What is right….. in your heart, deep in the confines of your own mind and soul, only you know what that means to you and only you can figure out what that is. Dare to dream, to make a difference in this world. This is YOUR one life…. it is a gift. We have been so busy at The unbridled heroes Project. We are developing the curriculum for our Spring Heroes program which will launch in less than three months. This program has been constructed with special thought into every detail, one that will guide our heroes back to a place where the soul can truly heal in the purest form. We have learned so much from our team, Chirpa, Hope, Shiloh, Amirah and Buddy and are awed by how much these souls can teach you, if you listen….
UHP is dedicated to being a voice for the voiceless and daring to make massive change within our laws regarding livestock cruelty. We are appalled by the things we are learning daily, and WILL do something about it. We have two cases we are working now regarding the abuse our horses face daily. While we have seen the evilness firsthand, we will not back down to those who bully the weak.
We are so grateful to our supporters and SOOOOO grateful for our golf cart, especially in these freezing temperatures!!! The Bergen County Police Chiefs Foundation, THANK YOU AGAIN!!!! Unbridle yourself world!!!!
Pamela Aisenbrey, one of UHP’s board member wrote this beautiful article on what has transpired the past few days…. We are so grateful to the Bergen County Police Chiefs Foundation…….
The Bergen County Police Chiefs Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose Board consists of active and retired Police Chiefs, as well as Associates, Affiliates and Honorary Life Members of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association. The Foundation supports and provides the educational and financial needs of active and retired US Military personnel in Bergen County and their families. The foundation has partnered up with organizations such as Mahwah Marine Moms, Heroes to Heroes, Boots up, BCC Student Veterans Emergency fund, U.S. War Dogs Association and Pony Power Therapies.
They can now include The Unbridled Heroes Project, based out of Allendale NJ, to their copious list of non-profit associations. This non-profit horse advocacy and rescue farm, founded by two military Veterans in September of 2018, Amy McCambridge Steppe (Marine) and Mark Steppe (U.S. Army), strives to revive the unbridled spirit in both the rescued, Wild American Mustangs headed for slaughter mills as well as local Military Heroes. They offer a place to come together and witness the extraordinary connections one can make with another unbridled spirit through equine therapy. The 501(c)(3) non-profit also intends to make a difference in the lives of these suffering animals and to be steadfast in it’s mission to change the laws to better protect them.
On Saturday December 29, 2018 and on behalf of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Foundation, the Foundation Chairman, Chief Donald Rossi, Retired Emerson PD and Chief Thomas Shine, (Old Tappan PD), who also serves as the President of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, donated an extraordinarily, pristine golf cart to the Project. As it is difficult and almost impossible for struggling or disabled Veterans to explore the vast land on which the Unbridled Heroes Project occupies, the cart will serve as a means of transportation; not only for these Military Heroes but also for the staff and volunteers to keep the farm thriving and achieving its pursuit. This incredibly kind donation came forth with the help of Kenneth Olsen, owner of Rockland Golf Carts, located in Chestnut Ridge, New York. Rockland Carts specializes in service, repair, selling, renting and customizing all major makes and models and service Southern New York, Northern New Jersey, and Central New Jersey.
The Unbridled Heroes Project is immensely appreciative and grateful for this much needed donation and is looking forward to working with The Bergen County Police Chiefs Foundation in the future. While UHP is marketing their programs towards Veterans, they believe that every person can be a hero in his own capacity. Through art, liberty horse training or comradery at a safe facility to gather, individuals can tap back in to that primal part within and begin to heal.
What an incredibly emotional month it has been. As always we are grateful for the tremendous amount of support and are focused on our mission, all three aspects of it!!! I can not be prouder of the team behind UHP… without them, non of this would be possible. This weekend, I will introduce to you our team, one by one. They all deserve a special tribute, and I really want to give them a thoughtful write up. So for now, I will leave you with some gorgeous photographs, taken by the extremely talented David Radney!! Enjoy!! Also…. our mini horses will be arriving Monday!! We rescued them from Cranbury, NJ over month ago. They have been in quarantine, but are healthy enough to come home. Not sure how much our Mustangs will like that, but we will blend into a beautiful herd as we have done. Please stop by this weekend and visit our gift shop for beautiful chic bohemian jewelry, woodwork and more!!! MIND, BODY AND SOUL, we are truly one hundred percent doing that for our rescues. I have seen that term used hastily within rescues, and I must say, that is all we care about at UHP.
