Jul 30, 2018

Love in the DMZ

Thank you to the Santa Fe Playhouse who held two Special Staged Readings of Julia Cameron's LOVE IN THE DMZ this past weekend and donated a portion of their proceeds benefiting Horses For Heroes Cowboy Up!

LOVE IN THE DMZ, by THE ARTIST'S WAY author Julia Cameron, follows the relationship between a Husband and Wife during the Vietnam War era. The play begins in the spring of 1968, when Husband has been sent to Vietnam to lead a group of young soldiers. He and his loving Wife comfort each other with lyrical, sometimes silly love letters. As time goes by, Husband's letters get darker, and Wife, although frightened by the letters, tries to stay supportive and to keep their bond alive.
Rick was asked to open both evenings with a few words, here he is Sunday night.
Thank you too all!
L to R: Playwright and Author Julia Cameron, Nick who played 'Husband', Horses For Heroes NM Executive Director Rick Iannucci, Director of Love in the DMZ Dutchess Dale, Horses For Heroes NM Programs Director Nancy De Santis, and Catherine who played 'Wife'.

A major gift of both readings were the Vietnam Veterans who shared the recesses of their hearts during the Q&A that followed ~ May you continue to feel your own healing from our shared time together, of not only us being part of the audience, but being a community ~ Welcome Home!

A special thanks to Kerry,Vaughn, and Jennifer of The Santa Fe Playhouse!

Jul 24, 2018

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Bianca and Hollywood.
Rick's new "Come and Eat" sign quotes  John 21:12

We take mealtime seriously! Louisiana Po-Boys made right!
"Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat." ~ Guy Fieri
Besides, good food choices are an excellent investment!
July 17th Rick takes NMNG Chaplains around our facility.
 Reflection Pond and Bunk House.
 Fire pit and Spirit Stick, a tribute to those we served with.
 Continuing our work with the NMNG to help build resilient warriors.

Jul 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!

The greatest gifts you can give your children are
the roots of Responsibility and the wings of Independence.
~ Denis Waitley


Earlier in June...

Our 3rd Annual
“Train the Trainers” for dedicated Equine Gestalt Coaching Method  (EGCM®) graduate practitioners who are learning how to work with veterans. Expanding our outreach in this way allows maximum use of our time, talent and treasures. This comprehensive course prepares practitioners to work with all veterans and active military. 

Three of the four days, practitioners got to hear Veterans Speak

A commendation from a participant:
“I was so impressed with the knowledge I gained form the Horses For Heroes. Training! As a therapist with a solid foundation in trauma work, I was not prepared for how much I would learn about both trauma and the specific experience unique to military veterans in both men and women. Nancy was an impressive presenter and trainer, offering a wealth of wisdom and experience in a very interactive and meaningful way. The horses, the veteran presenters and the circle of safety that I experienced created a rich learning environment and a lasting impression.”   ~ Heather Kirby, LCSW, CSAC, M.Ed

June 9th, 2018
Staple Cross Branding

Beautiful morning!
Boss assigns his sections for the gather.
Back at base, we unload the Chuck Wagon.
Setting up the fly over the Chuck Master's cook station.
 Master Cook and his young apprentices.
 In start coming the cows!
Time to sort.
 Branding begins.
These Marines get straight to it!
 One after...
 ...the other...
 ...no resting...
...on the job! 
 "Watch your back buddy!"
All hands on deck!
 Boss-man oversees operation is running smoothly.
"Shot of the day"
 All done!
Wash up ~ cause it's time to eat!
Carl and Jo - you're the best!!!
Thank you! And thank you Steve for the invite!