Reach Out to Horses
Contact: Vincent Mancarella
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
World renowned Animal Behaviorist Anna Twinney to work with returning veterans in North Carolina.
Combat veterans are statistically more prone to depression and the grim side effects of the disease than nearly any other group of people. The transition from life in the hub of war back to the life and work in their home towns is so radically different, many veterans stumble, struggle and even fail to re-acclimate to life after their service.
H4HUS.org (Hearts for Heroes) will team up June 12th-14th with world renowned Animal Behaviorist and acclaimed horse trainer Anna Twinney at Gossemer Farms in Cameron, NC in an inaugural event designed to partner animals with veterans to create a more harmonious return to civilian life. Anna, known all over the world for her unique teaching style and connection with animals is a dynamic accompaniment to H4HUS.org’s existing programs. Specifically, this event will reach out to veterans suffering with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
“When we open our hearts to the horses they become our true healers. While you can hide behind your smile, the truth is reflected in your eyes …,” says Anna. Her training methodology “Reach Out to Horses” is in sync with the H4HUS.org mission to help re-acclimate veterans to civilian life through therapeutic opportunities with both horses and dogs.
“While you can hide from yourself, you cannot hide from a horse. Horses show strengths and weaknesses allowing you to find your authentic self; through a body, mind and spirit connection …,” explains Anna, of the horse’s uncanny ability to be one of nature’s best therapists. “The touch of a horse dissolves all that surrounds you to create a peaceful place for hearts to heal.”
In addition to Anna’s presentation and workshop, H4HUS.org will be hosting several other activities throughout the six day event.
Thursday, June 11: A fundraiser for H4HUS will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Rail House, a
veteran-owned pub in Aberdeen. H4HUS will provide bartenders for the evening, and all tips
will be donated to Hearts for Heroes.
Friday June 12 – Sunday June 14: Anna Twinney’s presentation and workshop: engaging
participants and horses through her trust-based communication and discovery process.
Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16: Kristen Linder of KHL Studio in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.,
will conduct an art workshop for veterans from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Veterans will paint
symbols on horses that have meaning for them as a form of expression and interaction. Only
non-toxic paints will be used. The veterans will also create a stand-alone painting that they can
Monday, June 15: A cheese pairing class will be conducted from 6 to 9 p.m. by fromagier Kristen Tregar
of Ossining, N.Y. at Triangle Wines in Southern Pines. Space is limited to 30 people and the cost is $75,
with proceeds going to H4HUS.