The Semper Fi Fund’s new Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, as a part of Team Semper Fi, provides riding and horsemanship clinics across the nation to wounded service members and their families.
The program is dedicated in memory of Col Jinx McCain, USMC. Jinx was a 4-time Purple Heart recipient from Iwo Jima, Korea, and Vietnam. While stationed at Camp Pendleton, California in the 1960′s, Jinx would host trail rides for the amputees from Vietnam. His daughter still works at the Camp Pendleton stables and carries on his legacy.
Not long after the June 2011 dedication of the program, ten select service members from the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment participated in the inaugural event — the first Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville, Virginia. During this weeklong event, riders enhanced their horsemanship skills and were given the opportunity to strengthen themselves in their recoveries, both physically and mentally.
Check out the upcoming Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program events!