"Breed the best to the best
and hope for the best"
Hinnershoff Manor was built in 1791 by the Wolters family. The manor and its stables were surrounded by a 100 hectare estate of prime farmland. Over time, the family sold off the majority of the land. The manor changed hands many times over the years and the roster of owners included a South African mining family as well as a German film producer.
In 2004 the manor along with what remained of the original estate (approximately 10 hectares) was purchased by its current owner who bought it with the singular goal of creating a first class facility to breed and produce top level showjumpers. Great time and effort were expended since 2004 to restore the manor and stables as well as to reacquire the original lands. At this point, most of the original lands have been reacquired and the buildings have been painstakingly restored with attention paid to every detail. The name 'Gestüt Eichenhain' was given to the stud to pay homage to the grove of giant oak trees that dominates the property.
The stud is only ten minutes away from the town of Verden which is the seat of the Hanoverian Society (Hannoveraner Verband) in the heartland of horse country.
Approximately 50 mares from the best European mother lines call the farm home in addition to around 40 horses-in-training and 100 young horses from foals to four year olds. The farm has produced several internationally successful horses such as All Star 5 ridden by Denis Lynch (IRL) and Bella Donna ridden by Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) and later by Hamad Ali Mohamed Al Attiyah (QAT), Lolita ridden by Johnathan Asselin (CAN) and later by Ben Asselin (CAN).
Over the past two years the stud has developed a solid partnership with world-renowned jockey Rolf-Goran Bengtsson who has too many accolades to list here but among them are an Olympic Individual Silver Medal (2008 Beijing), an Olympic Team Silver Medal (2004 Athens), and a European Championship Individual Gold Medal (2011 Madrid). Rolf is currently riding one of our up-and-coming mares, Oak Grove’s Heartfelt.