My World Cup Dressage Diary – 7th April (Part 2)

I’ve had a couple of questions about where I am staying with Jaybee Alabaster so following is a short history of this beautiful property:
“Haus Giesking” was originally the residence for Westphalien nobility, originating in the 1500’s.  Through the centuries the main house has suffered fire damage and been remodelled, always trying to preserve the remains of the original where possible.   In 1680 the main house was rebuilt.  In 1956 extensive renovations were carried out again.  In between, parts were re-constructed as needed.  The moat that surrounded the original castle had parts filled in during the very early 1900’s and again in the 1950’s.  In 1988, the current owners, Marianne and Rudolf Tecklenborg, have been restoring the property to its original glory.  The family built an additional 60m indoor arena and 60m outdoor arena and a stable for the family’s breeding horses.  The current owners have and still are achieving extensive beautiful renovations and new construction.
It is an excellent base for my World Cup preparations and the facilities are excellent. Jaybee Alabaster has made himself very much at home!

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