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Affordable Recreational, Instructional and Health & Wellness Programs for Local Heroes and Their Families


Horses4Heroes is a Las Vegas-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth, adults and families and enriching their lives through deeply discounted recreational, instructional and morale-boosting health and wellness programs that emphasize fun and safe activities with horses. Horses4Heroes is all about Healthy Living With Horses.

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Maria Tanya Dari will be working with Veterans, Family Members, First Responders

LAS VEGAS (October 14, 2019) — Horses4Heroes riding instructor, Maria Tanya Dari, has received certification from the O.K. Corral Series in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Living, it was recently announced.


Ms. Dari has been riding horses and competing for more than 30 years, back home in her native Germany and here in Las Vegas. She has been working with Horses4Heroes as a volunteer and riding instructor for four years with a focus on English and Dressage-style of riding.


The wife of a veteran, Ms. Dari is looking forward to working with and helping veterans, spouses and family members who are coping with PTSD. Ms. Dari is all too familiar with the reality of living with PTSD.

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Maria Tanya Dari and “Diamonds” at the
Horses4Heroes Family Equestrian Center in Las Vegas.

“We are excited that Maria has taken the next step to add EAP/EAL certification to her vast experience with horses,” said Sydney Knott, president and founder of Las Vegas-based Horses4Heroes. “We have been offering free workshops to Veterans, First Responders, domestic violence victims, recovering addicts and family members since 2009 and we are proud of our track record and partnerships with local community partners. Adding a team member with this O.K. Corral Series certification will allow us to expand our services to these important audiences.”


Local veterans, spouses, family members and Active Duty service members are invited to meet Maria and the entire Horses4Heroes Las Vegas team at the monthly Veterans Open House, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Interested guests should RSVP via email to The center is located at 4975 North Miller Lane in the northwest.


During the open house, guests will be able to interact with horses, farm animals, enjoy light snacks, and socialize around the campfire, all at a private ranch. Horse rides for ages 2 to adult are available for $5, 200-pound weight limit per rider. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to learn about free and low-cost programs that help with PTSD, improve confidence, self-esteem, reduce anxiety and contribute to overall feelings of health and well being.


“Horses are the best therapists,” said Ms. Williams. “Time spent with horses will definitely make you feel better, stronger and more confident. They have a powerful effect on human emotions. We hope Las Vegas veterans and their families will stop by to meet our staff and our horses.”


About Horses4Heroes Las Vegas

Owned and operated by Las Vegas-based national non-profit Horses4Heroes, the Horses4Heroes Family Equestrian Center, now open at 4975 North Miller Lane, off Lone Mountain near Buffalo, offers low-cost horseback riding programs and activities for local service members, veterans, First Responders and their families, including camps, lessons, birthday parties, field trips, and corporate outings. Free workshops are held for veterans with PTSD/MST/TBI, First Responders, victims of domestic abuse and violence, recovering addicts, Foster children and teens and at-risk youth. For more information, email or visit


About O.K. Corral Series

Based in Reno, NV, The O.K. Corral Series educates, promotes, and supports professionals in the practice of authentic equine-assisted work. Authentic equine-assisted work honors and integrates natural horse and herd behavior as a model for human mental and emotional health using the equine assisted philosophies developed by Greg Kersten, the founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.


Contact: The PR Group

Sydney Knott

C: 702.339.0615

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