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TEARING HORSES UNIQUE


downWALLS BY DUTCH HENRY PHOTOS BY NANCY DE SANTIS F


FOR HEROES PROGRAM


MERGES THE SKILL OF THE SOLDIER WITH THE CODE OF THE COWBOY


74 | October 2012 • WWW.TRAILBLAZERMAGAZINE.US


inding their way again after returning home is not always easy for veterans today. Perhaps it never was. But as Rick Iannucci, re- tired US Marshal, former Green Beret and co-founder of Horses For Heroes Cowboy Up! program explains, “The way we go to war now is radically different with multiple deployments, and the fact that there’s no rear area now. Every man and woman has got to hit the ground running and is in immediate danger of hitting an IED, sniper fire or direct engagement. It’s very demanding and often takes a heavy mental toll.” Empathy, born of service, caused Rick to spring into ac- tion and, together with cofounder Nancy De Santis, create a unique program that merges the skills learned and fine-tuned as soldiers with the code of the cowboy, ranch life and the spirit of the horse.


Essential groundwork begins in the round pen. Veterans wait their turn to establish a partnership prior to saddling up. Photo by Rick Iannucci


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