Meet Cathy Pierce
I have a wonderful husband, Randy, and two great sons. My husband and I have been hosting foreign exchange students for 14 years. I am also a coordinator for the exchange organization (ERDT/Share!). We often choose students to host who love horses. A few years ago, we hosted David from Brazil. He and his family raise Mangalarga Marchador horses. He always told us that when we came to Brazil, we would ride his horses in the mountains.
We were fortunate to be able to visit Brazil in 2012 and indeed we rode David’s Mangalarga Marchador horses in the mountains! It was a delightful experience. We had never ridden gaited horses, and they were so smooth. Even more impressive was their temperament. I rode David’s stallion-who had an amazing Picada gait! My husband rode a very nice mare. As we dismounted, my husband said “Oh man, we have to get one of these!”
When we returned home, we started looking for a Marchador horse of our own. We found that this is a relatively rare breed in North America. We used the internet to search for our first Marchador horse. We were fortunate tofind Destiny do Summerwind. She was a 5 year old buckskin mare. Her previous owner had health concerns and needed to sell her.
It felt like we changed horses in the middle of the stream. Previously we have owned Arabians, Appaloosas, and Quarter horses. The Mangalarga Marchadors are so much fun to ride and to live with. We have become dedicated to promoting this breed, and have bred Destiny, resulting in a pampa (pinto)buckskin gelding, Imperio do Summerwind.
We also were able to purchase a mare and foal from Florida, Cassandra do MManor (Cassie) and Eduardo do MManor (Eddie). Riding the Mangalarga Marchador mares is great and we look forward to riding their foals in the future.
As we have progressed with our journey of owning and breeding Mangalarga Marchadors, we have been pleased to know John and Lynn Kelley. They both are passionate and devoted to the Mangalarga Marchador breed.
The opportunity to join them in promoting the MM’s in North America is our ideal/dream situation. We hope to be able to import semen and embryos from Brazil and to showcase the MM’s in more areas of North America.”