Dec 31, 2014

Happy New Year Alll!

Dec 23, 2014

Merry Christmas All!!!

Dec 21, 2014

Best Christmas Gift!

December 18th, 2014

Welcome home Roper! We were tickled when the call came in from Henry's family telling us they were bringing Roper back home and hoped we would add him as permanent staff to our Cowboy Up! program... uhhh... YEAH!  Roper had actually been Henry's wife Peg's horse, but when Peg stopped riding (at 85) Roper was Henry's go-to horse for moving cattle, roping and he could also put any novice on him when he would take a beginner out on the ranch.  What a blessing it is to have him home!

Bianca exercises Roper out in the arena...

...and from her smile she loves having him on staff!

Dec 16, 2014

Welcome Brigadier General Jack Fox

At our Christmas Social with the Veterans Task Force we welcomed Brig. Gen. Jack Fox, the new Cabinet Secretary NM Department of Veteran's Services. He replaces our dear friend Col. Tim Hale.

Left: New Mexico Department of Public Safety and Cowboy Up! Chaplain Jose Villegas, Brig. Gen. Jack Fox, with Horses For Heroes - NM Executive Director Rick Iannucci wishing Gen. Fox well!

Col. Quentin Collins NMANG Chaplain with some cheerful Christmas anecdotes.
Rev. Rick Rinde ( Cowboy Up participant and former US Army EOD Afghanistan)  and Rick Iannucci reviewing our year in review. Col. Quentin Collins is on the left.

On December 16th, 2014 we were honored to attend the Los Alamos Rotary Club meeting where we were presented a generous contribution from folks who care about veterans. Rotarian Victor Medina pictured end right raised money through his restaurant you can read the story here.
From left, State Farm's Abe Dispennette, LANL's CPO Executive Director Kurt Steinhaus, HFH Cowboy Up! participant Paul Duran, HFHNM, Inc. Executive Director Rick Iannucci, Rotary Immediate Past President James Nesmith and Rotary President Troy Hughes, and Victor Medina.

From the LA Daily Post

Ripple Effect Enhances Donations To Horses For Heroes by Carol A. Clark

 To raise money for the Horses For Heroes program near Santa Fe, Rotarian Victor Medina placed a jar on the front counter at his Manhattan Project Restaurant several weeks ago in downtown Los Alamos.
He discovered someone had removed all of the $5, $10 and $20 bills and left the $1 bills. He published a plea through the Los Alamos Daily Post to the culprit to return the money, which to date has not happened. Horses For Heroes assists in the healing of veterans who have suffered trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and shock.
After reading the story, State Farm Agency owner and miltary veteran Abe Dispennette contacted Medina and contributed $200 to the program. During its Dec. 16 meeting, the Los Alamos Rotary Club also contributed $500 to the Horses For Heroes program. Community Programs Office Executive Director Kurt Steinhaus heard about the story and benefits of the program and attended the meeting to present a contribution match on behalf of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Director Charlie McMillan.
Horses For Heroes Executive Director Rick Iannucci, together with program graduate Paul Duran, accepted the donations saying the program continues to work miracles in the lives of returning veterans such as Duran because of the generosity of organizations and individuals like those in Los Alamos.


After completing his archeological dig and before heading out to NMSU to begin work on his  Masters Degree , Paul spent time out at the ranch getting all the saddle time he could:
Rick and Hollywood, Paul and T4 on a brisk December day.

On a much warmer day Paul instructs his cousin, an Air force veteran. 

Paul takes him through how to halter groom, and some round pen work.

Lunch break and a bit of review of the days session.

After  a great lunch it's time to ride!
Paul illustrates rein control ~ great instructing Paul!


December 4th, 2014
New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association is heavily involved in many activities to promote and protect the livestock industry in NM and across the West. NMCGA provides numerous learning opportunities, including the Cattlemen's College of which we participate in annually with scholarships provided by NMCGA and Caren Cowan Exec. Director

Left to Right: Cowboy Up! member Rick Rinde (USA), Executive Director Rick Iannucci, Cowboy Up! crew member Paul Duran (USMC), Program Partners Mimi and Tom Sidwell of JX Ranch, and Cowboy Up! Instructor Alroy Billiman (USA).