Heroes On Horses
Healing Through Riding
In addition to Equestrians With Disabilities, the Foundation also promotes classes in which riders who are disabled veterans or active duty “wounded warriors” and participate in PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes or have a Department of Veteran Affairs disability rating are eligible to compete, called Heroes On Horses.
October 4, 2024 - Columbus, OH - tentative
The All American Quarter Horse Congress welcomed veterans from the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy for camaraderie, fellowship, and some friendly competition during the 2022 All-American Quarter Horse Congress, in Columbus, OH.
The competition was just one part of two days devoted to the veterans. The exhibitors and their horses were welcomed to the Celeste Center for practice for their class on Thursday, and professional trainers from throughout the show world assisted them with encouraging words and tips to be more successful in their class.
The veterans were also treated to a brunch the morning of the competition, and later a cocktail hour following their classes. NSBA members, corporate sponsors, and Congress Arena Team sponsors provided a colorful and patriotic Parade of Heroes as a way to thank the veterans for their service and recognize the sacrifices they have made.
Following the procession, the veterans put their game faces on as they prepared for competition in the Heroes On Horses Assisted and Heroes On Horses Independent classes.
Attendings and competitors from across the nation gather to honor our veterans in the Parade of Heroes.
Photo Credit: Sally Blackwell
Exhibitors competing, celebrating, and sharing camaraderie with their peers.
Photo Credit: Sally Blackwell
Veterans in PATH Int. Equine Services programs are invited to participate in the NSBA World Championship Show “Heroes on Horses” competition.
- Riders may be disabled veterans, active military or retired veterans, who are participating in PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes programs, or have a Department of Veterans Affairs disability rating.
- The individuals’ PATH facilities will be responsible for verifying the eligibility of riders participating in Equine Services for Heroes programs.
- For Disabled Veterans who do not participate in a therapeutic riding program, please submit the Department of Veteran Affairs letter recording the dates of service, the Service-connected Disability Rating and the date it was awarded. Please black out all other personal information included in the letter, such as social security number and monthly award.
- Horses are not required to be registered or owned by the rider or facility. If the veteran is unable to have a horse transported to Tulsa for the Heroes on Horses competition, several Therapeutic Riding Centers have offered to provide horses for those who need them.
- A rider may not show in any youth, amateur or open categories while showing in the Equestrians With Disabilities classes. An exhibitor may show in only one of the Equestrians With Disabilities/Heroes On Horses categories; Independent or Supported. If a rider's condition deteriorates so that the rider can no longer ride as an independent rider, and now needs support, this must be documented by the physician and, if participating in a therapeutic riding program, the certified PATH instructor.
Sponsor A Rider
The NSBA Foundation provides support for riders participating in the Equestrians With Disabilities, and the Veteran Heroes on Horses programs, by assisting in funding their World Championship Experience. Through the "90 Riders In 90 Days" campaign, the Foundation is seeking 90 sponsors for 90 Equestrians With Disabilities and Heroes on Horses exhibitors .Learn more