The Xena Project - Overview

Help us reach 500 veterans in 2015

Today, December 2nd, is “Giving Tuesday.”  On this day, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to ...

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Roll Call: November 15th 2014

On Saturday, November 15th, The Xena Project was privileged to welcome veterans from the PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope for a privately sponsored group day.  Veterans rode the ...

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Presentation Available – Developing Riding Programs for Veterans with PTSD

Jan Shultis, Founder, The Xena Project, traveled to Baton Rouge, La. in August to present at the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship’s Region 8 Conference. Slides from her presentation, “Developing ...

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Thank you, Fort Bend Herald!

Thank you to the Fort Bend Herald for sharing The Xena Project ...
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Welcome to the world, baby goats

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Welcome, Tony Llama

This week, The Xena Project welcomed one very distinguished new resident – ...
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Announcement: All Public Services Benefit The Xena Project

Want to ride the simulator, haul your horse in to our top-level ...
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Marine Corps veteran Steven Schulz salutes from aboard Xena, the fully interactive riding simulator, during a visit to The Xena Project on October 1st, 2014.  Schulz, who incurred Traumatic Brain Injury and associated paralysis while serving in Iraq, worked on balance, coordination, and posture during his session, funded by private donation from a Vietnam veteran.  Learn more about The Xena Project, where veterans serve veterans and horses heal everyone, at xenahorse.com (Photo by The Xena Project / RELEASED)

U.S. Marine, in the house!

The Xena Project was honored to welcome Marine Corps veteran Steven Schulz ...

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Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 25th

Break out your notebooks, day planners, and calendars, and mark them for Saturday, October 25th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at All Xena’s Horses!

Our next Wellness Day is expanding quickly, and we are looking forward to welcoming even more folks than during the first.  Highlights include:

  • FREE fitness and yoga classes throughout the day
  • Riding simulator demonstrations
  • Family portraits in our fall or Christmas-themed settings, or in a natural location around the property.  Bring your horses and dogs, and get “holiday card photo” checked off your “to-do” list!
  • Click here for a complete vendor list.

You’ll work up an appetite, no doubt, just in time to help The Xena Project and enjoy a delicious lunch at the same time!  We’re celebrating our 501(c)3 status by fundraising, and appreciate your support.  A benefit BBQ will run from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m..  $10 a plate, and all proceeds go directly to help veterans into the saddle.

See you on Saturday, October 25th!

Click here to download Wellness Day flyer (pdf).

Wellness Day Flyer - October 25 2014

It’s Official!

As of August 5th, 2014, The Xena Project is a recognized 501 (c ) 3 public charity. 

What does this mean?  It means that all donations to The Xena Project are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.  It means The Xena Project is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Code.

It means we have to keep the letter with this determination as part of our official records, which won’t be a challenge, because it’s going to be framed on our walls.

It means that now… now the real work of changing lives can begin.  With a huge grin and determined hearts, here we go!

With gratitude for your support, enthusiasm, and prayers,

Jan and The Team at The Xena Project

 

RELEASED: Pony Club Members Ride Perfect Horse

PONY CLUB MEMBERS RIDE THE PERFECT HORSE

By: All Xena’s Horses, LLC

Members of the San Jacinto Pony Club rode the perfect horse June 22nd, when they saddled up “Xena,” a riding simulator housed at All Xena’s Horses, near Houston, Texas.

Ms. Lou Hutchison, the youngest member of the San Jacinto Pony Club, rides the simulator during a visit to All Xena's Horses on June 22nd, 2014.  The fully interactive simulator is one of only a few in the U.S., and is also used for therapeutic work.  (Photo by Jan Shultis, All Xena's Horses / RELEASED).

Ms. Lou Hutchison, the youngest member of the San Jacinto Pony Club, rides the simulator during a visit to All Xena’s Horses on June 22nd, 2014. The fully interactive simulator is one of only a few in the U.S., and is also used for therapeutic work. (Photo by Jan Shultis, All Xena’s Horses / RELEASED).

The fully interactive dressage simulator is one of only a few in the United States. Multiple sensors located in the saddle, head, bit, neck, and sides provide instant feedback about the rider’s balance and posture, weight distribution, use of the hands and reins, and leg pressure and position. Mirrors on both sides allow the rider to see their own position as they ride anything from a collected trot to piaffe. A hydraulic lift makes the machine accessible to wheelchair bound and physically impaired riders.

“My experience with the simulator was interesting to say the least,” said Pony Club member Jessica Fan, fresh off of a Reserve Champion title at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions. “It allows you to see how correctly balanced you are in the saddle and also allows you to see you cueing aids and how effective they are and how much pressure it is needed to cue. All in all, the simulator created an experience very much like riding a horse.”

All Xena’s Horses is veteran-owned and operated, and also houses The Xena Project, dedicated to helping veterans into the saddle. Prior to their rides, United States Pony Club members learned about the fundamentals of designing a therapeutic riding program.

“Find your passion, and use that energy to share what you know about horses with people you truly care about,” encouraged Navy veteran Jan Shultis, Founder, The Xena Project. “You are blessed to grow up with horses, but not everyone is that way; not everyone has experienced a horse’s healing magic. Share what you know, share what you have, and you will change lives.”

Members of the San Jacinto Pony Club and their parents stretch before riding the simulator during a visit to All Xena's Horses on June 22nd, 2014.  Their visit also included a discussion of therapeutic riding, and how the simulator plays a vital role in the therapeutic programs offered at the facility.  (Photo by Leslie Fan, San Jacinto Pony Club / RELEASED).

Members of the San Jacinto Pony Club and their parents stretch before riding the simulator during a visit to All Xena’s Horses on June 22nd, 2014. Their visit also included a discussion of therapeutic riding, and how the simulator plays a vital role in the therapeutic programs offered at the facility. (Photo by Leslie Fan, San Jacinto Pony Club / RELEASED).

The mission of USPC is to “develop character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.” Members of USPC have joined an organization dedicated to producing well-rounded horsemen and women and one that has produced many of the past and current Olympic and International riders.

USPC’s educational programs place equal emphasis on the teaching of riding skills, horse-care fundamentals, and team participation with sportsmanship. From the moment youth join USPC until they graduate, members are part of a broad network of activities and educational programs that promote the health and safety of both horse and rider. USPC is dedicated to developing knowledgeable, competent, responsible, and caring horsemen. Learn more at ponyclub.org.

Learn more about All Xena’s Horses and the simulator at xenahorse.com.

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Click here to download PDF: Pony Club Members Ride Perfect Horse

Please direct all media queries to All Xena’s Horses, Phone: (619) 415-1440, ride@xenahorse.com