and a year later also won gold at the Olympic Games in Moscow/UDSSR.
Of no less importance were the Anglo-Arabian stallion Inschallah AA, the Selle Francais stallion Zeus and, not to be forgotten, the Irish thoroughbred More Magic xx, the sire of Sissy Max-Theurer's grey Mon Cherie, with whom the young Austrian even relegated the highly favoured Swiss rider Christine Stückelberger to silver at the 1979 European Championships on Granat and also won gold at the Olympic Games in Moscow/UDSSR a year later.
The friendly relationship between the Vorwerk and Max-Theurer families dates back to this time.
Mon Cherie, whose story you can read here, is by far not the only Olympic champion descended from a stallion stationed in Cappeln. In 2000, for example, the Welt As son Bonfire under Anky van Grunsven/NED won dressage gold at the Olympic Games in Sydney/AUS.
Gudula Vorwerk-Happ, daughter of the legendary Georg Vorwerk and fourth generation stallion owner at Vorwerk Stud, discovered the dressage hero Rubinstein and his no less important son Rohdiamant.
Together with her husband Jochen Happ, Gudula Vorwerk-Happ also established the stud in sport.
Numerous successes in the dressage arena by the star sires Rohdiamant, Royal Diamond - a full brother to Rohdiamant - and Don Gregory, who are stationed in Cappeln, have made Vorwerk Stud famous worldwide.
The sporting successes of Gestüt Vorwerk culminated in 2002 in World Championship team silver, 2003 European Championship individual silver and 2004 Olympic team bronze by Relevant and Lisa Wilcox/USA.
Paula Vorwerk, the wife of the deceased Georg Vorwerk, mother of Gudula Vorwerk-Happ, discoverer of, among others, the stallion Don Gregory, grande dame of Oldenburg horse breeding and still highly active even at an advanced age, was honored by Oldenburg's association president Wilhelm Weerda for 50 years of uninterrupted participation in the OL-Stallion Days.
Gudula Vorwerk-Happ and her husband Jochen Happ decided to sell their stud to Sissy Max-Theurer because they themselves have no children and they wanted to secure the heritage of this stud so rich in tradition.
Sissy Max-Theurer is now using the magnificent facility in Cappeln for the accommodation of her brood mares, including Weinrubina, the dam of the Burg-Pokal winner and EC Fifth Augustin OLD under Victoria Max-Theurer, and for her stallions, such as the Vice Bundeschampion Rosandro, whose main field of activity is sport, but who are also available for breeding to a limited extent.
Stud Vorwerk for almost 140 years - one of the most successful private stallion stables of all time - will continue to be a first address for horse breeding and equestrian sports in the future.
Gestüt Vorwerk is the venue of a CDI****, at that time known as the "Festival of Dressage". Starting in 2014, the Max-Theurer family will receive the world's best dressage stars every year at "Dressur Cappeln International" at 4* level.
For the first time the Max-Theurer family organizes a show with their own stallions at Gestüt Vorwerk.
Presentation of the own breeding products at the foal show of the Westphalian Stud Book.
At the annual meeting of the IDTC (International Dressage Trainer Club), the 100 dressage trainers who travelled to Gestüt Vorwerk from all over the world were offered a two-day program with highly interesting presentations and impressive demonstrations.