Extraordinary minds…

This whole experience has had infinite value, not just in my life, but in so many. Since our grand opening, I have watched individuals walk through those barn doors one way, and walk out another way. It has been so moving to watch the encounter between human and horse, and a language manifest with no words. The beauty Unbridled has is endless and limitless and to be able to realize it and live it has changed everything for us.

We officially launched our Heroes Project with Community Hope five weeks ago with 5 brave combat Veterans. Mark and I anxiously awaited the first day… not really knowing what to expect, nor how our Mustangs would react. We were not your typical equine therapy program and we also were not using school horses. We were simply two individuals that understood where these men were coming from. We knew we were taking a chance by using our herd, who were still working through their own trauma. Yet we knew that the trauma both man and horse had endured was the connection they would be able to feel between one another. If they could break through the barrier together, they could feel the magic. I knew our Mustangs would be stubborn and reluctant, but I also trusted them one hundred percent with these men. I knew that these individuals would have to go to their very soul to essentially speak to the horse. There are no words when you talk with a horse, it is more of an energy transfer, a feeling you get, an understanding. Our plan was that each week, we would do an hour of groundwork with our heroes and their Mustang. The second hour we would do some sort of mindful art as I like to call it. We were blessed to have Divine Sistarhood offer their services to us at no charge. They came out and taught our heroes breathing techniques and Qi-gong. We did this alongside our horses, it was pretty amazing.

As the weeks went on, we incorporated art and obstacles that were challenging to both our Mustangs and our heroes. We built relationships with these guys and learned a lot from them that will shape the program as we move forward. This coming Tuesday is our last session before the hot summer months. The whole experience has been incredible.

While we have been focused on developing the best program we could, we also worked hard on the business elements of Unbridled. We knew that in order to thrive we needed the expertise of business minded individuals. How as a 501-c3 non-profit do we market what we are doing? How do we compete for grants and money alongside so many others? It is a scary thought when you jump all in, with a few dollars in your pocket, but faith so huge and a belief in what you are doing that nothing else could parallel. All I can say is that this is a process. Each day we learn something new, we encounter brilliant people and through this we are building an incredibly strong foundation of what The Unbridled Heroes Project is… what it means beyond the words. We are so thankful to everyone who has been following our journey, to our friends, family and supporters, THANK YOU. A special thanks to the team behind unbridled: Cat, Sheila, Pam, Jack, Monika, Elizabeth, Jen, Yasminka, John, Rose, Christina, Jess, Nick, Rhi, Nancy, Matty, Meghan and Kevin Henry…. words will never express my gratitude toward you all… In the end, be beautiful and Unbridled. Practice empathy and compassion daily. Wake up in a grateful state… be your own beautiful. Much love, Amy & Mark

Roush….. NYC Car Show

We are so grateful to Roush Performance and All American Ford for inviting us to the car show. We went on Thursday for Press day and will be back at the end of this week. It was quite a wonderful experience and another platform to let people know what we are doing at Unbridled. We are so grateful to hopefully a lasting partnership with Roush and All American Ford!! My favorite part about the day was being with my mom, my son, my best friend and business partner, my husband and one of our UHP team members!! We had so much fun taking the ferry over, laughing together… simply being with one another. Those are the special moments… the process of getting from where you are to where you want to be… the journey. ENJOY the journey. LOVE your people and be kind.

Rise and Grind…

We have had a very busy few weeks!! Mark and I had the honor of speaking to 600 students at West Essex Middle school about Unbridled Heroes. It was amazing and inspiring. I always get really nervous before a speech and in the end, I simply speak from the heart and it comes naturally. If I can reach one child and change that one life, I am happy. We talk about kindness and faith in yourself, the faith to be YOU. And when you are YOU, the rest happens as it is supposed to. That being said, there will always be obstacles and things in your way, but if you stay true to your own heart’s mission, you will get through all the storms and prevail. And through every storm, you will become that much stronger and that much more beautiful. Be UNBRIDLED!!!

“She fell, she crashed, she broke, she cried, she crawled, she hurt, she surrendered….. and then… she rose again…….”

This video means so much to me… there is so much more but I kept it to a minute for Instagram…. NEVER in a million years would I ever think I could be doing what we are doing. This journey has been exhilarating and so eye opening in every way. I have met beautiful souls and followed on the path of positivity and gratefulness. With this change in mindset, everything else changed in our lives. There have been awesome highs and many lows, but the PROCESS, that, like I said before is the ultimate living. Live with no regrets, you will fail, you will cry, you will feel like quitting… but don’t. Your glory is waiting right there, so push through, look to your tribe and your vibe. Rely on your team, be yourself. Do not be embarrassed, be true to yourself. This video is a quick motivational piece of some of our lows, but despite. the pain, the tears, the hurt, the haters, the self doubt… we still pushed through…. So push through… live your TRUTH. Be kind, humble, give what you can, and see the beauty in everything. And it is ok to cry, and it is ok to want to quit, but don’t…. crawl your way through, find that grit in yourself and fight for your dreams!!! Be so freaking UNBRIDLED!!!

