Riders in PATH Int. Equine Services programs are invited to participate in the NSBA World Championship Show Very Special Event "Heroes on Horses" competition.
- Riders must be disabled veterans or active duty "wounded warriors", who are participating in PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes programs, or have a Department of Veteran Affairs disability rating.
- The PATH facility 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 attach 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 need not 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.
The following classes will be offered at the NSBA World Championship Show for Heroes on Horses:
- Heroes on Horses Walk Trot Western Pleasure - Independent
- Heroes on Horses Walk Trot Western Pleasure - Supported
* There will be no fee for participation in these classes.
A rider may not show in any youth, amateur or open categories while showing in the Rider With Disabilities classes. A Rider may show in only one of the Rider 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.
NSBA Collaborates with USU
The NSBA Foundation and Utah State University are pleased to announce their collaboration to assist military veterans in 2020.
As part of a grant from the US Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Program, the group will provide equestrian competition training for veterans with mental and physical disabilities, and educational workshops on the value of competition for VA Healthcare Professionals and regional Therapeutic Riding Instructors.
NSBA and USU will be creating the first ever Heroes on Horses Boot Camp for U.S. military veterans residing in the Intermountain West Region. Utilizing NSBA’s expertise in the equine competition, they will provide hands on riding and instruction in early summer of 2020.
In addition to this event, USU Equine Experience will be sending regional veterans and coaches to the NSBA Foundation’s 2020 Coaches Summit, and a team of veterans to participate in the Heroes on Horses classes at the NSBA World Championship Show next August in Tulsa, Oklahoma.