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Meet the owners – Nel Syed

1.   How did you come to think about getting into the world of horses and horsemanship?   What drew you to the Marchador?    ​I’ve always admired horses, but it wasn’t until I met Dr Adrienne Scheck at a scientific conference in London in 2014 that I got properly introduced to them and to the world of the Marchadors. Adrienne and I hit it off straight away as we shared the same passion for our work and we talked regularly thereafter via Skype.  Adrienne had the same passion for the Marchadors as she does for her science and our conversations were very much about both subjects every time we spoke which was pretty much every week. I finally got to see them in the flesh a year later when I was invited by Adrienne to give a talk at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. I had never been to Phoenix before and all I could think about was wanting to see the Marchadors and in particular her baby, Gaia do Summerwind. Gaia was absolutely stunning and her other horses Ruger and Dixie were so sweet. I was thrilled to meet Lynn and John Kelley on my visit as I had heard so much about them from Adrienne. They were both so welcoming and showed me their herd of beautiful Marchadors. I instantly fell in love with Hawke do Summerwind, he was so gentle and I felt so calm around him. I was hooked at that moment and I hoped that some day I would be lucky enough to have a Marchador of my own. 

2.  Describe the journey so far.   Have there been any surprises along the way?   ​My journey of owning a Marchador began at another conference meeting with Adrienne in Philadelphia back in Nov 2016. She explained that she would breed Gaia when she was a little older and I just joked saying “wouldn’t it be great if I could have Gaia’s first baby”. I made this remark as I had just moved from living in London to the country side where horses are a common sight. After much apprehension mainly due to my very limited knowledge of horses this remark became a reality when Gaia was bred in 2018. (to Fole de Maripa using imported frozen semen from Agro Maripa) I had visited Phoenix a few more times before this decision and even rode a few of Lynn and John’s horses. They shared their passion for this breed and I knew this was the right decision for me, and I was excited about being part of the Marchador community. 


3.  What was the most enjoyable or funniest part so far?
​The whole experience has been enjoyable but the most memorable was when I switched on the cameras at 4am UK time on the morning of March 27th and saw Nola do Summerwind laying on the floor next to her mother being admired by Adrienne, Lynn and DJ. I had been watching all night in the hope of seeing her being born and turned the cameras off only for an instant to grab a quick nap. Even though I was so far away, I felt I was a part of the whole experience. I could see Adrienne adjusting the cameras so that I could get the best view possible of this adorable new bundle. The funniest part was when I saw Nola running off with Adrienne’s hat during an early training session which she had just pinched off her head. I knew then that Nola has a great sense of humour.


4.   Have you learned anything new?   What have you learned about yourself and horses along the way?
Everything I’ve learned about horses so far has been new and I’m learning something new almost everyday.  They are such amazing and intelligent animals that can be both gentle and powerful at the same time.  I feel really calm around them and they bring out the best in me and I know that if trained well they can be your best companion. I’m really looking forward to having that connection with Nola. 


5.  Tell us about your foal and the experience of meeting her.
Meeting Nola for the first time was the most exciting and the most daunting experience at the same time. I felt incredibly proud that I owned such a magnificent animal but also so worried that I would not do her justice as an owner.  However, those negative feelings were soon replaced by overwhelming feelings of wanting to do my best for her. Just thinking about her puts a smile on my face and I can’t help talking about her to everyone I meet. Luckily for me, I live in a horse community and they are only too happy to hear me going on about how amazing Nola is.  They are all intrigued about the Marchador breed, which they had never heard of before and really looking forward to meeting Nola.


6.   Please give us something about yourself and your life  – professional or family – whatever you wish to share.
​I live in the UK, in the country surrounded by beautiful green fields and very near to the coast in Suffolk with my partner Mark. We have 3 beautiful dogs: Simba the Alaskan Malamute, Sasha the German Shepherd and Zeus, the Shitzu. We also have 3 alpacas, Dylan, Hugo and Oscar who we rescued two years ago. Growing up in Scotland I always wanted to be a vet and live on a farm with lots of animals or be an athIete.  I loved sports at school, particularly atheletics and looked forward to sports day in the summer. I grew up with dogs, cats, chickens, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs and even had a few geese and peacocks to add to the mix. I loved looking after them and spending time with them and I would often take my pet goat Herbie for a walk in the local park, much to the amusement of passers by. My ideas of becoming a vet or athlete were soon overturned when I heard a talk in my final year at school given by a scientist about a type of cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma. That talk really inspired me and set me on the path that I am on today, a cancer scientist. A path that has also led me to meet Adrienne and the world of the  Summerwind Marchadors. I currently head a brain tumour laboratory at Imperial College London where I am trying to find new treatments for brain tumour patients. 