Legendary Cat Zimmerman

Not enough is said about this young woman… when I think of a hero, and an unexpected hero, I think of Cat. In her humble nature and soft spoken voice, you may not realize the fierceness it takes to do what she does, day in and day out. While making a massive difference with CZ Mustangs, she is instrumental in what we do at Unbridled Heroes. We are proud to announce the opening of The Unbridled Heroes Project second location in Archer, Florida where we will host our first wellness retreat for Veterans next winter. We are in the works, no rest, building the most insane foundation to give back, to those who need it and seek it. Cat and I together will work to plan our first winter Unbridled Heroes retreat at CZ Mustangs. Cat is the All American girl, and to me, she is the Mustang Queen, showing grace and humility. We wish her luck as she heads to Wisconsin for the Mustang makeover. She is a key foundation in everything we do, and as the time progresses, the magic will be inevitable. She is already becoming a local hero to young girls in NJ. We love her, and your team at Unbridled wishes you the very best!!!

Crazy beautiful dreams…

Everything has been a beautiful blur. Beautiful blurs, or beautiful chaos is something I feel that is built from something more than just pure beauty. It is built with tears, love, sweat, frustrations, setbacks, broken bones (yes!! Gentling Mustangs is not easy), determination, passion and pure grit. From that, if you do not give up, the process of where you are going on the way to your dreams, THAT is the beautiful part. The people you meet, the team you build, the foundation of what you are trying to create. One of my board members and brilliant mind, Yasminka, sat me down the other day so we could brainstorm. She looked at me and said “the magic for you and your husband was in the unstructured way you healed… and now you are trying to bottle that up and share it”. She knew EXACTLY what I was trying to do, before I even knew how to explain it. And she knew a way in which we could do it, and how to structure that beautiful magic into something we could share, and that is precisely what we are doing.

While we have been growing and building, I found myself running a million miles ahead, leaving my husband behind in the dust. Forgetting that WE needed to do this together, that this unique beautiful thing we were trying to do could only be done together and through the love we genuinely experienced through loss and regrowth. This process has taught me so much about patience and placidity, that there was something pure in the stillness of things.

The team we have built are some of the most solid good people I could think of. They have been steadfast in our journey and will be vital to our prosperity. We are so BLESSED with our team and their ability to work together for the greater good. We are all on this amazing ride together, and each person that we have encountered has had a big part in our journey.

Since September we have had three cruelty investigations, 2 resulting in positive outcomes and one that had our hands tied…. but only for a moment, because we realized in order to make massive change, we must change the laws.

Our Heroes program is ready to launch in May. This program has been carefully planned out to capture what we know it can do…. joy. Joy in the moments, how do you measure authentic joy? While this may be hard to capture on paper or in a statistic, we know we will see it on our heroes faces as they interact with our herd. So much preparation has gone into getting our Rescues ready for this massive journey, one that will enrich the soul more than anything I can truly explain. Only the human and the horse will understand what I am talking about. The training and gentling we have done has us all now in a place to change lives.

We have had our first birthday party at UHP, which was amazing. To see kids being kids, engaging with one another, being creative, running outside and creating art was beyond awesome.

All American Ford and Roush Performance has changed our lives in so many ways and to be partnered with such a force has us humbled and grateful…. knowing that God does have a plan and the Universe is hard at work…. This partnership is something we only dreamed of… but dreams come true…. We will be updating as this is all happening. Be kind, be good, and be UNBRIDLED!!!!!

Penny Justice….

Penny justice came to us on a whim. I had heard about her from a friend, and it broke our hearts. She was the last one left on the kill lot, no one had taken her, so a good friend pulled her out last minute. Covered in scars and open wounds, 300 pounds underweight, she took her in. We decided we would offer her a home with UHP. While she was not a Mustang, she was a soul that deserved to be loved and cherished for the rest of her life. They said she was 16, but I think she is much older. We named her Penny Justice and she is adjusting to life here. Our Mustangs are slowly taking to her which is good. All our volunteers have fallen head over heels for this sweet mare, and we know she will be a Hero to someone in our heroes program. Here is the beautiful Penny Justice!!!

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. Francis of Assisi

UHP is lobbying for this bill to be passed in the state of New Jersey. What we need to do now is to get as many people as we can to call call the chair of The Assembly of Agriculture in the state of NJ: Eric Houghtaling (732) 695-3371. Please call and voice your support for bill A4298. This bill was introduced originally by Assemblyman Benson but needs to pass through this next part. In order to even get it on the agenda, we need as many calls as possible!!!! please call and then comment on the Unbridled page that you have, so we can keep a running tally!! We are hoping this bill can be heard as early as March!!! The parts we are particularly interested in are as follows:

The bill would amend the definition of “necessary care” to provide for “care sufficient to preserve the health and well-being of an animal . . . including:

(2)          open or adequate access to drinkable water of an appropriate temperature* in sufficient quantity and quality to satisfy the animal’s needs;

(3)          access to adequate protection from the weather, including access to an enclosed non-hazardous structure sufficient to protect the animal from the weather that has adequate bedding to protect against cold and dampness, and adequate protection from extreme or excessive sunlight and from overexposure to the sun, heat and other weather conditions;

(4)          veterinary care deemed necessary by a reasonably prudent person to prevent or relieve injury, neglect or disease, alleviate suffering, and maintain health; and

(5)          reasonable access to a clean and adequate exercise area.

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