Knabstrupper Stud Schimmerwald


 Knabstrupper of  Schimmerwald is a line of breeding, above all intended  for the revival of the academic art of riding, today's most sophisticated summation of riding-knowledge during the last 500 years. Also, as with most of the so-called "baroque-type" horses, a Schimmerwald horse is very well suited to carriage-pulling, to reining and of course, due to it's very calm, reliable behaviour as a durable and safe recreation-horse. Unlike some other baroque-type horses, the fearless Knabstrupper shows a good ability for jumping, provided it is only demanded in accordance with his height, be it in the riding arena or delightfully on a not to difficult fox-hunt.

 If trained carefully and unhurriedly, according to his resp. state of development (bodily and psychic state)  it will very often get to be extraordinarily capable and prepared to go to great lengths for his owner.  

 Our aim in breeding is to approximate or possibly even better the old  Knabstrupper, (a mix of  the danish Fredericksborger with the Spanish horse) which in it's time has been one of the most sought-after breeds at the European noble courts. The King of Hannover's great fondeness  of his white-born horses let him acquire several of these white Knabstrupper horses,  matching the white horse in the flag of Lower-Saxony and serving as horses for the crowning ceremonies.

 For the use in the modern high-school of riding we need horses in the square-type as opposite to the long, english type, they should be approx. as high as they are long, with a wide chest and well rounded croup to give it good standfastness through covering a short and wide space of ground and thereby a superb dirigiblity. This type of body leads to the necessary steadiness and surety of movement to give it (and consecutively it's rider) the braveness and power for the schools upon and over the earth.  If you try to breed a square-type  horse, you must take in account that mostly a mare's body is slightly longer than a stallion's.

  The best tuning of the bodies of rider and horse will be found at a stick-measure (rigid measure) about 20cm (15-25cm) below the height of the rider. This suggests a horse with a stick-measure of 150cm will be best suited for a rider's height around 170cm to achieve a comfortable, balanced seat in all gaits. With this constellation the rider's pelvis is just capable to follow even the most extended movements of his horse,  not to endanger the harmony so essential for the high-schoool. The rising trot or hunting-seat are thus unnecessary  even in the extended trot or the race-gallop and have been unknown during the high time of the art of riding.

 The personality of the Schimmerwald-Horse equals less the fearful, nervous, "always on the run"-horse, but a calm, oftentimes more "wait-and-see" , standfast type, and this, too, is a reason for these horses often ending up being the leading ones in a herd.

 It  is a safe utility-horse for old and  young, very gifted and always keen to learn new things, always eager  to please the ride/handler/driver.


 Beside the great abilty for the high school of riding these horses are famous for their colouring: there are uncounted combinations: beginning with the simple bay, chestnut or black horses there are spotted and painted  horses in all variations: leopard-spotted is the most famous one (look at our Paco, Picasso and Luna), this variation exists also with chestnut spots on white ground;  with only some little white spots on a bay or black horse; with a blanket ("Schabracke" in German) over parts on an otherwise white body (see Lulu); with tiger-like stripes of black sort of parallel to the ribs, and so on... Sometimes these colours are so unique and indescribable that the old Danish breeders called them roguishly "green horses".
 
  But be warned: should you also get infected with the "Breeder of Knabstruppers-Virus": there is no way to even nearly predict the colour of the planned foal: Our Paco had  one leopard-spotted from a bay mare (see Mette-Marit,left); five very different colourde by Lille (few-spotted): a black leopard-spotted (Luna) and  a "Blanket-Tiger" (Lulu) and a chestnut-leopard (Line) and a chestnut-leoprad small-apotted (Phidias) and a chestnut-leopard-spotted (Lykke vom Duten); also by other mares:  a dark bay from a black, a dark chestnut from a white-born, a chestnut leopard-spotted from another white-born mare,and  a black one with white spots on the croupe.

