Breeding and Sport

The Sosath Family

Gerd Sosath

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Gerd took over the family farm in 1983 and has expanded it constantly.

During his early riding years, Gerd rode dressage, jumping and eventing up to German championships.

Besides several German championship titles and victories in big competitions, one of Gerd's most memorable successes was in 1997, when he became “Bundeschampion” with his self-bred and trained stallion, Landor S.

In addition to his successes in sport and competition, he was distinguished with the state honour prize of special achievements in stockbreeding and is a board member on both the Oldenburg show jumping association and the association of German stallion holders.

He typically rides about eight horses daily, most of them breeding stallions, and is responsible for the management of the entire company.

Hendrik Sosath

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Hendrick completed his apprenticeship as an assistant instructor at the stables of Jo Hinnemann (dressage) and Wolfgang Brinkmann / Peppi Dahlmann (jumping).

At a young age, Hendrick has a succesful list of accomplishments in the show ring, most notably his acquisition of the golden riding badge in 2008 and an impressive 4th place finish at the world-famous Hamburg Derby, with the self-bred Laokoon by Lordanos in 2009. In addition to a great placement in the Derby, Hendrik was awarded the prize of the most stylistic ride in his class.

Inga Sosath

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Inga was born and grew up in Oldenburg. She studied school educational theory and worked as a teacher until 1998. Since then, she has worked full time at the stud as manager, accountant, and bookkeeper. She is in charge of financial transactions including sales, semen orders, and other business that takes place at the stable.

Janne Sosath-Hahn

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Janne attended the University of Münster, where she studied business administration.

Besides her office activity she rides multiple horses a day and competes with them at shows.

She has been very successful in her riding career, obtaining various victories in advanced show jumping competitions and various style-based jumping competitions, as well as a 3rd place at "Deutsches Nachwuchschampionat", an advanced jumping competition judged on both faults and the rider´s style.

the team

Rainer Böning

Manager of the Insemination Station

Jesse Arolainen

Apprentice
Horse Breeding

Janet Bröscky

Professional Riding Master & Insemination Technician

Jacek Stasiuk

Facility Management

Marko Schemmel

Rider and trainer of youngsters, attends to the birth of 
foals and their first care

Jule Haverkamp

Apprentice
Office Management

Alexander Werner

Training of young horses and preparing young stallions for the licensing

Rene Engelke

Rider

Julia Schadock

Apprentice Rider

Gabriele Gley

Office Work & Customer Service

Frauke Stümper

Office Work & Customer Service

History

  • 1647

    mentioned historically

    The history of the farm and the Sosath family goes back to the 17th century; the first records date back to 1647.

  • 1908

    Farmstead near the river Weser

    From the early days, the farmstead of the family was in Depenfleth near the river Weser. Originally, the house was a classic farmhouse with the cattle tract in the front. After a fire destroyed the property in 1908, the house and the central stable were reconstructed as they still exist today.

  • 1950

    Horses have always been present on the farm in Lemwerder. However, horses in the early days were used primarily as working animals because the main focus of the business was based on dairy cattle, steer, swine breeding and raising. As was typical for a farm of that time, there were also geese, ducks and chickens on the property.

  • 1983

    Focus on horse breeding

    When the farm was handed over from Heino Sosath to his son, Gerd, in 1983, the operation and focus of the business changed entirely. From then on, horse breeding became the primary business of the operation.

    While initially there was still income from rearing pigs and cattle for meat production, the number of horses continuously increased. Horses were acquired or bred at home, and were always ridden and shown by Gerd Sosath himself– mostly in jumping classes, but also in dressage and eventing.

    In 1983, the construction of the first indoor riding arena allowed the horses to be exercised and trained at any time and in any weather. The first indoor arena was rather small, 15x35 m, which was not optimal, but was an important start for the up and coming stable. Ten adjoining boxes offered enough space for the riding horses.

  • 1985

    The first indoor was extended

    In 1985, the indoor riding school was extended to 15x50m and a horse walker was built. During the following years, the stable was extended and redeveloped. The boxes which previously housed pigs and cattle were convered to horse stalls to accomodate the growing numbers of horses for riding, breeding and competition.

  • 1988

    In 1988, the construction of a straw and hay store and garage building, as well as a small lunging circle, was completed.

