2.2 Miles for 22 Veterans
over 22 Days

November 7 - November 28, 2021

Carrier Air Wing Five - USS Ronald Reagan

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan



In 2020, participants from 19 different states and six foreign countries took part in 

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. 


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.


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 if registered by November 1. Pricing for the in-person event increases on November 1, so act fast! 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, hoofitforheroes@equicenterny.org



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 7th 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.


Presented By

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Virtual Event Sponsor

People are "Hoofing-it" around the globe! Check out the map below: 
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Sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here to find out more.

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.

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