Our interest and involvement in horses began when Cathy started taking riding lessons back in the 80's as a teenager. Although back then Cathy could not financially or logistically afford a horse of her own, she was blessed with amazing neighbors who shared their horses and offered lessons when she was able to join them at their barn. Cathy recognizes and thanks Howard, Shirley, and Susan Williams and their friends from Sycamore Trails Stables in San Juan Capistrano for her love and enjoyment of horses.
Much later in life, mostly out of necessity, Cathy’s daughter Lily (Rider Website Link Below), began taking lessons at an equestrian summer camp that provided both access to beautiful horses and full-day camp care while Cathy worked. What started as a summer camp soon blossomed into a passionate hobby for both Cathy and Lily. Lily rode and learned about horses through US Pony Club and her trainers, while Cathy put her doctorate degree in education to work, studying and learning everything she could about horses through books, podcasts, friends, magazines, and hands-on grooming and handling. She credits Dr. Piper Klemm, owner and publisher of The Plaid Horse magazine and the Plaidcast podcasts for bolstering her education and providing excellent content.
In June 2019, Cathy retired from her career in Catholic education and together Steve, Cathy, and Lily focused on building MZ Farms. The pandemic allowed Cathy and Lily to devote their days to the full-time care of their horses and ponies and the MZ herd grew in size and quality.
We at MZ Farms whole-heartedly believe that horses can change the world for the better! By providing riders with access to exercise, companionship, responsibility, and comradery, horses help to support both physical and mental wellness. We are committed to the education and development of young riders, therefore, MZ Farms focuses on providing amazing mounts for local Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) programs and lease horses and ponies for riders starting in walk-trot through Children’s Hunters. We also financially support education-oriented programs like the Interscholastic Equestrian Association and Metropolitan Equestrian Team because they equitably provide access to horses for all children, even those who cannot afford their own horse or tack.
MZ Farms also focuses on the development and training of young horses through the collaboration of our training partners, Shayne and Skylar Wireman, at Chestnut Hills Equestrian Center in Bonsall, California. The Wireman family's expertise and passion for horses have helped members of our herd become nationally recognized by the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
We love our horses! We care for them as members of our family - because they are! We partner with amazing professionals including Dr. Matt Leshaw from Creekside Veterinary Services, Susanne Holenstein Farrier, Greg Aguilar Farrier, Adrienne Moore DVM and Chiropractor, Jett Martin Equine Spa, Equine Unwind Massage, and Med-Vet Pharmaceuticals for wonderful supplements (MVP 6-Way Exceed). Our horses receive regular veterinary care, dental care, chiropractic care, equine massage therapy, BEMER therapy, hydro spa therapy, high quality feed and supplements, exercise, training, and LOTS and LOTS of love!