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.
The Brazilian Saddle Horse, the Mangalarga Marchador, was featured and shown during the PBR Finals week in Las Vegas! Many of the top ten professional bull riders are Brazilian and the sport is so big there, there is a PBR, Brazil! Thanks to APEX, Brasil who also support the PBR, the Marchador event came to life in Vegas, baby! Special thanks to APEX/ABCCMM Coordinator Ricardo Xavier who always has a full plate at events around the world and with his own wedding coming up in November! Congratulations Ricardo!
The Marchador is Brazil’s National Horse and so it was shown with much pride at the PBR FAN ZONE during the day and in the half-time show at the Thomas and Mack arena at night. The USMMA and the ABCCMM supported the APEX Brasil in manning booths in both locations too!
Many, many fans were interested in the breed and signed up to learn more. We gave away several hundred packets of DVDs, brochures, business cards and magazines about the Marchador breed! Not only was their literature, but some of the fans were lucky enough to test drive a Marchador at the PBR Fan Zone.
The horses were the stars of the show and they came long distances to participate!
From Ocala FL, Bellandi Racing Stables owner Claudia Bellandi came and shipped her imported Marchadors to Las Vegas! Imperador das Aguas JM, a grey stallion and Irana das Aguas JM, a grey mare. From MT, 2 Marchador breeders shipped 4 horses to Las Vegas. Lori Silcher, 4 Seasons Marchadors came with 3 horses — her blue roan stallion, Baluarte Piry, imported from Brazil, 4 Seasons Ana Raio, a buckskin mare, and 4 Seasons Lealdade, a chestnut mare. Dr. Tresa Smith came and shipped her grey gelding Lo-Borges de Lazy T.
Owners, breeders and support came from the U.S. Canada and Brazil with both USMMA President Rick Schatz of Flying Oaks Ranch and ABCCMM President Magdi Shaat of Haras El Far there.
And of course, Future Foal was there in almost full force – with me, Lynn Kelley, NC breeder Jeff Bosley and AZ breeder Karen Livesay. I was lucky enough to do some of the commentary during the Fan Zone presentations. That was almost as much fun as riding!
Long days, tired feet, but a great event. We hope to be out there again!
If you are looking for a personal horse or an investment opportunity, now is the time to learn more about this magnificent breed that is just getting started here in North America.
Here is a video of the event from MMTV in Brazil who covered the event. Forward to minute 38!
Sponsored by the ABCCMM and APEX’s Brazilian Saddle Horse Project, and supported by the USMMA (North American Marchador Association), the Brazilians invite you to meet their National Horse too!
Would you like to meet a Marchador?
The Brazilians are showcasing the Mangalarga Marchador, the National Horse of Brazil, at 2 events with the PBR (Professional Bull Riding) September 5-6 in Nashville TN and October 22-26 in Las Vegas NV.Two great entertainment cities, this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for!
Meet Brazilian representatives, Brazilian breeders and your local Marchador breeders at both events! For more information on the PBR events, please visit their website or contact us!
Summerwind and SW Future Foal (the people, not our Marchador horses) from all locations will be there in Las Vegas! FIND US AT THE PRIEFERT ARENA and the THOMAS MACK ARENA!
The Marchador has been bred for over 200 years in Brazil to be the ultimate saddle horse. The ABCCMM (Brazilian association) inspection process and breed standard determine the exact conformation, angles, height and gait that make the Marchador a pleasant and comfortable horse to ride that is also elegant, beautiful and with an excellent temperament. There are 23 measurements taken during the course of inspection and the horse is ridden by a certified technician that is also a veterinarian. The Marchador has been kept and treasured in Brazil all this time, where the breed numbers over 400,000 horses.
The Marchador has been here in North America since the early 1990s, but the population issmall, less than 300.Most of the Marchadors here are derived from the 70 or so that were originally imported from Brazil.
That may be about to change as the Marchador makes its entry onto the world stage!
Cheese bread! Cachaca (sp)! Old friends! New friends! Marchador horses! It was a trip to heaven – I mean Brazil! It was the best of all worlds – I got to attend the National Show AND go out to visit farms! Perfect!
Photos below! If you click on the photo, it will show full-size and then you will need to hit the BACK button to return to the gallery and post.
We visited two farms in Brazil, a favorite of mine, Agro Maripa and a new one for me, but by no means new, Morada Nova. Exquisite horses and fantastic Brazilian hospitality. I am always happy to be in Brazil.
At the National Show, the event provided a good mix of entertainment and business. We met old friends, and some new ones there. It feels like home to me. I went down with Rick Schatz, the Marchador breeder from Flying Oaks Ranch. We did some business there on the Brazilian Saddle Horse project. We did some shopping. We admired the horses in the show and at the farm booths. We did some ABCCMM registration work on U.S. Marchadors for several breeders.
Of great interest was the ABCCMM/APEX collaboration on the project Brazilian Saddle Horse. APEX strives to promote Brazilian products around the world and has many offices here in the U.S. They have already worked with the ABCCMM promoting the Marchador breed in Europe and also at the Carnaval in Rio 2013. Their next events may be in the US in an affiliation with the PBR, Professional Bull Riding. We will have to wait and see. Also in the works is the Marchador at other big horse and non-horse events like the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
To read more about Brazil and the national show, you can keep reading!