Friday, January 24, 2020

Trail To Zero: 20 Veterans, 20 Horses, 20 Miles

TRAIL TO ZERO - HOUSTON IS FEBRUARY 1, 2020 Bring your own horse and ride with us! Registration & Details NOW OPEN!

Why Create This Ride?

Trail to Zero was developed after countless conversations with veterans on an epidemic in our country – veterans losing brothers and sisters to suicide. Through heartbreaking conversations, it was apparent that this was tragically affecting so many. The common response was veterans at BraveHearts said horses had helped them in their weakest moments. As part of the largest PATH Intl. center for veterans in the country, our veterans wanted a movement; a 20-mile horseback ride. They decided to ride a mile for each veteran lost to suicide every day.

In 2017, BraveHearts pilot program for Trail to Zero began in NYC. Since then, BraveHearts has taken the ride to the next level by being able to bring more veterans into two cites (NYC & DC in 2018) to bring awareness to veteran suicide while also helping the veterans on the ride to heal and advance their horsemanship. In April 2019, BraveHearts presented at the N.A.M.U.C.A conference where hundreds of mounted police officers heard veterans stories from Trail  to Zero. The response from the units were overwhelming and brought forth the opportunity to add a third city, Chicago, in 2019. BraveHearts rides will bring the overwhelming statistic of 20 veterans committing suicide per day to the forefront of Americans’ minds while also helping to educate veterans and Americans about equine assisted services and the benefits that it has as an alternative approach to healing.

It is our greatest hope that we may reach at least one veteran who is currently battling suicidal ideologies, letting them know that they are not alone, that their community cares, and that equine assisted services may help. We are forever grateful for the NYPD Mounted Unit, US Park Police Mounted Horse Unit, the Chicago Mounted Unit, and the HCSO-Mounted Patrol for standing behind us as we continue to ride until 20 becomes ZERO. 

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Darolyn Butler's Cypress Trail Ranch is supporting the BraveHearts Trail to Zero Ride in Houston. "We are offering 8 places in our horse trailer for any Veterans or others associated with Cypress Trails that want to support this effort. Your registration of $75 goes to the organization.

Cypress Trails Ranch will accept donations for the fuel and use of our horses, but no formal charge is established. You must go to 2400 Reed Rd (South of downtown Houston) on January 31 to check-in, show Coggins/Health Certificate, etc.  

Please contact Cypress Trails Ranch before you register to make sure there is still trailer space available in our trailer. Veterans will be given priority, but anyone can ride in this event."

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