Bernhard Thoben was elected last year by delegates of the Oldenburg Verband as the studbook’s new breeding director. Meanwhile, that nomination has been formalised by the Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen, and as of August 1, 2021, Thoben is officially breeding director. Thoben already took over the duties of his predecessor Dr. Wolfgang Schulze-Schleppinghoff last year. Thoben himself is a breeder of show jumpers and was active in the sport up to S level. He was an active member of the Oldenburg Jungzüchter and prepared many mares and stallions for inspections. In July 2019, Thoben entered the service of the Oldenburger Verband. At that time, he worked with the stallion selection committee, did foal registrations, and was a judging committee member at the Oldenburg mare show in Rastede.