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Horses 4 Heroes gives a lift to military families

Reported by: Jen Wahl

LAS VEGAS — Military parents aren’t the only ones who make a lifetime of sacrifices to serve our country.

Military kids are also part of the journey, sometimes moving dozens of times throughout their childhood. That’s why one local organization is doing its part to make Las Vegas feel more like home, while their families are stationed here.

At Horses 4 Heroes in North Las Vegas, military kids of all ages take the opportunity to ride and bond with their horses every week. It’s all at a special price their families can afford. Founder, Sydney Knott, started the organization in 2006.

Now 41 families ride every week. Most are military who can participate thanks to the discounted rates.

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The incredible power of horses to heal wounded veterans mentioned in Congress

Ground Report, Author Robert Tilford — November 14, 2014

On November 13, 2014 Senator Dean Heller of Nevada asked for and was granted permission to address the United States Senate regarding and important matter:

“Mr. President, today I wish to recognize a national nonprofit organization within Las Vegas known as Horses4Heroes for being awarded the American Horse Council Time to Ride 100-Day Horse Challenge by introducing the most newcomers to horses in just 100 days. This unique program works to improve the lives of more than 6 million Americans who serve in the military, National Guard, as first responders and their families, by making horseback riding more affordable and accessible. As a longtime horse owner and horse enthusiast myself, I recognize the importance horses play as both companion animals and to our Nation’s economy.

The brave men and women who have served the United States and fought to protect our freedom have often come home suffering from the effects of post-traumatic stress, PTS. Veterans faced dangerous situations in order to protect Americans from harm, and we owe them a debt of gratitude. Horses4Heroes is a shining example of the kind of initiatives that will help to reintegrate our veterans into civilian life, combat the effects of PTS, and help reduce the rates of suicide, while also providing comfort to grieving families.

There is no way to adequately thank the men and women that lay down their lives for our freedoms, but the founders and volunteers at Horses4Heroes are working to assist our Nation’s veterans by giving them the opportunity to use horses to help reconnect and get reacquainted with their families. The organization was founded by Sydney Knott

Time to Ride 100 Day Challenge

We are honored to have won the Time to Ride 100 Day Challenge! In 100 days we introduced 2,120 people to horses, bringing our two year total, since we launched Operation Free Ride to more than 10,000 at open houses, events and by appointment. Folks, horses have to eat and we are asking your support of a national organization that is making horseback riding FUN, AFFORDABLE and ACCESSIBLE to please support us by GIVING $18 or more! If everyone that we introduced to horses this summer gave $18, we would have raised $38,160 … that’s a lot of hay for our horses! Please help and SHARE on your FB page! Meet our herd, donated and aged horses, making dreams come true!

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    Horses for Heroes offers Relief to Military and their families

Horses for Heroes offers Relief to Military and their families

Over The Fences Farm (owned by Lisa Smith) has formed a connection with Horses for Heroes to offer a place for those serving our country and their families to escape.  See Video for full story.

Horses4Heroes happy with new home at Floyd Lamb Park

Horses4Heroes transitioned from a temporary home at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs to a permanent home, courtesy of the Las Vegas City Council’s unanimous vote April 16.

The nonprofit now pays the city $1 a year for the equestrian concession and $500-per-month rent for a nearby residential house.

Horses4Heroes was founded by Sydney Knott in 2006, operating out of her backyard. In March, the horses were transferred to the popular city park, known for its green grass and peaceful ponds that attract picnickers by the carload — $6 per carload.

She began Horses4Heroes to provide free horse rides to the families of the military, veterans and first responders. But now, with the city’s blessing, the Horses4Heroes Community Equestrian Center, “The Ranch at Tule Springs,” will be open to the public and offer low-cost rides for all ages and all skill levels.

The Ranch will offer lessons, camps, recreational riding, corporate events, Mommy and Me for toddlers and preschoolers, an after-school junior rancher program and other programs.

The operation consists of horses, a barnyard with 12 pygmy goats, one sheep, a miniature cow and an alpaca, all available for petting and brushing but not feeding. There are 13 horses, including two miniature horses for petting but not riding.

To avoid disappointment, it’s wise to call first and make an appointment.

Call 702-885-1943 or go to theranchlasvegas.com.

The ranch is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sunday by appointment.

On Good Friday, a Henderson family was having a birthday party with a handful of youngsters taking turns atop a horse circling the corral three times. The cost per child was $5 for the basic ride. The little ones were wearing helmets since it was a

Horses4Heroes bringing horses back to Floyd Lamb State Park

It was a working ranch back in the 1940s and now horses are returning to Tule Springs. The nonprofit group Horses4Heroes is moving its operation to the city park. This means all of us can enjoy a month of free horse back riding, mommy and me classes, and a petting zoo.

Watch the video here.

For more than a week now, workers have been building stalls and shoveling gravel, getting Tule Springs or Floyd Lamb State Park ready for Horses4Heroes. Founder Syd Knott says, “This is an incredible opportunity to take what we’ve been doing for the past seven years for a small group of people and open it to the entire Las Vegas community.”

