New domain for Ramseier stable
Successful Swiss stable moves to Germany
Mr Ramseier, since 1961 first your parents and then yourself have been running a very successful international dressage and trade stable in Horgenberg near Zurich. Why this new location right now?
Our Swiss stable was a marvellous place and our whole family tradition is attached to the Horgenberg. You don’t give that away carelessly!
But the development in equitation and modern husbandry has challenged me greatly. Changes became urgent.
I needed much more space. Nowadays, the stables need to be considerably more spacious than in the past. Much space for meadows and other space to move about in are required.
Unfortunately, I had no such expansion possibilities on the Horgenberg.
How did you conceive of the location in Germany near Munster (north-western Germany)?
In fact, it was a coincidence at the right moment. A colleague told me about a horse-riding farm near Ibbenbüren that came up for sale.
Was there no farm available in Switzerland, which would have met your requirements?
Unfortunately not. Obtaining the necessary area is nearly impossible in Switzerland. My facilities in lbbenbürenDörenthe dispose of 25 acres, containing many enclosed meadows and various sand paddocks.
There’s lots of forest, offering really extensive possibilities for riding out and training. Plus this huge indoor riding arena.
But you wish to remain a Swiss citizen?
Of course! Switzerland is my home. I owe it so much. After all, I had the honour representing the country in the Olympic Games and many international dressage tournaments, like my mother, Doris Ramseier, before me, by the way.
My daughter Sonja was Swiss champion among the dressage juniors in 2011.
Our family have their centre of life in Switzerland and this will remain unchanged. I myself still spend much time in Switzerland.
For how long have you been renovating the facilities in Ibbenbüren?
For three years. By the end of 2013, everything belonging to the first planning period has been accomplished.
So the work with the horses can pick up speed indeed?
Yes, I would like to open a top-of-the-range offer of high-class dressage horses to my customers: From the self-bred young horse to the Grand Prix horse.
The conditions are good, as my stable is settled in the stronghold of the German horse world.
On the one hand, customers from the entire world can easily reach me. On the other hand, I opt for a cooperation with local horse owners and breeders who can offer their best horses at my facilities.
Good luck and success with the new domain!