A Night at the Races

Perhaps the highest concentration of horse related activities in Germany can be found in the two villages of Daglfing and Riem, which both are today part of Munich. When we moved here 6 years ago we found a house that once was owned of Charly Seiffert, a famous jokey and horse trainer.  Some of the wooden beams in our bicycle shed still preserve the marks of horse teeths, obviously serving them decades ago as a toy to test there bite strength. In the village around there are still several blacksmith doing the horseshoes, horse ranches, riding schools, some workshops which manufacture and repair sulkies and coaches and a factory that produces world famouse leather saddles which rank in termes of reputation in the same league as the famous Hermes company.

There is a large horse farm that teaches professional show jumping and dressage riding next to the stalls where the Munich police horses are stabled. Most popular attention, of course attract the three big stadions, or hippodromes – one for harness racing, one for galopp horse racing and a third one for show jumping. Since summer this year even a Polo club moved to this large campus.

I like very much to go to the races, to lose some money and enjoy the thrill and the beautiful horses. In particular, I like to go over there after work when they once a month have the late evening race.

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4 Responses to A Night at the Races

  1. ghazal says:

    these are really cool pictures of racing horses. they seem to be much too fast to be caught with a ordinary camera. is this the place where you invited me and shafagh when she came to munich ? If I knew it is such a cool place, i should have pressed harder on her to go there.
    Most of all i like the second picture before the last: it has the nice horse-shoe prints on the ground, and the tracks of the carriages. that reminds me on the movie Gladiator.
    take care

  2. david.conolly-smith says:

    who are you?? I am an English racing journalist based in Munich and very interested in Charly Seiffert (who I knew) – any infos about him would interest me greatly!
    thank you

  3. david.conolly-smith says:

    who are you??
    I am an English racing journalist living in Munich and very interested in any items regarding Charly Seiffert – are yoi referring to the house where Melanie (his
    grand-daughter) lived in Daglfing?
    I would be grateful for any info
    thank you

    • radius says:

      Hi David, thank you very much for this surprising comment. Indeed, we live in the house that was part of the rather large estate of the Seiffert. At one particular generation (it must have been in the 30s of last century) the main house was extended and used by the second family branch. We bought this smaller “half” 7 years ago from one of the granddaughters (Anna Seiffert, the widow of the late Karl Seiffert who was Charlies brother, I think).
      If you want to have a look, you are welcome to come around for a chat.
      regards, Michael

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