It was a pleasure to have award-winning filmaker James Kleinert visit this week. James took several days to document some of our veterans working in our Cowboy Up! program for his new film Horse Medicine. This feature length film starring Vigo Mortenson, Sheryl Crow, Willy Nelson, Kelly La Brock and Monty Roberts among others will also feature our Cowboy Up! Program in a segment speaking towards our unique "skill set restructuring" concept for helping and healing our warriors.
Everything needed for filming. James set up in our bunkhouse office and was working long hours.
Lunchtime with "cast" and "crew"! The only "posed shot" we took.
August 20th, 2013
Here Michael lets Junior get used to James working low on the ground and the new fence configuration, something he is not used to seeing.
Alroy came down to help instruct other veterans and share his experience and thoughts on working with horses. His perspective from the Native American experience was powerful.
Work does not stop even though there are cameras rolling. Here is newest Cowboy Up! participant John Shannon, US Army. Even Special Forces guys need a hand from time to time, John!
August 21st, 2013
Time to move our yearlings out!
Michael calmly eases this trio down the alley.
A few gate manuvers making an easy pathway into Alroy's trailer...
... safley loaded and ready to head back to the "REZ" until next season.
We were honored to host Museum Director Dr. Francis Levine and Curator Seth McFarland and their staff at our place. They had never seen the kind of partnerships and the magic that our cowboys created. We appreciate their support and encouragement and look forward to working with them in the Spring.
All hands on deck for Sedillo Cattle Assoc. We are honored to be partnered with Sedillo and the Laguna Pueblo. Their robust schedule and their work ethic provides an always anticipated opportunity for our guys and gals to dig in and get 'er done.
Circles assigned ... and Heading out.
Stewart Romero in some breathtaking scenery. We feel blessed to be able to ride and work on God's beauty with good friends.
...forth batch in from all directions and now heading for the pens.
The youngins take Jack for some fresh grass after a great job of gathering.
Hot irons. Some real old school running irons also give our crew the opportunity to see a different way to brand.
Eric and Adam await...
...the first, and not the last! Note Matt in his headscarf.
Sedillo's record keepers Carmen and Jess!
Wide angle view.
It gets pretty hot out there without a cowboy hat or in Matt's case his "drive on headgear". He said it kept him cool in the summer and warm in the winter when he was "downrange". Good to see him "improvising, adapting and overcoming!"
John draggin' and Adam ready to heel 'em.
Father John and son Stewart Romero of Sedillo Cattle Assoc. They are truly the future for this Pueblo's cattle production success. We are honored to call these guys our friends and brothers.
Gettin' 'er done!
Morning's done, time for a group shot.
Back to work! Directing the cattle through the chute for closer look and doctoring.
Branding the larger ones and the bulls.
You guys are havin' way too much fun! John and Rick make checking teeth, doctoring for pinkeye and sawing off errant horns look like fun.
Jess knows exactly who's is who's...or is it who is whoms??? Oh well.
Another great visit with our Laguna friends, thanks for the invite y'all!
September 9th, 2013
Progression of today's sunrise here at the ranch.
" How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven."
September 12th, 2013
Though we had a light drizzle...
The boys rocked on. "Ranger " weather...Huaah!
September 28th, 2013
The Ranch Cowgirls Rodeo Association
Honored Horses For Heroes - NM Cowboy Up!
We were honored to be partnered with these hard working and talented, oh yes and gorgeous ranch cowgirls and also to be selected as the beneficiary of this years 50-50 drawing. You ladies really rock! See you in May when you kick it off again!
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October 3rd, 2013
John Shannon, Governor Susana Martinez and Rick Iannucci at a meeting in her office where we were invited to speak about alternative programs for our combat warriors.
Is a unique horsemanship, wellness and skill-set restructuring program based in Santa Fe, NM free to OIF and OEF (Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan) veterans and active military who have sustained physical injuries or combat trauma (PTSD) during their time serving our country.
From day one veterans are hands on with our horses beginning with groundwork and progressing to riding, as well as participating in other aspects of ranch life, including working cattle and more importantly experiencing camaraderie with cowboys who are veterans themselves.
Horses For Heroes - New Mexico, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation.
We are honored to be endorsed by NM Department of Veterans’ Services, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and their member ranches, Cimarron Maverick Club NM, Wrangler National Patriot Program, and Gold Star Mothers of America - Albuquerque Chapter.