Throughout its long history, Gösmeier has always had a close association with animals. Up until the mid-1950s, it was primarily a working farm that kept sheep and cows and grew vegetable crops, but it also provided accommodation for pit ponies. At that time, Hermann Gösmeier Sr. was a director at Bischoff in Gelsenkirchen, a company which rented out pit ponies for working underground. The memorial stone in the middle of the circle commemorates those days, and in particular, the pony 'Peru', who would later be a faithful companion for Hermann Jr. for several years.
After his father passed away, Hermann took over the business. Over time, he gradually expanded the stables into a 'real' riding stables. He added two indoor riding arenas, and, as the demand for boxes increased, he extended the various stable buildings, followed by the outdoor facilities. Throughout all this growth, we have always done our best to adhere to the typical regional building style with its quaint timber framing.