A horse stable in central urban Milwaukee

MKE Urban Stables provides equine-assisted services and programs to youth and veterans

With the construction complete in May 2020, we became the first facility in the nation to combine equine-assisted therapy, community engagement programs, and mounted police patrol with a total of 24 horse stalls, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, classrooms, multi-purpose community room, and plenty of parking.


Connecting people with horses and each other, to build community through service, care and healing.


Our team is comprised of professionals in equine excellence


Arion is an off-the-track thoroughbred gelding. He raced for a few years before becoming a dressage horse. After competing in professional dressage, he was donated to the stables, where his owners realized that this life was not for him. He is very curious and often likes to touch his nose to whatever has caught his attention! Arion is very playful with the other horses! Some of them appreciate this, and some do not! Arion is new to the program but is settling in nicely. He is learning that his new job is mainly groundwork, which is unique to him. He is very picky about what treats he likes and so far seems to prefer sugar cubes and carrots!


Bracken is a Dales Pony gelding. He is known as the little police horse at the stables because he looks like one just smaller. Bracken is very sensitive, making him a great partner in therapy sessions. He can easily pick up emotions and energy from a client by giving the client clear feedback! He might not be the first horse to greet a new person, but he will be your buddy for life once he trusts a person. Bracken made a living pulling logs out of the woods before living at the stables.


Coy is a Quarter Horse gelding.  He loves to meet new people! He is not shy and will lick anyone he makes friends with! Coy is an excellent part of our therapy team. Because he likes to meet new people, he immediately helps clients feel at ease. He is also quite the character in the arena and will pick up and play with props and toys used for therapy sessions.

Hawkeye & Franny

Hawkeye, Franny’s best friend, is a miniature horse gelding who came to us from the Humane Society with Franny. He was also untouched and ran away from people. Hawkeye is now just as friendly as Franny! He works with Franny during therapy sessions to mirror human behavior. Hawkeye likes training and working on new things; he is quick to learn once he understands! He also very much enjoys any sweet treats!

Franny, Hawkeye’s best friend, is a miniature horse mare that came to us from the Human Society. She was in a field and untouched for ten years, as far as we know! When she first came to us, she was very spooky and did not want to be around people. Now she will greet people at the gate. She and Hawkeye work as a team in therapy sessions. They have been most successful at group therapy. They are very good at mirroring human behavior, which the therapist can then point out to the clients. Franny is especially fond of anything sweet and chasing the train next to her paddock!


Prissy is a female miniature donkey. She came to us from a family downsizing their farm. Prissy loves to spend time with people and begs attention from her stall whenever she hears someone walk into the barn! She enjoys getting scratched on her neck and booty! Exercise is not her thing, but she gets daily walks from volunteers and clients to maintain her weight.

Prissy came to us with some dental problems and even removed some teeth! After having her teeth taken care of, she is much happier and has a large appetite.

mary Mcintosh

Executive Director

Mary McIntosh - Executive Director MKE Urban Stables

After 13 years of successful leadership of two high-performing schools in Milwaukee, Mary McIntosh joined our team.

She most recently served as the president of St. Thomas More High School, where she was responsible for all administrative operations of the school, including finance, technology, and development. Before St. Thomas More, Mary was the president of Notre Dame School of Milwaukee. With a degree in Finance from UW-Whitewater, she brings other business and non-profit experience with strategic planning, team-building, and marketing and communications.

Mary lives in Waukesha and enjoys nature and the great outdoors with her four dogs, a golden retriever, and three border collies.


2021 & 2022 Membership Roster


Kent Lovern
Chief Deputy District Attorney,
MKE District Attorney’s Office

Ed Krishok
Managing Director, Urban
Ecology Center

David Lubar
President & CEO, Lubar & Co.

Jim Phillips
Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn SC


Mary Avery
Consultant, Avery Consulting Group, LLC

William Coleman
President, Coleman & Williams, Ltd.

Marianne Canter
Consultant, Canter Consulting, LLC

Steve Ethier
Sr. Vice President, Stadium Operations – Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Lisa Froemming
Retired Philanthropy Executive

Mahleah Calderon Henes

Elizabeth Idleman 
Asst. GC and Asst. Secretary, Northwestern Mutual

Richard Lincoln

Dan Nelson, Jr.
President & CEO, Nelson Schmidt Inc.

Jill Pelisek
Lawrence G. Regner Executive-in-Residence & Adjunct Professor, Lubar School of Business, UW Milwaukee

Fred Royal, Jr.
1st Vice President-NAACP Milwaukee Branch; Manager of Youth Services – The Center for Self Sufficiency

Carl Wesley, Ed.D
President & CEO – The Center for Self-Sufficiency


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