The Unbridled Heroes Project visited the New Holland Auction in PA this past Monday to observe and document any violations of the current statutes regarding livestock cruelty. What we saw was beyond anything we expected. While we went as a voice to our horses, we saw the suffering of so many others. What we have documented here is the rescue of two lambs left to die. While the footage is hard to watch, the ending is beautiful. However, there are so many just like these two left in New Holland, being tortured weekly. As America, we can do better, we have to do better. While we were there I was confronted by the manager of the Cranbury Auction in NJ. I was threatened and at that point, feeling unsafe, we left with the 2 lives we could save. We will not be bullied and as a nation, these criminals must abide by the laws and statutes set forth by our government. This is not happening or being enforced. We will be following up with our state representatives to take action on what we saw. Attached is the video of us leaving that day. As I am a little uncomfortable being so vulnerable, I think it is important to show our truth, and the emotions felt that day and the genuine fear. We also have Included the youtube video of the two sheep we were able to save. https://www.facebook.com/amy.mccambridge/videos/10104343958119964/
Stop by this weekend to meet our Mustang Rescues and the team behind the Unbridled Heroes Project!! We will have our gift shop open for custom made gifts by our volunteers!!! Please being the family and stop by and support this amazing cause.
I have to share this…. the edits are choppy but my friend taped part of this incredible weekend and it really touched me. Please share and enjoy, this is real… choose to live, whatever it is you ever wanted to do, take action to do it, we never know what life will throw at you. Live like it is your last day on earth….. Check out our video at our Unbridled Heroes Youtube Channel for one of our most beautiful moments, with a Marine and his Mustang….
I say often how words can not describe what I am feeling… and this is another one of those times where words can not describe what it is that these past few months have meant to us, what these Mustangs mean to us. Love… I know love is in whatever it is this journey we are on, I know the foundation is love, but the rest of it is hard to describe. First of all, anyone and everyone who has helped out in this, volunteered your time and energy, I thank you all. All of you had these moments of genius to contribute and Mark and I are so grateful to everything you all have given us. To our UHP family, Cat Zimmerman, Sarah Price, Pam Aisenbrey, Jack Bogwald, Kevin Henry, Kevin Bombace, Matt Aderhold, Jimmy Kostro, Meagan McCarthy, and Mathew Nielson….. THANK YOU!!! You all have been crucial in whatever this feeling is…. In the success of UHP, I can not thank you enough…
To our supporters, THANK YOU. This is just the beginning. To our Mustangs, I can not even begin to say what these horses mean to us and how proud I am at their progress. They are beautiful, smart, individual souls with such unique personalities….. They have all touched the lives of so many already and I am so proud of them.
My family, no words…. To come from an orphanage in Colombia, to be able to flourish and grow with your love is the greatest gift we can give anyone. I plan to give back and help those who need it as long as I live….sometimes, all we need is a little love to truly grow.
Phoenix and Saturn, I think of you EVERYDAY. I talk to you at night hoping my vibrations and wishes will reach you through the Universe. I love you both so much and miss you everyday. I know someday you will understand just what you meant to us, what you changed in our hearts and how you moved our souls… When we change the laws, which we will, it is in honor of you both.
Winter Wonderland was amazing, we will be hosting another one on December 22 and 23rd, will update with times. We also have opened a gift shop with custom made gifts. We will be posting our hours on our website!! Our mini horses have names and will be arriving hopefully within the week!!! They have been weak and sick but are on the mend. Mark and I have been in touch with Congressman Gottheimer and have a meeting setup to discuss our concerns. We also have been diligent in reaching out and covering our bases to start making actual change. Our farm has had so many different walks of life already come through our door, and these lives have changed in a positive way, the way we knew it would work. UHP will launch our official Veterans program this Spring. We have also had a big interest from our younger community, so in January we will officially be launching The Unbridled Kids Club, which will be a held for 2 hours once a week for 8 weeks. All proceeds will come back to our Rescue. Our focus with Unbridled Kids will be help our youth become active with their communities and more mindful in their own souls. It will be amazing!! We will update our website once everything is confirmed. Please share our mission and our project!! We run and are only able to operate with your support, please consider donating to our cause!!! THANK YOU!! Be UNBRIDLED, smile at someone today, change someone’s life today, because you can. Tax Deductible Donations can be made at PayPal.Me/unbridledheroes
213 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-4465 December 6, 2018
Dear Mark and Amy Steppe,
It gives me great pleasure to inform you of your selection as a New Jersey Fifth District Hometown Hero. Nominees have been chosen by their neighbors and community leaders for their outstanding contributions to our District by volunteering, serving or working to help others. You exemplify our shared Jersey values that make North Jersey such a special place to live. The Fifth District Hometown Heroes Awards are presented to business leaders, first responders, teachers, children, seniors, and community leaders to recognize their commitment to bettering the lives of other Jersey residents and families.
