From July 22-31, 2016, the BraveHearts team along with 10 veterans will participate in Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD)--the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. BraveHearts will partner with both the Bureau of Land Management and Cheyenne Frontier Days to provide an opportunity for 10 veterans to display the skills learned over the course of a year while gentling 20 wild mustangs in only 10 days--in front of a public audience.
The selected military veterans from BraveHearts’ equine-assisted services for veterans will work alongside professional trainers to coach the mustangs throughout the full duration of the event. During the final day, the newly gentled mustangs will be available for adoption.
BraveHearts is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Premier Accredited Center providing equine-assisted services to children, adults and military veterans in need. It is the largest PATH Intl. center in the country providing equine-assisted activities to military veterans free of charge. In 2015, BraveHearts provided 17,515 sessions to 1,192 individuals with the help of over 285 volunteers.
BraveHearts continues to be the leading organization in the industry providing innovative services to people in need. Their most recent program, Operation Mustang, gives individuals the opportunity to work with and train wild mustangs.
CFD participant and U.S. Army Infantry Veteran Mitchell Reno said, “Working with the mustangs has allowed me to hope again, to trust again, to feel again, and I have been able to take the lessons I have learned from the mustangs and put them to work in my daily life. I know my place...Operation Mustang has not only saved my life but has allowed me to be part of my family’s life once again.”