Heroes Astride

UCP’s Heroes Astride program works with horses to help our disabled servicemen and women with the tools to recover from physical and emotional trauma. Heroes Astride is an extension of our Saddle Pals program, where our instructors work with UCP’s horses to help people with disabilities develop more control over their bodies, minds and emotions and heal from trauma.

Horses Helping Heroes

Our nation’s heroes – our servicemen and women – travel the world to serve our country, yet when they become disabled, they often have trouble finding the care they need close to home. In addition to medical care, they often need additional services to help them heal.

Heroes Astride, UCP’s accredited adaptive horsemanship program helps veterans, and their families, receive help in a friendly environment.  Veterans, with the help of horses, gain skills that promote confidence and coordination. Program participation results in growth, independence and improved quality of life for participants and their families.

The most common diagnosis of our military personnel is Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.   Unlike traditional approaches, horsemanship activities are enjoyable, and family and community members can join in and participate in the process.

This program was made possible with support from the Joyce and Jim Teel Family Foundation.

A Vietnam vet, Ken found the transition to civilian life difficult. Learn how Heroes Astride helped him recover, and help others in the process.


To learn more about Heroes Astride, contact:
Jane de’Zell
Program Manager
(530) 269-8785
Mailing Address – P.O. Box 1464, Grass Valley, CA 95945

There are many great benefits inherent in the activity of horseback riding.

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This program is provided free to military members. Your donation of $725 will fund a Full Session of Nine Lessons.

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