MM Bloodlines

excerpted from a Ricardo Casiuch (MM historian) article

I.     Foundation lines — These are lines that started during the XVIIIth century in the South of Minas Gerais state, mainly at Cruzilia region.  Favacho, Campo Alegre (extinguished), Traituba, Narciso, Campo Lindo — JB, Angahy, Engenho da Serra (extinguished)

II. Traditional lines, which were born from the foundation lines.  Abaiba, Bela Cruz, Ara, Catuni, Gironda, Herdade, Passa Tempo, Tabatinga, 53


Favacho Estanho

Favacho — The starting point is Favacho, whose chapel was erected in 1761 near the farm house.    João Francisco Junqueira Filho and his son José Frausino Junqueira (born 1805) are considered the first milestones of this breeding masterpiece.   Favacho horses are excellent  Marcha Batida (more diagonal movements), but their morphology is not refined although very expressive.  They remind us of the old Sorraia and Alter Real stallions of the XVIIIth century.  Most frequent colors: dun, chestnut, bay, and grey. Historical horses: Plutão, Canadá, Duque, Calçado, Manco, Trovão, Montenegro, Fla-Flu, Jambo, Gesso, Calçado, Albatroz, Armistício and Candidato.  More recently: Farol, Radical, Quociente and Estanho.

Traituba– The farmhouse was built in 1831 to receive Dom Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil, who never confirmed this invitation. José Frausino Fortes Junqueira, born at the near Favacho farm founded the bloodline. The horses born at Traituba are quite similar to Favacho, but a more refined neck and head. Most frequent colors: chestnut, bay, grey and dun. Influential stallions: Pégaso, Canário, Glicério, Armistício, Rádio, Rádio II, Bibelô, Beduíno, Candidato, Sátiro, Aviso.

Campo Lindo – JB:

Beijo J.B.

Sr. João Braúlio Fortes Junqueira, grandson of Mr. João Francisco Junqueira Filho (founder of Favacho), built the farmhouse in 1870.  He was an excellent horseman and his horses showed great movement, beautiful head/neck and smooth gait – Marcha Batida.  His grandson – Mr. José Braúlio Junqueira de Andrade was one of the founders of the MM Association in 1949, but never registered his horses at this organization until 1989.    They present excellent/expressive morphology, nice and smooth gait, Marcha Batida. Most frequent colors are chestnut, bay, pinto, NOT grey. Foundation stallions: The Money, Bellini, Farol, Rio Negro, Clemenceau I e II, Ouro Preto, V-8, Sargento, Diamanté, Joazeiro, Raro, Sincero, Beijo, Velho, Quartel, JK and Tostão.

Angahy (Aan guy ee)The farm is located between Campo Lindo and Favacho land, and the founder was Mr. Christiano dos Reis Meirelles, who died in 1944.  The herd shows a nice gait in Marcha Batida, good bones and a not very well refined head.  This bloodline is considered an example of good foundation mares with significant historic stallions in terms of MM evolution.  Most frequent colors are chestnut, bay and grey. Most influential  stallions:Caxias I and II, Bônus I and II, Mozart, Mineiro, Miron, son of Traituba Sátiro, largely used at Angahy, plus Salmon, Veto and Yankee.  (Now written as Angai, but pronounced the same)


Abaiba Remo

Abaiba (Abba eeba)– This line started with Mr. Erico Ribeiro Junqueira at Leopoldina city  (MG). It is the bloodline that typifies elegance and beauty especially in the head and neck. They often resemble Arabian horses in their look.  Pure Abaiba is not always known for their gait; in fact, they have a very poor comfortable Marcha Batida.  They are great endurance horses. Most frequent colors: grey

Bela Cruz — The breeding farm started with Prudente dos Reis Meirelles and commanded by Mr. Argentino dos Reis Meirelles during the second half of XXth century. They are medium size horses, not well refined head, big eyes, excellent gait Marcha Batida. Most frequent colors: grey

Ara Terremoto

Ara – It began with Mr. José Ferreira Leite and overseen by his son Francisco Walder Ferreira. Located between Favacho and Traituba farms.  They have a refined expression, excellent gait Marcha Batida, medium to short size. Most frequent colors are bay and grey.