  • 1993

    Landwerder

    The stallion station was founded in 1993, when our home-bred stallion “Landwerder”, by “Landadel”, was licensed and accredited. He was the first of three licensed sons out of the élite mare, Fureida II bred to Landadel. Landor S followed and then the champion stallion Lagoheidor G. Landor S remained at the stud.

    The demand for his semen was so high that an insemination station was built.

  • 2002

    The champion stallion: Stedinger

    In the following years, more and more stallions were stationed at the stud, whether home-bred or purchased. Show jumpers were the main focus in the selection of stallions standing at stud; until 2002, when the home-bred stallion Stedinger created the breakthrough in the breeding of dressage horses. After producing countless impressive offspring, he became the champion stallion of the Oldenburg Stud Book.
    In the same year, ten stallions were in service at the Sosath stud.

  • 2009

    final construction phase

    In 2009, the stable was once again expanded to include a beautiful and modern facility, which included a much larger indoor arena (25x60m), stable tracts with grooming stalls, hospitality room, staff flats and an office. A large pen for youngsters and broodmares was also built. This "playpen" of sorts allows our young horses and broodmares to have room to grow and play, while simultaneously sheltering them in harsh winter months.

  • 2013

    Today

    At present all family members are involved in the company and are supported by a team of highly motivated and qualified employees to maintain and run the company which cares for approximately 300 horses.

Successful horses

Our Philosophy

 Hof Sosath is a premium stallion stable and sales barn situated in Lemwerder, Germany (Northwest Germany, near the Weser River). At our stable, we aim to produce well-educated and talented horses for international Grand Prix riders and amateur riders alike. We strive to partner our clients with the ideal horse to fit their riding ability, experience, height and other personal preferences, in order to find the best match for horse and rider. We also offer a variety of young prospect horses for jumpers, hunters, equitation and dressage; as well as semen from over 30 stallions, available locally or internationally.

"Breeding and Sport together in One Place"

Our philosophy and slogan, "breeding and sport in one place", runs through all activities on the property, connecting the breeding, raising, educating and showing of our horses. This fluidity gives each horse a solid and positive upbringing; something we believe to be quintessential in the making of a champion. To stay true to this philosophy, we aim to work individually with each horse from the very beginning; carefully choosing the best stallion for each of our broodmares; attentively watching after our foals during their birth and first years of life; conscientiously introducing them to the halter, bridle, saddle and rider; and later, thoughtfully training and competing them at shows.

Breeding with Character

We offer a wide spectrum of modern jumping and dressage stallions out of both proven German lines, and other interesting international bloodlines. We work with our stallions every day so we have extensive knowledge of their individual character and physical traits. We have also seen first-hand the offspring from previous year(s) and have assessed the dominant genes of each stallion, allowing us to be quite confident when suggesting the best stallion to meet the needs and wishes of each breeder. Some of the stallions connected to our more than 20-year-old breeding program include Landor S, Lordanos, Stedinger, Quality, Ampere, Levisonn, Ludwig vong Bayern, Casino Berlin, Casiro, and Cador. For a full list, please visit the link "Stallions" on our website.

Breeding Stallions at Competitions; Engaged in all aspects of Sport

Sport means showing not only our studs' offspring, but also the sires themselves. We believe that in addition to an impressive performance at special stallion shows, breeding stallions should be able to prove their skills at national and international competitions. Competitions require the stallions to repeatedly demonstrate their rideability, intelligence, willingness to work and perform, quality of movement and (for jumpers) technique, carefulness and scope. This allows individuals to learn and follow the history and true characteristics of our stallions, a recognition that we believe makes selling their offspring easier and more profitable for our breeders.

Proven Success

Our dedication to meticulous breeding and sport has proven incredibly successful for our stable. Several international riders have put their trust into horses out of our stallions, many of whom were bred, raised and trained by our team. Internationally successful horse-and-rider combinations connected to our stable include: Cian O'Connor (IRE) and Blue Loyd, by Landor S (London olympics, 2012, individual jumping bronze medalist); Jonathan Miller (CAN) and Contino (World Equestrian Games, Kentucky 2010); Nael Nassar (EGY) and Lordan by Lordanos-Landor S (World Cup Final 2013); Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Let's Fly, by Lordanos; and Philipp Weishaupt and Leoville, by Landor S. Countless amateurs in Germany and around the world are also happy and succesful with horses from our stallions and/or raised and trained by our team here in Lemwerder.