  Today's Knabstruppers are re-bred from the last specimens of this old danish race, still to be found after the english horse and english riding became the predominant fashion in rider's circles from the middle of the 19th century. Especially in Germany, selfless breeders got infected by Bent Branderup's book "Knabstruppers, the fine Horses of Nobility"
(title translated) and a lot of german riders by his extraordinary book " Academic Riding for the Ambitious Recreation-Rider"(title translated). As these horses were often saved by very individualistic  horse-owners, many didn't get a proper registration, and many pedigree informations are gone forever with their former breeders. So a Knabstrupperhorse may be a jewel even if there is no pedigree to be found!





Juli 2016: Aufruf zur Teilnahme am Forschungsprojekt 

 Guérinière- bzw. Marc-Aurel -Sitz!

 

  July 2016: Call for participation at the Researchproject

 Guérinière- and Marc-Aurel-Seat!


Feb 2016: Bisher unbekannte Zügelführung entdeckt, hier klicken! 

 Feb 2016: Highly sophisticated rein-leading found, click here!  

September 2015 Picassos Leistungsprüfung  Deutsch Engl

August 2014: Schulparade von Rubens entdeckt!

März 2014:Schulparade im Parthenon-Fries entdeckt!

Dez. 2013: Mesopotamische Schulparade entdeckt!

Mai 2013: Schulparadenskizze von Leonardo entdeckt!

  August 2012: Neapolitanische Schulparade entdeckt ! Hier klicken!

Mai 2012: Antike Schulparade entdeckt: Hier klicken!
 

 Schimmerwald aktuell:

14. Sept. 2013: Picassos erstes Fohlen gleich Siegerhengstfohlen

 beim heutigen KNN Grading in Deutschland!


 

6. Juni 2013: Pontus vom Duten, ein schickes weiteres Pacofohlen aus der Apera ist geboren!


20. Mai 2013 : Das fünfte Fohlen aus der Anpaarung Paco und Lille wurde

                        geboren: Lykke vom Duten, ein wunderbares Stutfohlen!

 


06.Mai 2013 Parzival vom Soonwald ist da! Das erste Fohlen von Picasso, aus

                     der Melissa af Silver, ein toller Weißgeborener!


01.02.2013: Phidias ist zu seiner neuen Besitzerin gewechselt,  wir wünschen

                     ihr viel Freude und viel Erfolg!


 

November 2012: Wegen Überlastung legen wir eine

wahrscheinlich mehrjährige Zuchtpause ein und haben

Melissa af Silver und Lille Ged in gute Hände abgegeben!

 



20.05.2012: Phidias vom Schimmerwald ist geboren!

 Ein wunderschönes Hermelinfuchstiger Hengstfohlen!



28.03.2012: Line vom Schimmerwald ist heute in gute

Hände ins Süddeutsche abgereist. Der neuen Besitzerin

wünschen wir alles Gute und viel Freude  mit ihr!

 

29.10.2011: Knabstrupper Stute Melissa af Silver  ist bei uns angekommen! 


02.10.2011: Picasso vom Schimmerwald wurde heute vom dänischen

Knabstrupper-Verband  KNN  gekört !


14.06.2011: heute morgen stand im Stall ein gesundes Stutfohlen! Endlich haben

Paco und Lille auch mal einen Fuchstiger bekommen!

Wir nennen es Line vom Schimmerwald; leider können wir es wieder nicht

behalten; Interessenten sollten sich bald melden!


24.02.2011: Auch Lulu ist nun in gute Hände nach Hessen gegangen und fühlt

sich dort pudelwohl! 


24.02.2011: Ebenfalls heute wurde Luna in gute Hände nach Quakenbrück

verkauft: Herzlichen Glückwunsch der neuen Besitzerin! 


14.07.2010: Luna vom Schimmerwald ist geboren! Das zweite Fohlen von

Paco und Lille, diesmal nun mit seiner Färbung.  Sie kamim Beisein des Vaters

 ca 15min, nachdem beide am Morgen zusammen auf die Weide gebracht

 wurden, zur Welt! Sie ist sein erstes völlig natürlich gezeugtes und geborenes

 Fohlen, das bis zum Absetzen von beiden erzogen werden soll

 

 

 

Links:

Knabstrupper af Coco
  Hof am Soonwald

Knabstrupper Duten

Dänische Knabstruppervereinigung KNN