Veterans Team up with the American Legion to Support Heroes on Horses

The Annual Rider Cup Golf Tournament to benefit Heroes on Horses. Joining the leadership team are committee volunteers Don Jordan, Paul Hallinan, Raymond Nix, and Taalib Smith. The group has teamed up with the Queen Anne’s County American Legion to present
the Rider Cup on Monday, August 30, 2021. The tournament supports Heroes on Horses, a Talisman Therapeutic Riding program for active-duty and retiring military personnel returning home from deployment. Heroes on Horses encompasses working with and caring for horses, support sessions, and the skill of riding with instruction by trained PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified
riding instructors all on a peaceful, 30-acre farm in Queen Anne’s County.
“I feel that serving doesn’t stop when someone retires or separates from the military. It was an absolute honor to serve 21 1/2 years in the Air Force. I feel like it’s my responsibility to continue to help those who have served
this great country, so I will continue in any way possible.” MSgt Matthew L. Wadel USAF (ret)
On July 9, 2021 Talisman Therapeutic Riding welcomed the Army National Guard 729th QuarterMaster Corps
home from deployment. Accompanied by two Chaplains, the group of 12 participated in a two-day retreat at the
farm. This was the first Heroes on Horses program since COVID began. “Soldiers were invited to rebuild trust
in relationships and have an opportunity for spiritual and emotional healing” says Chaplain Amor Wolsey. “After
this weekend, I know my Soldiers a whole lot better and am able to connect with them at a better level” said
one Sergeant.
The Army National Guard 729th QuarterMaster Corps poses with Representative Steven Arentz, Senator
Steven Hershey and Delegate Jefferson L. Ghrist, along with the Talisman Therapeutic Staffers.