Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program

Learning and refining horsemanship skills encourages and supports recovery and reintegration through camaraderie, individual achievement and the strength of the animal-human bond.

Frequently Asked Questions
LIFE ON REAL RANCHES

Thanks to the generosity of ranchers throughout the Western U.S. who donate their resources and invite us to join in their cattle operations, JMHP participants contribute to duties on the ranch while learning new skills under the watchful guidance of top instructors, working cowboys, and expert horsemen and women. Whether the hills of California, the mountains of Montana or the open plains of New Mexico, each historic ranch is an experience of natural, rustic, beauty.

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A Unique Program Experience

Each program is tailored in part around the needs and resources of the ranch and can range from 4 – 8 days.

During non-riding hours, participants learn cowboy crafts, making useable items such as leather chinks, leather-covered canteens, and silver scarf slides. A number of service members have taken these learned skills to the next level by joining the Semper Fi Fund Apprenticeship Program, and even starting businesses of their own.

Most nights end around the campfire before bunking down under the stars.
Central elements of most experiences include: Horse care, training and riding – including competitive riding
Technical aspects of horsemanship, includes: Cattle sorting, driving and herding; ranch roping, mule packing and backcountry trail riding
For Every Hero

No matter the wound, illness or injury, or whether the service member is an "old hand" at riding or just starting out, each participant is outfitted with the right horse and equipment for a safe, enjoyable experience. Participation is open to all wounded, ill, and injured post 9/11 service members and veterans, as long as they are Semper Fi Fund members and meet the physical requirements for that particular clinic.

For more information about participating, or donating ranch resources, please contact: JMHP Foreman, John Mayer: John.Mayer@semperfifund.org, or call 760-725-3680.

Gathering around a campfire at Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program outing.
About Col Jinx McCain, USMC

The JMHP is dedicated in memory of Col Jinx McCain, USMC. Jinx was a 4-time Purple Heart recipient from combat in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. While stationed at Camp Pendleton in the 1960′s, Jinx would host trail rides for wounded veterans from Vietnam to support their recovery.

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Want to contribute but can’t share your time or ranch resources?

Ways to Contribute

Financial donations are valued as well. These ensure injured and ill service members have the opportunity to saddle up and develop skills and confidence which are crucial to recovery and reintegration into their communities.

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Ways to Contribute