Committee Chair – Rodeo Royalty
Committee Chair – Teal Trotters
Committee Chair – Horse Retreat
RET. COL. Cory Mahanna
We are a Christian, non-profit 501(c)(3) charity organization. Our mission is to bring entire communities together so that we can make a difference in this crazy world. We have four outstanding programs, Valor for Veterans, Rodeo Royalty, Crusaders Angels, and Teal Trotters. All four programs are based on the same theory, which is to help those in need, and then have them “pay it forward” so the circle continues.
Crusaders Valor for Veterans is a veteran’s advocate group. We use the full circle from a fresh start to paying it forward theory that we created. We are a nationwide program which recognizes that it often takes a tribe to help those in need. So when we need more assistance in helping our veterans, we work with other nonprofits throughout the nation. In Valor for Veterans, we start by fixing the emergency problem(s) and then find out how the veteran and/or their family got into the situation they are in. We gather the resources they need from new jobs to benefits and other programs their families may find of assistance. As a program, if the problem is financial we often pay the bill(s) to get them caught up, and give them the fresh start they need by offering financial guidance to prevent the problem from happening again. We ask the veteran and/or their family to pay it forward by helping another veteran in the future. In the state of Colorado, we also have a horse retreat program at the Second Chance Ranch which brings families and veterans out to enjoy the peace and tranquility that only horses can give. We teach them to ride and enjoy working with the family or the individual teaching them about the unconditional love that horses can give.
Crusaders Rodeo Royalty is a group of young women, dedicated to veterans, working to empower youth nationwide. These girls work tirelessly to spread awareness of everyday problems such as cyber bullying, gun safety, the treatment of veterans, and the overall well-being of people and animals everywhere. Crusaders Rodeo Royalty strives to be a positive role model for our youth and is always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Our royalty team is an amazing group of girls who have outstanding people skills, many God-given talents, and have fantastic equestrian skills. They exemplify the cowgirl spirit that the Crusaders Team endeavors to promote and we are extremely proud to call this group of girls Crusaders Royalty. We vouch for those who cannot vouch for themselves and hope that someday, those we help will pay it forward.
The Crusaders Angels program is a Colorado based program directed towards at risk youth girls. Girls who would fit in this category may be defined as those less likely to transition successfully into adulthood. A candidate for this program may come from a single parent family, a financially insecure family, or even have family or friends which are crime ridden. The goal of the Crusaders Angels program is to instill self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Girls may receive one on one mentorship or group mentorship in this program. Horses are honest, intuitive, and full of unconditional love. Using horses with at risk youth girls is a method Crusaders Angels uses to help intervene.
Teal Trotters The mission of the Teal Trotters is to reach out to women impacted by ovarian cancer, walking alongside them in their journey. Ovarian cancer is a difficult treatment to endure and there are limited resources for women going through it. Teal Trotters offers support and assistance to these women. Goals of the program include delivering care packages to women newly diagnosed and offering financial support through donations.