Dec 7, 2018

Cowboy Up! Veterans Find A Place At The Table by Edible

Click on the above magazine cover to read their entire issue
and scroll over to page 52 to see their feature on Cowboy Up!!

First of all, Edible is our favorite magazine...REALLY!  It is hard to believe this award winning magazine is offered free in print at locations around NM! The texture and layout has always been a feast for the eyes with beautifully written articles that tap into all the senses!
This December/Early Winter issue is a special one for us because Stephanie Cameron (Edible NM Publisher & photographer) and Candolin Cook featured us after their visit to the ranch in October!  They are both the real deal, sharing the day with us side by side from sun up with Cowboy Up! Yoga, then working with our horses, all the way to a stunning New Mexico sunset and sharing a wonderful meal, prepared and served by our veterans. 
 Here is the on-line version (see page 52 for "Cowboy Up! Veterans Find A Place At The Table"). 
So fix a steaming cup of coffee or a hot tea and snuggle up to read the entire issue!

Thank you Stephanie and Candolin ~ we sure had a lot of fun!

Dec 3, 2018

December 6th A White Mountain Christmas featuring The Flying J Wranglers

Come on out this Thursday, December 6th to Albuquerque for The Western Music Associations "A White Mountain Christmas Show featuring the Flying J Wranglers"! A portion of the proceeds are being donated to Horses for Heroes NM, Inc. ~ Come on out and show your support ~ Hope to see you there!!!
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Nov 29, 2018

Welcome Dr. Glenn Schiraldi to our National Advisory Board

 Glenn R. Schiraldi, PhD


Horses For Heroes New Mexico welcomes Dr. Glenn Schiraldi to our National Advisory Board. His professional credentials are only eclipsed by his heart of compassion for fellow veterans. We are truly blessed and honored to have him on board as we move into our 10th year, a decade of serving veterans wellness, wholeness and growth.  

Glenn R. Schiraldi, Ph.D., Lt. Colonel (USAR, Ret.), has served on the stress management faculties at the Pentagon, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and the University of Maryland, where he received the Outstanding Teaching Award and other teaching/service awards in the School of Public Health. He is the author of various articles and books on human mental and physical health. His 13 books on stress-related topics have been translated into sixteen foreign languages, and include: The Resilience Workbook; The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery & Growth; The Resilient Warrior Before, During, and After War; World War II Survivors: Lessons in Resilience; The Self-Esteem Workbook; Conquer Anxiety, Worry & Nervous Fatigue; The Anger Management Sourcebook; Ten Simple Solutions to Building Self-Esteem; Hope and Help for Depression: A Practical Guide; and Facts to Relax By: A Guide to Relaxation and Stress Reduction. Glenn’s writing has been recognized by various scholarly and popular sources, such as the Washington Post, American Journal of Health Promotion, the Mind/Body Health Review, and the International Stress and Tension Control Society Newsletter.

While serving at the Pentagon, he helped to design and implement a series of prototype courses in stress management for the Department of the Army—including hostility/anger management and communication skills. For the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and Resilience Training International he designed and presents resilience training to optimize mental health and performance while preventing stress-related mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder in high-risk groups (such as military, police, and firefighters). Serving at the University of Maryland since l980, he has pioneered a number of mind/body courses, which have taught coping skills to a wide range of adults to prevent stress-related mental and physical illness. His research indicates that resilience and seven other indicators of mental health can be favorably impacted by semester’s courses. He has trained clinicians and lay people internationally on various dimensions of resilience and trauma. Because of his expertise in practical skill building to prevent mental illness, he was invited to join the Board of Directors, Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association, founded as a Johns Hopkins University, Department of Psychiatry, cooperative. He has also served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience and on the ABC News Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder working group.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and a Vietnam-era veteran. He holds graduate degrees from BYU (Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian) and the University of Maryland. His research interests center on personality and stress, including resilience, post-traumatic stress, self-esteem, depression, anger/hostility, and anxiety.  

Nov 18, 2018

Theater of War in NYC and KSFR Interview

For Veteran's Day Bloomberg Headquarters invited us to participate in Bryan Doerries Theater of War hosted at Bloomberg in NYC to honor the Veteran Community.

Theater of War is an innovative public health project that presents reading of ancient Greek plays as a catalyst for town hall discussions about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, and their caregivers and families today. Using Sophocles' plays to forge a common vocabulary for openly discussing the impact of war on individuals, families, and communities and understanding between diverse audiences. Each performance is followed by community panelist remarks and a facilitated discussion by it's Artistic Director Bryan Doerries.

Ed Jany, who put the event together, introduced the event in honor of Veterans Day.

A program, pen and journal was placed on every seat to record thoughts for discussion after the readings.
Founder and Executive Director Rick Iannucci speaks about Horses For Heroes work with veterans and active military.

Artistic Director of Theater of War Bryan Doerries who adapted the plays for public view introducing each Act (scene).

A big shout out to these actors Obi Abili, Kathryn Erbe, and John Turturro for a powerful performance!

