The Rhineland stud herd enjoys the late summer sun. Meawhile, the nights in the eastern region of the Ore Mountains are rather cold.
Our young mares developed rather well during summertime. For a couple of them the training to become a riding horse will start in the spring to come.
While carefully removing the waterweed you can see several pond inhabitants like, e.g., this little common newt.
As every year, the nature protection ponds are to be maintained at the beginning of autumn time.
While working with the horses, this autumn Marko Vogel is supported by Jenny. She is preparing herself currently for an occupational career in the saddle.
During the last hot days stablehand Marko Vogel uses the cool morning hours for training the horses in the open country.
Whatever is just being done, watering, harvesting or taking care of the animals - Weimaraner pup Quanto Prima is present always and everywhere.
To withstand heat and drought of the late summer weeks the young fruit trees are watered regularly.
Among the sun ripened fruit of the old proven kinds of fruit you can always find some especially beautiful ones.
The fist tasty apples ripen at the young fruit trees. For Baerbel Kemper and her daughter Anna-Karina harvesting time has started.
Last weekend the yearly meadow orchards festival organized by the Landschaftspflegeverbande Saechsische Schweiz – Osterzgebirge e.V. took place in Ulberndorf. Once again a group of specialists in the jury was looking for the most precious meadow orchard of the region. After successful participations in 2014 and 2015 LGKS got a special award this year, especially for replacement planting of 30 young high-trunk fruit trees as well as for the entirely exemplary engagement in nature protection in the area of the country estate. At the award ceremony this engagement was appreciated in the honorific speech of the jury's experts as follows (German):
Ein Sonderpreis geht in diesem Jahr an das Landgut Kemper & Schlomski. Mit Ihrer bereits dritten Teilnahme, am Streuobstwiesenwettberwerb des Landschaftspflegeverbandes Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge e.V., stellten das Landgut in diesem Jahr der Jury zum zweiten Mal ihre Kirsch-Streuobstwiese vor.
Die Kirschwiese mit ihren knapp 70 Jahre alten Bäumen der Querfurter Königskirsche (oder Büttners rote Knorpelkirsche) und damit eine der ältesten deutschen Kirschsorten, beeindruckte die Jury seinerzeit. 50 starkgewachsene Bäume hohen Alters mit gedrungener, breitkugeliger Krone. Zur Prämierung - die Wiese erhielt 2014 den 3. Platz - , führte vorrangig der gut erhaltene Baumbestand, und der Artenreichtum der Bodenvegetation. Letzteres ist vor allem auf eine gezielt extensive Bewirtschaftung der Wiese zurückzuführen. Aber auch die Verwertung und Vermarktung des Obstes, der gut und regelmäßig tragenden Kirschbäume als Tafelobst, Marmelade und Kirschbrand, punkteten bei der damaligen Bewertung.
Wie immer vergibt die Fachjury neben Punkten auch Empfehlungen, z.B. zur Bewirtschaftungsweise oder Pflege, die das Streuobstbiotop noch wertvoller machen oder langfristig sichern können. Und so wollte es die Familie Kemper & Schlomski zwei Jahre nach der Platzierung und eifrigem Einsatz noch einmal wissen. Das Ergebnis: In der Krautschicht ist die Zahl der Kräuter und Gräser noch einmal angestiegen und von besonderer Bedeutung, es wurden 30 Jungbäume! hochstämmiger Stein- und Kernobstsorten auf der in der Alterungsphase befindlichen Obstwiese fachgerecht nachgepflanzt. Dies kann den Streuobststandort auch langfristig sichern. Angeregt wurde zum damaligen Zeitpunkt auch ein Kronentlastungsschnitt bzw. Erhaltungsschnitt, der nun erfolgte. Mit zusätzlich angebrachten Nisthilfen, wurde das naturschutzfachliche Potential der Wiese auch noch einmal verbessert.
Der Sonderpreis wird aber auch für die anerkennenswerte Leistung der Familie Kemper & Schlomski vergeben, welche mit Ihren beispielgebenden Einsatz ein mehr als 2 ha großes Mosaik aus alten Streuobstbeständen und zahlreichen neu angelegten Biotopen rund um ihr Landgut entstehen ließ. In den letzten Jahren wurden rund um das Landgut über 100 junge Obstbäume verschiedener Arten und Sorten gepflanzt. Durch die regelmäßige Pflege dieser Streuobstwiesen werden die alten Obstsorten für die nächsten Generationen erhalten. Gegen das Vergessen der Vielfalt regionaler Obstsorten und das Wissen um den Streuobstbau, engagiert sich das Landgut darüber hinaus für die generationenübergreifende Umweltbildung zum Thema Streuobst. Alles in Allem profitieren vom Engagement der Familie Kemper & Schlomski Menschen jeder Altersgruppe und natürlich die Umwelt. Wir wünschen weiterhin so viel Enthusiasmus, Schaffenskraft, Ideen und immer eine vielfältige Ernte.
On the occasion oft the International Bat Night that takes place on the last weekend in August every year, we want to introduce the bat oft he year 2016 to you, the noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula).
This bat species is, with a wingspan of 40 cm, one oft the biggest domestic species. With a speed of 50 km/h noctule bats are not only very fast but they also cover long distances of up to 1600 km when moving from their winter to the summer habitat and back.
Noctule bats hunt in areas full of insects. Besides wetlands and areas around rivers they can also be watched in lighted streets and parking areas. Because oft their size they are also able to hunt larger prey animals as butterflies and chafers.
During summertime noctule bats live in hollow trees (e.g. old woodpecker holes or rotten parts of trees), torn trunks or specially provided bat boxes. In wintertime they hang closely one beside the other in hollow trees or in houses. There they withstand, in contrast to smaller bat species, even strong temperature variations. During warm winter days their social shouts can be heard already from fare distances.
