Mariposa Quarter Horse Stud
Beverford (Swan Hill)
Brenda & Craig Meinhold
Ph 03 5037 6690
Mariposa Quarter Horse and Palomino Stud began 23 years ago near Swan Hill, Victoria. Craig and Brenda Meinhold arrived from America to Australia in 1973 but it was ten years before they set up their horse breeding operation in 1983 in Beverford. Their first stallion was purchased as a 6 month old chestnut colt, Court Joker,
Court Joker Q 11628
who - after 3 breeding seasons - became their son’s champion youth horse. At that time, they were able to purchase Court Joker’s sire, Giant Mingo who became the main stallion of the Mariposa Quarter Horse and Palomino Stud.
Giant Mingo Q 3159
As Craig’s interests took him into cutting, the purchase of an athletic little chestnut yearling, Hawks Jay Jay, completed the scope their Quarter Horse breeding program.
Hawks Jay Jay Q 28900
(as a two year old)
(cutting at PCQHA as an 7 yr old – Picture by Nalder’s Photography)
By chance, one more stallion was to join the breeding band, Mariposa Docomingo, a dark buckskin and son of Giant Mingo, who has competed successfully in western pleasure, trail, hunter under saddle and dressage.
(photo by Nalder Photography)
Mariposa Docomingo Q 35596
The Mariposa Quarter Horses have been used in many horse disciplines.
The sprint racing and cutting breeding of Giant Mingo have allowed a beautiful, flowing movement and his progeny have excelled in many disciplines such as western events, dressage, jumping and cross country.
Mariposa Game Chip
With a working background, Hawks Jay Jay’s progeny are emerging as awesome cutters, rodeo, eventing and pony club mounts.
Mariposa Chicklet Q 43885
Mariposa Docomingo’s first foal, a buckskin filly (Mariposa Kle Doc), is looking good as a 16hh English Hunting type of horse and with the movement and temperament of a superb western riding horse.
Mariposa Kle Doc A2-957
(photo by LePix)
Mariposa horses are known for their quiet nature and many have been used as pony club and youth mounts. Libra Ago Go (with 1048 “A” class AQHA points) and Court Joker (with 390 AQHA points) are not only outstanding youth champion horses but they have also successfully competed in many disciplines like dressage, pleasure, reining, trail and hunt seat equitation. Both have retired, Libby used occasionally for RDA and CJ retired to casual pleasure riding.
CJ and Marc
Monica and Libby
Libby at RDA
Mariposa Quarter Horses have plenty of “color”. With Giant Mingo’s recessive color genes buckskins and palominos make Mariposa horses appealing to the eye.
Horses from Mariposa
have some unusual jobs. One unique niche is as ‘lead-out’ horses at the
renowned tourist attraction, Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Victoria.
“Checkers” has worked as a lead-out and all-round using horse at Sovereign Hill
for 15 years and “Mouse” was purchased to replace him five years ago. Both
horses are known for their unflappable personality, love of people and Quarter
Horse reputation of reliability.
…Between jobs…………………………..At Work, leading out 4 stage horses.