More About Nel Syed PhD: As a cancer research scientist at Imperial College London I am the lead investigator of a brain tumour laboratory. My lab consists of post- doctoral scientists, PhD students, technical staff and a lab manager. We liaise closely with the clinical team which includes neuropathologists, neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists. Together we make up the centre of excellence in brain tumour research at Imperial College London. 
The research focus of my lab is to identify novel therapies for the most aggressive type of brain tumour in adults – glioblastoma. This is a grade 4 primary brain tumour for which there is currently no cure and no effective treatment options. Upon diagnosis patients typically survive no longer than 12-15 months with current standard of care which includes maximal surgical resection and chemotherapy. My lab is interrogating the altered metabolism of this tumour to find its Achilles heel using a variety of molecular techniques.   My research is primarily funded by the Brain Tumour Research Campaign (BTRC) and Brain Tumour Research (BTR).  


Nobre do Summerwind – offered for sale

Reserved as a Future Foal, the owners wanted a FILLY! It’s your lucky day to get a SW Future Foal already born! An excellent example of the Marchador breed from La Paz Jivago x Cassandra do MManor. He would be great as a gelding, but also as a breeding stallion. Excellent pedigree.

Nobre was born on June 14, 2019 to SW Future Foal @ Corpus Christi, Texas. Photos above are from birth until this week. Videos available on request. Nobre is fully registered with the USMMA, the North American Mangalarga Marchador Association and has started preliminary registration with the ABCCMM, the Brazilian Mangalarga Marchador Association.

From Etalon DX, we know a lot about him more genetically too. He is a grulla which is rare here in the Marchador breed. “Nobre Do Summerwind has two Black alleles and no Red alleles, indicating the base coat color appears Black. One Dominant White 20 allele was detected which may result in White markings. He will pass Black 100% of the time to his offspring. The DNA was also tested on our discovery/validation platform for non-Dun Primitive Markings. Preliminary results indicate this horse is homozygous for non-Dun Primitive Markings (nd1/nd1) and may pass it to 100% of any offspring. “Nobre Do Summerwind has not tested positive for any recessive disease alleles on this panel.

aa, EE, nd1/nd1, W20/n, DMRT3/n Myostatin: Endurance Type.

We can share the entire report to interested buyers.

Owned by Elizabeth Sims and Randy Gassett, also SW Future Foal breeders, Nobre is offered for sale at $9,000. Payment plans and delivery are options available.. Available for shipment in January 2020 after weaning is complete. SW Future Foals are raised with natural horsemanship methods and come with a complete package of benefits for the new owner. We can also offer boarding and training options for the foal until you are ready to receive him.

We are expecting – Greatness!

We were delighted to hear from SW breeder Cathy Pierce that Destiny do Summerwind is confirmed pregnant to Violeiro do Riomar (via imported frozen semen).

It will be Destiny’s second foal and Violeiro’s first in North America! Violeiro is a 3 time National Champion in Brazil, now producing national champions at Haras AP, Bahia. The conformation, gait and temperament should be awesome. The color options for the future foal are: bay, buckskin, palomino and chestnut.

Thanks to all who helped along the way – many years – to make this semen importation possible, and there were many!

Other Future Foals expected so far:

  • Late 2019 – Jedi-Knight do Summerwind x Azenha de Maripa – may be offered for sale, but reserved for now if it’s a tobiano filly.
  • Early 2020 – Jedi-Knight do Summerwind x Grahla M.U.G – reserved
  • Mid 2020 – Violeiro do Riomar x Destiny do Summerwind

Nobre do Summerwind is born!

Third N Summerwind foal and he is a charm! Born Friday, June 14, 2019! Named Nobre do Summerwind which means noble, he looks like he will grow into his name. He is the son of La Paz Jivago x Cassandra do MManor, born to SW breeder Cathy Pierce in Corpus Christi, TX.

Congratulations to Cathy, and to new owners Elizabeth Sims of Silver Stables and Randy Gassett, both from AZ.

Imported sire La Paz Jivago, has sired foals in Brazil, the US and Canada. He is the son of ELITE 8 stallion Ideal Tabatinga x ELITE 7 mare Favacho Bulgaria (daughter of Tabatinga Senegal x Favacho Sina). Dam Cassandra do MManor is the daughter of 2 imported Marchadors known for producing beautiful foals with great temperament and gait – Frevo da Camaq x Ibiza da Boa Fe.

Already we love this little one. Color may display as grulla, as he is homozygous black with homozygous nd/1 – primitive markings. Summerwind does complete DNA panels on all their foals.

Other N babies so far – Nola do Summerwind (Fole de Maripa x Gaia do Summerwind ; Nandor do Summerwind (Arun de Maripa x Isabelle do Great Lakes.

Summerwind Press Release

Press Release SW 2 new stallions – PDF file of Press Release

With the addition of these 2 Mangalarga Marchador stallions, Summerwind Marchadors now represents 11 Marchador stallions!   Breedings are available!  Call text or email us for more information.   602-999-3915 or futurefoal@gmail.com.

These stallions will be added to the website soon!