Animal welfare is at the core of the MACH 1 mission and great lengths are taken to provide the utmost in nutrition, housing, and veterinary care.
Cowboy was donated by the LAPD Mounted Patrol. His breed is an American quarter horse and his color is chestnut. He protected two presidents when he was patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. Our more independent riders can ride him and he is also used in the horsemanship program as he has great ground skills for our beginners. He has been with the MACH 1 herd since 2015.
Dotz is a spotted American draft horse breed. His movement and gaits are ideal for some of our adults who may ride independently. Dotz came to MACH 1 from Pierce College through a grant from the Pasadena Community Foundation. He taught students riding lessons at the college then packed in the high Sierra Mountains in the summer. He has been with the MACH 1 herd since 2002.
Will-o is a haflinger breed and his color is chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. Will-o taught a young boy how to ride and show, mostly in eventing. He was donated by a family from La Canada Flintridge. Will-o works with most of our students, especially the smaller ones. He is loved by everyone, especially when he gives his famous smile. He has been with the MACH 1 herd since 2008.
Mercy Lavender is a gray dun donkey, our mascot, and loves to greet everyone with her familiar bray. She was donated by the Adam’s Pack Station and is able to provide grooming skills for those who need her kindness and patience. She has had two babies. She gives hugs, enjoys her carrots, and being petted and loved. She has been with the MACH 1 herd since 2009.
Tiger is an American quarter horse and her color is grullo. Her owner donated her after she was teaching beginners. She loves to wander around the barn with her pal Mercy Lavender when she is not working with the students. She has been with the MACH 1 herd since 2020.
Wilbur is a Haflinger breed and his color is chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. He came from Illinois where he drove a carriage and was ridden by children. He is curious and loves attention. He’s always looking for something to do and loves people. He has been with the MACH 1 herd since 2016. His care has been provided in memory of Shirley and Russ Weld.
Fox is a Haflinger breed and his color is chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. He also came from Illinois with Wilbur where he drove a carriage on the streets. He is our vaulting horse and loves people. He has been with the MACH 1 herd since 2016. Fox and Wilbur are pals.