Prof. Dr. Siegfried Paufler 26.02.1928 – 23.02.2024

Siegfried Paufler, a dedicated fighter for the Egyptian Arabian horse, an accomplished breeder and an important mentor for many breeders and lovers of the Arabian horse, has died shortly before his 96th birthday.  

Born in 1928 in Bischofswerda, East Saxony, he grew up on his parents’ estate. Siegfried Paufler was able to pass his Abitur in 1946 after returning from captivity as a prisoner of war. He completed his veterinary studies in Hanover, where he was the last doctoral student to complete his doctorate under the well-known Professor Götze on the subject of artificial insemination in horses. This doctoral thesis determined his further research work, which led him and his wife Ruth to Cornell University, USA, among others.  

The Pauflers had their first breeding experience around 1970 with a Partbred and an Anglo-Arabian mare. The breakthrough came with Madinah (Ibn Galal x Mona II), born in 1978 and bred by Dr. Hans-Jörg Tauschke. Her name and that of her descendants such as Messoudah-M, Imperial Madheen, Madallan-Madheen or El Moniet are inextricably linked with Siegfried and Ruth Paufler. In particular, the influence of Imperial Madheen by Messaoud can still be felt today in the best stud farms worldwide. The same applies to his full sister Mesoudah-M, especially through her sons Maydan-Madheen by Maysoun and Mishaal HP by Ansata Sinan as well as the daughter Bint Mesoudah M HP by Ashhal Al Rayyan.  

High in the seventies, Ruth († 2018) and Siegfried Paufler gave up their own breeding. Siegfried Paufler, in particular, followed the development of Egyptian breeding and the Madinah line with great interest.  

In the course of his life, Siegfried Paufler became involved in the VZAP and brought his former student Klaus Beste into the conversation as breeding director and managing director. For decades, Paufler was a breeding officer, bringing in hundreds of foals. He was also in demand as a show judge in many countries. He awakened the Pyramid Society Europe, of which he was honorary president, from its slumber in the 1990s. He helped the breeders’ association and the Egyptian Event Europe to a renaissance, and also initiated two editions of the PSE Almanac. 

Our sincere condolences go to his three children Ulrike, Stephan and Patrick and numerous grandchildren.

Susanne Bösche