Drumright, Oklahoma (May 27, 2016) The Right Path Riding Academy is honored to announce it has received a grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) for $10,000, which will fund our Hooves on the Ground Horsemanship Program for veterans.

Leslie Kirkland, Executive Director and founder of the Right Path Riding Academy, said, “Equines helping veterans recover from the ravages of war, both mentally and physically, was so very evident as the veterans participated in our Hooves on the Ground program.  The Right Path extends its gratitude and thanks to DVNF for awarding funds that will allow this work to continue into the future.”

In 2015 the Right Path expanded our capacity to provide equine assisted activities to serve our military in Central Oklahoma. Horses have innate qualities which make them unique therapeutic partners.  Our program utilizes these characteristics to benefit veterans dealing with issues related to emotional and/or physical wounds suffered as a result of their military service. We offer specialized horsemanship classes where veterans are given the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with their assigned horse and mentor veterans.

Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.), CEO of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation commented on the grant award, saying, “We have funded equine initiatives for veterans in the past, and for good reason – it produces meaningful results for veterans working to overcome the mental effects of combat. We’re pleased to help fund such a vital initiative, and hope many veterans can finally begin to heal.

About the Disabled Veterans National Foundation:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

The DVNF achieves this mission by:

  • Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose mission align with that of the DVNF.
  • Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
  • Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitle to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
  • Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.

About the Right Path Riding Acsdemy:

The Right Path Riding Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was created to help individuals with special needs enjoy the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding, cart-driving, and equine-assisted learning activities.  Our mission is to provide an equestrian environment where individuals with special needs can achieve their highest potential – physically, emotionally and cognitively – through the unique avenues of equine-assisted activities.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation Contact: Doug Walker

Communications Director

(202) 737-0522