Farewell Maronjo

Published on July 19, 2013 by in Farm, News

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River House Hanoverians sadly announces the passing of Elite Hanoverian stallion, Maronjo (Mahon/Marbod), born in 1984.  Maronjo competed through Grand Prix with a learning trainer.  A kind and patient school master to the end, in his retirement he was used as a lunge horse and taught the “feel” of the FEI movements to many mid-level riders. Sound to the end, his final day was spent teaching a lesson and sauntering in the pasture near his beloved mares.

Born and approved in Germany, Maronjo was imported by Otto Fuchs and won his hundred day test in the United States with the then top score of 138+points. Those who saw his cross country performance were amazed, although the factors of character and rideability enhanced his overall score. He was developed to first level by Reggie Lorenz. His jumping ability was noted and when River House acquired him at the 1990 Glenwood Farm auction, several contenders were jumper riders.

Before the advent of frozen semen and the broadening of the imported mare base in the US,  Maronjo bred very large books of mares. He corrected feet, legs and front ends on thoroughbred mares and produced well-grown foals that won at foal shows, breed competitions and AHS mare shows.  Maronjo’s offspring have been very successful in hunter/jumper, dressage and combined training disciplines.  Perhaps they should most be remembered as peoples’ best friends.  River House still receives regular calls from owners loving their Mo offspring, wanting to know more about him and looking for another.

Maronjo will live on through his many offspring – active in multiple disciplines. Maronjo has proven to be a valuable broodmare sire and River House is also thrilled with their crosses between Maronjo and Bretone daughters. The first Maronjo/Bretone cross is now starting under saddle, and we will continue to make more using his frozen semen.

We will miss Maronjo’s kind and quirky nature, but his time was long and fruitful.

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