On October 22, 2017, five-veterans were led by BraveHearts President/COO, Meggan Hill-McQueeney and US Olympic Rider, Aaron Ralston, on a 20-mile ride through New York City to raise awareness for the 20 veterans we lose every day to suicide.
Sep. 17, 2018 – 1:57 – Non-profit group BraveHearts uses equine therapy in effort to lower the high rate of military veteran suicides.
Why Create This Ride?
Trail to Zero was developed after countless conversations with veterans on an epidemic in our country – veterans losing brothers and sisters to suicide. Through heartbreaking conversations, it was apparent that this was tragically affecting so many. The common response was veterans at BraveHearts said horses had helped them in their weakest moments. As part of the largest PATH Intl. center for veterans in the country, our veterans wanted a movement; a 20-mile horseback ride. They decided to ride a mile for each veteran lost to suicide every day.
Selecting the Veterans & Preparing for the Ride
Veterans are selected based on attendance, commitment, outside efforts, personal impact, group dynamics, horsemanship, riding skills, and prior experience traveling with BraveHearts. Prep rides with veterans were supported by outriders and coaches. These prep rides allowed riders to get their anxiety out and solidify partnerships with horses. Additionally, Meggan, BraveHearts President/COO and PATH Intl. Master Level Instructor, and Aaron rode the route in NYC prior to the ride. Learn More about trail to zero