North Carolina Army Veteran to Ride Wild Horse 300 Miles for Wounded Warrior Project
What is more patriotic than an Army Veteran riding across the Southeast on two American Mustangs to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project? Not much, that is, unless wounded veterans hop on a mustang and ride along.
Jim Thomas, a retired Sergeant’s Major with the North Carolina Army National Guard, had a vision. Thomas is a regular competitor in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, a competition that pairs horse trainers from across the country with untouched wild horses to go head-to-head with other trainers, and wanted to use his involvement in this year’s competition to make a difference in the lives of his brothers and sisters in uniform.
“My first thought was, ‘wouldn’t it be cool if I could use my mustangs to raise money for the WWP?’,” said Thomas. “Then I remembered another EMM trainer from 2008 who rode his horse from his home in Las Vegas to the competition in Fort Worth. If he could do that, I could surely ride from Silk Hope, N.C. to Clemson, S.C. for the competition, raising money for the WWP along the way.”
The trek will be around 330 miles, which Thomas hopes to tackle with two mustangs, who will only have been in captivity for about three months, in ten days.
Thomas will switch between mounts along the way, and invites any wounded warrior who would like the opportunity to hop on his spare horse and ride along. He also has extended the invitation to his fellow competitors to ride along on their own mustangs on the last leg of the journey into Clemson, which will be Oct. 18, to support the WWP.
Thomas will ride through Siler City, Asheboro, Mount Plesant, Concord, Huntersville, Lowesville, Cherryville, Shelby in N.C., and Chessnee, Campobello, Sunset, 9 Mile and Clemson in S.C. He will also be riding in close proximity to Charlotte, Gastonia, Lincolnton, Kings Mountain, Gaffney, Greer, Spartanburg and Greenville.
To donate to “Mustangs for the Warrior,” please visit https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/mustangsforthewarrior/.
To track Thomas’ progress along his route, or to send him words of encouragement, please visit our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bar-T-Horsemanship/124070031041024) or our website (http://www.BarTHorsemanship.com).
If you’d like more information, or would like to speak with Thomas, please contact Emily Thomas at 919-619-0045, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.