War Horses For Veterans

Platinum Performance® is a Proud Sponsor of

The War Horse Challenge

War Horses for Veterans takes great pride in presenting a distinguished team of riders for The War Horse Challenge. This highly anticipated event is hosted by the NHSA (National Stock Horse Association) and will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26th, during the NHSA Show. These exceptional military servicemen — including both veterans and active duty special forces — have completed an intensive program at War Horses for Veterans, embracing the opportunity to showcase their newly acquired skills on horseback on a national platform.

Witness their unwavering dedication, precision and a work ethic only seen amongst the elite as they demonstrate their ability to compete down the fence and raise funds to support their fellow brothers and sisters in their quest for vital assistance.

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August 26th | South Point Equestrian Center

The War Horse Challenge will be hosted by the National Stock Horse Association
South Point Equestrian Center
Saturday, August 26th, 2023.
Free Admission

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Watch the War Horse Challenge Live

Can’t make it to Las Vegas? You can still catch the action on the live webcast.

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Meet The 2023 War Horse Challenge Riders

Brandon Wojcik

United States Marine Corps

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Chris Manley

United States Army, Special Forces

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Heath Patrick

United States Army, Special Forces

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Isaac Smith

United States Army, Special Forces

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Jake Draper

United States Army, Special Forces

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Mark Nutsch

United States Army, Special Forces

Rick Hodges

United States Army, Special Forces

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War Horses Challenge Riders
“There’s two types of people in this world that I know immediately connect if they have the opportunity to spend 10 minutes together, and that’s cowboys and soldiers.”
— Taylor Gillespie, U.S. Army Veteran,
NRCHA Eastern Derby Intermediate, Limited & Novice Horse Open Champion Platinum Performance® client since 2018

The War Horse Challenge Trainers

Chris Dawson

Dawson Performance Horses
Perrin, Texas

Russell Dilday

Dilday Ranch
Wynnewood, Oklahoma

Taylor Gillespie

Gillespie Performance Horses
Gainesville, Texas

About War Horses for Veterans

War Horse for Veterans’ goal is to help veterans and first responders who experienced life-disrupting trauma to recover from their limitations, to repurpose their talents and abilities to a successful life, and to reintegrate into their families, workplaces, and communities. Through exceptional horsemanship, War Horses for Veterans provides combat veterans and first responders the tools for growth personally and professionally.

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New Podcast Episode

The War Horses Challenge

A must-listen roundtable with top reined cow horse trainers Chris Dawson, Russell Dilday and Taylor Gillespie, side-by-side with War Horses for Veterans Founder, Patrick Benson. Listen as they detail the upcoming War Horses Challenge at the National Stock Horse Association show this August, the seven elite veteran competitors and the thrills, spills and laughs that go into getting a group of master soldiers game-ready in the arena.

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From Platinum Magazine

War Horses for Veteran: A Positive Impact

Combat Veteran Patrick Benson Co-Found an Organization to Heal Comrades Through Horsemanship

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War Horses for Veterans’ Formulas for Success

The Equine Wellness & Performance Formula + Complete Joint
Our most potent joint support formula combines a whole-horse wellness formula with comprehensive joint support. Popular with performance horses and senior horses, Platinum Performance® CJ is the only supplement of its kind. Developed in veterinary practice, it provides extensive joint support with ASU, hyaluronic acid, cetyl-myristoleate, MSM and glucosamine for joint health. It includes Platinum Performance® Equine to support every part of the horse from digestion, skin & coat, hooves, and more.
A Daily Probiotic to Maintain Equine Digestive Health
This daily probiotic formula provides both prebiotics and probiotics to support digestion and hindgut health. This formula can be helpful in horses that have difficulty maintaining weight, are susceptible to hindgut issues, or frequently have a loose stool.
A Highly Bio-Available Resveratrol Analogue Formula for Horses
This formula is chosen for high performing equine athletes to help maintain normal levels of inflammation and support the horse’s response to oxidative stress and muscle breakdown.