May 23, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Apr 5, 2015

Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry Joins Horses For Heroes - NM, Inc's National Advisory Board.

Photo: Executive Director of Horses For Heroes - NM, Inc., Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry on the day of his jump into Santa Fe for the unveiling of his statue, June 24, 2013, and Cowboy Up! Graduate and Instructor and Eric Yorty (US Army). Iannucci organized Petry's jump and ran the Drop Zone with Cowboy Up! Crew members.

Horses For Heroes- New Mexico Cowboy Up! is pleased to announce the addition of former US Army Ranger and Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry to their National Advisory Board.
Horses For Heroes- NM Inc. Executive Director Rick Iannucci, former US Army Special Forces said, “I am honored to have my dear friend Leroy join us in our mission to provide healing; body, mind and spirit, for our nations warriors.
His addition to our team validates the important work we do and honors and empowers the men and women who have selflessly given their very best for our country in time of war.”
            SFC  Leroy Petry who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during combat operations in Afghanistan,  joins an already sterling group of men and women on the National Advisory Board of this faith based program including; former NM Cabinet Secretary and retired Air Force Colonel Tim Hale, NM National Guard  Head Chaplain Quentin Collins, Capt. Ralph Galati US Air Force former POW, Sergeant First Class Dana Bowman, US Army Special Forces (the first double amputee to return to active duty) and the Hon. Judge Arthur Gajarsa US Circuit Court of Appeals (Ret.) among others.
            Horses For Heroes- Cowboy Up!  is a  Santa Fe, New Mexico based 501 (C) (3) non-profit  and a unique horsemanship, wellness and skill set restructuring program FREE to all Operation Irai Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom~Afghanistan and Operation New Dawn  men and women veterans and active military, especially those who have sustained physical injuries or PTSD.
From day one veterans are hands on with  their American Quarter 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 the camaraderie with cowboys who are veterans themselves.
They believe Horsemanship is Leadership and by assisting veterans through the way of the horse and cowboy culture they are able to support their journey, integrating body, mind and spirit.
Petry,  a Santa Fe, NM native, and Iannucci have worked together on various national projects for combat wounded veterans since 2012.


March 17th to April 4th, 2015

 It's always fun to get new equipment!
If you are looking for great, Handmade in the USA, halters, lead ropes, rope reins and more!
Look up our friends Lazy K Corral and tell 'em Nancy and Rick sent ya!
We highly recommend Kathy and Dave!
Thanks you two!!!

As you know from an earlier post Kerry Kuhn stopped by
to visit Cowboy Up! and the crew, he had posted the below
message on his FaceBook page :
Click to enlarge.

Always a great day when ya can get in the saddle, as
it's been wintery weather, but we get a chance to ride!
Greg (Marine) is doing well with T4 - working on his riding skills with Cowboy Up! Director,
 Nancy De Santis  ~ remember:

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”

Zig Ziglar


Paul (Marine) works with our Cowboy Up! program medic Neal "Doc" Riley (US Army Special Forces).


A special visit from National Geographic photographer Andrew Wakeford
who is completing his next coffee table book "Veteran Voices"
where some of our crew will be featured.
Andrew blends in while the crew gets to work saddling the boys.

There's no stopping for photos, Andrew captures in action shots
 while the guys ride.

Photographing the photographer...!

Andrew shows us some of his stories in his first
veteran portraits book "Portraits of Service".

Left to right: Executive Director of HFHNM Inc. Rick Iannucci,
National Geo photographer Andrew Wakeford,
and Cowboy Up! assistant instructor Paul Duran (Marine).
 We will keep ya posted when the book is release later
this year or early 2016.


Working Ranch Magazine comes out for a visit.
Left to right: Rick Iannucci, Mark O'Byrne (Marine
who stayed and worked with us a couple years back), and
Working Ranch Editor Tim O'Byrne.

The O'Byrne boys visit our Gold Star Memorial Wall on
 the West side of the bunkhouse.


Rick gets Nick (Marine) up and riding with 'T4' and 'Hollywood'.
Well done, time to relax!


Here is Dillon (Air Force) and John (Army) taking some time 
to sharpen their riding skills with 'Roper" and 'T4'.


Back in the saddle!

Nice seat John!


Click to enlarge the following Facebook post from Kerry Kuhn:
What an endorsement ~ Thanks Kerry!


Finally we have Andrew back! Been busy working hard for the Army.
Nice Halters from Lazy K Corral ~ it's all we use!

Moving energy ~ nice!

Mar 16, 2015

Ridin' Horses with Kerry Kuhn

Actually today it's Kerry Huhn Ridin' Horses with Cowboy Up!
 Horseman and clinician Kerry Kuhn rode with us today out at the ranch - he got some saddle time during today's session with three of our guys on this dusty but warm day.

I love this shot!  Synchronized riding ~ look how every horse is in step at the trot.

L to R ahorseback: Kerry Kuhn, Greg Sanchez, Chris Chaisson and Eric Yorty with Executive Director Rick Iannucci afoot.

Chris Chaisson leads the way as gate keeper with 'Roper'
Great session today guys!

Mar 15, 2015

March well underway!

Military & Veterans Day at the Round House Feb 25th, 2015 ~

The service and sacrifice of our active-duty service members and veterans was highlighted and honored at the Legislature on February 25th, 2015.  Special recognition focused this year on World War II veterans and the New Mexico Civil Air Patrol. We shared the table with our buds from SFCC VRC (SF Community College Veteran Resource Center) while Chris Chaisson and Brian Johnson fielded questions.

Lt. Col. Quentin Collins, NMNG State Chaplain, and Horses For Heroes- Cowboy Up! National Advisory Board member stopped by our table
for a visit with Executive Director Rick Iannucci.

March 4th, 2015  After visiting us at the Round House for Military Day, Greg (USMC), joined the Cowboy Up! program.
Cowboy Up! Director Nancy De Santis goes over the parts of the horse.

While going over hoof care, Bianca massages 'Knight'...
...and Greg gets hands-on himself.

Greg and 'T4'continue with foundational work.

March 5th, 2015
Shot of the day!  'Roper' Dillon and Ranger ~ Love abounds!

March 6th, 2015
Tacking up!

Quick stirrup adjustment...

 ...and ready for the first ride!

March 7th, 2015 Nick (USMC) came out for his first session - Welcome Nick!
After getting to work the grooming brushes, Nick unhalters 'T4'...

...for a ground session.

March 9th, 2015 ~ Today Greg gets an opportunity to share the knowledge he has developed so far here at the ranch with a new veteran.
Greg goes over hoof care - why to clean, what to look for,
how to get your horse so yield his leg and pick the hooves.

Then Greg demonstrates partnership in the round pen.

Nice job Greg!

Then John (US Army) works with Roper - notice how in-step these two are!


Then some chores... hay delivery!

Afterward Chris Chaisson takes John out for a session in the saddle.

Left to right: Chris and 'Roper', John and 'T4', and Rick and 'Hollywood'.

Flank strap first!!! when we unsaddle.

March 10th, 2015
Progressing with riding skills...

...The use of obstacles is good way to fine tune our riding skills, gain confidence and make our horses brave partners.

March 14th, 2015
Neal Riley, US Army Special Forces and our program medic, 
takes some time to Cowboy Up!
Time spent with your horse on the ground first...

 ...will benefit you and your horse.

We learn to respect each others personal space.

 Working and being with your horse builds a
better relationship, and builds a solid partnership.

After lunch we saddle up...

... and RIDE!