Jeff and Karen Marcum
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NAPHA Hall of Fame- Positive Idea?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Julio & Tamra Soto Aug 31, 2008. 13 Replies


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My Location: (City, State, Country)
Virginia Beach, VA - United States of America
About Me:
The Marcum family was first introduced to the Peruvian Paso horse in 1968. For three years we met all the breeders we could, read every article available and attended many shows as well in order to learn as much as we could about these great horses.

In 1971 we purchased our first Peruvian horse, San Buenaventura (later a National Champion) from one of the early US breeders and now world renowned breed expert , Mary Donald.

Since this time, I have been dedicated to learning as much as I could about our fantastic breed. I studied classical Peruvian equitation and training with three different maestro chalanes.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Veterinary medicine from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where I was fortunate enough to learn even more about horses and horsemanship from acclaimed equine experts, including top international judges who taught me many lessons on conformation, soundness, and how to best judge horses.

I have been a successful professional trainer with numerous clients ranging from "backyard breeders" to top ranches. In addition, I was manager for one of the largest syndicates in breed history, and managed a 700 acre horse farm in New Jersey.

Beginning in 1978 I have conducted clinics and seminars in the United States and Canada. I was the first breed clinician to incorporate "fun classes" for the participants as a way to put into practice what they had learned.

In 1981, I became a carded Peruvian Paso judge. During my judging career I have judged more than 50 shows in the United States, Canada, Honduras (as the first North American judge invited to judge the Peruvian horse in a Latin country), Guatemala and El Salvador. Included in the shows that I have been honored to judge are 6 National Championship Shows in which I officiated in ALL divisions (Breeding, Gait and Performance). I was the only North American owner/breeder ever to judge ALL DIVISIONS of the AAOBPPH Nationals in the history of that organization. It has always been my judging philosophy that the best horse during the class deserves the blue ribbon and the reputation of the horse, rider or breeder is meaningless to me. I have always done my best to judge by the rules and not by personal prejudice- a practice that seems to now be a rarity.

I have served on show committees, club boards, PPHRNA Board of Directors, and served two terms as an RGM (Regional Governing Member) of the PPHRNA.

I am most interested in promoting a strong, sound, long lived horse rather than horses that have style but no substance.

My wife, Karen, first became involved in the breed in 1986, but has been a lifetime horsewoman. She shares the same love and respect for the breed that I do, and while not a professional trainer, she has a gentle, calming and healing way with horses.

I am taking a break from judging and training in order to pursue other interests. I hope to some day see this breed become an American breed with a Peruvian heritage...NOT a Peruvian breed in America.
I am a:
Aficionado, Judge
I am a Member of These Associations:
NAPHA, Central States Peruvian Paso Horse Club
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We look forward to meeting people who understand and appreciate these wonderful horses.

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Here's the results from our latest poll at on the welcome page. The next poll revolves around the direction the breed is going. Thanks to all of the participants.

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Our first poll is in regards to how you think NAPHA should market our breed.




Posted on September 7, 2009 at 2:35pm 7 Comments

Hi Everyone-

Well, it looks like it's happening. While the details will still have to be "ironed out" there will be a NAPHA Hall of Fame committee formed, and exact requirements will be finalized sometime in the near future. My thanks to everyone who has been helping with promoting this idea. If you are a NAPHA member, have 10 years or more experience with the Peruvian horse and are interested in serving on the committee let NAPHA know of your willingness to do so.

Possible NAPHA Hall of Fame Progress!

Posted on August 30, 2009 at 5:43pm 1 Comment

Although it is taking a LONG TIME it looks like there is progress with NAPHA considering a Hall of Fame. I have been working diligently on this, and hope that there will soon be something definitive. While it is looking good, more input to NAPHA will be greatly appreciated.

We've added more names to our "Hall of Fame"- check it out and add your nominee!


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At 11:18pm on March 6, 2012, Enrique Lacayo said…
Hi enrique
At 11:17pm on March 6, 2012, Enrique Lacayo said…
Ola Jeff has been a long time we are still around doing great, Lola has been a great dam, we have excelent first class blood lines . My mail is Kisses to Karen and the kids.
At 3:16pm on March 3, 2009, cindi st. laurent said…
Hi Jeff and Karen,
Can you please email me with some info. on your facility and prices for training. I have a filly that will be 3 in april and wondering if i should start training or wait untill she's 4 so that she can be more mature. Just looking at my options. Also, was wondering if i can stop by and look at your facilities in about 2 weeks since i'm going to be heading to texas and you're probabley on the way. My email is cindi
At 1:03pm on December 1, 2008, David & Laura Burrell said…
Hi Jeff and Karen, if you have a min - take a look at the video on my page -Don's favorite gait. He has an additional gear to go! He is doing great - best ever in strength and gait quality. He loves to ride with Anna as she lets him run. He knows when she puts the english saddle on and the snaffle bit in - man does he get excited! Thanks for helping us with him. Hope you are well.
We also added 3 photos of Aragon. Prim is well! Stay warm! David

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