CALENDAR of EVENTS
Riding My Way Back
Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship and California Lutheran University are pleased to announce a screening of Riding My Way Back, an award winning, short documentary about the powerful healing of therapeutic riding for a veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The movie will be screened at CLU on November 8th at 4.30pm – all are welcome and there is no admission charge.
Riding My Way Back chronicles one soldier’s journey back from the brink of suicide. In 2010, Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with a traumatic brain injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. At his most desperate and isolated, on 42 medications and suicidal, Aaron is introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fred. Through caring for Fred, Aaron begins the difficult process of reconnecting to the world around him and healing the invisible wounds of war that nearly defeated him.
Ride On offers un-mounted Equine Facilitated Growth and Learning classes as well as more traditional horseback riding lessons for Veterans and Military Service Families.
Ride On’s program is designed to help veterans and their families cope with the psychological and physical effects including post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury among other issues. Our program involves a licensed psychotherapist and specially trained horse staff.
Thanks to a grant from the County of Ventura and the generous support of several private donors, Ride On is able to provide up to 10 free mounted or un-mounted sessions for Veterans allowing them to experience and benefit from this powerful and effective therapy. Ride On staff will be available after the screening to provide more information and answer questions.
For more information about Ride On please visit www.RideOn.Org. For more information on Riding My Way Back please visit
Ride On's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Amazing…Spectacular…Entertaining…Classy…Impressive….just a few of the words our guests used to describe our 20th Anniversary Celebration last weekend which raised over $186,000! This fantastic event which was attended by over 400 guests was graciously hosted by Mr. David H. Murdock at Ventura Farms and we cannot thank him enough for his generosity and support. The evening kicked off with the exciting entrance of 5 skydivers that landed with precision only feet from our guests! We were then treated to a presentation of Ventura Farms finest horses and our wonderful riders, horses and staff impressed the crowd with Adaptive and Therapy Services demos. A lovely dinner followed on the beautiful lawn amongst Mr. Murdock’s incredible boulders with musical entertainment provided by British band Next of Kin. Following an exciting auction guests were treated to an absolutely brilliant light show! Special thanks to our Event Sponsors Platinum Capital Management, Variety – the Children’s Charity, Beach Point Capital Management, O’Melveny & Myers, Irell and Manella and to all those that raised their hand during our Rein in Support for Ride On. Thanks also to Morgan Evans for organizing such an amazing event, Anke Magnussen, the skydiving team, Next of Kin and our team of Ride On staff and volunteers.
Mr. David H. Murdock presents Bryan McQueeney with the donation of a beautiful horse during the event.
Hoofprints and Heartbeats in Hidden Hills
a Huge Success!
Our Hoofprints and Heartbeats event generously hosted by Stine and Alex Van Halen last weekend was a great success! Stine and Alex not only opened their beautiful home to Ride On, they also sponsored one of our amazing horses and provided the wonderful BBQ dinner! We cannot thank them enough for their generosity and hospitality - it really was a beautiful evening.
Thank you to the following supporters that raised their hand during the evening to sponsor our horses and riders - we raised over $81,000!!
Tim Meissner, Mitch and Lynda Jacobs, Bryan McQueeney and Gloria Hamblin, Rob and Linda Raznick, Teri Mika, Thea Sprecher, Barry Nadell, Brian and Tara Eisendrath, Stine and Alex Van Halen, Chris Nitz, Simon and Sara Jones, Wyatt and Lisa McCrea, Susan Wolf and Marcus Ryle, Rose and Mark Sturza, Ray Regan, Melissa Roghani, Joel Adelman, Sheila Ryan, Diana Campbell, Mindi Hampton, J Mueler, J Pitzele, A Osterlund and Deborah Nulman.
Thanks also to our Ride On volunteers, Todd McTavish and Lee Jackson for the great music, Simon Jones - our auctioneer extraordinaire, Brie Wilson for a lovely dressage demonstration and our amazing riders!
Save the date!! Our Fabulous Fall Fundraiser will be on Saturday September 20th in Hidden Valley - hope to see you there!
Ride On welcomes Veterans
Ride On is now offering un mounted Equine Facilitated Growth and Learning classes as well as more traditional horseback riding lessons to post 9/11 Veterans funded through The Wounded Warriors and in conjunction with PATH International. Wounded Warriors offers programs and support services to wounded Vets and PATH International is the national organization for Therapeutic Riding- We are accredited through PATH.
We are very excited to be able to offer these programs! Barbara Levine and Gloria Hamblin will be facilitating the EAGALA sessions and the mounted sessions will be with our certified instructors.
If you know someone who might benefit please give us a call or bring them by for a visit. We are so happy to offer this to such deserving men and women.
Their Time to Ride
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