History with a long tradition
From Thoroughbred stud farm and stable to a
The era Waldfried belongs to one of the most splendid in German
Thoroughbred breeding and racing. The founders have been the brothers Carl and Arthur von
Weinberg. Arthur as former royal Bavarian cavalryman and president of the Frankfurter
Renn-Club (Horse Racing Club) in the years 1918 till 1938 is considered to have been a
real horse expert. In the German Derby of 1921 with Ornen, Ossian, Perikles and Graf Ferry
the four top-placed horses came from Waldfried.
The time after World War II brought to the former Thoroughbred stud
farm and racing stable a new status as a leading dressage center and accommodated the
Olympic winners Josef Neckermann and Liselott Schindling-Rheinberger (Linsenhoff). But,
first the latter left the barn to move to Kronberg in the north of Frankfurt, where she
founded the Schafhof, then Josef Neckerman built his own riding center Kirchborn at
Dreieich-Goetzenhain. This prompted a very difficult time for the once renowned center.
Today the Waldfried Dressage Stables shine again. Everybody
here feels grateful to the great names of the past. Manfred Louven and his brother Michael
have fulfilled a life's dream buying the equestrian center in the Weinberg Park in the
south of Frankfurt not far from the race track. In 1985 they have bought the property,
since that time the Reitanlage Waldfried is a branch of the company SLB Sport- und
Leistungsanlagenbau- Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H..
The riding club Frankfurter Reit- und Turniersportgemeinschaft
Waldfried e.V. was founded in 1988. Its best-known representatives are Tanja Traupe and
Rena Fraikin. Out of solidarity to the top level sports the Frankfurter Reit- und
Turniersportgemeinschaft Waldfried e.V. is the co-organizer and the non-commercial body
responsible for the International Frankfurt Horse Show since 1996.