Networking Works: Rescued California Peruvian Mares & Their Adoptive Family Pay It Forward

Lovely Peruvian Ladies Find Their Forever Home In California and Help Their Peruvian Sister Now in Arizona


(Phoenix, AZ, August 15, 2011). In May 2011, The Conquistador Program worked with community members in California and Arizona to help find a home for two wonderful Peruvian Paso mares who had been rescued from a very bad situation in which they literally were starving.  The mares, Mystique and Mistiana, 12 and 15 years old were taken into care by Tehachapi, California resident Judy Passalacqua and her husband Rick.  The Passalacquas provided all of the veterinary care, farrier care and feed the two ladies required for their initial recovery and, when the Passalacqua needed to find a forever home for the mares because of restrictions in their gated community, they contacted CERAP for help. 


CERAP sent out information on the mares provided by Judy, to our contacts in California including to North American Peruvian Horse Association (NAPHA) Regional Advisory Council member, Jolene Bell Hahn (who bred the Haights much-loved stallion D.O.R. Velocipedo), to the Southern California Peruvian Paso Horse Club and to Peruvian lovers in California and in Arizona.   Horse lovers went into action sending the information on to their contacts.   Soon CERAP was contacted by Judy letting us know that the girls had found a wonderful home near Bakersfield, California with experienced horsewoman Penelope Shibley and her fiancé Wes.  Since arriving in their new home, the Peruvians have settled in beautifully, are gaining weight and muscle and are happy and looking wonderful.  Penelope loves the mares and her love is reflected in their condition.  But the story does not stop there.  Judy and Rick who had rescued the mares and provided all of their initial care and who transported the mares to Penelope refused to take even a dime for an adoption fee or even for gas money.  Penelope asked the rescuers if she could make a donation in their name.  The Passalacquas requested that Penelope make a donation to CERAP that had recently taken in another very young 11 year-old Peruvian Paso mare, La Pachanga II, who had sustained severe injuries to her right leg when someone had taken her to the Charros in California.


Pachanga required special shoeing and farrier care.  The rescue of her Peruvian sisters, now named Phoenicia and Pedaiah by Penelope so that all of the girls have “P" names led to her donation to help their beautiful Peruvian sister, Pachanga.  Pachanga’s  paternal grandsire is the great stallion H.N.S. Domingo, and her Peruvian sisters helped her get her new shoes.  This is a story of compassion, unselfishness, the power of people working together and networking, and most of all of how good deeds like those of the Passalacquas and Penelope Shibley really do pay forward.  Pachanga says she loves her new designer specials.


The Conquistador Equine Rescue and Advocacy Program is a 501c3 Equine Welfare Organization run by Dr. Patricia Haight Ph.D.. (480) 593-4491



Photo credits:

Mystique and Mistiana before 1 - Judy Passalacqua

Phoenicia (formerly Mistiana) and Pedaiah (formerly Mystique) today  - Penelope Shibley

Phoenicia today - Penelope Shibley , Pediaah today Penelope Shibley 

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Comment by Allison Morris- "ASHA" on October 4, 2011 at 9:35am

It is beyond my understanding why  some people get these beautiful and majestic horses only to starve them:-( So glad these two were saved. Always heartwarming to hear happy endings

Comment by Jody Childs on August 17, 2011 at 11:58pm

Very heartwarming story!


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