As other bat species, the stock oft the noctule bat is endangered too and therefore they are on the Red List. Reasons for endangering are mostly the loss of appropriate summer and winter habitats that are precondition for a successful reproduction. This process could be stopped, if the requirements of bats would be considered in case of reconstruction an modernisation of buildings or when trees are cut down. Especially thoughtful house owners can have honoured their engagement with the batch „Fledermaus komm ins Haus“ (Come in bat!).
The international bat night will pay attention to these fascinating animals living in secrecy. With some fortune the quick hunters can be watched at twilight in gardens, parks or in the outskirts of forests. Go out and see them yourselves!
Lots of interesting things you can discover at the traditional summer festival of the Technical University Dresden which takes place in the Dresden Botanical Garden. The information stands along the intricate path network through the garden area are arranged invitingly and individually. The scope of exhibitors reaches from large international environmental organisations as "Greenpeace" via federal nature protection societies and educational institutions to engaged regional associations. This year the country estate Kemper & Schlomski takes part with an own exhibition stand first time.
What the guests could experience at the summer festival you can read here (German).
A year ago our Fjord mare Lavita LGKS (M: St.Pr.St. Lavina LGKS / F: B.Pr.H. Mr. Tveiten) born and grown up at our country estate found a new home with family Vogel. It is a real pleasure for us to see how the young mare developed during the last months thanks to loving care and intensive encouragement of her owners. This year Lavita was already successful in the field test at the Country Stud Moritzburg and became champion in the category special races of the three to six years old mares in the Saxon-Thuringian mares contest and was, furthermore, awarded "State Premium Mare" by the breeders association of Saxony-Thuringia. After challenging weeks of intensive training time in spring she is now allowed to relax. Lavita will spend the summer whthin her small flock at the meadows and with relaxed rides through the open country and forests.
We gladly accepted the invitation to visit Lavita. As breeders we are proud and lucky to see "our" mare that healthy, well-tended and cheerful. We are glad to have made the right decision for Lavita with Family Vogel as new owner and wish them many beautiful years together.
Thanks to the good weather we are pleased about a high-yield cherry harvest this year. During the last days many helping hands picked the tasty sun-ripened fruit of prooven old cherry kinds diligently from the trees in our meadow orchards.
Carefully and with love the fruit picked were processed to tasty fruit spreads at the same day. The fruit spreads are made exclusively by hand and from fully ripe fruit only. A whiff of cinnamon or almond liqueur complement the wonderful fruity taste.
Only once within four years the Hessian association of pony and horse breeders presents the best young mares in an elite mare presentation. To take part in the „Store window of the best“, numerous breeders and guests came to the horse breeding center Alsfeld on June 26th this year. Altogether more than 100 mares registered for participation. The sector Fjord horses was represented with numerous top-class horses. Only within the group of the three to four years old horses, 15 mares were awarded by the Hessian pony association and received total scorings of 7.5 and more.
All the greater was the joy to see our Fjord mare Lalelu LGKS from VEH Valør Halsnæs and VES Lalinga from VEH Dylan, born at our country estate in 2013, at one of the first places. In advance, she was scored 8.0 and awarded during the studbook registration of the Hessian pony association. During the elite mare presentation Lalelu became winner of the three years old Fjord mares and became reserve winner in the total scoring of all Fjord mares. A silver medal of the FN (German horse breeders and horsemen's association) complemented this great breeding success.
The four years old Fjord mare Lavita LGKS from B.Pr.H. Mr. Tveiten and St.Pr.St. Lavina from Valør Halsnæs grown up at LGKS gives once and again cause for celebration this year: After having won (final score: 8,3!) the mare registration in Borthen on May 9th, Lavita was successful in the field test at the Country Stud Moritzburg on June 9th this year, where she showed her capabilities in free jumping, in a dressage test as wall as in special test with an horseman unknown to her. Despite her young age Lavita passed all these performance tests competently and received a total score of 7,45.
With tat score she qualified herself for the Saxon-Thuringian Mares contest on June 25th in Wolfersdorf. There Lavita could convince the jury especially by her type, harmonic exterior und tactfulness. She became champion in the category special races of the three to six years old mares.
Thanks to her successful participation and good scoring at the studbook registration test, field test as well as during the mares championship Lavita was now awarded "State Premium Mare". As breeder we are as proud of this success as the owner family Vogel. We congratulate family Vogels warmly to that success.
Finally summer! The time of long sunny days has come and the school year 2015/16 is nearly over. It is the best time to spend the days outside. The pupils of form seven from the Goethe school in Pirna used the last school week, among others, for a field day out in the open country. The whole report about the field day with forest-rallye at the country estate Kemper & Schlomski you can read here (German).
The whole town is beautiful decorated this weekend. Colorful garlands an buntings bedeck houses and fences along the main roads. Large banners across the main streets at the entrance of the town welcome all guests warmly. There are several reasons for celebrating: The town itself celebrates its 730th anniversary, the football club Liebstadt its 65th birthday and las but not least the company Hutzel-Seidewitztal celebrates its 25th company anniversary.
Within the comprehensive table of events the participation of the country estate team is a matter of course, not only with handicraft table for children and information stand but also with the elite mares Lalinga, Lissla and Lærke Halsnæs with her filly from eltite stallion Valør Halsnæs.
What people and horses could experience at the village fair you can read here (German).
"Go wild for life – zero tolerance for illegal trade with wild animals” is the subject of this year’s world environmental day, which is solemnised every year on June 5th. The programme is considered to be the "voice of the environment" and appeals to conservative use of resources and a sustainable development.
What LGKS contributes to provide habitats for endangered animals and which success we can watch in our meadows and ponds you can read here (German).