The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program has added its logo to the hood of the No. 12J Super Late Model racecar driven by up-and-coming driver Trey Jarrell. The first race is on Friday, July 25th at Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly known as Indianapolis Raceway Park). The sponsorship is as part of its national awareness and publicity program.
Jarrell, 17, is one of racing’s top prospects, amassing 23 victories across the last three years. A native of Martinsville, Va., this is Jarrell’s first year behind a Super Late Model, a division of racing that acts as a precursor to NASCAR.
“I’m thrilled that the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program is joining our team,” said Jarrell. “Their mission deserves awareness and auto racing has a deeply loyal fan base than I’m sure is eager to take note.”
The Wounded Warrior Equestrian Program (WWEP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Therapeutic Riding Facilities and Horse Rescue farms across the United States by providing rehabilitative services to Wounded Veterans of all Services.
This nationwide network of therapeutic riding program providers and horse rescues was founded in 2010 by Bridget Kroger, LTC US Army (Retired). Bridget is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, a 24-year veteran of the United States Army and a life-long equestrian. Having completed two tours in Iraq, she too is a Wounded Warrior.
The WWEP gives Veterans and Horses a new lease on life. WWEP defines Wounded Warrior as a Service Member, Veteran and Horses, while paying tribute to, who we believe to be the original Wounded Warrior, our native American Brethren. It is through Native American healing principles that people are discovering the “Healing Powers of Horses.”
Equine-assisted therapies were extremely instrumental in Bridget’s PSTD recovery process. Her belief that all Wounded Warriors need the experience of these age-old healing practices led her to institutionalize a program and coordinate a team of medical professionals, horse professionals, military professionals and farm operators across the U.S. to deliver equine-assisted therapies to veterans and service members.