Impressions

Foals 2017

Impressions of the first foals 2017

Second competition

Impressions of the second competition at our stud.

Open Day 2017

Impressions of the Open Day 2017

Stallion Show 2017

Impressions of the big stallion show in Vechta on February 11th.

Winter impressions 2016

Winter wonderland...

Breeders' Advent 2016

Impressions of the 7th "Breeders' Advent" on December, 2nd 2016.

Training Days 2016

Riders of descendants of our stallions came together for the training days on the 5th and 6th of November.

OLB training day 2016

Impressions of the OLB training day on October 14th 2016.

Foal show 2016

150 Oldenburg foals with the first offspring of Beniro, Casalido, Casino Grande and Honoré du Soir at 05.07.2016.

Die Alten Meister

"Die Alten Meister" with Klaus Balkenhol on June, the 6th 2016

Foals 2016

Impressionens of the first foals 2016

First competition

Impressionens of the first competition at Hof Sosath

Open Day 2016

Impressions of the Open Day 2016.

4th Easter ball 2016

Impressions of the 4th Easter ball at the 27th of March 2016.

Breeders' Advent 2015

Impressions of the 6th "Breeders' Advent" on December 19th 2015.

Foal shows 2015

Foals of the horse breeding associations OL and OS.

2. Osterball 2014

Impressions of the 2nd Easterball in 2014.

3rd Easter Ball 2015

Impressions of the 3rd Easter-Ball on April 5th 2015.

Open Day 2015

Impressions of the Open Day 2015.

Züchter-Advent 2014

Impressions of the 5th "Breeders' Advent" in 2014.

Foal shows 2014

Foals of the horse breeding associations, OL, OS and Hanover at Hof Sosath.

Open Day 2014

Several guests came to visit our stud, the great programme, the foal championships, the stallions and the big exhibition on Easter Saturday.

Züchter-Advent 2013

Impressionens of the 4th "Breeders' Advent" on 6th of December 2013.

Training Day 2011

Riders of offspring by the stallions got a training in dressage and jumping.

Foal Shows 2013

Every year, Hof Sosath holds the Oldenburg and Hanovarian foal shows, where breeders present their Oldenburger and Hanoverian foals and can have them branded and registered.

>> Videoclip of the foal shows

>> Photo-Gallery of the foal shows

Seminar for riders and trainers 2013

"Innovative training for riders" discussed and presented by the experts: Eckart Meyners, Dörte Behrmann and Hannes Müller.

 

Open Day 2013

Get an impression of Hof Sosath's Open Day 2013.

1st Easter Ball 2013

You will see many more photos from the 1st Easter Ball via this Link.

Stallion Show Vechta 2013

Impressions of the big stallion presentation and show at Vechta, on February 9th 2013.

Breeders' Advent 2012

Impressions of 3rd "Breeders' Advent", on December 7th, 2012.

>>> Videoclip (2011, 2012 will follow soon)

Training Day 2012

3rd training day (jumping and dressage) for riders with horses by Hof Sosath stallions. 

6. Unternehmerforum Wesermarsch

Impressions of the 6. entrepreneur talk "Wesermarsch"...

Foal shows 2012

Foals of the associations OL, OS and Hanover at Hof Sosath.

Open Day 2012

Get an impression of the event "Open Day 2012".

The first foals of 2012

In April 2012 the just born foals could go in the field for the first time.

You can watch the photos of that day below.

Stallion Show Vechta 2012

Photos of the big stallion show in Vechta on February 12th 2012

Breeders' Advent 2011

Impressions of 2nd "Breeders' Advent" on 9.12.2011.

Foal-shows 2011

Get an impression of the foal show 2011.

Open Day 2011

The best impressions of the Open Day with foal-championships, stallion-presentation and exhibition.

Impressions of the stallion show 2011

Stallion show in Vechta 2011 - Photos by Kiki Beelitz

Breeders' Advent 2010

Photos from Breeders' Advent on December 10th 2010.

First day of winter 2010

It was very freezy in Lemwerder in the end of November.

Foal show 2010

An impression of the foal show 2010.

Trainingday 2010

Here you find the galery of the trainingday!

 

Open Day 2010

Impressions of the Open Day 2010.

The Sosath court

Get an overview of the Stable.

 

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