In 1732, King Friedrich Wilhelm I., founded the Prussian state stud-administration. The purpose of this stud was to provide high-quality stallions for a small breeding fee for the peasant subjects. This resulted from the perception that the excellence of the Sire line affects the level and direction of the stock.

This principle is kept alive until today at the state stud in Warendorf. Since the foundation in 1826, a selection of high-quality stallions are provided for breeders, whereby bloodline diversity helps find the right stallion for every mare. State studs have a lasting effect on horse breeding in the country and are guarantors for quality and continuity in horse breeding.

In 1826, when Warendorf was occupied by 4000 residents, 24 stallions that were bred in East Prussia and four heavy workhorses moved into a barn that was used by hussars before and is now located in the inner city of Warendorf. A few farm servants took care of those stallions.

In 1885 they moved into the nowadays heritage-protected barn that is located north of the Ems River. The buildings on this barn are impressive and contemporary. Tradition and passion combined with modern horse breeding can be seen here. The knowledge and experience of hundreds of years is preserved and passed on to the next generation.

In 1968 the German Riding School was integrated. With that, the area of horse breeding and training of horse and rider merged together. The German Riding School is the center of professional horse riding. Every Pferdewirt (trainee) with the thematic priority on “Classical Horse Training” had to pass the final exam of his education in Warendorf. Besides conducting exams, advanced training and seminars for this profession, judges and show jumping course builders are qualified here. The German Riding School is also a five star driving school.