Press Release: Wounded Warriors to Participate in Cutting Horse Classic III

April 12th, 2012

Nokesville, Va. - The Semper Fi Fund is pleased to announce the Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic III April 10-14, 2012.

As part of the Semper Fi Fund's Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, ten select wounded, ill or injured Marines from the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment will participate in the event at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville, Virginia. The Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program is a facet of the Semper Fi Fund's Team Semper Fi, which is a rehabilitative sports program made up of more than 300 injured service members who compete in athletic events across the country.

During the event, riders will enhance their horsemanship abilities and strengthen their recoveries through physical and mental stimulation. On April 14, the riders will participate in the cutting competition. The top participant will be awarded a trophy and bragging rights as the premiere rider of the event.

The Wounded Warrior Regiment's Commanding Officer Col. John Mayer, a horseman himself, conceived the idea of a the Classic when attending a horsemanship event at the D & M Cattle Company last year. Since then, the Classic has developed into a celebrated event that both riders and spectators look forward to.

The Semper Fi Fund's willingness to support the Cutting Horse Classic provides a chance for injured service members to reach new goals while strengthening their recovery. Semper Fi Fund Founder Karen Guenther shares, "The Cutting Horse Classic provides our injured service members an outlet for recovery through sport. The horses provide the unconditional love and acceptance that every wounded warrior needs. Further, it promotes confidence, builds camaraderie and serves as a great example of how our heroes triumph over adversity."

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