JULY IS BLUE STAR RANCH MONTH and A NEW CONTEST ANNOUNCED!
July 01, 2020
Purchases made through the HERO COLLECTION during July 2020 support BLUE STAR RANCH. An equine-assisted safety-net provider for mental health services with internationally recognized certification Blue Star Ranch's horses help veterans overcome known barriers to engaging and staying in treatment. They can help families in post deployment transition build resilience.
During the month of July, partner with OUTWEST SHOP's fundraising efforts to support the FREE ongoing programs offered by the Blue Star Ranch team as well as the veterans they serve, the volunteers, staff and...of course..the horses! Due to COVID-19 most of their planned fundraisers have been cancelled. But this important work, and the up keep of the horses, must continue! Help us help them and be a HERO to our veterans! MORE ABOUT BLUE STAR RANCH - MEET THE STAFF
Blue Star Ranch prides itself on being a true therapeutic healing center; Meaning they have fun, smile a lot, enjoy the outdoors, and provide an amazing transition location to help those who need it.
MORE ABOUT BLUE STAR RANCH:TESTIMONIALS Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first brought to the attention of the medical community by war veterans. Hence the name “battle fatigue” and “shell shock syndrome.” However, PTSD can occur in anyone who has experienced a traumatic or series of traumatic events. As with most mental health problems, PTSD is a result of many factors, including the severity of the trauma experienced and even how a person’s chemical makeup processes that trauma.
Based in Newhall, CA Blue Star Ranch was featured in the Santa Clarita Magazine recently.
Blue Star Ranch - Our Veterans, A Silent Majority Santa Clarita Magazine, December 29, 2019 They are trained to sacrifice themselves for us on the home front. They do it with patriotism and pride in our country and way of life. They do it for their families and all American families. Yet many civilians treat them like the enemy, even though they (the civilians) do not know why.
Spouses know that the person that left to protect our country was their beloved family member. And they spend hours praying their loved one will return to reunite with them. When they do there is great joy and celebration. This can last several weeks or months, until the spouse realizes that the person that came home was not the same person that left. They don’t understand why they can no longer communicate with their spouse. They don’t understand the things that are happening every day. So, I am going to attempt to give you a little peek into the life of our PTSD veterans. READ MORE
COUNT ME IN! HOW CAN I SUPPORT OUR VETERANS AND BLUE STAR RANCH? EASY! SHOP THE HERO COLLECTION 20% of your Hero Collection purchase, made between July 1st and midnight July 31st (PST) is donated to Blue Star Ranch. Our ace pilot, Champ, is at the ready! Your purchase ships quickly and on August 1st the month's total donation will be on its way. But wait...there's more! Enter to win Two Cool T-Shirts from Original Cowgirl Clothing or M&P Speed Shop! How to Qualify: 1. Enter the HERO Contest between Wednesday, July 1 and midnight Friday, July 31, 2020 (PST) 2. An order from the HERO COLLECTION automatically enters you into the contest. 3. Each item you purchase from the HERO COLLECTION counts as one contest entry. i.e. purchase 3 items, receive 3 entries. 4. Winner will be chosen by random on August 1 Winner receives two T-shirts, Tanks, or Ball Caps of his/her choice from Original Cowgirl Clothing and/or M&P Speedshop. Pick two! Junior, Women's, Men's and Unisex sizing offered. Wide range of designs. Made in the USA. Free shipping. $60 value. Browse Original Cowgirl Clothing Browse M&P Speedshop
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS OF BLUE STAR RANCH
The ranch was founded by Nancy and John Zhe. Nancy spent 27 years designing equine therapy programs for children and adults with various life challenges i.e.; disabled children and adults, at-risk youth, recovering coma patients, recovering cancer patients, senior citizens, and so forth. John served two tours in Vietnam and knows first hand how difficult the adjustment is when soldiers return home.
Nancy and John met in 2006, married in 2008, and founded Blue Star Ranch in 2014. They are joined by a wonderful staff, advisory board, and simply unique equine therapists.
The Blue Star Ranch T-Shirt says it all: I'm A Patriot First! We're All One Herd. This handsome t-shirt will be available on our website for purchase soon. Founder Nancy Zhe wears it with style!
Welcome to this week's Rendezvous With A Writer OutWest featured book round-up. Find these books, and many more like them, on our separate book website Bookshop.org/shop/OutWestShop.com. We've curated book lists representing the complicated, compelling, and engaging culture, history and diversity of the American West. This week's featured book selections were posted on our OutWest Shop Facebook posts June 14 - June 19. Featured titles include books about New Mexico just in time for National New Mexico Day, National Nature Photography Day, Writer's Block featured author Victor Hess, and.... MORE!
Enjoy radio show interviews Thursday, June 17, on the Equestrian Legacy Radio Network and The Writer's Block Radio Show. CAMPFIRE CAFE's special guest is Canadian singer/songwriter CORB LUND. SADDLE UP AMERICA featured guest is GINGER GAFFNEY, author of HALF BROKE: A MEMOIR. Author VICTOR HESS joins the THE WRITER'S BLOCK hosts to provide insights into his writing process and chat about his book THE CLOCK TOWER TREASURE. Join OutWest Shop's Scout, Bobbi Jean, for the OUTWEST HOUR, June 18 "Robbers, Roques and Renegades" on Buy American Radio. Saturday, June 19, the OUTWEST HOUR theme is "Women's Voices" on KUPR. Start your week with music "Dedicated To Our Dads" on THE MASTER'S CALL's June 20 on Buy American Radio.
Welcome to this week's Rendezvous With A Writer OutWest featured book round-up. Find these books, and many more like them, on our separate book website Bookshop.org/shop/OutWestShop.com. We've curated book lists representing the complicated, compelling, and engaging culture, history and diversity of the American West. This week's featured book selections were posted on our OutWest Shop Facebook daily post June 7 - June 12. Featured titles include titles about Daniel Boone just in time for National Boone Day, Writer's Block featured author V.S. Holmes, and....More!