Equerry is a job title in horse breeding and keeping horses. Equerry, there were, for example, to the noble courts as well as in the Royal Prussian Stud Administration. Today, the term is still used in some areas. The stable master is responsible for a particular horse population.


The equerry (Latin agaso ) was on medieval and modern aristocratic courts of one of the highest court official who was responsible for the supervision of the stately horse stables. Under him were the grooms, coachmen and heater. From the rank of Master of the Horse to the important office of Marshal developed.

In modern times, various equerry functions were distinguished: On the royal Prussian court was the head of the stables to the Oberhof batches. He led the service name equerry. He oversaw a Vice - Master of the Horse and several equerry.

An equerry was the head of a breeding stud (eg Trakehnen / East Prussia or main stud Graditz / Saxony ) or a stallion depots (eg Lower Saxony State Stud Celle North Rhine- Westphalian or Warendorf State Stud ). The head of the entire Prussian horse breeding and stud service superior of all directors and equerry was the chief equerry, who was directly subordinated to the Prussian Minister of Agriculture. This agency was abolished by the end of the Second World War. Today, the title of equerry is considered Civil Servants name, so head of state stallion depots, which are not an employee, be referred to merely as the head or director.

In modern usage, the term has changed: In stud, at the horse breeding and racing stables ( harness racing or horse racing ), the equerry responsibility for the horses, including the planning of training times and selecting the food for optimum nutrition. He must also ensure that the horses are shod, vaccinated and dewormed and are under regular veterinary treatment. Even in a circus with a larger animal population of the stable master is responsible for the welfare of the animals.

Importance in the British Commonwealth

The literal translation of equerry 's equerry, a title for a personal assistant of a member of the royal family.

Known equerry

  • Guillem de Cabestaing, a Provençal troubadour of the 12th century, was first equerry Margaridas, the wife of Raymond of Castel- Roussillon
  • George Chastelain, Flemish historian, (1404-1474) Master of the Horse by Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy
  • Salomon de la Broue (1530-1610), Hofstallmeister of Henry IV of France
  • Chevalier Saint- Antoine, first Hofstallmeister in England by James I.
  • Thérèse Jean Louis de Beaumont, Marquis d' Autichamp ( French general, 1738-1831 ) was ahead of his generalship equerry to the Prince of Condé
  • Maximilian Carl Theodor Graf Holnstein, husband of Caroline of Holnstein, was Ludwig II, among others Oberststallmeister the Marstall Munich
  • Hugo Freiherr von Reischach, royal Prussian master of the horse in Berlin and Potsdam, head of the royal stables of Kaiser Wilhelm II
  • Friedrich Freiherr von Spörcken, royal Hanoverian State Stud in Celle (1839-1866) with enormous influence on the Hanoverian horse breeding and the structural development of the State Stud Celle, resigned in protest against the Prussian annexation of Hanover
  • Gerd Lehmann, the senior equerry of the North Rhine -Westphalian State Stud Warendorf (1966-1996), led the Umzüchtungsphase one for modern sport horse in Westphalia.
  • Johann Friedrich Rosenzweig (1716-1794) University equerry in Leipzig