I will be holding a ceremony on December 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Trustees Pavilion at Ramapo College, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd in Mahwah, to recognize all of our Hometown Heroes.
To RSVP or should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Hadar Arazi of my staff at (201) 389-1100 or at Hadar.Arazi@Mail.House.gov. I look forward to this opportunity to recognize your exceptional contributions and hope that you are able to join us.
Again, congratulations on your recognition as a Hometown Hero!
Josh Gottheimer MEMBER OF CONGRESS
We are so honored to be chosen as The New Jersey Fifth District Hometown Hero. None of this would have been possible without our team. We are blown away, we have been working hard and accomplished so much in three months but I never expected this!! We are honored and hopeful that all our hard work behind the scenes, all the phone calls, studying the statutes regarding animal cruelty and live stock laws, just when I felt like I was getting nowhere, this happens!! We are beyond grateful.
Our three Mustangs are thriving in their life with us at Unbridled. The other night I felt just pure love for each of them and how they have already helped so many with their own unique energy and way about them. To say they make me proud is an understatement.
We will be adding to our herd very soon. We have rescued two mini’s from slaughter that are still recovering in quarantine. We are hopeful they will be with us by next week. We also got a call about a surrender case last night of an older Mustang. In our hearts, we know we need to help this one, and we will. We are working on getting her to us in the next week. Our three newest family at Unbridled will be Amirah, Buddy and Nevada. We will do what we do and love them, and let the beautiful world work its magic as it does. We will definitely need help, bot at the barn and financially. We are a non-profit and rely solely on donations and grants. ANYTHING helps, a penny to me has so much more meaning than it ever did before. We are grateful for any donation, and all goes straight to the care of our Rescues!!!
We will be hosting a winter wonderland this weekend, an open house so you guys can come meet our amazing team, and meet our Mustangs!!! Please stop by!! We will have a gift shop with some custom made knives, woodwork and paintings all done by our very talented Kevin Henry, a Vietnam Veteran!! 50 percent of what he makes in his sales will come back to us at UHP!!! Stop by for a good time!!! THANK YOU ALL FOR BELIEVING IN US!!!!
We have so much to update you all on!!!! First big news is…. we are officially our own entity, The Unbridled Heroes Project is a registered 501-c3 non-profit!!!! We never could have gotten to this place without CZ Mustangs and Cat Zimmerman. What was once just a dream, has now become true. All because these people took a risk on us. We went to train with Cat this summer, and what happened was something so surreal and beautiful. When we seemed so lost, God and the Universe had a plan, if we just paid attention, and we stayed true to our heart, it was all there for us. So that summer, Sarah Price, Cat’s mom, best selling author and brilliant business woman, took the time to listen to mark and I and what was in our hearts. She simply said, “So, let’s make it happen.” And it did. When we returned to NJ, she stayed true to her word and guided us the whole way, partnering with us and their rescue, CZ Mustangs while we got ourselves established. And the doors started to open, every time we felt like we were stumbling, they were there to support us. While we are our own entity, we are still partnered with CZ Mustangs. In fact, Cat Zimmerman is on my board of trustees and a founder of this brilliant project. I speak of Cat a lot…. She is a beautiful brilliant young woman. She has a heart of gold and a work ethic unlike any 16 year old I know. Mark and I will be very involved with CZ Mustangs as we are still a part of them, so in truth, between us, we have two rescues, one in Archer, Florida with 19 rescues, and our rescue here in Allendale, with 5 rescues. While Cat is undeniably talented, she is humble and wise beyond her years. THANK YOU CAT ZIMMERMAN, Sarah Price, CZ Mustangs. Seaton Hackney and the owner of Seaton Hackney,Marc Schumacher for everything you all have done.
We also want to thank Backpacks For Life and the founders, Brett and Alexa. When we came back from Florida this summer I reached out to Brett and Alexa for guidance and help. Despite everything they have going on, they made time to meet with us and help us in anyway they could. That kind of help will never be forgotten. And in the process we made lifelong friends.
To everyone who believed in us, THANK YOU. We have accomplished so much in the past 3 months, including saving 5 beautiful lives. We are working hard behind the scenes on making a true difference in these beautiful lives, not just our rescues, but for all horses going forward. We have so much work ahead of us, including updating and revamping our webpage. Thank you all so much for your support…. Take that chance, where there is a will, there is a way……
And my mom…. watching you battle like a warrior for your life has made me want to live in the moment more than ever… to make a difference in this world. I love you like no other, and am proud to be your daughter….