United by a strong passion 
thoroughbreds and racing

In 1996, Marion and Philipp Stauffenberg started to breed under 
the name Graf und Gräfin Stauffenberg and boarded their mares and 
youngstock mainly in Ireland and the UK. But in 1999 they turned 
their dream into reality and founded their own breeding operation
at SCHLOSSGUT ITLINGEN. Philipp grew up with horses
and used to be a passionate show jumper until he fell in love
with thoroughbred breeding and racing. He was active in leading 
positions at various stud farms since 1985 and now acts as the manager 
of the breeding operation. Marion on the other hand was an active 
dressage rider and got her passion for thoroughbreds and racing from 
her father, who was the publisher of German racing newspaper "Sport 
Welt". She started racing horses under her own name in 1989 and bred 
her first horse in 1993. Today, Marions and Philipps horses race 
under the original champagne and bordeaux racing colours designed 
by Marions father. 

Quality over quantity 
With this approach, Philipp and Marion have developed a selected band 
of broodmares. Their offspring are sold at all the major sales in Europe, 
whilst some fillies are retained to continue breeding with their most 
successful families. The number of broodmares ranges around ten and 
are mainly homebred, some in third generation already.
Together Marion and Philipp have raced and/or bred a number of champions 
over the years: Classic winners Centaine and Que Belle, as well as Four 
Sins and Lady Marian. By the end of 2022, they could look back at 121 winners 
which won 384 races more or less worldwide.