2.2 Miles for 22 Veterans over 22 Days
November 8 - November 29, 2020
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 8th and continues for 22 days, ending on November 29th.
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.
The Origin of Hoof-it For Heroes™
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 Mission Mustang©, learn more below.
If you are a veteran or active military, contact Chad Van Gorder for special pricing options, email@example.com.
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 8th 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. In order to exceed social distancing guidelines, we will be offering 3 separate start times: 11:11am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. Pricing for the in-person event increases on November 1st, and includes post event food from DiBella's and the opportunity to tour the ranch and meet our mustangs.
INCLUDED WITH YOUR REGISTRATION. As an added thank you, we are offering all participants a 24oz Nalgene Water Bottle with your registration. For those participating in the in-person event on November 8th, you will receive your water bottle at the event. For those who are participating virtually, we will mail your water bottle to you after the virtual event ends on November 29th.
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.