Horses4Heroes, Inc., with its local partners, Cox Charities and the Associated General Contractors of America’s Las Vegas Chapter (AGC), are presenting Horses4Heroes 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.
According to Guy Martin, vice president with Las Vegas-based Martin-Harris Construction and the president of the AGC of Las Vegas, a kick-off is planned the week of March 3 as part of the national association’s charitable effort, known as “Operation Opening Doors.” “Donating the construction services needed to make this project a reality gives us an opportunity to give something back to those in our community whose call of duty is to protect and serve," said Martin.
Horses4Heroes is one of the most successful equestrian service groups for the military, and the only national non-profit equestrian organization that is based in Las Vegas. The organization, at its headquarter facility and through a national network of 265 affiliates in 44 states, provides affordable recreational and instructional programs for all ages and all riding levels.
City of Las Vegas Ward 6 Councilman Steve Ross said bringing horses back to this historic park was part of the 2007 Master Plan, and is important for the community.
"We hope that Horses4Heroes Days at Tule Springs is the beginning of a successful partnership between the city of Las Vegas and Horses4Heroes to offer community equestrian services, once again, at Tule Springs,” Councilman Ross said. "Tule Springs was once a working cattle ranch and, later a resort with horseback riding, tennis courts, a swimming pool and spa.
“Many of us remember riding horses at the park when we were kids, and we are looking forward to sharing this experience with our children and grandchildren for many years to come.”
During the month of March, Horses4Heroes will be relocating all of its operations to Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Activities are planned every weekend in March with weekday activities Tuesday through Friday. weather-permitting. Daily activities include the popular HorsePlay, a "mommy and me" class for toddlers and preschoolers (ages 18 months to 6 years), beginning and intermediate lessons, and after-school programs for middle-school and high school students.
In addition to offering low-cost, affordable instructional programs at its northwest Las Vegas headquarters, the organization partners with local non-profits, families and individuals to provide free morale-boosting health and wellness programs for those in the community who need a "hand up." With names like Back in the Saddle, 8.9.10: Ride to Win, Ladies Unbridled, Unfinished Business, H4H Pony Express and Operation Free Ride, these programs are designed to empower, engage, inspire and even entertain foster children and teens, at-risk youth, victims of domestic abuse and violence, veterans with PTS/TBI/MST and others who can benefit from time spent with horses. The organization uses donated, leased and aged horses, as well as Animal Control and Feed Lot rescues in its daily programs.
According to president/founder Sydney Knott, the Horses4Heroes Days at Tule Springs will offer a safe, healing place where residents, visitors and guests can escape the rigors and realities of everyday life.
"We are honored to have this opportunity to bring our programs to this beautiful community treasure, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs," said Knott.
Horses4Heroes is one of the most successful equestrian service organization for our troops, veterans, First Responders and their families. Since 2006, Las Vegas-based Horses4Heroes has introduced more than 5,000 servicemen and women to horses and horseback riding, simply because of their sacrifice and service to our country. Our growing national network of more than 260 equestrian facilities in 44 states plus Canada provide affordable (sometimes free) recreational, instructional and health and wellness programs for all ages, all riding levels and all disciplines. These programs emphasize fun and safe activities with horses, mounted and unmounted for all ages. Participants learn valuable leadership and teamwork skills, make new friends, and develop a lifelong love of horses. For more information visit www.horses4heroes.org or call 888-987-4376. For updates on the equestrian center visit www.theranchlasvegas.com.
Established in 1988, the Associated General Contractors Las Vegas Chapter (AGC) is a nonprofit trade group whose 650 member firms represent Southern Nevada’s premiere general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and professional service providers. The Las Vegas branch is one of 100 AGC chapters nationwide comprised of over 32,000 member firms throughout North America. As a result, the AGC has established a robust network for lobbying, education and industry representation. AGC members have access to a broad variety of resources, services and activities that would otherwise be unaffordable on an individual basis such as labor relations, professional development, safety services, and networking, among other things. AGC is an active member of the community donating time and resources to many worthy causes throughout Southern Nevada. For more information on AGC of Las Vegas, please call its main office 702-796-9986 or visit its website at www.agclv.org.