2017 WIHS Honor & Service Award Recipient


2017 WIHS Honor & Service Award Recipient

Photo courtesy of Shawn McMillen Photography

Admiral is a mainstay of the equine-assisted activities and therapies programs at Bridle Paths in Leesburg, Virginia. This gentle giant, a 12 year old Percheron-Thoroughbred cross gelding standing 17 .3 hands high, serves with honor in all facets of the program.

Admiral demonstrates sensitivity, kindness, and even humor in challenging clients to transform struggles into triumphs, cultivating resilience along the way. His strength, leadership, and benevolence in the herd are powerful examples for each person with whom he works. Admiral helps clients whose trust and boundaries have been destroyed by trauma to rebuild relationships based on respect, acceptance, and understanding.

Perhaps nowhere does Admiral shine more than in his work with veterans, service members, and their families. In both mounted and unmounted work, he inspires those who serve to connect with honesty and authenticity, and to lead with clarity, consistency, and integrity.

Through his work with the Bridle Paths program, Admiral builds relationships in which clients can be genuine and sincere, think clearly about their challenges, and achieve growth, learning, and healing.