Upcoming Veteran Events

11.11.20 - Veterans Day Drive Thru - 11AM- 1PM CST

  • Location: 7319 Maxon Rd., Harvard, IL 60033
  • Open to ALL current and new veterans
  • Free event
  • Thank you to our partners:
    • Veteran Roasters Cup O’Joe Coffee
    • Gun Barrel Coffee
    • Smallcakes - Barrington
    • Jus Sandwiches
  • Learn more and Sign up to attend the event by clicking here.

11.11.20 - Veterans Day Virtual Event 11AM CST

  • Location: Virtually  - Free
  • The event will begin with 2-minutes of silence proceeded by a 15 minute segment recognizing our veterans.
  • Learn more and Sign up to attend the event by clicking here.

2020 Veterans Virtual Horse Show

  • Video submission due by: November 29, 2020 - 12AM CST
  • Zoom Celebration where results will be announced: December 10, 2020
  • Open to ALL veterans!
  • Virtual free event
  • Veterans can choose to compete in 1 of 3 classes
  • Awesome prizes for class winners as well as wild card awards for all classes
  • All competitors receive participation prize
  • Thank you to our partners:
    • Windmill Halters
    • Dennis Moreland Tack
    • Al Dunning
    • Kimes Ranch
    • Payne Bits & Spurs
    • Dover Saddlery
    • NineLine Apparel
    • Classic Cutter Pads
    • Greeley Hat Works
    • Smartpak
    • Cinch
  • Learn more and Sign up to participate by clicking here

Services for Veterans

Since 2007, BraveHearts has been nationally recognized for providing equine-assisted services to veterans from the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin areas. BraveHearts has the largest equine-based program in the nation for military veterans comprised of riding, ground activities, and gentling wild mustangs. All services are offered at no cost to the veteran and one member of his/her family/caregiver. Services are provided through individual and group lessons. BraveHearts partners with local VAs to provide innovative, recreational services using horses.

Equine services provide emotional, cognitive, social and physical benefits for veterans. Veterans at BraveHearts have reported benefits including: increased self-esteem, self-worth, trust for others and community integration and decreased depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder attacks and self-inflicting thoughts.

Lessons operate in 5-7-week session blocks, allowing veterans to build on skills learned in previous weeks. Veterans are invited to participate in lessons up to two times weekly, at no cost. As veterans increase their horsemanship and involvement with BraveHearts additional opportunities including clinics with world-renowned horsemen. Trail rides, drill teams, retreats, foundation horsemanship, horse shows and even opportunities to become certified instructors, are available for veterans to participate in as well.

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