Roll call! Recent Visitors to The Xena Project

All Xena’s Horses regularly welcomes education-focused, faith-based, and veteran groups. Thank you all for your enthusiasm during time spent here.  We hope to see you again soon!

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In October, Marine Corps veteran Steven Schulz visited The Xena Project.

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)

Marine Corps veteran Steven Schulz salutes from aboard Xena, the fully interactive riding simulator, during a trip to The Xena Project, located west of Houston, Texas, 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)

Marine Corps veteran Steven Schulz salutes from aboard Xena, the fully interactive riding simulator, during a trip to The Xena Project, located west of Houston, Texas, 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)

Marine Corps veteran Steven Schulz checks his riding position in the mirror while service dog Sonny looks on.  Schulz, who incurred Traumatic Brain Injury and associated paralysis while serving in Iraq, rode Xena, the fully interactive riding simulator, during a trip to The Xena Project, located west of Houston, Texas, on October 1st, 2014. Learn more about The Xena Project, where veterans serve veterans and horses heal everyone, at xenahorse.com. (Photo by The Xena Project / RELEASED)

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In July 2014, we welcomed veterans from the PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope.

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Summer 2014 included the San Jacinto Pony Club, who saddled up Xena and learned a bit about therapeutic riding and developing therapeutic riding programs from Xena Project Founder Jan Shultis.  Read the press release from their visit, here.  They were followed by the Tejas Pony Club, who rode in September of 2014.

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).

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).

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Winter 2013 included visits by noble gentlemen such as the Duncavage brothers and Frank Ellis.  Zachary and Luke Duncavage are helping us evaluate our program from a volunteer perspective; Zack was commissioned this year into the United States Marine Corps from the United States Naval Academy, while Luke is entering his final year at the United States Air Force Academy.  Frank Ellis, a Navy veteran and board member for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Houston Chapter, has been vital in consulting on facility access issues, and helping us build relationships in the Houston community.

2nd Lt. Zachary Duncavage, USMC, left, handles mascot Xena during a visit to All Xena's Horses with brother Luke, right, currently finishing his last year at the United States Air Force Academy.

2nd Lt. Zachary Duncavage, USMC, left, handles mascot Xena with brother Luke, right, currently finishing his last year at the United States Air Force Academy, during a visit to All Xena’s Horses to close out 2013. Learn more about The Xena Project, an outreach initiative for veterans, by veterans, at xenahorse.com. (Photo by Jan Shultis, All Xena’s Horses / RELEASED)

Frank Ellis, Board Member, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Houston Chapter, meets Xena and crew during a visit to All Xena's Horses, LLC to consult on facility accessibility in late 2013.  Learn more about The Xena Project, an outreach initiative for veterans, by veterans, at xenahorse.com (Photo by Jan Shultis, All Xena's Horses / RELEASED)

Frank Ellis, Board Member, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Houston Chapter, meets Xena and crew during a visit to All Xena’s Horses, LLC to consult on facility accessibility in late 2013. Learn more about The Xena Project, an outreach initiative for veterans, by veterans, at xenahorse.com (Photo by Jan Shultis, All Xena’s Horses / RELEASED)

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In January 2014, The Xena Project was excited to welcome site directors and instructors from SIRE, Inc., Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, to our facility.

Representatives toured the grounds; met our mascot, “Xena,” a two-year-old female Imperial Friesian; and observed Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins demonstrate how he utilizes the riding simulator as a regular part of his physical training. They also had a chance to saddle up and experience the simulator’s capabilities first-hand.

The most recent visit is one in a series of meetings as The Xena Project works to build relationships with organizations in the Houston area. Read about SIRE’s first visit, in September 2013, on their website at http://sire-htec.org/blog-posts/httpxenahorse-comabout/.

Learn more about SIRE at http://sire-htec.org, including how you can get involved.

SIRE representatives join Keith Shultis (USMC, Ret.), Chairman of the Board, The Xena Project, to watch a simulator demonstration by Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins on January 8th, 2014. (Photo by Jan Shultis/The Xena Project)

SIRE representatives join Keith Shultis (USMC, Ret.), Chairman of the Board, The Xena Project, to watch a simulator demonstration by Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins on January 8th, 2014. (Photo by Jan Shultis, All Xena’s Horses / RELEASED)

 

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