The Bünger family - history and the people behind it  

The very beginnings of our horsy business lay in the agricultural
stud farm of my husband's father, Friedrich Bünger, who lived
Very early Friedrich Bünger had acquired a reputation in his
profession and already at that time the name of Bünger
was a synonym for competence in horse breeding.
 Ulrich Bünger, (who was to become my husband),
whose deep passion for horses is like a
never-ending love affair.

 

There was never any doubt about which profession Ulrich should choose. He decided to focus his career on horses and horse breeding. Even at a very early stage he knew he would never stand still but would actively contribute his part to the breeding and schooling of first-class sport horses and at the same time do his best to constantly improve his professional skills.

 

In the beginning In the beginning he rode his father’s horses and presented them on the big horse shows. 

Among them there were horses who in the end turned into world-class horses, such as:

  • Dux (Dr.R.Klimke)
  • Franca (Hermann Schridde) und 
  • Donald Rex (Alwin Schockemöhle)

After having benefited from training courses held by General Viebig, Ulrich completed an apprenticeship in professional riding (BEREITER FN) at the German School of Equitation e.V. at Warendorf. Trained and schooled by his teachers H. Boldt and H.H. Brinkmann and by General Stecken and General Niemack, he excelled both in dressage and jumping. Successful in horse-shows and equipped with the excellent DONALD REX (although at that time he was only called Donald 4), he was offered to ride for the German Olympic Committee of Equitation after he had finished his apprenticeship. But Ulrich decided to go his own way and in the following years increased his experiences in active sport and in the schooling of horses and riders.

  

 

Impressions (Pictures)

 
Finaly in 1975 the time had come to fulfil the dream of his life. He bought an old farmhouse in Drögennindorf, nestling right in the midst of the romantic landscape Lüneburger Heide and built up his own stud farm and training stables. Since 1976 we have been managing this yard together.

We put in a lot of dedication and physical labour and gradually built up an estate with 41 stalls, three big open-plan stables for the young horses, an indoor riding arena measuring 20 x 40 m, a lungeing machine, 2 outdoor riding arenas measuring 20 x 40 m and 20 x 60 m, paddocks, and adjoining generously sized pastures for the brood mares and young horses.
 

 

For many years Drögennindorf has attracted enthusiastic riders, who, together with their horses, developed and refined their skills in our training courses. Even in the beginning of our professional life we bought and raised foals every year, and have thus built up a gene pool which forms the basis of our present brood mares. 

 

With the development of the breeding section the focus of our business changed again. Today we concentrate on producing and rearing high class horses for breeding and sport which embody the best of blood lines. We always aim at increasing and promoting our success in breeding to give new accents to the world of breeding.

We attach great importance to the rearing of stallions and so far more than 20 young stallions prepared and presented by us have obtained stallion approval. Among them you will find very famous names known to every breeder, such as Jonggor`s Weyden (picture on the right) and also our presently active covering stallions Don Marcello

Press / Verden ´96 about Jonggor´s Weyden <read>

 

Bildauswahl von Jonggor´s Weyden ...

But also a number of highly qualified sport horses spent their youth on our estate and received their initial schooling here before starting their international careers as top athletes in equitation. Latest update of DOMANIO ridden by Karin Rehbein.

 

 

About our two sons Marc-Ulrich and Mike started their own career in equitation we also got involved in competitive pony riding for several years. But even with the "small horses" we were lucky and did not lose our feeling for high-class quality.

Thus in1992 our BENJAMIN A became FEDERAL CHAMPION of the pony conformation class of three-year-olds. We also were the breeders of the winner of the stallion approval tests and champion pony NOBELSTAR.
 

 

NOBELSTAR (on the left) v. Navajo out of Hollyfleur by BELVEDERE (on the right)  

 

 

Our professional careers would not be complete without mentioning those horses that achieved top prices on auctions. For this success we received the "Hans-Joachim-Köhler-Prize" which is awarded to the most successful supplier of auction horses at Verden of the past 10 years.

 

 

 

Marc -Ulrich Bünger

"Fit in many saddles" would be the apt subtitle of the video on riding that was produced by the German FN. Our sons Marc-Ulrich and Mike had been invited to take part in this film. Marc-Ulrich was a real "Jack-of-all-trades" in the saddle, there is no better way to describe his versatile talent. But although very successful both in jumping and in dressage, whether on ponies or on horses, he was mainly in love with the art of dressage!

 

Many wonderful horses and ponies have accompained his career in jumping and dressage, such as:
  • Belvedere
  • Dakoma
  • Zarif

 

  • Kreuz Bube
  • Mark Twain 
  • etc ...
He won his first championship (Kreuz Bube) in 1989 at the age of twelve, and at that time the winner's sash was still bigger than the rider!

 

Up to 1995 Marc rode to countless victories and placements up to the advanced class and achieved a total of 12 championship titles <pictures/Marc-Ulrich Bünger>.

 

Mike Bünger

Susi was the name of our first pony. She was as white as snow and was the children's best friend.

At the age of three Mike started his first attempts at riding on the good-natured Mr. Marvell. Finally, at the age of eight, he was given his first and what he considered "real" pony ( that is his first "big" pony).

With the pretty mare Hollywood (which was to be the dam of Holly-Fleur and grand-dam of NOBELSTAR) Mike was for the first time successful and won several competitions. Later on Benjamin A became Mike's second top-class pony, next to Stretchy, who, as a three-year-old, was FEDERAL CHAMPION in 1992.
 

Completely devoted to dressage, Mike rode to many victories and championship titles.

 

Yvonne Bünger

From early childhood I grew up with horses and horse-riding and once was a successful rider over the jumps. I have inherited my passion for those wonderful animals from my parents. <pictures>. With the mare PLATINA by Pik As xx out of Diana by Denksport, my father Hans-Jürgen Lübbecke, in his time also a passionate rider, was the founder of one of the most successful breeding lines producing Hanoverian jumping horses.

 

This breed produced internationally successful show-jumpers such as GALIPOLIS (Helga Köhler/ Gerd Wiltfang/Hermann Schridde), QUEENSWAY BIG Q (David Broome) and GOLDEN GATE (Otto Becker).

These are just a few of them and thus in 1994 Hans-Jürgen Lübbecke was honoured for his manifold success in breeding by the Hanoverian Warmblood Breeders' Association.
 
This Breed is still going strong and continuously produces jumping horses of exceptional talent.

 

Latest news about Sandro and Caletto I-Wienerwald out of PLATINA, SIR CALETTO, approved and performance-tested covering stallion (victory in the part-index for jumping) owned by Paul Schockemöhle and also HANOVERIAN CHAMPION OF JUMPING HORSES 2000 on the Dobrock horse show.

                   ...last but not least a picture of our pet "Barney"!