Manfred Hofer was born on 17th April 1955 in Kärnten, Obervellach. He lived there together with his parents and his 6 Brothers and Sisters. Before he came to the Horses, he has started an apprenticeship as a goldsmith which he also finished successfully.
But in the same time, his younger brother Mario Hofer started to ride race horses and became a jockey. Manfred became curious and tried out to ride a race horse. Manfred learned quickly, his ambition was packed! He started an apprenticeship as a jockey in Vienna and he was quickly successful than his Brother Mario.
1978 Manfred got his first job offer in Munich, but he moved quickly to Cologne and about Trainer Günther Rosenbusch and Heinz Jentsch he came to Bruno Schütz, where he reached his first Championship in 1982. In the same year it was Manfred as well who received an invitation for the Japan Cup as the first German Jockey and also accepted this. Only again in 1987 and 1988 it was enough to two Championships of the German Jockeys in succession. Then in 1990 and 1991 other climaxes were in his career, but 1990 was the most successful year with numerous group victories, under it three group one victories. In 1991 he rode his 1000. Winner. Then in 1995 Manfred finished his career with more than 1200 victories in the racing saddle because of health problems.
Although the chance existed to begin a new career as a trainer, Manfred already devoted himself to horse trade like the years before. Already in 1996 he founded the first Turfsyndikat. There followed numerous horses with Blacktype, everybody of him carefully select, judged and valued, whether on the stud, the auctions or in the racing stable. In 1999 he reached the biggest success of his career up to now as an owner as well as Turfagent with Belenus which won the German derby in Hamburg-Horn in record time. Only a few weeks before the stallion changed in the possession of the Turfsyndikat '98.
But after Belenus was not long end yet with the big success, Manfred also proved the years on it over and over again his eye and feeling for the right horses. Horses like Simonas, Silvester Lady (2001), Peaceful Love, Paita (2004), Flashing Numbers (2006), Peace Royal (2008), or also topical success like with Magic Artist or Chameur which are all group winners or group-placed.
Not only his skill Turfagent proved Manfred several times, he operated from 2010 to 2013 as a trainer in Cologne. Also here he celebrated success with Julie's Love, Titurel and Munic Boy, as an agent, owner and as a trainer.
Also even today Manfred lives with his family in Cologne and practices his profession with body and soul. Also today he still swings himself into the saddle of his own Horses.