NSBA Foundation Heroes on Horses
Scottsdale AZ Sun Circuit 2022

March 8-9, 2022 Westworld, Scottsdale, AZ


All active or retired US Military personnel are invited to participate in the NSBA Special Event “Heroes on Horses” competition.

Veterans are invited to a social reception & dinner offered for all participants, coaches and family members following the Boot Camp with NSBA Professionals on Tuesday, March 8th.

Eligible riders invited to participate include:

1. Disabled veterans,

2. Active duty “wounded warriors” who are participating in PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes programs

3. Veterans who have a Department of Veteran Affairs disability rating.

4. Able bodied veterans who enjoy riding.

Rules and Eligibility

  • For Disabled Veterans who do not participate in a therapeutic riding program, please attach the Department of Veteran Affairs letter recording the dates of service, the Service-connected Disability Rating, and the date it was awarded. Please black out all other personal information included in the letter such as social security number and monthly award.
  • Horses need not be registered or owned by the rider or facility.
  • Judging will be based 50% on the rider and 50% on the horse.
  • There will be no fee for participation in these class.
  • Exhibitors in Heroes on Horses may not show in any other youth, amateur or open categories.

Everyone Is Invited to the Heroes On Horses Luncheon Sponsored by LHM Financial Hosts On Wednesday, March 9

Long time NSBA Non – Pro Rider, Chris Lagerblade and her company LHM Financial, will host an outdoor luncheon ringside at the Equine Chronicle Arena starting at 11:00 AM. The Parade of Heroes will start at 11:30am followed by the Heroes on Horses competition.

“Being able to invite local Arizona residents to be part of this great event is a way for us to support both the Sun Circuit and NSBA in our local community.  What better way to enjoy a sunny Phoenix day than having lunch outdoors and recognizing our Veterans,” stated Lagerblade.

NSBA Expands Heroes on Horses Program with Charitable Donation from Arizona Family

The National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) in support of the NSBA Foundation today announced a 3-year commitment from the Bob and Ingrid Miller Family of Mesa, Arizona that will allow NSBA to bring the Heroes on Horses program to a new venue in the Western United States hosted as part of the 2022- 2024 Sun Circuit Quarter Horse show in Scottsdale, AZ.

This donation is an important milestone to meeting the goal to establish and expand the outreach to Veterans beyond its current format at the NSBA World Championship Show and All-American Quarter Horse Congress.

“It is our vision that this financial support will bring additional awareness to the “Model of Inclusion” the NSBA embodies by including Veterans who participate in therapeutic riding programs across the country.  My husband, Bob, & I feel this is a small way our family can say thank you to the brave men and women whose service and sacrifice allows us the freedom to enjoy and love our show horses” said Ingrid Miller, exhibitor, and lifetime member of the NSBA.   

As part of the NSBA Equestrians with Disabilities division (EWD), the Heroes on Horses program is a catalyst for recognition and thanks to our military service men and women who ride and compete. Having a third venue for the event will allow for:

  • Inclusion and recognition of the families and heroes who have so valiantly served our country,
  • Bring attention to the therapeutic value of the horse and interaction with this population of riders,
  • Highlight the value of a competitive platform where Veterans can be recognized for advancing their horsemanship and riding skill sets and
  • Raise awareness of the benefits of our sport as part of a wellness program for Veterans. 

“Today there is great hope that the future of the business of showing horses and including riders of all abilities will continue to flourish.  Our association can lead the way to build healthy, vibrant relationships while providing a platform to recognize skill levels and growth of all our riders who share the common love and respect that the horse brings to us all,” said Stephanie Lynn, Executive Director of NSBA.

Heroes on Horses is funded as a special project of the NSBA Foundation. For more information on the NSBA Foundation contact Foundation Director Lynn Campbell at lcampbell@nsba.com or www.nsba.com. Follow NSBA on Facebook, IG and YouTube.

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