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Meet Cathy Pierce

Meet Cathy Pierce

IMG_0008“I have loved horses all my life, and have owned horses since I was 16 years old.  I was able to take my horse with me to college for 3 out of 4 years.

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.12957476_10209238791236277_3059269320730361620_o

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.  IMG_0060

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.”

November ABCCMM Inspection

In early November, Summerwind requested an ABCCMM inspection  and Dr. Kate Barcelos came to the U.S. for a super quick trip.   ABCCMM inspectors are licensed veterinarians that receive extensive training from the ABCCMM, the Brazilian Marchador Association.

We were able to arrange with other breeders so that more Marchadors also got to be seen in AZ, TX and FL.

Our inspection day was beautiful and  almost 20 Marchador owners and lovers were there to see it for the first time!   Asking questions and learning about what the ABCCMM is seeking in the standard of the breed, they were able to understand more about the Marchador gait, conformation and temperament requirements.   Great for them, that both a foal inspection and definitive inspections were shown and the branding as well.

Foals are inspected for markings, DNA, and genetic defects (disqualification).   Adult Marchadors are inspected and ridden for gait, conformation and temperament.    A minimum score is required to pass for stallions, mares and geldings with the stallion score being the highest.

Inspected in AZ were:

  • Fidalgo do Summerwind – gelding, definitive
  • Jedi-Knight do Summerwind –  foal, provisional
  • Flying Oaks Abaiba Real for Flying Oaks Ranch, OK – stallion, definitive

Inspected in TX were:

  • Destiny do Summerwind – mare, definitive
  • Imperio do Summerwind – foal, provisional
  • Cassandra do MManor – mare, both provisional and definitive
  • Eduardo do MManor – foal, on file awaiting sire’s ABCCMM registration.

Summerwind is committed to the quality and diversity of the Marchador breed here and we think the Brazilian inspection process is a great tradition to uphold.

For more information on the ABCCMM inspection process, you can click on this link to read more about it.

http://ridingmagazine.com/index.php/component/content/article/84-feature-focus-spanish-a-special-breeds/345-may-2015-quality-assurance

 

Gayle Hamilton – Destiny do Summerwind

Destiny do Summerwind and owner Gayle

One of our SW owners was operated on in February, for brain cancer.   If you can contribute to their medical bills, it would be a great act of kindness.  If not, please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers!

The address is:
Gayle Hamilton
1327 E Washington Avenue PMB 219
Harlingen, TX 78550

SW Update – Looking back, RIP Chanel

A year ago this month, we said goodbye to a favorite Marchador, Chanel de Miami.  Her death was untimely, quick and without warning.   She was a truly great mare.

A daughter of imported Foundation Marchadors, her lineage and history is told in the MM series, the Importers – MM Horse Farms.  The Importers MM Horse Farms

Had she lived, she would have left quite a legacy in her offspring.   Tragically, her sons she are gelded so only one daughter may continue her line.   Destiny do Summerwind is owned by Gayle Hamilton in Texas.  Gayle just won the USMMA Valentine’s story contest by writing about her MM valentine!

Remembering all the great times we had Chanel.

SW Update – Chanel de Miami 1996-2011

 

 

 

 

Chanel de Miami, pure Herdade bloodlines! The smoothest horse we ever rode.

In memory of our special Chanel:  She didn’t have enough time on earth, but we were happy to have shared it with her. Pure Herdade bloodlines, super beautiful, sweet and smooth. We will miss you until we die.

 

Chanel was a FOUNDATION Mangalarga Marchador mare, probably with the best picada gait we have ever ridden. The daughter of a champion Calciolandia mare, Verbena owned by the Guerra family. Other Verbena offspring were Folha da Calciolandia, MT, Batuque de Miami, CA and Feitico de Miami, FL. All were wonderfully smooth gaited horses. 

Chanel passed on her beauty and smooth gait to all her foals. Two remain with us now: John’s riding horse, Artemis do Summerwind and Enya do Summerwind, her orphan foal who we will keep. Caesar do Summerwind is in CA with Marli Wood and Destiny do Summerwind is in TX with Gayle Hamilton.

Enya do Summerwind carries on the regal lineage. Pictured with admirer Audrey Everson.

It is a great loss to us and also for the US Marchadors to lose such a good breeding mare. Her 2 daughters will carry on the Herdade genes.