The Ocala MM Clinic was a resounding success. Hosted by Connie Claire, Ocala FL, everything went off without a hitch for the first ever Sela de Ouro (the Golden Saddle, the way of the Marchador) in the U.S.! The Sela de Ouro consists of 3 phases: a long ride similar to an endurance ride with vetting and judging, classroom and arena instruction and judging of conformation and gait, and also a functional test, similar to an obstacle class.
Some photos from the clinic, just click to enlarge!
The instructors were flown in from Brasil to evaluate the 18 people and 12 Marchadors that participated. Most were from the East Coast, but some of us came from AZ and OK too. The breeders and owners there represent 40% of the Marchadors in U.S. (Next year, the clinic moves west.) The instructors were ABCCMM (Brazilian MM association) professionals Tiago de Resende Garcia and Kate Moura da Costa Barcelos, both licensed veterinarians and judges in Brazil.
Tiago is the ABCCMM Director of the ENA – the National School of Judges. The ENA’s objective is to train MM judges on how to evaluate conformation, gait and functionality of the MM breed. Tiago and his team judge every sanctioned ABCCMM show in Brazil. Tiago has hosted symposiums and lectures to enlighten and inform MM breeders.
Kate is an ABCCMM inspector (the 1st woman) and education program director. Kate was the instructor of our 2011 MM clinic. An accomplished rider, competitor and instructor, Kate was the #2 dressage rider in South America and now uses classical dressage in preparing and training Marchador horses for many farms in Brazil.
We had a fabulous time meeting new people, Marchadors, and of course, learning more about our fabulous MM breed! Our heartfelt thanks to Connie, Tiago and Kate!!!!
- Sela de Ouro ride on Friday – Aline Greene, Saint Horse, SC and her mare Erva-Doce de Tesouro
- Combined Gait and Conformation on Saturday: for Stallion – Bill Kambic, Haras Lucero, TN and his imported MM stallion, Ritmo A.J.; for Mare – Sandy Kambic, Haras Lucero, TN and her imported mare, Amora or Aliane Fazenda Zouga (bred by Rick Schatz, Flying Oaks Ranch, OK when he was breeding MMs in Brasil), for Gelding – Connie Claire, FL with her gelding Leo or DaVinci do Summerwind (bred by SW Future Foal, AZ)
- Functional test on Sunday – Jeff Bosley, SW Future Foal @ Lumber Bridge on his mare Bacara do Summerwind (bred by SW Future Foal, AZ)
Almost every person excelled and placed in each competition so the results were exciting and close! We even had a tie for the winner of the Functional test so there was another run made by Jeff and Bacara against Sue Current on Folego do Lucero! Brooke Little from Marchadors InMotion, came with her young stallion Cheveyo do MManor (Erva-Doce’s son) who impressed the crowd with his gait, disposition and performance. Except for his youth (he had just been started under saddle at age 3), he could have won it all, in my opinion.
And a good time was had by all! Be sure to come to our next one if you can!