Jacksonville, FL - July 9, 2013 - The Southeast Medal Finals brings some of the country's top competitors and trainers to Jacksonville, FL, and this year the show is also bringing support of a new nonprofit, Unbridled Warriors Inc. All proceeds from live and silent auctions held during the show, September 19-22, 2013, will be donated to support the worthy organization.
Based in Green Cove Springs, FL, Unbridled Warriors Inc. provides equine assisted programs and equine interactive learning to military personnel, veterans, first responders and the families of these service men and women.
"Unbridled Warriors is a nonprofit created because we were seeing more and more military and first responders as participants in equine assisted programs, and most of them are limited in their ability to access that type of programming," Unbridled Warriors founder StarrLee Heady shared. "This programming provides equine interactive learning or equine assisted programs that can help them deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, combat stress, relationship problems, intimacy issues - just about anything that comes up."
Heady has worked with military personnel in similar programming pro-bono since July 2011, but as the need for the equine assisted services continued to grow, Unbridled Warriors came to fruition and received its 501(c)3 nonprofit status in January 2013. Now, Heady is thrilled with the opportunity that the Southeast Medal Finals has presented the growing organization.
"It just means so much," she said. "It's good exposure to the rest of the horse world. There are so many people in the horse industry who understand how much of a difference it's made in their own lives to work with horses, but they aren't aware that horses are being utilized to do this sort of service in our community. It's just tremendous that another horse industry group would support us in this way."
Southeast Medal Finals features the ASPCA Maclay Regionals, the Phelps Media Group Southeast Junior 3' Medal Finals, the $25,000 Land Rover of Jacksonville Grand Prix, the $10,000 Children's/Adult Southeast Championship and more. The four-day show is held at one of the premier equestrian facilities on the east coast, the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, centrally located for USHJA Zone 4 and Region 3 competitors. The complex includes a network of adjacent trails, available to explore and enjoy for a casual hack during horse show down times. With excellent footing and some of the top junior riders in the country, Southeast Medal Finals is the perfect preparation for the fall indoor circuit. To learn more about Southeast Medal Finals check out www.southeastmedalfinals.com.
Unbridled Warriors Inc.'s mission is to provide equine assisted personal growth, equine experiential growth and services to military personnel and veterans.
Southeast Medal Finals Fast Facts:
WHAT: The Southeast Medal Finals is a USEF A-Rated indoor hunter, jumper and equitation horse show attracting the top riders from USHJA Zone 4 and beyond.
WHEN: September 19-22, 2013
WHERE: The Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, FL, featuring a large indoor coliseum with 3,000 seats, two outdoor rings and 500 permanent stalls.
Phelps Media Group Southeast Junior 3' Medal Finals
Southeast Adult 3' Medal Finals
$25,000 Land Rover Jacksonville Grand Prix
ASPCA Maclay Regionals