About PA Marco

By Connie O’Brien

PA Marco is the result of a happy combination of the illustrious Marwan al Shaqab and our own *Padron daughter, Cassandra SS. Cassandra SS was leased to Pannonia Arabians for several years. Bred by Pannonia Arabians, PA Marco was born and raised at our farm in Nevada. I later purchased PA Marco from Pannonia Arabians; this is how we came to own him.

I was present when PA Marco was born. From the beginning, there was an intelligent, thoughtful presence about him. As I raised him, he had a natural ease in everything he did. He learned almost without being taught. He was gentle, friendly, super smart, and sweet. Additionally, he displayed presence, quality, beauty and strong athletic Russian movement. PA Marco enjoyed life in a large pasture with friends where he grew up strong and well adjusted. As he approached three years of age he was started to saddle by the amazing trainer Tom King. After only 30 days, PA Marco learned all sorts of skills (see video with Tom King). The very first day I saw him ridden I decided to try and buy him from Dr. Merchenthaler of Pannonia Arabians. In spite of the fact that I had sworn not to own another stallion! PA Marco was mine and he went straight to master trainer Brett Becker. In a year’s time at three years of age, he was named 2011 US National Reserve Champion Western Pleasure, followed by 2012 Champion Signature Western Pleasure Futurity and many other honors with Brett Becker.

To go back a bit, I always wanted to get involved in Arabian Reining. As PA Marco matured he displayed tremendous physical abilities and strength. When I asked the wise judge and horsewoman, Judy Kibler, for advice on selecting a trainer in my vicinity, she named Nathan Kent. Soon after we met, I knew Nathan was perfect for PA Marco and us. Brett generously helped us in this transition and PA Marco went to Kuna, Idaho to start a new career with Nathan. Just a few months later Nathan rode him to the titles of 2013 US National Reserve Championship Arabian Reining Futurity and Junior Horse. By the time PA Marco was 5 years old, he achieved three National titles, Scottsdale titles, and earned more than $24,000 in combined prize money in Western Pleasure and Reining. Since then, PA Marco has collected multiple Top Ten awards in Arabian Open Reining at Scottsdale, Las Vegas Wild Card, and US Nationals. He was 2016 Scottsdale Arabian Reining Derby Champion and 2016 US National Reserve Champion Arabian Reining Derby.

“PA Marco is a real horse. It always makes me happy when a horse is beautiful and can also be a great athlete.” – Howard Kale Jr.

PA Marco is standing at the respected Michigan State University in 2019 and will be available for breeding to outside mares.  He is being recognized as a unique opportunity as a breeding horse due to his pedigree, quality, and outstanding athletic abilities. Please join us on the journey of PA Marco, it’s a blast!




AHA Sweepstakes Nominated Sire
Arabian Western Pleasure Association Nominated Sire
Scottsdale Signature Stallion Nominated Sire
Region 12 Spotlight Stallion




  • 2018 Scottsdale Champion Arabian Reining, Intermediate; Top Ten Open

  • 2017 U.S. National Top Ten Arabian Reining Open

  • 2016 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Reining Open Derby

  • 2016 U.S. National Top Ten (5th) Arabian Reining Horse Open

  • 2016 Scottsdale Champion Arabian Reining Open Derby

  • 2016 Scottsdale Top Ten (5th) Arabian Reining Horse Open

  • 2015 Scottsdale Top Ten Arabian Reining Horse Open

  • 2013 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Reining Futurity

  • 2013 U.S. National Reserve Champion Arabian Reining Junior Horse

  • 2012 Champion Scottsdale Signature Western Pleasure Futurity

  • 2011 US National Reserve Champion Western Pleasure Futurity

  • Over $26,000 lifetime combined earnings in Western Pleasure and Reining

By Cindy Reich

PA Marco’s athletic prowess is clearly a result of his ability to move in absolute balance. His drive and impulse from behind is mirrored by his stride forward.  Both diagonal legs in the air are describing a similar arc, with exceptional drive from behind. [click here read full analysis]


“I have managed the MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center for the past 28 years. I have made many mating decisions over the years. I can say without a doubt that the decision to breed our mares to PA Marco was one of the best breeding decisions I have made. The PA Marco babies are Peas in a Pod! We bred several mares of diverse pedigrees to Marco and had the same results. Pretty heads, great feet and legs, strong hindquarters and long hooky necks. The Marco babies will be amazing performance horses and I can hardly wait until they are old enough to start them under saddle.” – Paula Hitzler, Farm Manager, MSU Department of Animal Science