ABOUT US
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HEALTHY LIVING WITH HORSES

 

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.

 

Our large and growing national network includes more than 300 facilities in 45 states plus Canada. Through programs like Operation Free Ride, we have given thousands of free horseback rides and we are introducing a brand new audience to the world of horses.

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MISSION
Affordable recreational and instructional equestrian activities for local heroes and their families.
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VISION
Strengthening communities with programs that use horses to promote healthy living and lifestyles.
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CORE VALUES
We use horses to emphasize 4 core values – Responsibility, Independence, Discipline and Empathy.
Membership is free for all active duty service members, Veterans, caregivers, survivors, First Responders and their families. Use the drop-down menu and select HERO for the free membership (if you qualify if any of the free categories listed above). Other heroes (nurses, special education school teachers, ….) are free if you join before 12/31/2020.  After January 1, these Heroes pay just $25, one-time membership fee. Not a “Hero?” You can be our Hero by joining as a Friend, just $50 one-time. In addition, we serve at-risk youth, foster children and teens, victims of domestic abuse and violence, Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, and others in our communities who need a hand up, not a handout.
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please email us at:

info@horses4heroes.org

and follow us on Facebook.


Horseback Riding Lessons Las Vegas
OPERATION FREE RIDE
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Since​ ​2012,​ ​thousands​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​country​ ​have​ ​ridden​ ​a​ ​horse​ ​for​ ​free,​ ​either​ ​by​ ​appointment​ ​at

one​ ​of​ ​our​ ​Ride​ ​Hosts​ ​or​ ​at​ ​open​ ​houses​ ​held​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​equestrian​ ​events​ ​including​ ​horse

shows​ ​and​ ​rodeos:​ ​​ ​Pinto​ ​World​ ​Championship​ ​Show,​ ​Cheyenne​ ​Frontier​ ​Days,​ ​River​ ​City​ ​Rodeo​ ​in

Omaha,​ ​Senior​ ​National​ ​Finals​ ​Rodeo​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Wrangler​ ​National​ ​Finals​ ​Rodeo,​ ​Las​ ​Vegas.

Operation​ ​Free​ ​ride​ ​was​ ​launched​ ​on​ ​May​ ​19,​ ​2012,​ ​in​ ​Las​ ​Vegas,​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​Armed​ ​Forces​ ​Day.​ ​​ ​

In 2014​ ​and​ ​2016,​ ​Horses4Heroes​ ​won​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Horse​ ​Council’s​ ​Time​ ​to​ ​Ride​

​100-Day​ ​Challenge​ ​for introducing​ ​the​ ​most​ ​newcomers​ ​to​ ​horses!​

Its what we do best.

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Our Founder
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In 2006, Sydney Knott, along with her family members, founded the non-profit, Horses4Heroes, Inc. to make horseback riding affordable for, and accessible to, the heroes in our community and their families.  Today, the organization has affiliates throughout the country.  Horses4Heroes is the two-time winner of the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride Challenge!

In June 2017, Ms. Knott was named the Equine Industry Vision Award winner, an annual award presented by American Horse Publications and sponsored by Zoetis.  Ms. Knott is a 1978 graduate from the University of Southern California and is an award-winning practicing public relations professional with more than 40 years of experience in the industry.  She resides in Las Vegas with her husband, William Cunningham, a Vietnam Veteran, and former Navy Seabee.

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BOARDS & LEADERSHIP
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NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

2017-2018

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Development Director,
Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School
Former Advertising Executive,

ROBIN JOYCE

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Mayor,
City of Henderson
Former Executive Director, UNLV Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies

Debra March

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Senior Vice President,
Wells Fargo Insurance
Services USMC Ret., Member, Nellis Support Team, Air Force Assn.,
Thunderbird Chapter

Thomas J. McGrath

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Resident Summer Camp
Director
(25 years experience)
Member, ACA, WAIC
Fresno County Fireman

Jeff “Oz” Nighbert

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Executive
USN Ret

Jesse Pack

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Assistant Executive Director
Las Vegas Police
Protective Assn.
USMC Ret.

Thomas Reid

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Media Executive

Steve Schorr

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(Louisiana)
Wildes Paint Horses
Riding Instructor, Horse
Trainer

Tim and Karen Wildes

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Former Director,
Clark County Parks
and Recreation (20 years)
Retired Air Force
Former State Assemblyman

Glenn Trowbridge