MIM Makes the Front Page of the Ocala Star Banner Newspaper
September 9th, 2015 - Click box above to read the online version
2014 Ends with a Bang, Literally!
Above: Denny Chapman shooting off Cheveyo for the 1st time.
Below: Cheveyo with Denny Chapman up!
2014 ended with a BANG at Marchadors InMotion, literally! Cheveyo do MManor was the first Mangalarga Marchador horse to compete in a Mounted Shooting competition here in the USA.
Brooke Little, owner, operator, and trainer at MIM, was able to team up with Mounted Shooting professional trainer, Denny Chapman. Denny is based in Ocala, Florida and is only a short drive from the Marchadors InMotion facility. He holds multiple mounted shooting titles and is ranked as a 2014 “Top 10 CMSA Cowboy.” He is also the only professional horse trainer devoted exclusively to the sport of mounted shooting in the entire state of Florida. You can learn more about Denny and Mounted Shooting on his website at DennyChapman.com.
Mounted Shooting is something that always intrigued Brooke, and when a friend introduced her to Denny, she wasted no time in challenging her lead Marchador, Cheveyo, to take on the sport and tolerate the action of gun fire. Upon arrival at DLL Ranch, where Denny trains and houses his performance horses, Cheveyo was given an evaluation to determine if he would accept the gun fire. Not only did Cheveyo pass the evaluation, Denny was able to run the course and shoot off his back within 24 hours of his arrival. Six days later, Brooke and Cheveyo entered their very first mounted shooting practice, and within a week, their first competition.
Cheveyo carried himself with such professionalism that he out-shined many of the mounted shooting horses who had already been exposed to the sport for several months. He garnered the attention of numerous on-lookers who ultimately became quite inquisitive about the Marchador breed. In fact, Cheveyo took on the sport with such ease that he even outpaced his owner rider.
Denny Chapman, who is excellent at sensing the rate at which a horse will take the gun fire, was quite impressed with Cheveyo’s mind and how quickly he allowed him to progress. Denny said that Cheveyo “never even flinched” the first day Denny shot off of him. Keep in mind that Cheveyo has only been off property a handful of times and had only been in an arena twice prior to arriving at Denny’s.
Following the practice, Cheveyo and Brooke entered the Florida Peacemaker’s Mounted Shooting competition the very next weekend. All in all, Cheveyo finished his training with Denny in less than two weeks. As I understand, this is almost unheard of for a mounted shooting horse. Generally, at least a thousand rounds are shot off the back of a horse before they are comfortable enough with the gun fire to enter a competition. But, Cheveyo? Well, he is exceptional, even among Marchadors.
In addition to handling gun fire with such ease, Cheveyo also does multiple other tricks. He lays down, on voice command. He also lunges at liberty (no lines or equipment of any type); he walks, trots, and canters along with direction changes. If his owner didn’t have numerous other horses to train, who knows the number of tricks the horse would entertain.
Brooke hopes to eventually expose all of her Marchadors to gun fire. But, she has slowed Cheveyo down a bit so that she can learn more about guns as well as buy her own equipment. If you're interested in mounted shooting, I can't say enough wonderful things about Denny Chapman. He is an excellent horsemen. He takes his time with them and improves their confidence during the process. Denny is a wonderful coach.
USMMA 2013 International Mangalarga Marchador Clinic
Every year the USMMA holds an Annual Marchador Clinic. In September of 2013, the USMMA hosted an International Mangalarga Marchador Clinic. This year it was in Helena, Montana. The clinic was a great success, by far the best yet. We absorbed a multitude of information, we had a truly gorgeous trail ride that would make most turn green, we competed in the Complete Horse Test and gait classes, and most of all, we had FUN! Each year, the clinic has improved dramatically. I expect the clinic in 2014 will continue that trend.
First of all, I’d like to send out a big thank you to all those that volunteered time and money to make this wonderful event occur. Those people are Susann Gabrielle, Tresa Smith, Eliza Frazer, Lori Silcher, Tia Nelson, and Derek Brown. We even had lunch and dinner every day along with continuous refreshments. A sincere thank you to you all!
Somehow no one chose to write at much length about the clinic and the winners this year, so I have decided to write a short article based on what I can remember.
The first day we were matched and acquainted with our horses. One truly amazing gift during this event is that horse owners allow members/riders from other areas of the country, who can’t bring their own horse, to borrow their horses during the clinic so that they may ride and learn as well. Once matched, each rider had an exclusive training session with a Brazilian instructor. This way, each rider could receive coaching based on his or her individual riding abilities as well as tips regarding how to keep the horse in gait. For those interested, who were not currently riding, they were given the option to watch and learn.
The second day of the clinic was a group ride through the mountains. I have to say that this was a breathtaking ride. The scenery was absolutely amazing; up the side of a mountain, through prairies, streams, and ravines. A description just doesn’t do it justice. This took up the majority of the day. Dinner was hosted by Tia Nelson and Derek Brown. The food was prepared and ready by the time we all arrived.
The third day consisted of a friendly competition of The Complete Horse Test and gait classes for geldings, mares, and stallions. I apologize that I can only remember who won the classes. Regarding gait classes, Lori Silcher of 4 Seasons Marchador Ranch, won best gaited stallion with Baluarte Piry as well as The Complete Horse Test over everyone. Best picada gaited mare as well as gelding was also awarded to Lori for her mare, Janella, and her gelding, Mateus. The best batida gaited gelding was awarded Lo Borges of Montana Marchador, owner Tresa Smith. And, best batida gaited mare was awarded to Eliza Frazer for her gray mare. Brooke Little took 1st place in The Complete Horse Test in the competition between the mares riding Lori Silcher's mare, Ana Raio. And, I apologize that I can't remember who won out of the geldings for the Complete Horse Test. The USMMA has video of the classes and competition. To see the videos, you may contact Rick Shatz, the USMMA President. Some of those videos were posted on NAMarchador.org, but they have been taken down for what reason I don't know. I was able to take one VERY amateur video of the gelding gait competition. See video below.
Although horses did compete against one another in the gait competition, the Brazilian instructors took an abundant amount of time discussing each horses gait in depth, and therefore, the competition was more of an educational experience for those that attended the event. With such few Marchadors in the States, it is difficult to get all the Marchadors in one part of the country so that they could all be pitted against one another. Therefore, there are no horses that have been coined as “best or better” than others like you might have at a National Horse Show.
After the competition, we were served snacks and refreshments and leisurely watched a presentation on the gait and conformation of the Marchador. We then proceeded to the ranch and home of Tresa Smith where the awards ceremony was held and Peter and Lori Silcher played in a band with live music. The food was absolutely incredible and the ranch was gorgeous with an evening rainbow as the sun set in the west to kick off the awards ceremony.
Sunday morning consisted of more individual lessons and a discussion about bits, once the horses were loaded and heading out in trailers, the remaining attendees had lunch at the golf course where we had nice conversations and people said their good byes.
All in all, it was the best educational clinic the association has held thus far and everyone had a blast. I expect no less for the clinic in 2014.
Above: video of the USMMA Gelding Gait Class held in Montana 2013.
Above: Lori Silcher, owner of 4 Seasons Marchadores, with her prize stallion, Baluarte Piry.