We enjoy a variety of activities with our horses, which is why having such versatile horse works for us. These activities include cavalcades, trekking, show jumping, eventing, hunting, packing, western and teaching.View Our Horses
My South Island Ride
At the end of 2015 I took two of my horses and rode the length of the South Island from, Cape Farewell to Bluff. I took Chief and Maddy who are full siblings with me on this journey. See my blog about it in the link below.More Details
In 2015 we were approached by country calendar with them filming an episode on our horses and lifestyle. This can be viewed on the link below. We had a lot of fun filming this and were really excited to be a part of it.Check it out
About Mararoa Appaloosa Stud
The Mararoa Appaloosa stud is owned and operated by Jeanine and Stan McDonald in Invercargill. We live on a lifestyle block where we have a variety of farm animals. We currently have two stallions and six brood mares, producing on average 3 to 4 foals per year. We also offer services for outside mares. I break in and train our young horses with the help of our daughter Kelly, using a mix of natural and traditional methods in large round pen.
Mararora Appaloosa stud started with one horse (Casper) who inspired me to breed more just like him. Casper was my first Appaloosa and I loved him and want to breed more horses just like him. When I could not find any mares for sale with his bloodlines, I brought a mare and bred it to his sire Shalimar’s Bobbie Breeze and then I ended buying him the following year and it just grew from there. I have had over 40 years of experience handling and breaking in many breeds of horses and have found the Appaloosa to be my favourite because of their versatility and trainability.
The Mararora Appaloosa stud was named after the Mararora River that flows into, between and out of the two Mavora lakes which is my favourite riding area. I find this area to be a perfect training ground for young horses introducing them to river crossings, beach forests, hill climbs, open tussock.
Check out what our horses are up to
Each year we have some of our mares foaling and this is the most exciting and rewarding time of the year, as you can never tell what the foals will be like. They are all very different colours and quite unique.
CAVALCADES AND TREKS
We take our horses on many adventures and during the summer we are often away riding on our own packing trips exploring the South Island and also riding on many organised treks and the Otago Goldfields cavalcade.
Our horses enjoy jumping and we have successfully show jumped to 1.20m and evented some of them with Dance and Cody both competing at open events in the same year. We also do a few hunts with them each year.
Keen to hear from you
We are keen to hear from you if you have any of the horses or ponies we have bred or that are in our breeding lines and are always looking for photos to add to each horse’s page. If you have any photos or feedback please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We currently have two stallions Chief Free Breeze and Day Dream Pepes Foxer which we use over our own mares and stand at stud. We run our mares with their foals in with the stallions and they form a happy little band of horses.
Our main original appaloosa mares were Navaho Party Doll, Mighty Mouse, Whisper Deck and a thoroughbred mare Rannie Way. These have now passed on and we have kept their daughters and granddaughters. We also have a line of ponies from Dazzle which was Kelly’s appaloosa pony.
We have been breeding Appaloosas since 1992
The highlight of the year is foaling as you never know what they will be like and it is so rewarding watching them grow and play.