Horses For Heroes - New Mexico, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
Cowboy Up! is a unique horsemanship, wellness, and Skill-set Restructuring™ program based in Santa Fe, NM free to ALL post 9/11 Veterans and active military (both men and women) especially those who have sustained PTSD*, physical injuries, or have experienced combat trauma during their time serving our country. From day one Veterans are hands on with our horses beginning with groundwork and progressing to riding, as well as participating in other aspects of ranch life, including working cattle and more importantly experiencing the camaraderie with cowboys who are Veterans themselves.
Sharing our experience, our strengths, and hopes we give veterans a new and vital mission where they can recuperate, recreate, and reintegrate into their communities. We believe that Horsemanship is Leadership and by assisting veterans through the way of the horse and cowboy culture, we are able to support their journey, integrating mind, body, and spirit.
We are staffed entirely by volunteers and are privately funded by your donations. 100% of your contributions go to keeping our Heroes horseback.
Rick Iannucci: Retired U.S. Marshal and former Green Beret. Horses For Heroes - NM, Inc. Executive Director and Instructor. A rancher and Ordained Minister, he currently serves as the Chaplain and Chaplaincy Section Chair for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA). He also serves on the NM State University Indian Livestock Planning Board and is a Contributing Editor to Working Ranch Magazine.
He commanded a Special Missions Unit in Colombia, has served as an instructor at the US Military Academy at West Point, and was a member of the elite US Marshals Special Operations Group (SOG).
He is the recipient of the Attorney Generals Distinguished Service Award and the US Marshals Service Directors Award and the National Tactical Officers Association Award of Merit for his work in Colombia. In 2010 he received the American Red Cross Real Heroes Award for his current work with military veterans. In 2014 he received the New Mexico Humanitarian Award.
He combines a lifetime of horsemanship training with his military and police special operations training experience into this one of a kind program. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Neumann University ( Franciscan) a graduate of Baylor University~ Truett Theological Seminary and is certified in Pastoral Crisis Intervention through the University of Maryland BC and the International Crisis Intervention Stress Foundation. He is a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association and a decade member of the Special Forces Association (D-7014).
Nancy De Santis oversees the program administration and development for Cowboy Up! and Wisdom Way For Warriors. She is a certified Equine Gestalt Coach and the Founder of Wisdom Way For Warriors, a Life Coaching program available here at Crossed Arrows Ranch through Horses For Heroes - NM, Inc.
Nancy is a CCHI certified riding instructor and certified Reiki Master.
Nancy's specialized training is in Integrative Wellness for Veterans, Pastoral Care with Veterans and Families, Military Culture, Veteran Suicide, Invisible Wounds of War
Restoring the Soul from War, Trauma Training, and Care,
Mindfulness and Neuroscience.
She is a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (icisf) and certified in Pastoral Crisis Intervention through the University of Maryland BC and icisf. In 2014 Nancy received the New Mexico Humanitarian Award