On December 31, 2017, Urs Schweizer will step down from managing the Dressage Horse Performance Centre (Dressurpferdeleistrungszentrum, DLZ) to an, as yet, unnamed successor. According to Peter Baron von le Fort, co-CEO of DLZ and also CEO of the Bunnen Besitzgesellschaft Stud, “Urs Schweizer, who came from Switzerland to Northern Germany eight years ago, has turned Lodbergen into one of the top stallion stations in Oldenburg with his fantastic expertise, his great heart and his exemplary commitment.” He also stated that differing views between Schweizer and the DLZ owners regarding the direction of the company and in the management of the stallion station have led to this change in the management of the stud.
The Dressage Horse Performance Centre was founded in 2008 on the initiative of the friends of successful Oldenburg breeder and stallion owner Harli Seifert. Her former stallion station in Lodbergen was transformed into a highly modern training and sales centre with an integrated EU insemination station. On May 1, 2010, Urs Schweizer took over the management and DLZ quickly enjoyed an excellent international reputation due to stallions such as the two-time winning stallion For Romance I OLD (Fürst Romancier - Gesina x Sir Donnerhall – bred by Paul Schockemöhle), reserve champion Dante Weltino OLD (Danone I - Rihanna x Welt Hit II – bred by Olaf Bahls), who was selected to the Swedish team for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with Therese Nilshagen, the Grand Prix winner and premium stallion, currently ranked among the top five in the world of dressage sires, Rubin Royal OLD (Rohdiamant - Rumirell x Grundstein II – bred by Harli Seifert), as well as youngsters such as Frascino (Fürst Wilhelm - Danzmusik x Don Frederico – bredby Manfred Zimmermann).
Urs Schweizer’s successor will be announced in due course.