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PBR, Las Vegas, baby!

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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!


SW Future Foal @ Sedona!


Photo shoot! Isabelle do Great Lakes. Photo by Jess Lee
Photo shoot! Isabelle do Great Lakes. Photo by Jess Lee

With Karen’s purchase of Isabelle do Great Lakes, SW Future Foal gained a new breeder!  Welcome to Future Foal @ Sedona, and Karen Livesay and Randy Conilogue who want to invest and contribute to the future of the Mangalarga Marchador breed here in North America!

About Karen:

She’s a native Southern Californian of Costa Rica-Nicaragua Indian descent.   Undergrad from UCLA, MBA from Pepperdine’s Graziado School of Business and doctoral study in Systems Theory from Fielding Institute all contributed to her future as an entrepreneur and businesswoman.  Karen has had an exciting and intense business career.   She ran her own million dollar manufacturing company, directed support services in a Fortune 5 company, and held an adjunct business school faculty position at California Lutheran University.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABut she discovered a real passion as an extreme outdoor adventure lover following years of horseback riding, mountain biking, backpacking, river rafting, kayaking, mountain climbing, rappelling, cross-country skiing and lots of hiking. She also became a powered parachute basic flight instructor and a police-trained and certified mounted Arizona Ranger.

For Karen, Four Winds Adventures, a large-event planning company she established in 1996, was a culmination of a lifetime of loves and expertise. Selling the company’s premiere property, the Sedona Marathon, to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce in 2011 has allowed her to become a world traveler, art collector, breeder of Mangalarga Marchador gaited horses, and philanthropist.  Married to her husband since 1981, they fostered two older children for 11 years, and she is a cancer survivor.

About Randy:

Randy Conilogue, PhD EE, retired

Randy was born and raised in the central California valley. In school, Randy excelled in science and math and played trumpet in various bands and music assemblies. He attended Bakersfield College concentrating on science and physics classes in anticipation of pre-med education studies. He soon changed his focus to Physics, because he said, “It is more challenging than pre-med” – and little did he know how challenging it would be.

fullsizeoutput_4fedIn the summers, Randy worked for his father, an industrial electrical contractor, wiring commercial buildings and facilities, as an apprentice electrician to earn money for college. Randy transferred to the University of California Los Angeles, UCLA, and his educational focus became Electrical Engineering. Entering the UCLA Electrical Engineering School, Randy Completed his BS, MS, and PhD degrees with a primary focus on Semiconductor Physics. Meanwhile, while working on his Masters degree, he hired into Hughes Aircraft as a summer hire, eventually becoming a fellowship employee, and thereafter continued to work for Hughes and its successive companies, Hughes Electronics and Raytheon. Randy worked on airborne radars, missile seekers, GPS, and other defense systems.

While at UCLA, Randy met his future wife (though he did not not know at the time) through friends in the Greek system. They did not see each other for many years after college and later reconnected and married and have been married over 35 years.

In 1997 Randy and Karen decided to move to Sedona AZ, sold their home in Thousand Oaks, CA the day it listed, and Karen went off to Sedona to build their new house. Randy meanwhile continued working for Hughes in California. In 2000, he transferred to Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ. Meanwhile he and Karen fostered two boys for 11 years. Randy retired from Raytheon in 2011.

After retirement, the commuting from Sedona to Tucson and back stopped, and Randy and Karen started to travel around to world to bucket list places such as London, Paris, Africa, Dubai, Rome, Prague, Budapest, Alaska, New Orleans, Pagosa Springs, Istanbul, Greece, Croatia, Brazil, China, Russia, and many others.

Randy and Karen are starting to slow down the foreign travel and enjoy their horses and pets and retirement lifestyle. Randy decided a new challenge and education was in store, by learning to ride, train, and understand Karen’s horses. His favorite statement on one of his first rides, as the Missouri Foxtrotter horse bolted for home along a cliff, was – “I’m gonna die!!!!!!!!”. He did not die and now is riding Karen’s sweet natured Mangalarga Marchadors and telling Karen how she should train them (not the wisest move to a woman who has had horses since childhood). At first Randy couldn’t even say Mangalarga Marchador, instead referring to them as a Maquiladora Margaritas. Now he is interested in them as wonderful athletic companions with strong, exotic and graceful looks.

fullsizeoutput_4f51In additional to riding and traveling, Randy likes to hike and bike, and volunteers with the local Boy Scouts of America troop in Sedona as an assistant scoutmaster, and the First Robotics Competition in Phoenix Arizona as a robot inspector and Workshop coordinator. He supports the Mangalarga Marchadors breed through Summerwind Marchadors and he and Karen are committed to seeing the legacy of the breed continue in the USA in their own breeding program with Summerwind.

Karen and Randy also own 2 Marchador geldings:  Flying Oaks Pegasus and Jorge-Ben de Lazy T.

Karen and 3 year old Isabelle do Great Lakes doing great at ground work!
Karen and 3 year old Isabelle do Great Lakes doing great at ground work!

SW Future Foal specializes in genetics, focusing on unique, outstanding Marchador horses and bloodlines.

SW Future Foal @ Sedona will be breeding Isabelle do Great Lakes this fall to Talisma Kafe, using frozen semen imported from Brazil.   With his extraordinary conformation, smooth gait and COLOR,  we are expecting greatness!    Izzy, affectionately named, has a great marcha too.   She is flashy, but sweet, super intelligent and people-oriented.  She is a half-sister to Summerwind’s Koyote Libertas and Brasilia do Summerwind who you may know and love already.

Contact us to reserve a Future Foal ” do Summerwind” to be born Fall 2017..

Click here to read more about Isabelle do Great Lakes (IZZY!)

Click on the PDF file to get a flyer with SW Future Foal locations and contact information!  Now breeding in AZ (2 locations), CO, NC, and SK!

 SW Future Foal Flyer