USC Mascot


Traveler_1TRAVELER

“In 2004 my husband Bill and I had the fabulous opportunity to put the Andalusian and Lusitano breed in the public eye indefinitely.  We provided a permanent endowment for the University of Southern California’s famous mascot, Traveler.  Now, as long as there is a “Traveler”, he will be an Iberian Warmblood.  Our beautiful farm is now known as “The Home of Traveler” and I hope to be breeding future USC Mascots at our facility.  Unfortunately, my husband, Bill, passed in January of 2013.  I will honor him by the continuation of breeding these noble horses for another “Traveler”.  USC is a very important part of his legacy and our family.”

~ Nadine Tilley


Traveler_2THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXERPT FROM AN ARTICLE BY MEAGHAN AGNEW, PUBLISHED IN THE USC NEWS:

“Supporting a Trojan tradition as entrenched as a “Fight on!” refrain USC alumnus Bill Tilley and his wife, Nadine have given $2 million to the Traveler Mascot Program to assure the future of the university’s equine icon.

The Tilleys – longtime devotees of the USC football program who have attended most home games since marrying in 1975 – hold a special affection for the team’s mascot.

Nadine Tilley breeds and trains champion Spanish Andalusian Horses, the same breed as Traveler.

It was she who inspired the late Richard Saukko, Traveler’s original rider, to change the breed of future Travelers after he spotted her atop a majestic Andalusian in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

The couple saw their gift as a way to “assure Traveler’s immortality…”


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BOOKING TRAVELER FOR YOUR SPECIAL EVENT, PLEASE CONTACT JOANNE ASMAN AT: 818.842.8444 OR EMAILS: jsa@asmanj.com


January 1, 2015

USC’s Traveler is led riderless in honor of Rose Parade grand marshal, Louis Zamperini, who passed away last year.  Read full article…

Priceless Moments in Time…

A Brief History of the Andalusian Horse…

The Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse or PRE (Pura Raza Española), is a horse breed from the Iberian Peninsula, where its ancestors have lived for thousands of years. The Andalusian has been recognized as an individual breed since the 15th century, and its conformation has changed very little over time.

Throughout its history, it has been known for its prowess as a war horse, and was prized by the nobility. The breed was used as a tool of diplomacy by the Spanish government, and kings across Europe rode and owned Spanish horses.

The Andalusian is closely related to the Lusitano of Portugal, and has been used to develop many other breeds, especially in Europe and the Americas.