As you know Charlie Five was established to provide horses for human healing and we’ve been presented with an opportunity to do just that, and need your help to make it possible.
We have been presented with an incredible opportunity to change the lives of an Air Force Veteran and a once wild mustang.
June 4, 2018 our founder, Jeremy Svejcar, will be travelling to Tucson, Arizona to pick up Cooper. On June 18 Jeremy will ride with John Mayer, Foreman of the Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, bound for the San Antonio area to deliver this horse to Melissa.
Because of donors like you we were able to raise $1700 to make Melissa's dream com true. Your donations offset the cost of transportation and a corral/round pen Melissa can work in for years to come!
SSgt Melissa Schmalhorst joined the United States Air Force in 2008 and served as a Explosive Military Dog Handler, Law Enforcement Patrolman and trained Military Working dogs for the DoD until she retired for medical reasons in 2018. During her career she deployed to countries including Kuwait, Qatar, and Turkey in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn with her Military Working Dogs, Glen and Bety.
Melissa began riding horses at the age of 9 and went on to compete on the Equestrian and Ranch Horse Team at Missouri State University. She spent as much time as she could around horses during her time in the military riding trails, working sale barns and even helping guide hunts on horseback while stationed in Montana.
Melissa was medically retired from the USAF in February 2018, and like many Veterans, is struggling reintegrate into civilian life. To help her move forward she works with a reining horse trainer and said "there's nothing else quite like being with a horse".
Cooper is a 5 year old gelding, born in a facility. He stands approximately 14.2 (56.8 inches) hands high at the shoulder. He has solid mustang feet with two white socks on his hinds. Cooper is already titled, meaning he was adopted and kept by the same adopter for over a year. Jeff Cook of Dream Horse AZ has started this grulla colored horse, giving him a solid training foundation that will provide Melissa with enough challenge to keep her focused.