SubscribeGift a Sub
Enable cache 100
Horse News

BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding Center Honors Military Heroes with Veterans Day Events

Photo by Gruber Photographers

As COVID-19 exacerbates the global mental health crisis, BraveHearts, the largest program in the nation using equine assisted activities and therapies for veterans, announces a series of events to shed light on the growing epidemic of veteran suicide and connect veterans all over the world for Veterans Day. In commemoration, BraveHearts will host an 11-minute virtual broadcast with digital Presentation of the Colors, as well as a drive-thru event for local veterans at their headquarters in Harvard, Ill., on Wednesday, November 11. In addition, a first of its kind, global, month-long “Veterans Virtual Horse Show” is under way to encourage veterans to test their horsemanship skills.

“Our Veterans Day programs were developed after multiple conversations with veterans about the lack of celebrations and events this year due to COVID-19,” said Meggan Hill-McQueeney, President/COO, BraveHearts. “While Veterans Day will look different this year, we are still committed to honoring our country’s heroes. With the intensifying veteran suicide epidemic, we wanted to facilitate as many veterans as possible to connect digitally and continue to help those who have sacrificed so much for our nation.”

BraveHearts’ Veterans Day virtual event will broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube on November 11 for civilians and veterans. The drive-thru program for local veterans and residents will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST and offer an opportunity for local veterans to watch various demonstrations and learn about the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapies. The global “Veterans Virtual Horse Show” is open for entries throughout the month of November. Every participant will receive detailed scoring and feedback from a panel of judges. Register and submit a video pattern by November 29 here. Winners will be announced in a digital celebration on December 10.

BraveHearts is the largest Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Premier Accredited Center in the country that has served thousands of veterans all at no cost, offering equine services to provide emotional, cognitive, social and physical benefits for veterans. Veterans at BraveHearts report benefits, including increased self-esteem, self-worth, trust for others, and decreased depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, and suicidal ideations.

“According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, on average, 20 veterans and active service members are lost to suicide daily. Now, more than ever before, we need to continue conversations about the need for more available resources for the men and women who have served our country. Innovative, alternative therapies should not be a last stop for veterans who are struggling. BraveHearts is here to offer a solution through equine-assisted services for all those who have had trouble finding relief,” added Hill-McQueeney.

To learn more, visit

Horse Illustrated

Horse Illustrated is the magazine for people who are passionate about horses. Each issue offers advice on horse health and care, plus user-friendly training tips for both English and western riders and engaging lifestyle features for horse lovers.

Recent Posts

Efforts to Save Endangered Equine Breeds

Without equines, we would not have the America we know today. This is not at all exaggeration. Without the horses,…

3 hours ago

The Taylor Made School of Horsemanship Aids in Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic changed nearly everything about life as we know it: How we worked, how we shopped, how we…

1 day ago

Barn Banter – Episode 5 from title sponsor Straight Arrow Products

In the Horse Illustrated podcast Barn Banter episode 5, hosts Susan Friedland and Raquel Lynn chat with guests Sarah Maslin Nir about…

2 days ago

Horse Vaccinations 101

Horse owners often find it challenging to keep up with the latest vaccination recommendations, and some may not grasp their…

6 days ago

The American Performance Horseman Shines Spotlight on Western Performance Sports

In an atmosphere that can only be described as electric, the top horsemen and equine athletes in the sports of…

1 week ago

Calm Your Horse Show Nerves

One of the biggest challenges you can face as a rider is trying to effectively incorporate your practice sessions while…

1 week ago