Media Alert:

Semper Fi Fund Veterans Thriving Post Military, Learning Horsemanship Skills to Help Them Transition April 26-29, 2018

April 24, 2018

Learning and refining horsemanship skills empowers veterans, while helping them transition into their communities.

Who: Seventeen veterans from the Semper Fi Fund’s Horsemanship Program, participate in a therapeutic and instructional riding clinic to learn basic horsemanship and cow working skills.

Key Attendees – interviews available April 27-29, 2018

Ronny Porta: combat wounded Marine, father and Semper Fi Fund volunteer

Charles Caswell: combat wounded Army veteran and professional photographer

Brooks Derryberry: overall sponsor and coordinator of the Dixie Challenge

John Mayer: Foreman, Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program

What: Semper Fi Fund’s veterans participate in the JMHP's foundation riding clinic and the very best way to learn basic horsemanship and cow working skills under the guidance of top horsemanship trainers in Mississippi. This is the fourth year that the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association has sponsored the JMHP providing our riders top horses and instruction to ensure their success. Riders will spend three days learning horsemanship and cow working basics in the Jackson, MS arena and then on the fourth day test their skills in friendly competition for trophies, buckles, and other prizes. In addition to top horses and instructors from across the state of Mississippi, this clinic includes a guided tour of the Vicksburg Battlefield, barn dance with live band, and lots of fun and fellowship with Mississippians. This clinic is specifically designed for those that have never or have seldom ridden before, and the absolute best way to start riding.

When: April 26-29, 2018

Where: Jackson, Mississippi

Why: Equine assisted therapy and activities has proven to be an ideal outlet for injured service members to learn horsemanship skills, which encourages and supports recovery and reintegration through camaraderie, individual achievement and the strength of the animal-human bond.

ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND: The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for post 9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from watchdog groups: An A+ from CharityWatch – one of only two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating last year – and seven consecutive “4-Star” ratings from Charity Navigator, an achievement attained by only 3% of rated charities. Learn more at

ABOUT JINX MCCAIN HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM: The Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program (JMHP) is a confidence and skill-building horsemanship program for our combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured service members. Since inception in 2011, more than 300 service members and veterans have saddled-up and experienced the satisfaction of developing their horsemanship through practical application on working cattle ranches across the country.

If you would like more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Brian McPherson at 740.819.9781 or email at [email protected]. For on-site assistance, contact John Mayer 830.992.9581 or email [email protected].