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The Vorwerk farm in Cappeln, which was mentioned as early as 1310 in documents, is one of the most well-known and most beautiful farms in Oldenburg-Münsterland.


Georg Vorwerk started a private stallion station in 1875 with the stallions Agrarier and Macro, the latter of which had a decisive influence in the breeding of chestnut horses in the southern part of Oldenburg. The street that leads to the farm to this day was named in his honor.
The Vorwerk stallion station achieved such great significance that it even found its way into the coat of arms of the city of Cappeln in the form of the head of a black stallion.  


In 1928 Georg Vorwerk's son, who was also named Georg (but called "Gregor"), took over the farm. He stationed a stallion named Ludenberg by the Thoroughbred stallion Lupus xx, a choice that proved to be trail-blazing for refreshing the bloodlines in Oldenburg breeding.


Georg Vorwerk, stallion keeper in the third generation at the farm in Cappeln, purchased the Anglo-Norman stallion, Furioso II, a chestnut-coloured son of the thoroughbred Furioso xx  that introduced a new era in German warmblood breeding.  


Of no less importance were the Anglo-Arab stallion Inschallah AA the Sell Francais stallion Zeus and the Irish Thoroughbred stallion More Magic xx the sire of Sissy Max-Theurer's gray Mon Cherie who you see here in the photograph and with whom the young Austrian rider even put the highly favored Swiss rider of those days, Christine Stückelberger and her Granat, back on second place at the 1979 European Championships and then took gold again a year later at the Olympic Games.  

It was during this time that the friendship between the Vorwerk and Max-Theurer families began.


Mon Cherie, whose story you can read here, is certainly not the only Olympic winner by one of the stallions in Cappeln. In 2000, for example, the Welt AS son Bonfire won gold at the Olympic Games in Sydney/AUS under Anky van Grunsven/NED.


When it was her turn, Gudula Vorwerk-Happ, the daughter of the legendary Georg Vorwerk and stallion keeper in the fourth generation at Gestüt Vorwerk, discovered the dressage hero Rubinstein - who you seen here with his no less significant son, Rohdiamant.

Together with her husband, Jochen Happ, Gudula Vorwerk-Happ put the Gestüt on a sport track.


There were countless achievements in the dressage ring by the star sires, Rohdiamant Royal Diamond, a full brother of Rohdiamant and Don Gregory, all of which made Gestüt Vorwerk famous the world over. The success of Gestüt Vorwerk reached it's zenith in 2002 when Relevant and Lisa Wilcox/USA won team silver at the World Championships, individual silver at the European Championships in 2003 and bronze at the Olympic Games in 2004.


In 2008, Paula Vorwerk, the wife of the late Georg Vorwerk, mother of Gudula Vorwerk-Happ and Grande Dame of Oldenburg horse breeding, was honored by the Oldenburg Verband President, Wilhelm Weerda, for her 50 years of continuous participation in the "Hengst-Tage" in Vechta.



Gudula Vorwerk-Happ and her husband, Jochen Happ, decided to sell the Gestüt to Sissy Max-Theurer in 2009 since do not have any children and wanted to ensure that the tradition-rich Gestüt has a future. 

Sissy Max-Theurer now utilizes the fabulous facility in Cappeln for keeping her broodmares, including Weinrubina, who is also the dam of the Burg Pokal winner, Augustin OLD, who also took fifth place at the European Championships under Victoria Max-Theurer and for her stallions such as the Vice Bundeschampion, Rosandro, which are mainly utilized in sport but are also available to breeders within a limited scope. 

The Vorwerk farm - for nearly 140 years one of the most successful private stallion stations ever - will still be the prime address when it comes to breeding horses and equestrian sport.

