Veterans and Military Families Invited to Equine Open House on June 2nd

May 29, 2024 (Sandwich, MA) – This Sunday, June 2nd, 11 am to 2 pm, Heroes In Transition (HIT) is inviting veterans and military families to learn more about its equine programs at an open house at Alliance Equestrian Center in Sandwich.

Individuals and families can learn more and register by clicking the button below.

“When you see our veterans and military families grooming, riding, and connecting with horses, you quickly understand why the program is among our most popular,” said HIT Executive Director Nicole Spencer. “The animals bring joy and allow those we serve to be in the moment. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about the benefits of equine therapy to join us this Sunday.”

As part of the open house, attendees will discover the curiosity and playfulness of horses which leads to a special connection with humans. The event will include demonstrations, pony rides, and a chance to meet the horses at Alliance Equestrian Center. HIT is also encouraging children to wear cowboy-themed costumes during their visit.

HIT will provide details on its various equine-related offerings, including its Families In Transition (FIT) Camp which is now in its 12th year.

Held annually every summer, FIT Camp allows military families the opportunity to spend five days bonding with horses at Alliance Equestrian Center. The program originally started with one week and due to increased demand expanded to three sessions. This summer, HIT will hold four one-week sessions of FIT Camp for the first time ever.

Four years ago, HIT expanded its equine offerings to include its Veterans Equine Warrior Program which connects service members and veterans to horses and each other over the course of a weekend. The group stays at nearby Camp Lyndon and then participates in equine therapy under the direction of staff at Alliance Equestrian Center.

“I’ve had the privilege of attending the Veterans Equine Warrior weekend several times in the past and it’s always provided positive health benefits to my fellow veterans,” said HIT Executive Assistant Lorrie Moran, who served in the Air National Guard. “The program connects participants to treatment they can’t get elsewhere.”

HIT also holds shorter half-day sessions throughout the year for individuals who have previously participated in its Veterans Equine Warrior Program so they can continue to experience the benefits of equine therapy.

HIT’s equine programs are funded, in part, by its Community Partners, Cape Cod 5 Foundation and The Lobster Trap as well as through support from The Behrens Fund.

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