Check this page often for the latest news at our breeding farm and updates on horses that we have bred!

August 16: We are pleased to present ITALIA DORATA, the first palomino horse approved for breeding by the American Trakehner Association! Thanks to Silvia Geyer or KD Trakehners for presenting Dory to ATA inspector Karen Stopek.

Italia Dorata
Italia Dorata, ATA PSB mare
by Guaranteed Gold xx out of Itanika by Kaspareit

July 18: Little KASIMIRA is off to a new career as a children's lesson horse with Barbi Norris in Traverse City. What is it people say about Trakehners (and Arabians!) being so hot?

Kasimira, Arabian Trakehner mare
by Kaspareit out of Beechwood Jafar ox

Older News

March 20: BRISE'S BACK, and this girl can JUMP!
TANZBRISE is back from her winter training with Silvia Geyer at KD Trakehners in Wisconsin. Neither Daddy WINDFALL *Pg* nor Grandpa GRADITZ *E* leftthis mare out—This girl can JUMP! She is looking for a home with a smaller rider who wants to event or do the jumpers.

Tanzbrise jumping
Tanzbrise, Sivia Geyer up
Windfall Daughter for sure!

Feburary 25: CONGRATULATIONS to...
Susan Diagana on her purchase of TARIKA! Riki left today for her new home in Indiana. We wish Susan and Riki a great future together!

It has been a busy weekend as two of our foundation mares, TARA VOM CASTELL and TARIANA joined the broodmare band at Joie Roddy's Four Leaf Farm in Illinois. They rejoined their granddaughter and daughter, TANZFEE, who Joie purchased a year ago. Another daughter and granddaughter, TANZBRISE by Windfall *Pg*, has gone into training with Silvia Geyer at KD Jumpers in Wisconsin. Brise traveled with our teasing pony extraordinaire, PAYDAY POKER, who will be lending his skills to the Trakehner breeding operation at that farm. We wish them well!

November 24: TANZDIVA the COVER GIRL
Check out the latest issue of the American Trakehner Magazine, featuring TANZDIVA! Diva's 2009 colt by Sir Donnerhall was recently on the cover of the Oldenburg publication, as well!

Tanzdiva with Familie Hoetzel on the cover of the ATA Magazine
Tanzdiva with Familie Hoetzel

May 20: News from the West Coast
Holger Hoetzel called to announce the arrival of the newest baby Hoetzel horse, a colt by Sir Donnerhall (OLD) out of Tanzdiva by Impressionist! Baby is gorgeous—elegant, leggy, noble, and dark bay like mom. This is Diva's second foal using frozen semen and she is proving to be an excellent broodmare. Congratulations to Familie Hoetzel!

Tanzdiva with Sir Donnerhall colt
Tanzdiva (Impressionist x Tariana v Graditz) with Sir Donnerhall colt

March 17: Itanika is off to Maryland
Today our last-born Kaspareit daughter, ITANIKA out of ITAMIGNON, left for her new home in Maryland. Thank you and best of luck to Twinks and her new owner, John Dell!

Itanika by Kaspareit out of Itamignon by Avignon II

March 16: Visiting with Itasophia
A special treat on Ursula's birthday was to meet our long-distance friend, Chuck York, and visit with ITASOPHIA in Dixon, CA. We hadn't seen "our" Sophie since Christmas Eve in 2004, and she has grown into a lovely mare.

Itasophia by Windfall *Pg* out of Itamignon by Avignon II

March 13: Tanzdiva in the Trakehner Hefte
Holger Hoetzel forwarded an item that appeared in the Trakehner Hefte, the magazine published by the German Trakehner Verband, about Tanzdiva's win at the ATA Annual Convention in LA! See Diva's page for the details.

Tanzdiva by Impressionist out of Tariana by Graditz

November 20: News from the ATA Mare Show
We were thrilled to get a call from Holger Hoetzel this morning. He took his mare, TANZDIVA to the Mare Show at the American Trakehner Association Annual Meeting in L.A., and "our" girl won her class of broodmares! Congratulations to all!

