2.2 MILES FOR 22 VETERANS OVER 22 DAYS
Hoof-it For Heroes© is a 2.2 mile challenge to raise awareness of the 22 veterans and active military who commit suicide each day. The challenge begins on Sunday, November 7 and continues for 22 days, ending on November 28.
The Origin of Hoof-it For Heroes
Cpl. Brett Avery separated from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2016 after five years of honorable service. In the year following, he lost three of his friends to suicide: one fellow veteran and two active military. Spurred to action, he approached EquiCenter about his mission to increase awareness of veteran and active military suicide. Together, a plan for a 22 mile hike was put into action. Brett selected Mission Mustang© as the beneficiary of his efforts. After exceeding the goal of raising $2,200, EquiCenter regrouped
with Brett in hopes of broadening the reach and impact of his message. Inspired by Brett's personal commitment and vision, Hoof-it For Heroes© was created.
As a participant in Mission Mustang©, Brett worked to gentle Liberty. Click the image to the left to read a letter he wrote to her new owner when she was ready to be rehomed.
RUN - WALK - RIDE A HORSE
Or by any other means you choose: swim, bike, treadmill, wheelchair, stationary bike, rollerblade, the options are endless!
By committing to 2.2 miles, you will join participants from across the globe who want to provide veterans with a renewed sense of purpose. Complete your 2.2 miles at any time, anywhere, however you choose. Share your participation on social media using the hashtags #HoofitForHeroes and #EquiCenter.
The cost to participate is $22. Participants also have the opportunity to fundraise on behalf of EquiCenter. Anyone who raises at least $22 will receive a complimentary registration code that can use for themselves or share with a friend. All proceeds benefit our veteran programming, including Mission Mustang©.
If you are a veteran or active military, contact us for special pricing options, firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOIN US IN-PERSON!
We will be hosting an inclusive in-person event to launch the 2.2 mile Hoof-it For Heroes™ beginning at 11:11am on November 7 at the EquiCenter, in remembrance of when World War I came to an end at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.
People "Hoofed-it" around the globe in 2020!
Check out the map below:
LT. CHRIS DARE, US NAVY
Carrier Air Wing Five - USS Ronald Reagan
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
2.2 MILES IN 30 SECONDS
In 2020, participants from 19 different states and six foreign countries took part
Mission Mustang© Program:
In 2018, EquiCenter launched Mission Mustang© as part of our ongoing effort to help veterans heal from the physical and emotional scars of war. Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) are often hyper-vigilant of their surroundings and struggling to find purpose and mission. To help them integrate back into civilian society, we partnered with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to develop Mission Mustang©, a national program that pairs veterans battling PTS with captive mustangs experiencing the same feelings of loss and anxiety. Under the guidance of professional mustang trainers, the veterans gentle the mustangs and - as they teach the horses and prepare them to find new homes – these same men and women find themselves.
Learn more about Mission Mustang© through the links below.