We are pleased to recognise Shuna Mardon’s achievements over the years with regard to the breeding of Quarter Horses (QH) her riding and the promotion of the QH Breed in the UK.
Shuna was one of the founding members of the British Quarter Horse Association (BQHA) and served on council during the early years. In 1973 she imported three QHs from the USA, a yearling colt, Waccabuc (AQHA – Tuffy Dude) and two in-foal broodmares, Stacy Cash and Smoke’s Honey. The next year she stood Waccabuc at stud and she went on to own and stand various stallions including Mr Harmon Zero, Wars Chicdelight, Zero Depth Charge and Rexy’s Midnite Runner. In the early years Shuna bred her QH stallions on non-QH mares as there were not sufficient pure-bred mares available to breed enough foals for the quantity of people interested in having a QH.
Waccabuc was the first QH Shuna trained from the beginning of his ridden career. He went on to be the All-Around Champion at the BQHA show every year from 1978 until 1981. Waccabuc was also Reserve Champion Stallion of Europe in 1982. Zero Depth Charge was the All-Around Champion in 1983 and National Champion Stallion in ’81, ’83 and ’84. He was won classes for Hunter stallions and at Hunter Championships in Scotland. In 1984 and ’85, Shuna’s mare, Waccabuc Topasana, won the BQHA All-Around Championships at the Annual Show.
Over the years Shuna successfully showed her QH’s at both WES and AQHA Shows, promoting the QH’s versatility. She competed a number of her QH at English shows in Dressage, Show Jumping and Endurance. She even competed at the Golden Horseshoe Ride bridle-less on Waccabuc Topsana. Shuna did numerous demonstrations not only in Scotland but also in England and Ireland occasionally even mixing with royalty as H.R.H. Princess Anne invited her to give a ‘bridle-less’ riding demonstration. Shuna was the first person in Scotland to own a QH raising the awareness of the breed and Western Riding through her demonstrations and articles that were written about her. We believe she was one the first people in Scotland to offer Western Riding Lessons.
We feel Shuna Mardon deserves to be recognised by AQHA-UK as one of the initial group of Founding Members of the association and for her part in the introduction and promotion of the QH breed in the UK. In 1985 Shuna wrote a book “Riding Free” which details her life and work with her QH’s. A very interesting article about Shuna’s amazing riding exploits can be accessed here:
(Distance International (2002, p36, January). Retrieved on April 27, 2020 from serc-Grampian.org.uk: http://www.serc-grampian.org.uk/SM%2003.pdf )
Top left: Halter – Zero Depth Charge: Top Right: Tuffy Dude (Waccabuc)
Bottom left: Waccabuc Harmonita. Bottom Right: Shuna’s book.