HorsesDaily: Marydell Farm – A Tale of Fate, Love and Horses, American Style

Wendell and Maryanna Haymon of Marydell Farm. Wendell passed away in 2020.
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The breeding program of Maryanna and Dr. Wendell Haymon at Marydell Farm has been posting excellent results for years. The most recent international success came when a mare they bred, Serenade MF (Sir Donnerhall I/ EM Duet MF, owned and ridden by Alice Tarjan), was a key contributor to the success of Team USA at the 2022 FEI World Championships for Dressage, Herning, Denmark.

In a new article on, Maryanna talks about her breeding program, what it was like to travel to Europe to cheer on Serenade MF and the Team in person, the importance of the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championships in discovering talent in young dressage horses, her pride in American breeders, and more.

“I was asked more than once if I had more like her at home.”

—Maryanna Haymon at the 2022 FEI World Championships for Dressage

“I strongly believe there are many top quality horses that are American-bred that will not begin to develop to their ability because there is such a prejudice against them by the buyers. There is a good deal of pride by buyers in saying their horse is an import. I wish more people would look at USA-bred horses with an open eye.”

—Maryanna Haymon, Marydell Farm

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