None of this would be happening if it weren’t for the Associated General Contractors of America. Their national convention is in Vegas right now and they chose this project as their charitable outreach. We asked Guy Martin, vice president of Martin Harris Construction, if it was hard finding local contractors to do the work. “No. Good causes never have a hard time finding good help. And this is no exception.”

AGC is improving the arena, building a petting zoo and the stalls for the horses. Their efforts are making it possible to bring these majestic animals back to Tule Springs where Syd says they belong. “Horses have been part of Floyd Lamb Park forever. It’s been part of our Western heritage forever. We’re just so excited to be able to bring horses back to Floyd Lamb Park.”

The ribbon cutting for the new equestrian center is at 1 p.m. March 6, followed by a month-long celebration with free riding lessons, horse back rides, mommy and me activities every weekend.

Beth Fisher,

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    Horses provide ‘magical’ therapy for valley’s heroes and their families

Horses provide ‘magical’ therapy for valley’s heroes and their families

Sophie Juhl skips toward the petting zone at the Horses4Heroes ranch. She’s on a mission.

“Roger, Roger, Roger,” she sang, calling out the name of her favorite miniature horse on a recent Sunday afternoon at the nonprofit organization’s new ranch at Floyd Lamb Park.

Sydney Knott — the nonprofit’s founder — tasked the little girl with bringing the ranch’s two miniature horses to their stall. Sophie’s tiny cowboy boots shuffle in the gravel as she leads her mother to the gates. They pass the alpaca and miniature cow and goats, the children petting them, and the smiling volunteers to reach the miniature horses: Roger and Bravo.

Sophie is the height of a normal horse’s leg. Even the minis are larger than her, but that didn’t matter as she hooked up the harnesses to lead them to their stall for a break. Sophie is fearless around all horses, big or miniature.

She rides them, pets them, brushes them and obsesses over them at home with horse blankets, stuffed animals and toys. They are her escape from the hours spent inside sterile hospitals getting poked with syringes full of steroids and vitamins to control her rare blood disease.

Sophie suffers autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS), a sickness that destroys her red blood cells. It could kill her if left untreated. Only a risky bone marrow transplant can provide a cure.

But every weekend, Sophie comes to Horses4Heroes for lessons. They’re free because her father is in the military. When Sophie’s here among the horses, trees and dirt, she is the cowgirl who dreams of becoming a veterinarian by day and a barrel racer by night. She is Miss Horses4Heroes.

“This place is amazing,” said Deanna Juhl, Sophie’s mother. “She is

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    Pet Scene Magazine of Las Vegas features H4H Days at Tule Springs

Pet Scene Magazine of Las Vegas features H4H Days at Tule Springs

Horses4Heroes, Inc., with its local partners, Cox Charities and the Associated General Contractors of America’s Las Vegas Chapter (AGC) are presenting l-Iorses4Heroes Days at Tule Springs, a month-long celebration honoring local heroes and the horses that serve them every day. The events, including free horseback rides for all ages, from small children to adults, will be held March 3-31 in Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.

Read more in the March/April Issue of Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine at www.LVPetScene.com

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    Horses4Heroes Days will let local equine enthusiasts bond at a gallop

Horses4Heroes Days will let local equine enthusiasts bond at a gallop

It wasn’t all that long ago that Las Vegas was a haven for horses and the humans who keep, ride and treasure them.

That remains true, albeit mostly at the edges of suburban Las Vegas where there’s still enough room for private owners to house horses for pleasure or business. But the rest of us? Postage stamp-sized yards and encroaching suburbia have weakened our bond with the animals that made the West.

However, starting March 8, Southern Nevadans will have a chance to reconnect with the Las Vegas Valley’s equine past when Horses4Heroes Inc., a Las Vegas-based nonprofit organization, moves to Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs to offer the public horseback riding and other family-friendly activities.

Horses4Heroes Days at Tule Springs will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from March 8 through March 30. There’s no admission fee, but a $6 parking fee will be charged. (For information, visitwww.theranchlasvegas.com.)

Sydney Knott, founder and president of Horses4Heroes (www.horses4heroes.org), said the organization was created in 2006 as a means of honoring firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians and military personnel and veterans.

The idea: offering lessons, horse riding sessions and similar activities at a discount so public service personnel and their families can enjoy quality time participating in a fun and affordable pastime.

From those beginnings, Horses4Heroes expanded its offerings by creating horse-riding activities with a morale-building and wellness focus for nonprofit organizations and groups that include domestic violence victims, at-risk youths and children.

Erin Wintill and her family moved to Las Vegas over the summer from Hawaii. Erin’s husband, Lt. Col. Greg Wintill, is stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, and Erin says

New equestrian center being built for Horses4Heroes

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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — A local charity is getting a major boost thanks to a national construction company.

AGC Charities is planning to build an equestrian center for Horses4Heroes.

The local charity provides horse-related programs for veterans, their families and local first responders.

Since it began in 2006, Horses4Heroes has operated out of the founder’s backyard. But thanks to the generous donations, the new facility will be located at Tulley Springs Ranch.

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