Anton Böckmann was the village blacksmith in Lastrup in Lower Saxony where he lived and maintained the good, old tradition of the trade – as well as devoting himself to his family. His four sons Tönne, Klaus, Gilbert and Roger have fond memories of their time together, especially Sundays, which were always family time. The family always had the same Sunday ritual; after eating breakfast together, everyone went to church and afterwards Anton Böckmann let his children ride on the family's own ponies. Sunday was quadrille day! This was how Anton made what had been denied him in his own youth possible for his sons – riding as a favourite hobby!
Riding around the tranquil village of Lastrup together was how it all began. The father filled his children with enthusiasm for horses and riding – and went on to do everything in his power to support his children's hobby. With time this hobby meant that challenges had to be faced in the riders’ everyday life, and as the children grew older, the ponies had to be transported to riding events. This prompted Anton Böckmann to design his first pony trailer. The foundations for Böckmann Fahrzeugwerke GmbH were laid.
When his sons grew out of their small ponies, Anton Böckmann decided to build his first horse trailer. Just a short while later the first trailers were sold. Serial production already started back in the 60s. You could say that Anton Böckmann not only made a virtue of necessity, but also made a career out of virtue! The third generation is also successful in the sporting world and already has a firm grip on the reins.
Klaus Böckmann still manages Böckmann Fahrzeugwerke today and is the innovation driver in the development of new trailers. The third generation is also passionate about equestrian sports and the trailer business. Stella and Justus Böckmann have joined management to continue the company's success in the future.