This is the first year in many that we have not attended and are sad to miss the festivities. We wish everyone safe travels and a great time, and look forward to meeting up with you next year!

September 29: APPROVED!
Two more of our girls have been inspected and approved for the ATA Official Stud Book. Tanzbrise was Reserve Site Champion with an outstanding score of 54, and Itanika was approved with a respectable 48.

Our sincere thanks to ATA inspector Henry Schurink and to our good friend and excellent handler, fellow Trakehner-breeder Heather Buttrum of Sovereign Farm in Arizona.

Tanzbrise by Windfall *Pg* out of Tariana by Graditz *E*
Itanika by Kaspareit out of Itamignon by Avignon II

August 10: Welcome ITASTAIRE!
Early this morning Itamignon gave birth to a strong, straight, and very sweet little boy, a palomino Anglo-Trakehner colt by the Thoroughbred stallion, Guaranteed Gold. Little "Freddy" is a wonderful finale for the foaling season!

Itamignon and Itastaire by Guaranteed Gold xx

May 25: Welcome TRES HEUREUX!
Today Tanzelfe revealed her newest masterpiece! "Henri" is a gorgeous bay Trakehner colt by Guy Laroche. He is a half-brother to Tango d'Or and a full brother to Toujours Félicité, Rochelle Drisco-McPherson's 2004 filly.

Tres Heureux
Tanzelfe and Tres Heureux by Guy Laroche

March 3: A New Trakehner is born in California!
Holger Hoetzel called this morning to announce the arrival of a beautiful colt out of Tanzdiva. Congratulations to Holger, Diva, and the whole Hoetzel family! (More photos of the little fellow on Diva's page)

Tanzdiva and Tintoretto by Cadeau


Beautiful, athletic, intelligent, responsive, substantial yet refined...

Naturally talented and successful sport horses in dressage, jumping, three-day eventing, and the hunters...

Loved and prized as professional, amateur, children's, and family horses.

That's why we chose to breed Trakehner horses, the most elegant of the warmblood horse breeds, at our family farm in Northern Michigan.


you appreciate these qualities in your riding horses, a Trakehner may be the right horse for you!

Explore our site and learn more about Trakehners! Linked from each of our Trakehner mares and horses for sale, as well as the pedigree article, are pages where you'll find information on most of the important horses in the Trakehner breed. Chat with the Trakehner community online at our Trakehner Treffpunkt forums (this link opens a new window).

We'd love to tell you more about Trakehners and our philosophies on

raising foals and

Great horses start as great foals, and good raising practices help our foals to reach their potential. Our foals are handled daily starting at birth and are raised to develop their good temperaments, people-loving personalities, and willing dispositions.

We breed horses for sale, so we strive to bring up our young Trakehners to be just the horses that their future owners would have raised for themselves—kind and excellent partners—whether they are sold as weanlings or at riding age.

breeding Trakehner sport horses

Raising horses well takes dedication and a lot of time. As Trakehner horse breeders, we are committed to improving the breed and producing horses perfectly suited to their purposes as riding horses. So we decided to focus on quality instead of quantity when we began breeding Trakehners in 1997. We have only a few foals each year, and all of our young Trakehner horses for sale are from our breeding program.

To breed quality sport horses you need quality mares. Experts believe that the mare contributes up to 70% of her foals' attributes, so broodmares have to be the best available. Our Trakehner broodmares include our original three select ATA Official Stud Book mares and top quality mares from our own breeding program.

We breed our Trakehner mares to stallions who complement their strengths, choosing the best stallions by their proven performance ability, conformation, movement, bloodlines, and dispositions. We have always used purebred Trakehner stallions, both imported and bred in North America, but now have two mares in foal to a Thoroughbred stallion. Our 2006 foal crop will include our first Anglo-Trakehners.

Please enjoy your "virtual visit" to Tannenwald Trakehner, and


with us when you are looking for your next sport horse prospect!

Tannenwald Trakehners
Tannenwald Trakehner    1815 Lamerson Lane    Interlochen, MI 49643    231-715-1263