Ride On Center for Kids (R.O.C.K.) is Helping Heal Veterans Through Horses

Austin's Home for Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy Commemorates the Men and Women of the U.S. Armed Forces with Special Veterans Day Event and More!

Austin, TX-Texas is home to more than 1.6 million veterans, 1.2 million of which have been involved with wartime efforts. As members of the military put their own lives on the line to protect civilians in times of battle, they often find upon returning home that things aren't what they once seemed. Coming back wounded, either physically, emotionally and/or psychologically from their service, members of the military frequently look to others for the help and care they need to get back to some semblance of conventionality. During this crucial recuperation and reintegration period organizations like R.O.C.K., Ride On Center for Kids-a nonprofit providing equine-assisted activities and therapy-offer help for those in need by providing veteran-focused programs. That's why this Veterans Day, R.O.C.K. is hosting a very special presentation and film screening to honor the servicemen and women of our country.
On Veterans Day, participants in R.O.C.K. Horses for Heroes­-a program that partners veterans and active duty military who have suffered injury in the line of duty-will showcase skills they have acquired and share testimonials about the impact partnering with a horse has made on their road to recovery. At the event, R.O.C.K. will also screen the critically acclaimed 28-minute documentary Riding My Way Back, chronicling the journey of Aaron Heliker-who, after serving as Staff Sargent in multiple deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, returns home with third-degree burns, nerve damage, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The documentary shows an isolated and suicidal Heliker taking more than forty different medications before befriending a horse named Fred. The bond grows between the two, allowing Heliker to reconnect and assimilate with the world around him while healing from the invisible wounds sustained during war.
WHO:             R.O.C.K., Ride On Center for Kids
WHAT:          Commemorating Veterans with Special Event, Movie Screening and Golf Tournament
WHERE:        R.O.C.K., Ride On Center for Kids – 2050 Rockride Lane, Georgetown, TX 78626
                      Berry Creek Country Club – 30500 Berry Creek Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628
WHEN:          Rider Cup Classic: November 3rd,2014;
                      Registration-10 a.m., Shot Gun Start-12:00 p.m.
R.O.C.K. Veterans Day Event: November 11, 2014, 6-8p.m.
WEB:              www.rockride.org
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TIX:               Golf Tournament-$125 per player & $500 per foursome;
                      Veterans Day Observances-free
MEDIA:         For access, interviews and photos [email protected]

The showing is part of a nationwide screening organized by the film's Academy Award-nominated Director Robin Fryday and Producer Peter Rosenbaum. As a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Certified Riding Center, R.O.C.K. was offered the opportunity to participate in the showing to spotlight the indispensible role of equine facilitated therapy across the county. Although Heliker and his trusted steed are the central figures of the documentary, their stories are representative of thousands of service members and therapy horses across the country.
Participant fees for R.O.C.K.'s veterans programs are 100% covered through grants, donations and special events. All proceeds from the 2014 Rider Cup Classic on November 3rd will go towards scholarships for the veteran programs.
The golf tournament will include R.O.C.K.-themed holes and sponsorship packages ranging from $100 – $1,500. Sponsorship options include having either a display at the selected hole or the provided signage. Entry fees for a foursome are included with sponsorship of $1,000 or more and donors also have the option of purchasing an entry fee for a veteran. For more information, to purchase an entry fee to play or to sign up as a sponsor, visit www.rockride.org.
About R.O.C.K
R.O.C.K., Ride On Center For Kids was founded in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit provider of equine-assisted activities and therapy. Based in Georgetown, Texas, R.O.C.K. serves over 200 clients and their families each year with the help of hundreds of community volunteers and a staff of less than 20. Accredited by PATH-The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, R.O.C.K. strives to be the trusted leader of equine-assisted activities and therapy through service, research and higher learning. The R.O.C.K. mission is to improve independence and life skills in partnership with the horse.