Jun 20, 2011

Sgt. Erik Schei Cowboys Up!

Sgt. Erik Schei, US Army Combat Engineer, wounded in action in Mosul, Iraq. Our newest Cowboy Up! veteran saddling up for the first time...

Here Erik prepares for his lift with NARHA Certified instructor Georgia Smith, Cowboy Up! Director Rick Iannucci, and Eric's dad Gordon.

With the greatest of ease; Out of the chair and up in the air and Erik gently mounts Shilo. Smiles and laughs abound!

Erik learning the commands "Walk on" and Whoa"

Erik, the Cowboy Up! crew, and his new buddy Shilo.

Smiling away and ready for next time!

With special thanks to our Program Partners Lawrence & Suzanna Becerra and the Las Campanas Compadres team, Director Georgia Smith and Norm Brown. Your compassion and generosity helped get another Hero horseback, and for that we are deeply grateful! You guys rock!!!

Women Veteran Retreat ~ Huge Success!

Thank you to all our Women Veteran Participants, without your enthusiasm this retreat would not have been such a success! We look forward to many more!

A special thanks to New York Deli for putting together lunches for our ladies - I particularly loved the chocolate!!! Many thanks Jeffrey and Ramona!

Takes me a little time to put together the greatness of this day into words, so instead please enjoy some photos ~ A picture is worth a thousand words!

Jun 3, 2011

Wrangler National Patriot

Well, it is official... We are Honored to be endorsed by and partnered with Wrangler National Patriot!!!

Wrangler brand through their Wrangler National patriot Program has designated our organization as one of their approved 501 (C) 3 charities that PRCA rodeos and other western events hosting a Wrangler National Patriot event can make contributions to.

We are designated as a Wrangler National Patriot Event at the following New Mexico Rodeo's:

Rodeo de Santa ~ June 22nd - 25th, 2011 ~ 2801 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM

Maverick Club 89th Annual 4th of July Rodeo ~ July 4th, 2011 ~ Maverick Rodeo Grounds, Cimarron, NM

Maverick Club WRCA Rodeo ~ August, 6th, 2011 ~ Maverick Rodeo Grounds, Cimarron, NM

Wrangler National Patriot Program is best described by themselves, as stated on their website:

"The program was seeded with a check for $50,000 donated by Wrangler in the name of cowboy legend and long-time friend of the Wrangler family, Jim Shoulders. The check was presented December 12, 2009 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV.

"We have a high level of pride and respect for the individuals serving in the U.S. military who show heroism every day in an effort to protect our country. This is our chance to give back to those veterans who have suffered injuries fighting for our country's safety and freedom, and to their families who have lost a loved one while on duty," said Phil McAdams, president, Wrangler Specialty Apparel. "It is a cause we believe will resonate with the western industry and rodeo community in particular, and one they will get behind with sincerity."

Wrangler will donate a portion of the proceeds of Wrangler National Patriot shirts to charities providing support to military veterans and their families. The Wrangler National Patriot shirts will be available at rodeos across the country as well as western specialty retailers nationwide that carry Wrangler Western Wear.

Wrangler is encouraging rodeo committees across the country to create their own fundraising events and connect with locally based charities to provide assistance to wounded or fallen veterans and their families."

To find out more about Wrangler National Patriot please go to:

Wrangler National Patriot

Jun 1, 2011

Free Day Retreat for Women Veterans

Horses For Heroes – NM, Inc. is proud to present their partnership with Judy Schneider the founder of Healing Through Horses to offer you an experience of self-discovery through the way of the horse. Through personal and hands on interactions with your equine partners you will experience both a sense of empowerment and a greater sense of self-awareness.

Rejuvenate Your Soul, Awaken Your Passion and Restore Your Strength

Gift Yourself Time for Celebration and Inspiration


When: June 19th, 2011 from
Time: 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Location: Crossed Arrows Ranch 3774 Hwy 14, Santa Fe, NM
Lunch provided
Space is limited to 12 participants, please contact Nancy De Santis at 505.577.1294 or nancy@horsesforheroes.org to register