Catuni  – The farm was founded by  Mr. Casemiro Collares at Montes Claros (MG).  Foundation stallions: Favacho Pedra Estanho, Catuni Quo Vadis, Catuni Japão. Medium size horses, gaits varying from Marcha Batida and Marcha Picada.  They have a very good expression.  Most frequent colors: black, grey and chestnut

Gironda — Mr. Julio Avelino de Oliveira at Vassouras (RJ) based his breeding program on JB, Favacho and Herdade lines.  These horses specialize as cow horses and are tested daily by their work with dairy and beef cattle.  Beautiful heads, small to medium size and a center Marcha Batida gait. Most frequent colors: dun, bay, and grey. Historic stallions: Trevo, Atrevido, Álamo, Baluarte, Apolo.

Herdade Cadillac

Herdade – (Her da ge) Began by Mr. José de Andrade Reis at Simão Pereira (MG)..  Herdade horses possess excellent and smooth gaits.  Today they are more close to a center marcha.  Well balanced in terms of morphology.  Most frequent colors are bay, chestnut and grey. Historic stallions: Cadillac, Jupiá, Capricho, Prateado, Cobalto, Cosmos, Cobre.


Rio Verde, grandsire of Zinabre Passa Tempo

Passa Tempo — The farm started with Mr. Francisco Theodoro de Andrade at Passa Tempo city, in early XIXth century.  Animals are medium size, not strong bones, super-refined heads, mostly with Marcha Picada. . Most frequent colors: black, bay, chestnut and pinto (´pampa´or tobiano).

Tabatinga — The farm began with Mr. Severino Junqueira de Andrade, who brought from his father’s farm at South of Minas Gerais old mares with blood from Baron of Alfenas´ herd.  The typical horse breed at Tabatinga farms is strong with solid bones, refined head and good on gallop and working with cattle, but its Marcha Batida gait can be poor. Most frequent colors: bay, dun and grey.

53 — In 1902, at Morro Agudo city, São Paulo state, Mr. José Frauzino Fortes Junqueira (nicknamed ´Zezé do Agudo´) married a daughter of Mr. João Braúlio Fortes Junqueira (Campo Lindo – JB).  They moved to São Paulo state in search of new areas to plant and harvest.  He also took a group of mares with him from JB line.  ‘53’ was the number of his wife at the high school. Good gaits Marcha Batida with strong cow sense.   He bred both Mangalarga (mixed with Thoroughbred, Saddlebred, Hackney) and Mangalarga Marchador horses.  Some of this line can be hotter than traditional MMs. Most frequent colors: chestnut, bay and black.


Today in Brazil, there has been a resurgence in demand for the foundation bloodlines, still breeding after centuries. JB and Favacho are two of the leaders, in terms of ranking of top stallions, market pricing and stallions being used in MM breeding programs.  In Brazil, the top stallions are usually owned by a condominium of breeders with each breeder paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for their share of the horse.

Many Marchador breeders chose to follow the bloodlines of the historic breeders.  So, even though the farm name is different, the breeding results are similar to the original lines.   The entire list would be too long to print here, but here are some examples:

  • A.J., Maripa, Pau d’Alho, Providencia, Rima, Sama, Santana were based on and follow strongly the Abaiba line.
  • Joatinga, Rancho Apache were based on and followed the Tabatinga line
  • LJ, JG were based on the JB bloodline.
  • Seta, H.B. H.O. and Santa Lucia were Herdade based.

It is important to note, that even in staying pure to the bloodline, these line breeders will occasionally bring in new blood to strengthen their program.

Original do Passo Fino

In Brazil, it is popular today to blend the bloodlines to achieve the individual breeder’s objectives.  With over 6,000 breeders there, the combinations are staggering.  At the National Competition, there are often new breeders in the winner’s circle every year, so it must be working!


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