Clark County Commission Approves Horses4Heroes Permit

Las Vegas – Horses4Heroes, a Las Vegas-based program that uses horses to provide affordable services with horses, will open a Family Equestrian Center in the northwest, thanks to a unanimous vote of the Clark County Board of County Commissioners today. The proposed location is a 2.2 acre ranch located at 4975 North Miller Lane.

A dozen local residents, supporters, parents, and students took turns speaking in favor of the Horses4Heroes application. In total, 38 letters were received, 61 signatures on a door-to-door petition, and 2,805 signed an online petition.

The new facility off Lone Mountain will be open to members only. Those interested in joining can visit www.horses4heroes.org and click “join.” Membership is free to active duty service members, Veterans, and First Responders. There is a one-time $25 membership fee for school teachers and nurses, and $50 for friends. Membership includes all immediate family members. Members will be notified about all upcoming programs, activities, classes, and members-only events.

Since 2006, Horses4Heroes has provided low-cost and affordable equestrian services to active-duty military members, Veterans, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, school teachers, nurses, EMTs, and their immediate families. The organization also provides free workshops for Veterans with PTSD/MST/TBI, victims of domestic abuse and violence, recovering addicts, at-risk youth, teens, and others in the community.

“Over the years, Horses4Heroes has introduced more than 10,000 men, women, and children to horses, horseback riding, and our western heritage and lifestyle,” said Sydney Knott, the founder of Horses4Heroes. “School children have learned how to make butter, how to brush miniature horses, how to make friends with farm animals, and, in so doing, they learn important social skills not being taught in school. Children learn how to make eye contact, shake hands, and become more patient, kind, understanding, and empathetic.”

Knott said that the organization has partnered with several non-profits, agencies, and organizations over the years, including Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, Boy Scouts, Clark County School District, Blind Center of Nevada, Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Solutions for Recovery, US Vets, Rape Crisis Center, and Shade Tree. Thousands of elementary school children have met a horse for the first time thanks to Horses4Heroes.

“All of us at Horses4Heroes, students, parents, volunteers, and staff are grateful for the outpouring of support from our neighbors in the Lone Mountain Corridor and throughout the community. We are proud of the services we provide and look forward to opening a Family Equestrian Center and getting back to riding horses,” Knott added.

In 2014 and 2016, Horses4Heroes won the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride Challenge, a national initiative to introduce newcomers to horses. The organization’s large and growing national network of equestrian centers in 45 states and Canada offer affordable recreational, instructional, and health and wellness programs for all ages, all riding levels, and in all disciplines. For more information visit www.horses4heroes.org.

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