Horses For Heroes Programs Director and Co-Founder, Nancy De Santis (far left), and Alroy Billiman former US Army and Cowboy Up! Graduate/Instructor (far right) were honored to sit as panelists along with two wonderful Vietnam veterans (*apologies*names unknown). The purpose of the panel is to discuss veteran experiences and Bryan Doerries facilitates the conversation to include the audience.  

Alroy and Rick with actor John Turturro ~ heck of a nice guy, as all the actors were.
Great to be part of such powerful production!
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John Shannon of KSFR

KSFR's John Shannon Talks With The Founders of Horses For Heroes-Cowboy Up! and Gets a Program Overview - Part 1

November 7, 2018 

KSFR's John Shannon Talks With The Founders of Horses For Heroes-Cowboy Up! & Army Combat Vet Alroy Billiman Part 2

November 8, 2018


Also, We hope you will come out for 
A White Mountain Christmas

Click Flier for details

Oct 8, 2018

KSFR spot on our Resilient Warrior Program

John Shannon of KSFR speaks to Horses For Heroes Cowboy Up! Executive Director Rick Iannucci about our Resilient Warrior Program, and you'll get to hear from some very special guests!

Click link here: KSFR Audio Short

 Riding Staple Cross.

Guys cooking with The Ranch House owner Josh Baum.

Check out our video shorts from this past week on Instagram


Sep 11, 2018


Aug 31, 2018

KRQE 13 Interview This Morning

Click HERE to listen to the interview short with
Chef Lane Warner and Rocky Durham

Aug 30, 2018

Good Morning Sunrise

 Good Morning!

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Labyrinth with skyscape.

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 23, 2018

April in Israel

Good morning Israel!
Horses For Heroes Cowboy Up! goes International.
We were asked to make presentations in Israel ...

It all started with this long friendship of two military servicemen almost 40 years ago. 
 Yoav and Rick today.

A special Easter in Jerusalem.

 Horse cops in New Jerusalem.

 Our first adventure was a wonderful cattle ranch owned by an Israeli SEAL veteran... view Israeli IDF veterans working their 
home grown "Craig Cameron X treme" obstacle course.

It began with a practice period.

 Everyone warms up and desensitizes, as necessary,
their horses to the obstacles.

 The idea is to go through while mounted.

 Next is a clothesline with rags that flap in the wind
 ~ to see if your horse is unflappable!
A tetter-totter with unsure squishy footing
~ a challenging foam interior.

 Barrels to the left background, logs in the right 
background, and tractor tires in the foreground.

 A water pit with plastic bottle challenge.

Practice ends and friendly competition begins!

 The photo of the day!

 While there we met Udi and his lovely family who is 
doing wonderful work bringing the healing of horses
 to children with sever disabilities through cart riding.

We stopped into Yoav's tack and saddle shop In Natanya and 
look who we found...

 And outside posted was our horse 'Hollywood's' cousin!

 Covered round pen envy!
A nice visit with a Corporate Team Facilitator who 
brings the magic of horses to corporate learning.

 Israeli IDF lawn ornament on the Golan Syrian border.

 Israeli cows. Keeping it Kosher!

 Golan Heights Kibbutz/Ranch manger, Israeli Reserve Officer and Cowboy.
We are working with him to bring a version of our program to Israel
 for IDF Reservists and veterans.

Take it seriously, mines still are a danger...just make sure the cows don't wander in!

 The "hipster mustache" is even in Israel.

 We stopped for a cappuccino before our meeting with
Dr. Itamar Barnea, NATAL’s chief psychologist 
Click the photo above for larger version to read. National pride and respect for their veteran community is incredible.

Col. Barnea (2nd from right) is the chief psychologist and a certified supervisor in psychotherapy for NATAL, Israel’s Trauma and Resilience Center. He was a combat pilot during his military service in the Yom Kippur War and was shot down in Syria leaving him a Prisoner of War (POW).  It was an additional treat to meet the Director of Natal’s Clinical Unit as well, Lieutenant Colonel Saar Uziely (1st from right) ~ they resonated with our decription Of PTSD Post Traumatic Spiritual Dissonance ™
  It was an honor to connect with them and worth giving up riding horses in the Golan Heights just to meet with them and tour their Resilience Center. We learned what they do, as importantly they learned what we do. They both were fascinated with how we work with horses to heal trauma and to heal mind, body and soul. 
Once again always on the Cutting Edge! 

Our next meeting brought us out to meet Gilad  ( Israeli SEAL veteran) who runs a horse riding therapy school. Shown here is the Navajo Nation Flag that we brought to Israel at the request of US MarineVeteran Tyann Nakai. This was part of her project to bring awareness of PTSD and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in arms the world over. 
This flag flew over Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan aboard a United States Air Force KC-135R providing combat operations support during Operation Enduring Freedom.
 Israeli hospitality is bar-none! The coffee is always on everywhere you go!
Horse of the sea ~ Joppa.