Gestüt Vorwerks' Most Famous Stallions

Furioso II

"A stallion like this is only born once in a hundred years!" said Georg Vorwerk once about Furioso II, who he discovered in 1968 in France. By the Thoroughbred Furioso xx, Furioso II not only influenced Oldenburg  breeding from Cappeln but reached significance throughout Europe.This dark chestnut stallion sired nearly 70 sons that were licensed, including First Gotthard, Frohnherr, Furore, Freiherr, First Class I and the Olympic Show Jumping winner, For Pleasure.

More Magic xx

More Magic xx was one of those Thoroughbreds that initiated the turn away from heavy horses used in agriculture to a light, rideable sport horse in the 1960s.  An Irish Thoroughbred, More Magic xx advanced to become one of the most influential refinement stallions and you still find him today in many mare lines. His sons Marschall and Mortimer made careers in the dressage ring. But his masterpiece was Mon Cherie, the gray Hanoverian gelding with whom Sissy Max-Theurer became the 1979 European Champion and the 1980 Olympic Game winner.

Inschallah AA

Inschallah AA, an Anglo-Arabian by Israel born in France, serviced mares without interruption from 1970 to 1990 at Gestüt Vorwerk in Cappeln. In 1972 this large-sized gray stallion won his stallion performance test in Westercelle. Among his 30 some licensed sons, several stood out such as Indonese, a highly successful Grand Prix stallion, Ile de Bourbon and Inervall, two advanced (S) level winning show jumpers, and Inselfürst, who won his stallion performance test. Inschallah AA also sired more than 70 premium mares and a great number of horses that were highly successful in sport.


Georg Vorwerk had a soft spot for French stallions – and with Zeus he once again proved his phenomenal ability to pick the right stallions for breeding. Stationed in Cappeln starting in 1975, this chestnut had a strong concentration of Anglo-Arabian bloodlines in his pedigree through Arlequin AA on his sire's side and Matador AA on the side of his dam's sire. His offspring that competed in show jumping such as Zigeuner/Gerd Wiltfang, Zypria/Dirk Hauser, Virtual Village Zalza/Nick Skelton/GBR, Zeno/Christian Ahlmann and the Bundeschampion Zerberus/Ludger Beerbaum won millions in prize money. He also sired significant sons in breeding such as Zymbal I and II, Zyklotron, Beach Boy and Zapateado.

Welt As

Welt As by Weltmeister out of a Furioso II-Miracolo xx dam had a reputation as an extremely versatile sire. The winner of the 1981 main premium in Oldenburg, Welt As sired two daughters that became Oldenburg Champion Mares: Walzertraum in 1985 and La Plata in 1987. At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona/ESP, Leroy Brown competed in show jumping and Olympic Bonfire in dressage. In 2000 the latter won gold at the Olympic Games in Sydney/AUS with his rider Anky van Grunsven/NED and also took five World Cup titles.


Rubinstein is from the probably most successful mare line in Westphalia. He is a half-brother of the four-time Olympic winner, Rembrandt. His dam Antine is a full sister of the Olympic winner Ahlerich and Olympic Game participant, Ammon. His career in a nutshell: 1990 Oldenburg main premium winner, 1992 Vice Bundeschampion, 1996 member of the  Olympic team. This glossy black Rosenkavalier son put an indelible stamp on modern dressage horse breeding and redefined the term rideability. His sons Rohdiamant and Royal Diamond were also highly popular stallions at Gestüt Vorwerk.


This Rubinstein son whose full brother Royal Diamond was also stationed at Gestüt Vorwerk, had an exemplary career in the dressage ring: winner of the 1992 licensing, 1993 Bundeschampion in the class for young riding horses and Reserve Champion at his stallion performance test, 1994 winner of the main premium, 1995 Bundeschampion in the class for young dressage horses and finally a winner of Grand Prix and World Cup free-styles. Rohdiamant sired 45 licensed sons, including four Champion Stallions, and nearly 80 State Premium daughters. More than 620 offspring collected ribbons in sport. Rohdiamant has belonged to the illustrious top ten of the world's best dressage-makers since 2008.